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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Highlights from Jakarta Fashion Week

Like numerous cities across the world, the Indonesian capital has hosted its own fashion week since 2008. Propelled forward by the media and sponsors, as well as the Fashion federation, local designers take advantage of this opportunity to show and promote their latest couture creations. With shows from Oscar Lawalata, Priyo Oktaviano, Dian Pelangi, Toton and Tex Saverio. For Priyo Oktaviano, we shift to the other extreme with colors, embroidery and even a sexy edge. Shorts and miniskirts are adorned with silk ruffles and gold is a common theme. Successfully combining tradition and modernity, the designer, winner of several awards, is one of our favorites. This fashion week also makes room for young, emerging designers, who are part of a development program. An example is Dian Pelangi who gets everybody talking with her colorful and covered up creations, respecting the Muslim culture which is very important in Indonesia. Young designer Toton Januar, raised in New York, mixes a own chic and urban look with his home country’s craft, using glistening embroidery to highlight Asian colors. Finally, for young designer Tex Saverio, who is scarcely 30-years old, experimentation takes on a new stature. His creations are transformed into works of art, with pieces sculptured onto clothes, several of which have already been worn by Lady Gaga.

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