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Featured Article: Biyan Spring Summer 2015


In Asia, Seruni (in Bahasa Indonesia) or Chrysanthemum is often believed as the symbol of life and immortality. Based on that spirit, prominent Indonesian fashion designer Biyan Wanaatmadja presented his latest collection on Tuesday evening, June 17th 2014 at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta which was inspired from the fusion of Japanese art and culture and the tribal nuance of Sumba-Indonesia.

On the first sequence, silk flowing dresses in soft muted colors like cloudy blue, blush pink and mint green with chrysanthemum and paintings-like prints were dominating the runway. The serene feeling was completed with the occasional crane and floral appliqué. We love how Biyan perceives his women as feminine, pure/innocent, stylish and at the same time they are also strong, cool, open minded and both equally balance and beautiful.

Darker colour palette like black, midnight blue and aubergine purple took over the second sequence, where you can drooling over those heavily embellished top and jacket/coat with droopy shoulder. The intricately authentic Indonesian traditional Sumba figurative inspired ikat were seen in this sequence. Tribal essence on some of the beading details gave a nice surprise in the collection. The trapeze and A-line silhouettes made recurring appearances with various placements of ruffles (hemline, neckline and sleeve).

Other than the crane appliqué and floral print, the Japanese inspirations were elaborated even more in the form of loose shapes, kimono collar, and Samurai-inspired pants. Not to mention the post-runway-show-selfie-backdrop-ready bamboo forest where the models came out to strutting down the runway. We were excited when we see his favourite models such as Hege Wollan (the show opener), Paula Verhoeven, Izabel Jahja, Laura Basuki and Nayla Alatas walked the runway in sky-high wedges on wooden floor with sleek Samurai chignon. White highlights adorned models’ eyelids and some of them wearing beautiful handmade Japanese-inspired necklaces made out of horns, feathers, shells, cowries, crystals and semi-precious stones.

Gorgeous sheer evening dresses with divine details closed the final sequence of the evening. If you look closely, you will appreciate the hard-work and craftsmanship from those who created the beautiful dresses. The magnificent embroideries and embellishments were superb! The juxtaposition of bright-light and dark-intense, pure and strong, feminine and masculine in Seruni collection were a total feast to the eye.

Read our review of his last year’s collection “The Radiance Postcard” and 2013 “Foliage” collection by clicking the links. Visit our Facebook page to view MORE runway images of “Seruni“.

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Paris Mens Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton Fall 2014



Featured Article: Sapto Djojokartiko Couture Fall Winter 2013-2014


The Solo-born fashion designer closed 2013 with his brilliant latest collection which was inspired by two international figures: Madame Grès and Irving Penn, who were popular at 1950′s (his favourite era of fashion). Drapped ball gown with hour glass silhouette, emphasizing on woman’s slim waist, was one of his signature designs this time.

Adjusting with current modern era, Sapto Djojokartiko made the dresses more practical, with light movement as the main focus. You can see lots of movement from the use of chiffon in the first sequence that was only presented in bold red and black. Shoulder was also one of the highlights from the first sequence, as lots of the dresses were showing the sexy area.

In the second sequence, Sapto presented more ladylike silhouette with elaborate brocade, luscious lurex, amazing beading works, and intricate draping technique. One of our favourite looks was the one worn by Katya Talanova. It was elegant yet sophisticated. You can expect to see his latest designs hitting red carpet events and fashion editorials very soon!

The latest collection from Sapto Djojokartiko was presented on December 18th 2013, at Kerastase 50th Anniversary event in Ritz Carlton Pacific Place Ballroom, Jakarta. Click here to view the complete collection.

Images courtesy of Sapto Djojokartiko.


Featured Article: Era Soekamto Spring 2014


Era Soekamto, the former duo of hip clothing line Urban Crew with Ichwan Thoha, named her latest collection “1421“. The year when the Chinese people had already exploring the world before Europeans did and also the name of a book by Gavin Menzies which explained that it was the year China discovered the world.

Inspired by the book, she mixed Indonesian traditional elements (kebaya, batik), with Chinese’s signature cheongsam and oriental flower details, and Europeans’s elegant intricacy and silhouette (cape and mullet dresses). Metal headpieces, big necklaces and gold embroidered velvet belts completed the regal yet sophisticated looks.

The collection was presented on Wednesday, October 09th 2013 during Bazaar Fashion FestivalIPMI Trend Show 2014 at Gandaria City, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Click here to view the complete runway images from Era Soekamto Spring 2014 collection.

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Featured Article: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie


Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Barbie are partnering for an exclusive collaboration: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie.

The Barbie will be hitting stores mid October 2013 and will be sold exclusively at Hervé Léger by Max Azria retail stores, select Neiman Marcus retail stores, and on BarbieCollector.com for $150. Life size dresses will be available at Neiman Marcus and Hervé Léger by Max Azria retail stores.

