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Different shades of Muslim fashion at MUFFEST

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, May 3, 2019  /  12:58 pm
Different shades of Muslim fashion at MUFFEST

Strap on: Weda Githa's menswear line combines structured silhouettes in blues with draping fabric, styled with straps and harnesses. (Courtesy of MUFFEST/-)

A showcase by some of Indonesia’s premier Muslim designers officially opens the fourth Muslim Fashion Festival Indonesia (MUFFEST) in Jakarta.

The opening of the fashion festival, which runs until Saturday, was attended by Industry Minister Airlangga Hartanto on Wednesday.

The first day's shows featured the works of both professional and prospective designers: Lania Rakhmawati, Lisa Fitria, Noore and Irma Intan, as well as three students from SMK NU Banat of Kudus, Central Java.

With her latest collection called “Identite”, Lania Rakhmawati utilized layered styling using neutral color palettes like beige and white, contrasted with navy and dark emerald.

The classic trench coat silhouette was given an update through contrasting panels, infused with sportswear influences that dabble with rugged, outdoorsy aesthetics through the use of decorative straps.

For sale: Aldre goes for a more conceptual style in menswear, featuring raw edges and unfinished detailing with boxy silhouettes. For sale: Aldre goes for a more conceptual style in menswear, featuring raw edges and unfinished detailing with boxy silhouettes. (Courtesy of MUFFEST/.)

The relatively masculine styling was made feminine through details, like a belt emphasizing the curve of the waist or a fringed layer under a cropped jacket.

Designer Lisa Fitria went with androgynous, equally masculine and feminine energies with a collection arising from her love of touring motorcycles. Vibrant purple plaid was juxtaposed with Lisa’s own monogram print, seen from a structured jacket layered over a tulle skirt to a swishy high-low dress under monogrammed outerwear.

Irma Intan’s “Camino de Luz” was decidedly more feminine, featuring floor-sweeping ensembles in light lavender. 

As feminine as tulle and pastels may be, Irma contrasted them with studded accessories in black, creating an interesting styling choice with one particular ensemble reminiscent of caged bondage gear.

Even Irma’s sharia-compliant number gets the same treatment, embellished with studs that blend rock-star punk with piety.

Swishy: Ali Charisma utilizes streamlined styling choices with gathering details, made prominent through APR's viscose-rayon. Swishy: Ali Charisma utilizes streamlined styling choices with gathering details, made prominent through APR's viscose-rayon. (Courtesy of MUFFEST/.)

Noore – the sole sportswear brand in the lineup – kept it simple through a greyscale color palette and subdued styling choices. Sports jackets and tops in shades of grey used highlighter green for added effect, albeit using it sparingly through small details like a waist bag or piping on satiny leggings.

Although young in age, the three students of SMK NU Banat are no slouches. Nia Faradiska blended sharp yet subdued styling with handwoven lurikin forest green with “Nesvvara”, while Rania’s “Telluric” went for modern day looks in earthy colors. Meanwhile, Silfia Nabila utilized tenun woven fabrics with Sumba deer patterns for darker yet simple silhouettes with asymmetrical styling in “Hunter”.

Other highlights in the festival’s first day included a joint show by eight members of the Indonesian Fashion Chamber, fully designed with viscose-rayon fabric supplied by Asia Pacific Rayon (APR).

The eight designers – Ali Charisma, Hannie Hananto, Weda Githa, Sofie, Raegitazoro, Novita Yunus, Dibya Hody and Aldre – presented eight looks each for a total of 64 individual looks.

The four-day festival, which runs until Saturday, is to also feature talk shows alongside more shows by designers like Barli Asmara, Ivan Gunawan and Ria Miranda. (ste)

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