The Jakarta Post
Each element is interpreted through nine looks, consisting of other-worldly headpieces and costumes. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Known internationally for his intricate accessories, Indonesian designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi on Wednesday presented a couture collection of 47 looks on the runway.
The collections theme of "equilibrium," he said, portrays a balance of the elements.
"We know there are four basic elements, but I have highlighted five, namely metal, water, fire, wind and earth," Rinaldy told a press conference ahead of the show on Wednesday, which coincided with his 47th birthday.
Each element is interpreted through nine looks, all consisting of other-worldly headpieces and costumes.
The show opened with a male model enveloped with a set of golden metal wings, setting the stage for the first element.
He was then followed by nine gladiator-like women who marched down the runway to ambient lights and music corresponding to their tough, golden-hued and chain-adorned garments.
Rinaldy A. Yunardi's fire pieces. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Next came nine women clad in crimson-colored looks from head to toe, as they moved like fire stepping to the beat of the music, with headpieces standing tall and their dresses wild.
Water came afterward and, in a surprise turn, was depicted with black-colored garments that were solid and structured. Headpieces covered the face in a round-shaped helmet-like accessory that wouldn't look out of place when underwater.
Meanwhile, wind came in all-white breezy and flowy pieces that were balanced with strong shoulders of silver accents. The women were warrior-like and wore elegant, sparkling headpieces.
Finally, earth consisted of charcoal-hued garments with fitted bodice and spiked features.
Rinaldy A. Yunardi's interpretation of the wind. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Additionally, Rinaldy said, there is also the importance of the creator, which is presented in the closing look. Sparkling from the top of a bejeweled headpiece, the elaborate dress had a spiked cape that stretched into a train and lit up with lights.
"There is one called universe, the mother who keeps the balance in the world and in the universe," Rinaldy explained.
The show ended with a performance of an original song by Melly Goeslaw titled Hara, which means element, especially created for the collection.
Melly sang with Andien, Syahrini, Rossa, Krisdayanti and Titi DJ as they each represented one of the five elements, while the song creator herself was mother of the universe. (kes)
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