Barbie’s miniature dresses will be constructed out of authentic Hervé Léger by Max Azria bandages and yarns and will be manufactured at the same factory that produces the full designer collection. Her dresses and accessories will also be available in life-size.

The Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie doll dons a scarlet bandage dress, accented with a black corset harness belt, black gladiator boots and a signature black and gold clutch. The second runway-inspired outfit for Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie doll is a black and white jacquard dress, open-toe booties and a black studded clutch.

“Working with Barbie Collector on this exclusive collaboration has been an incredible experience. The Hervé Léger Barbie doll is a milestone project that I am excited to share with collectors of both brands. Deciding how to dress Barbie was such a hard decision because we knew it had to be classic and timeless. We went with an iconic bandage dress in a scarlet red. We also wanted her to have an aspirational look, so we included a look from our Runway collection. Barbie’s dresses are replicas of the original dresses and along with the doll you can get both dresses in real life sizes sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Hervé Léger by Max Azria boutiques. As you can imagine, the biggest challenge was the scaling down of the knit. The accessories also dress-up the classic dress. We wanted the accessories to make a statement so we chose our harnesses from the Fall 2012 collection.” Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP explained. Images courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP.

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Featured Article: Biyan Spring Summer 2014



Four huge “Garudas” placed strategically and majestically at the beginning of the runway, as a hint that for his latest collection, Biyan Wanaatmadja is taking inspiration from his homeland, Indonesia.

He used authentic Indonesian traditional textile and craft (batik, songket, tikar and basketry), as prints on light silk. He twisted the keraton inspired coats and jackets by adding his signature glamour touch in the use of intricate embroideries, beads and embellishments, which exudes the refined sophistication feeling. Some kebayas were modified in different silhouettes and volume, not to mentioned sarong inspired skirts. The juxtaposition between masculine and feminine were inevitable as some lace dresses were paired with cigarette pants. The use of delicate lace were interesting yet refreshing because Biyan usually used organza, tafetta, and tulle (which also appeared this time). Loose shapes is back on the runway, along with the effortless billowy sleeves.

Biyan doesn’t need bright and bold colors to celebrate his 30 radiant years in fashion. He mostly used down to earth and muted colors such as washed white, taupe grey, sogan brown, pumpkin brown and dusty pastels (chalk blue, celadon, peach, lilac tint, pale khaki). Even the lighting was sephia to make it more intimate yet serene. He also presented the ever lasting black and elegant midnight blue on the runway of his fashion show at Hotel Mulia Senayan on Wednesday, June 05th 2013.

Young model Hege Martine Wollan landed the honor to opened the show, while Paula Verhoeven closed. Some Indonesian runway veteran such as Laura Basuki, Izabel Jahja, and Wiwied also walked the show that night sporting similar neutral make up with sequined lids and sleek chignon like other models. He even casted supermodel Fahrani Pawaka Empel! What a lovely surprise for the excited guests.

The Radiance Postcard” suits perfectly as the collection’s name because it reflects his creativity journey for the past three decades. He translated his memories diversity to this elegant yet modern collection with traditional twist. We are wishing Biyan all the very best for his upcoming collections and we are looking forward to see these dresses, coats and jackets on the displays of Bergdorf Goodman, Blake, Joyce, Club 21, Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai, and of course Net-A-Porter.

Read our review of his last year’s collection “Foliagehere, and click here to view MORE runway images of “The Radiance Postcard“.

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Lookbook: Sapto Djojokartiko Resort – Evening Collection 2013


Model Jessie Setiono at WYNN stars in Sapto Djojokartiko‘s latest lookbook that was photographed by Hakim Satriyo. The romanticism of orchid has inspired the design of the current collection. His selection of dark colors pallette such as brown, gray and black indicates an escape from the lovely-sweet one. The sense of feminine-elegant with gloomy and misty nuance mixture reveal a kind of black swan effect for whoever wears.

Lace – one of Sapto Djojokartiko‘s design characteristic – is applied in some details. Orchid petals volume, as the main theme of this collection, are blossomed into embroideries and embellishments, as well as peplums, ruffles, beads and sparkling sequins. Instead of blurring, these thirteen feminine-dark dresses stunningly shine up women beauty and elegance.

Andy Chun responsible for Jessie‘s sensual make up while Indah Tode made the subtle retro waves hair. The collection is available at the newly opened premium department store, Galeries Lafayette Jakarta.

“It was a privilege to work with Galeries Lafayette, an iconic department store possessing such a rich Parisian heritage,” said Djojokartiko. “Galeries Lafayette has a great appreciation of style and craftsmanship which truly complements the Sapto Djojokartiko brand.”

