The Jakarta Post
Play of colors: Models present creations by designers (from left) Farhan A. Daffa, Febby Antique and Agus Sunandar during a showcase event in Malang, East Java. (The Jakarta Post/Aman Rochman)
Eight designers from Malang, East Java, have joined the country’s top Muslim fashion designers to present their collections at the fourth Muslim Fashion Festival (MUFFEST) in Jakarta.
The eight designers, who are members of the Malang chapter of the Indonesian Fashion Chamber, presented four pieces each in a showcase event ahead of their main presentations at the fashion festival, which runs until Saturday.
Agus Sunandar said their collections used the theme “nerdypan". "Nerdy” is said to represent the freedom and simplicity of their designs, while “pan” is taken from Jodipan, a kampung in Malang where the roofs of houses and walls are painted with a myriad of colors.
In designing his collection, Agus, one of the eight designers, was inspired by fashion trends among punk youngsters who hang out in and around the streets of Malang.
He created red-and-black tops with checkered motifs mixed with black leather accessories. “The hats are designed to resemble the Mohawk hair style to complete the overall look,” he said.
Designer Alfatir Muhammad, who was the first designer to showcase his designs in the catwalk during the showcase in Malang, took inspiration from the vibrant colors found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with models strutting the catwalk in stylish sunglasses. He also accentuated his designs with embroidery.
Designer Noor Umer came up with burka-like pieces, with edgy cutting dominated by white and stripped skirts or pants, while Ajeng Cahya took inspiration from Jodipan’s colorful and geometric-shaped murals.
Agus said it had taken the eight designers around two months to prepare their new collections for MUFFEST, with each scheduled to present eight pieces at the festival.
“We require [the designers] to work together with batik and tenun makers in Malang to create their designs, in the hopes that Malang can become an important player in Indonesia’s fashion industry," he said.
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