The Jakarta Post
Indonesian fashion designer Sapto Djojokartiko launched his Fall/Winter 2019 collection on Tuesday at Lucy in the Sky restaurant-slash-bar in the SCBD area, South Jakarta.
The show kicked off with models wearing long puffy red dresses, hinting that the Surakarta-born designer had stepped out of his comfort zone.
“All this time, our collection always featured neutral colors,” said Sapto after the show, referring to his previous collections that were usually dominated by white, grey or nudes.
“We had to do something out of our comfort zone, particularly in color choices,” he added, explaining his reasons to use bold colors in the collection.
After doing some research, Sapto decided to feature the Sailendra Dynasty, which according to Encyclopedia Britannica is a dynasty that flourished on Java for about 100 years starting in the year 750 and was marked by a cultural renaissance that also witnessed part of the construction of the Borobudur temple. The dynasty was also said to have ruled in Sumatra's Sriwijaya Kingdom and this is where Sapto found the regal inspiration.
Nods to the Sriwijaya Kingdom appeared through dresses in bold colors such as dark olive and dark blue. These dramatic colors were adorned with intricate embroideries made from silver or gold threads and tiny pleats, resulting in sophisticated chic designs.
Sapto Djojokartiko Fall/Winter 2019 features 35 designs.
In addition to the bold colors, Sapto also returns with his signature styles, including transparent tulle in neutral colors.
The designer said that the collection was more festive, making it suitable for formal events. (mut)
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