Click here to view the complete lookbook images from the collection.

Images via Sapto Djojokartiko.






Featured Article: MET Gala 2013 Red Carpet




From Kristen Stewart’s bordeaux lace jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, to Anne Hathaway’s vintage Valentino gown (and her new platinum blonde hair!). From Jennifer Lawrence’s strapless Christian Dior Couture dress, to Rooney Mara’s white goth Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress, click here to check out the complete red carpet coverage from the highly anticipated event in fashion world, The 2013 MET Costume Institute Gala, PUNK: From Chaos to Couture that was held on Monday evening, May 06th 2013 in New York City.

Don’t forget to leave comments and pick your favourite looks from the fabulous event!

Above images: Anne Hathaway in Valentino, Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney, and Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga.

Below images: Coco Rocha in Emanuel Ungaro by Fausto Puglisi, Constance Jablonski in Wes Gordon, Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture, Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney, Joan Smalls in Tom Ford with the designer, Taylor Swift in J. Mendel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs, and Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello.

Images via Style Bistro, RFCA, Just Jared, Fashionologie,and Yahoo!.











Featured Article: IKAT Indonesia by Didiet Maulana 2013-2014


2013 has been a busy year so far for Didiet Maulana. He recently showed the first ever bridal line, released the 2013 campaign for his Mentari collection, and we heard that he’s going to launch a jewelry line later this year.

Last week, Didiet Maulana presented “Romansa Gala”, a 35-look latest collection from his growing IKAT Indonesia label in conjunction with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 at Grand Hyatt Jakarta‘s Ballroom. Consistent with the use of Indonesia’s traditionally exquisite fabrics, he paired the conventional look with some conservative shape like below-the-knees sheath dress and adding some chic 1920s flapper details such as long pearl necklaces, headpiece and bias cut shapes. Soft color palettes like peach, olive green and pink dominated the rather casual first sequence. For evening choices, IKAT Indonesia offered luxe satin suits in dark green for men (which we lusting over it!) with ikat details on the shawl or long jacket, and elegant black dresses with sparkly sequins scattered all over.

Last but not least, we’d like to congratulate Didiet Maulana on his new collection and we are looking forward to see more from him in the future!

You can enjoy the complete runway images on our Facebook fanpage, here.

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Featured Article: Senayan City Fashion Nation 2013 Opening Event




The annually held Senayan City Fashion Nation has reached its seventh edition this year and it’s bigger than ever! Last night, the opening event was held at the shopping centre’s atrium with a fashion show from Ari Seputra, Rusly Tjohnardi and Mel Ahyar. In the glamorous event, Senayan City also proudly announced that the prominent shopping centre will be the new home for Jakarta Fashion Week that will be held later this October.

Violinist Mayla Fayza serenading the guests as she opened the event in a Rusly Tjohnardi dress (she also closed the finale wearing a dress from Mel Ahyar) and riding the new Audi to the elegant black and gold stage. After she performed, the host of the evening, the ever lovely Nadya Hutagalung, come up and greets the excited guests wearing a gorgeous beaded strapless dress from Biyan. The top 3 finalists from the first cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model came to the stage afterwards to present The Style Maker Awards to model Paula Verhoeven, singer Andien, socialite Fitria Yusuf, and actor Rio Dewanto respectively as the recipient from each category.

Ari Seputra was the first designer to present the collection. Advina Ratnaningsih opened his fashion show in a sleeveless wrap dress with white hemline. The collection used the mostly the color of the season, black and white. Ari Seputra combined it with mullet shapes, loose yet edgy fittings and sporty details. Rusly Tjohnardi’s latest dresses and gown were mostly made out of tulle with his soft muted colors with a dash of blue, gold and green. Looks like that he was inspired by the Indian princess as the models strutting the catwalk (Antie Damayanti opened) in intricate headpiece that surprisingly fits the collection. Last but not least on the opening event of Fashion Nation we got Mel Ahyar. With her signature column silhouette, she managed to give interesting variety of long dresses with the used of fabrics including taffeta, sheer panels, textured fabrics, tulle and lace as soon as Sarah Azka walked the runway as first face.



We leave you with some of the runway images, special pics of Asia’s Next Top Model finalists and winner— the humble Stephanie Retuya from Philippines, the bubbly Kate Ma from Taiwan, the elegant Jessica Amornkuldilok from Thailand, and the leggy Sofia Wakabayashi from Japan (who’s represented by Perfect 10 Management in Jakarta)—and model off duty style with Ayu Faradilla and Dea Nabila. Browse through our Facebook fanpage for MORE exclusive images from the fabulous event!

The Seventh Edition of Fashion Nation will be held until April 21st 2013 at Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Senayan City Fashion Nation 2013 campaign image courtesy of Sapto Djojokartiko.

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