The Jakarta Post
Without losing their true identity, 182 emerging brands of Indonesian Islamic fashion embraced dynamic spirit, stylishness, ethnicity and elegance.
Young and inspiring Ria Miranda was one of several rising designers who opened up the fourth Indonesia Islamic Fashion Fair 2013 in Jakarta, in the Dynamic Airs segment.
On the runway, Ria took the opportunity to showcase her latest collection, titled Dream, for the upcoming Ramadan fasting month. In her collection, she found overdressed caftans as the 'it' style for Ramadan and the following Idul Fitri celebration, presenting five ruffled caftan pieces among her latest creations along with five casual ones based on dresses and cardigans.
'I apply clean cutting [for the collection], yet using Swarovski as details,' said Ria.
In The Legend, a themed show, veteran designers Ida Royani and Itang Yunasz showcased their updated and inspiring collection to the public.
Best known for their classic cutting, both designers wowed the audience with their creations.
Inspired by beautiful rug motifs from Tabrish, a little village in Iran, Itang modified the motifs into butterflies or wings of butterfly shapes in magenta color and applied them onto caftans.
Besides caftans, Itang also displayed pantaloons with Islamic ornamentation. Overall, Itang put 20 outfits on the runway.
Ida made a noticeable presence by displaying 20 creations inspired by ethnic motifs of Batak from North Sumatra. To make it even more interesting, Ida put the motifs onto East Nusa Tenggara woven fabrics, which are dominated by dark colors.
'This time, I have used Batak motifs to follow my husband's request,' said Ida.
Her 'West to East' collection comprised of caftans, blouses, jackets and skirts with large-sized head veils, using dark colors, some red and earthy colors. The designer applied asymmetrical cuttings in some of her collection.
Taking modern designing as her signature, Irna Mutiara, who is popular for her La Perle line, revealed her latest collection titled Ma Belle, or my beautiful, in Nature-E Hijabers Mom Community fashion show.
Focusing on romantic and pretty ornaments like macramÃ©, embroidery and rocks, with some 1920s-inspired cutting, Irna chose beige, peach and pink as her colors for this collection.
Overall, Irna, who was also the fashion fair's chairwoman, has successfully created a simple yet beautiful and classy collection.
On the last day of the four-day event, which concluded on June 2, most favorite artisans Malik Moestaram and Dian Pelangi in the Beauty Embrace segment pleased the crowd as their artworks met the audience's expectation.
Using 'Frammenti di Romance', or fragments of romance, as his theme of the 10-look collection, Malik brought Italian touch onto the stage.
The designer translated the romanticism of the country by applying his design on long, oversized dresses in pink, blue and turquoise colors with drapery and colorful floral ornaments.
Malik also applied the simple A-line dress cutting, making the collection glamorous with wavy fabric.
The most anticipated show was by Dian Pelangi, who did a wonderful job as she displayed her 10 newest collections entitled Ramadhan Rose.
In her collection, Dian applied her signature tie-dyed motifs onto simple white fabric. On the application of the tie-dyes, however, she made a playful gesture as she put them on unique asymmetrical and symmetrical forms on easy material like chiffon and cerutti.
The designer revealed that the collection was inspired by soft colors from a rose flower. Hence, Dian used salmon, mint, yellow, cream and peach on the dominant white.
In dramatizing the show, Dian put on big faux colorful roses as head pieces of the collection.
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