This was a big week for Indonesian fashion designers and not only did the President Obama build a stop in Jakarta, although he touched down right in the middle of Jakarta’s fashion week. While the President was gratifying the ideals of democracy and development at the University of Indonesia, local designers were sending a parade of pieces down the runways eager to found Jakarta as a fashion hub in Asia. Backed by the Indonesian Fashion Designers Association, the objective is to catapult Indonesian designers to the international stage.
The theme of Jakarta fashion week was styling conventional wear with a modern touch. The week kicked off with a compliment to the kebaya (derived from Arabic word for clothing “abaya”), a traditional blouse and skirt combo that most Indonesian women wear. Designer Defrico Audy varied a batik print with metallic silks and red velvets (pictured below).
Other designers wedged with modern designs. Sebastian Gunawan, another designer who got to meet Mrs. Obama, presented a 92-piece collection enthused by old icons (Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe) and new (Rihanna and Victoria Beckham). He showed gowns with high shoulders which he said look mostly excellent on petite women.
Modernity was not mislaid on other designers either. The rash of territory waist dresses paired with platform shoes were every bit worthy of catwalks in New York and can’t you nearly see Beckham in the seam by designer Ninik Darmawan.
There was hardly any skin show and just a slight experimentation, but Pakistani designers still managed to set the ramp on fire with their extremely wearable clothes that married the conventional with the Western at the country’s best known fashion week.
A model presents a creation by Pakistani fashion designer Mohsin on the opening day of the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fashion Week in Karachi, yesterday.
The first day’s finale of the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week will be a charity show entitled Fashion Gives Back. The fashion week will showcase designs from 40 local designers for Spring/Summer 2011.
Mohsin’s collection was an extension of his thesis project, Homeless Hazara, and he patrician it Chadar Namaaz.
‘I have always been awestruck by dupattas since in my family every female wears it. So for my debut line I thought I can present how good-looking and stylish it can be,’ said Mohsin.
Victoria Beckham imagines it is extremely vital for parents to be good role models for their children, so she is trying to be just that for her own brood.
The former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer has three sons with soccer hubby David Beckham: Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 5, all of whom have ambitions to pursue in their father’s footsteps.
Victoria thinks that children require learning the “value of having a career by considering their parents go out to work.”
“It think it’s a very significant message to provide to children, that both myself and David work,” Posh comments. “My middle one, Romeo, he utterly loves fashion and the other two, they be familiar with what I do [and hopefully will aspire to be just as victorious].”