Curtains came down on the Indonesian Fashion Week held at Jakarta on Sunday, the Daily Mail reported. With 32 fashion shows, an exhibition of 487 fashion brands and more than 120,000 visitors, Indonesian Fashion Week (IFW) is a growing and increasingly established world fashion force.
This year was no exception, as Australian designers were invited to showcase their wares alongside other designers from the likes of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea between March 10 and March 13 in Jakarta.
The theme of the event was ‘Reflection of Culture’, and runway guests were treated to shows that included flowing floor-length gowns, graphic prints, headpieces, jewels and tunics – the perfect fusion of East and West.
In one show, by Indonesian designer Temiko, headscarves were paired with basic tunic-style dresses, off-the-shoulder tops and white shirts.
In another more opulent offering, the Indonesian Muslim-wear designer, Vivi Zubedi, showcased colorful headscarves and long, flowing, patterned dresses. Zubedi was recently asked to show at London Fashion Week 2016, in a promotion of Islamic fashion to the rest of the world.
But Zubedi is not the only brand to achieve international success from the event.
Both Melbourne-based label, Pageant and Australian wool company Woolmark showcased collections on the opening day of Jakarta Fashion Week last year and have since had increasing success, at home as well as abroad.
Meanwhile, on the catwalks, there was plenty to be inspired by this month. Acclaimed designer, Yurita Puji, offered a high-necked, shorts one piece – complete with an up-do and pearl drop earrings as well as an extremely lavish creation that was modelled with a headpiece and shoulder ornaments.
Balinese designer, Tjok Abi, was similarly bold, thanks to batik-style outfits and glamorous accessories.