The Jakarta Post
Prominent Indonesian fashion designers splashed color on the runway with their signature creations for the eighth edition of Senayan City's Fashion Nation.
During the 10-day event, which runs through to April 6, top designers have been revealing their latest inspiring collections, which offer unique style for everyone.
On the opening day, designers Denny Wirawan and Sapto Djojokartiko took the stage, showing off their respective collections ' with each of them displaying 15 different outfits with contrasting themes.
Denny, who has participated in Fashion Nation on four occasions, offered a collection with decorative Japanese-inspired motifs called 'Affirmation'.
His creations were bold, suited to those people who are not reluctant to grab attention, day or night.
'All the items in my latest collection are inspired by springtime in Japan, which accentuates the beauty of Japanese women,' said Denny, who used a photo-print technique for his collection.
A kimono-inspired dress, for instance, is dominated by black sheer material. The designer accentuated its exotic Asian look by placing a large white floral decoration and a simple bow for the obi.
For a sleeker look, Denny drew a simple yet ornamental black blouse with white accents plus a bright red, knee-length pencil skirt with a playful adornment, while preserving a kimono-style collar on the blouse.
He also produced a black-and-white tunic paired with knee-length black pants for a more toned-down look.
Denny's clothes utilized mostly structured cuttings, such as jackets, coats and kimono-style blouses and dresses.
Meanwhile Sapto, who was attending the fashion event for a second time, offered a collection that enhanced a woman's sexy yet mysterious side; a look inspired by movies with mystical themes.
'El Amor Brujo [a 1986 Spanish musical] is one of the movies that inspired my sexy and elegant collection,' Sapto said.
The sexy feel came in the form of exposed shoulders, the use of sheer lace and low-cut tops.
In developing his collection, Sapto also explored Flamenco-inspired designs, with red and black numbers dominating the whole set.
Sapto avoided overly complicated designs in his creations; instead, he infused a sexy but classic feel by accentuating a woman's natural curves.
The use of chiffon and lace with drapery and fringes helped to spice up his collection, giving the creations a dramatic and flowing feel.
In his hands, a long, black sleeveless dress appeared simple yet mysterious, vaguely reminiscent of a gothic style, while a long red dress with ruffles embodied a more flamboyant and adventurous feel.
Also at the fashion event, designer Barli Asmara offered his Colors of Garut collection, which incorporated tenun woven fabric from Garut, West Java.
Inspired by dynamic Indonesian women, Barli went for bright colors to keep the Garut fabric light, while using sequins and faux fur to add a sophisticated air to his creations.
Representing Indonesian Muslim fashion, Dian Pelangi offered her pop batik collection, inspired by 1960s' fashion, in her Hijab Runway ' staged for the first time at Fashion Nation.
The designer, famous for her tie-dye designs at the start of her career, said she wanted to bring back tie-dye through her pop batik creations.
The collection included a number of items, from maxi skirts to tops with edgy cuts.
On Saturday, Fashion Nation will present Runway Hits under the title, SophisticASIA, which will feature the work of local designers like Patrick Owen and Peggy Hartanto, as well as Joe Chia from Malaysia and Rayson Tan from Singapore.
Patrick said he would be displaying 15 pieces from his latest collection entitled 'Are You Superstitious?'
Patrick, who is known for using digital printing in his designs, said he had collaborated with several Indonesian artists to create the collection.
In the event's Senayan City Style Makers Award segment, model and actress Sigi Wimala was recognized as the Most Stylish Celebrity, while actor Ario Bayu won the Most Stylish Man award.
Senayan City CEO Veri Y. Setiady said the shopping mall would continue to support Indonesia's fashion industry, citing the ISIS brand ' which was born at one of the event's Runway Hits and was available at the Galeries Lafayette department store ' as an example of its efforts in supporting local designers and fashion.
'We're not only helping them on the creative side, but we're also helping them to survive in the fashion industry. Therefore, retail is the perfect accompaniment because it is very demanding and you have to be detailed about your work,' he added.
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