The Jakarta Post
Indonesian designers have their own way of establishing the country as a barometer for modest fashion in the world by introducing the rich fashion cultures of the archipelago and blending them with Islamic fashion.
Itang Yunasz, a designer with over 35 years in the business, uses the digital print patterns of Flores woven fabric from East Nusa Tenggara for a collection prepared for the Ramadhan and Idul Fitri holiday season this year.
The region of Flores, which means “flower” in Portuguese — the language used by locals in the area, is known for its intricate patterns of animals and plants that appear in Itang’s 20 bohemian-ethnic designs of loose wardrobe, or gamis, blouses, tunics and pants in natural palettes of blue, brown and red.
The choice of material such as chiffon, crepe, linen and sateen does not make the designs appear flashy as required for modest wear. The silhouettes give the wearer the comfort to appear in any occasion during the day and night.
First shown during the Jakarta Food and Fashion Festival (JFFF) 2017 last April, Itang encourages modest fashion lovers to be daring in mix-and-match layers, colors and motifs for a stylish look.
Ivan Gunawan also creates room for his customers to add their own personality into their sartorial choices for the season. His debut collection of Islamic fashion, also released at the JFFF under his latest ready-to-wear line Manjha Hijab Ivan Gunawan, showcases the never-ending possibilities of mix-and-match.
Titled “Romantic Hijab Culture”, the show boasted Ivan’s ability to blend in different materials and patterns in one look as well as contrast silhouettes without overdoing it.
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He matched a loose crop jacket with palazzo pants or kimono-style cloak with layered skirts. A tail gown goes well with the lace cape, while the stiff jacquard material is paired with lace material with geometrical patterns and Ivan’s own design of a fern pattern.
“The collection is actually high fashion designs made ready-to-wear. Therefore, each wear is made to be lavishly intricate and more exclusive for the customers,” said Ivan.
The collection, with just 100 pieces per design, also uses the materials of tulle, taffeta, organdy, organza and chiffon embellished with crystals, beads, tassels, feathers, sequins and pearls.
The 22-piece premium collection also serves as the muse displayed at the Manjha Hijab Ivan Gunawan outlet currently available in Bandung, West Java, and soon to be opened in Makassar in South Sulawesi, Pekanbaru in Riau, Semarang, Solo, Purwokerto and Pekalongan in Central Java.
This “out-of-the-box” style was also introduced at the second installment of the Muslim Fashion Festival (MUFFEST) during its opening last April at the Jakarta Convention Center.
If the usual opening show presented the works of the leading designers, in MUFFEST the models put on random mix-and-match outfits from different designers affiliated with the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC).
Dozens of designers from IFC, the Association of Indonesia Muslim Fashion Designers, Hijabers Mom Community and the Hijabers Community also took part in the fashion festival that presented four main themes, namely avant-garde fashion, which was dominated by the varied creation of cloaks, abaya and chador, the playful category for pastel-colored wear, the ethnic category for designs working in Indonesian traditional clothes, and the sporty category, which was dominated by the varied creation of loose pants.
The ongoing “Ramadhan Runway” 2018 in Kota Kasablanka, South Jakarta, has something for everyone looking for conventional modest fashion, or syar’i, trendier and more contemporary fashion.
The fifth installment of the annual fashion festival of the Indonesian Designers and Fashion Entrepreneurs Association (APPMI) is being held at Kota Kasablanka from June 1 until July 2.
Themed “Purity of Ramadhan”, this year’s event was organized by the Jakarta branch of APPMI and brought in 22 designers and 50 labels affiliated with the organization.
“Four designers will hold shows every weekend and there will also be tutorials on putting on make-up or wearing hijabs for the public free-of-charge,” said APPMI Jakarta chair Rudy Chandra.
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