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Jakarta Fashion Week returns with more than 200 designers

Jossa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, October 20, 2018  /  08:32 am
Jakarta Fashion Week returns with more than 200 designers

Sebastian Gunawan design at the opening of Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 . (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

It is the time of the year again when fashionistas across the city put on their best looks as Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2019 returns for its eleventh year this October.

Running from Oct. 20 to 26 at Senayan City, this year’s JFW will feature more than 2,600 looks from 204 designers and labels, both domestic and international.

International collaborations are abound this year, as Australia’s Aboriginal Art Centres’ designers will showcase their designs along with Batik Chic by Novita Yunus, as well as British womenswear brand Teatum Jones with their joint collection with Indonesian label Sean Sheila.

The collaborations do not stop at the collection level, as the Indonesia Fashion Forward show on Oct. 20 — featuring Bateeq, Danjyo Hiyoji and NY by Novita Yunus — will be styled by Japanese fashion stylist Makoto Washizu.

Other international fashion labels will also make their way down the catwalks of JFW, including Elendeek, UN3D, Tategami and Yoakeh from Japan, SYZ and Royal Layor from South Korea, Indian designer Vaishali S, as well as Zuria Dor from Pakistan.

Not to be outdone by their international counterparts, Indonesian designers also promised to wow audiences in this year’s JFW.

Sav Lavin founder Savira Lavinia said her brand’s collection for JFW is titled “Submersion”, drawing on the diverse marine life as inspiration.

“It’s actually a very personal collection for me because I feel that when I go to the depths, immersed in something, it’s very much about my own self, so I wanted to explore the emotional part of myself,” Savira said, noting the collection will use deep and rich colors such as black, red, navy, mustard yellow and silver.

Savira said Sav Lavin’s silhouettes will be inspired by the 1990s, resulting in loose, baggy fits, which will be combined with military-esque elements.

Meanwhile, women’s footwear brand PVRA — known mostly for their beaded sandals — worked with artisans in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, for their newest offerings.

Kara Nugroho, creative director of PVRA, said the artisans had created a line of weavings, which will be applied to the shoes.

“The collection is titled “To Dream”, and it’s like a call to dream again. [...] The weaving is like a sign for us to continue weaving our dreams,” Kara said, noting that the collection is one of two that they will showcase at JFW 2019.

PVRA cofounder Putri Katianda said their second collection is titled “Sora”, which means sky in the Japanese language.

“For this collection, we combined minimalism with Japanese urban style. This is a change of pace for us, as we will be using patterned materials rather than plain, as well as bright and colorful colors we never tried before,” Putri said.

Kara said both of the collections will feature new styles, including 7-centimeter heels and slip-ons.

“Fashion shows showcasing shoes are really hard, because the clothes should look good, but you don’t want them to overpower the shoes. As people’s eyes would normally go toward the clothes, we kept them minimalistic but also with interesting details,” Kara said.

Along with the usual fashion shows, JFW 2019 will also hold talk shows on various topics, ranging from insider insights on Paris Fashion Week to the dangers of fast fashion.

Design competitions also make a return this year, with the final shows for accessory design and menswear design held on Oct. 23 at different times.

The fashion week is scheduled to be closed with Dewi Fashion Knights on Oct. 26, featuring Byo, Rinaldy A. Yunardi, Sean Sheila and Sejauh Mata Memandang.

JFW project director Lenni Tedja said this year’s event does not have a theme

as last year’s theme “Bhinneka dan Berkarya” was held to commemorate JFW’s 10th anniversary. Overall, 40,000 guests are expected to attend the shows over the course of seven days.

“The highlights for this year include the ever-changing list of designers and their collections, but also the presence of fashion stylist Makoto Washizu to mark 60 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Japan.”

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