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Going with the times: Fashion graduates shine at JFW 2020

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 29, 2019  /  06:45 pm
Going with the times: Fashion graduates shine at JFW 2020

Ready to roll: Models present collections by LPTB Susan Budihardjo fashion school graduates (from left) Sonia Angela, Abriani, Prettycia Haqni and Bella Shofie at Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2020 in Jakarta. (Courtesy of Muara Bagdja Team/-)

Four fashion design graduates of LPTB Susan Budihardjo presented their latest collections on the Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2020 catwalk.

Dubbed the largest event of its kind in Southeast Asia and in its 12th edition this year, JFW ran from Oct 22 to 28 at Senayan City shopping mall in Central Jakarta.

As is customary for graduates of the school, the four designers -- Bella Shofie, Sonia Angela, Prettycia Haqni and Abirani -- took on the current show’s theme of “Times”:

Bella Shofie’s take on the theme was inspired by cloud formations, which she said were always changing like the times.

The color palette spans from dusk to dawn, with fluffy, cloudy white complemented by purples, oranges and black.

Bella incorporated a variety of shapes, from a streamlined cocktail dress with blossoming sleeves in rich purple to a white gown with attached train that was more gala dinner than cumulonimbus.

The pièce de résistance was a floor-sweeping gown explicitly cloud-ish in nature, composed of individually sewn organza pieces sprayed to become slightly stiffer. However, the main attraction was when the lights dimmed, with the gown glowing in the dark thanks to a special formula used in the creation.

Meanwhile, Sonia Angela departed from the couture into ready-to-wear, presenting 13 office-appropriate looks inspired by a castle gate overgrown with roses.

Styling was decidedly modern, with sharp lines and immaculate tailoring being the main draw while colors were subdued yet rich, dominated by oxblood with rose red accents and the obligatory shades of grey.

Blouses were the main actors in the collection, showcasing versatility when worn for boardroom meeting looks with a matching jacket and straight-cut trousers to afternoon cocktails with a pair of culottes and a scarf.

Prettycia Haqni went with holiday vibes, presenting an ode to the open seas and picturesque buildings in Santorini, Greece.

The town’s iconic buildings, with its white walls and bright blue roofs, were translated into various design elements in the collection’s dresses, from a voluminous bottom sleeve in contrasting blue to a towering jumpsuit with white panels overlaid.

Sea waves were also seen, fashioned into tiered chiffon pleats in an asymmetric placement and finished off with beading reminiscent of the night stars.

Abirani closed the presentation with a unisex-inspired line that was no less vibrant than the rest.

Off white was the main base for the collection, punctuated by vivid yellows and reds and softened by pastels. 

Placement was rather strategic, with panel placement interspersed with the off white so as to avoid too much of a clash, as some looks can have up to 20 different design elements.

Embellishments include webbing, smocking and hardware to present a bit of edge into an otherwise feminine color scheme, which was also balanced through the loose yet straight and structured silhouette.

Institution head Susan Budihardjo said in a statement that one way to polish a young designer’s skills was to have them enter fashion events, such as JFW.

“A designer is judged by the collection presented to the public. That is when people can judge their creativity and ability,” she said. (ste)