Daily Archives: September 9, 2015

Featured Article: Bali Java by Denny Wirawan 2015-2016 Collection


Article by art8amby contributor, Ajeng Rahma Safitri.

Elegant, confident and vivid within classy contemporary-traditional fusion. This might be the core value perceived by hundred pair of eyes at Denny Wirawan Batik Kudus fashion show, held on September 3rd, 2015 at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta.

Flashing towards the festive and blissful atmosphere of “Pasar Malam” – which literally means Fun Fair in English term – the show seemed to encourage the enchantment of Batik Kudus, which contains humble beauty with versatility, without being arrogantly lavishing in any ways.
Through a visual prologue screened prior the show, Denny Wirawan has a desire of bringing up Batik Kudus as a proud thew of Indonesia. Wearable, stylish and fashionably forward, Batik Kudus could suit any occasion and set. His outfits are made for sociable and highly dynamic women who need to appear in pride with authentic traditional elegance.

Lights on, and a march of traditional dancers enliven the runway, with colorful flags fluttering and joyful dextral dance movements. It was a preface of first sequence, revealing mostly monochrome based palette, with some touch of colorful floral Batik motifs. With varied silhouette – loose tops, blazers and dress, including some crop tops – these attires unleash wearable casual elegance to fit women’s curve at any semi-formal occasion. Denny Wirawan put along some spark of beads here, catching some wide sight eyes to the stage. This might be proper to enhance your look on any meeting occasions after office hours.



Some men’s wear looks were shown in between, under a similar palette, with more geometric patterns rather than common Batik motifs. Men’s wear look evolving somewhere beyond holistic theme, in a more modern dimension. Even though it has some inherent with attire’s wearing aim in this sequence. Else than its monochrome, the first sequence also included some taupe with luminous print, and red motifs on some flying capes which give a bold of the subtle. In short, these apparels are easy-to-wear and relatively safe to wear.

From the first apparel of second sequence, the stage experience turned almost upside down with radiant and graceful dresses, grabbing eyes with more sequins. Red, orange, black and gold, all collaborating to show the paradoxically humble-swank. These are ultra-feminine looks, wiping stage’s floor in a princess style. For those who are craving for amiable beauty with sufficient boldness rather than over-glamorous ones in a formal occasion, this may be one of the answers.
Last but not least, literally, might be favorite sequence of the night. The last sequence – or unofficially called “The Peak” – unveiled dominating tosca green with shades of gray and monochrome palette, with gold and pastel touch. These outfits are ultimate occasional wears, sparkling with richer sequins and loose silhouette dresses. Strikingly feminine, these dresses reveal an obvious confidence, gracefully bold, with highly observable patterns and appliques. In some points, the last sequence somehow recalled the taste of “Priyayi Jawa” – the upper middle and the high class of Javanese ancient social status – with modern and mingle personality.

Briefly, “Pasar Malam” fashion show intended to bring distinctively stratified experience of the three sequences; started with the casual one and ended up in a major grace. Denny Wirawan made a proof of his statement about his adore towards the geometric patterns of Batik Kudus, which can be created as either classic or contemporary, delicate and bold.

However, the bliss and joy of Pasar Malam was not blowed up significantly. It has mere atmosphere at the beginning, and the presence vanished along the way. Despite an outstanding performance by Marcell Siahaan in between sequences stunned all fashion lovers, the attendees might lose the whole experience of a fashion show brought on stage because of it. This could be a consideration for any future show, for the sake of perfect decoding process on the eyes of fashion show viewers, to perceive a common experience, exactly like what designers desired.

Images courtesy of Fimela.





Sam Smith for GQ UK October 2015


Mariano Vivanco photographed Spectre soundtrack singer Sam Smith for the October issue of GQ UK. Grant Woolhead responsible for the styling as Sam is wearing Alexander McQueen suit. (source)

Click here to view last year covers featuring Kim Kardashian, Jonah Hill, Colin Firth, Pharrell Williams and Benedict Cumberbatch, here to view 2013 covers featuring Michael Douglas, Emma Watson, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Ford and Russell Brand. Click here to view 2012 covers featuring James Corden, John Slattery, Lana Del Rey, Robbie Williams, and Tinie Tempah. Click here to view last year covers featuring Mario Testino, Lara Stone, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Laurie, U2, and Keith Richards. Click the links to view 2010 covers with Gemma Arterton, Jon Hamm and Gorillaz. Click here to view 2009 covers with Lily Allen, Take That and Mickey Rourke.


Balmain Hair Couture Fall Winter 2015 Ad Campaign


Amanda Wellsh is fronting the campaign of Balmain Hair Couture that was photographed by Terry Tsiolis with styling by David Vivirido. Her fabulous mane was the work of Nabil Harlow with make up and nails by Frankie Boyd and Bernadette Thompson. (source)




Daria Werbowy for The Last Magazine Issue 15 Fall Winter 2015


Loving the latest cover of The Last Magazine Issue 15 featuring what looks like to be a face mould of Daria Werbowy. (source)

Click here to view last year cover featuring Andreea Diaconu, here to view 2013 cover featuring Sasha Pivovarova, here to view 2012 cover featuring Lara Stone, here to view 2011 cover featuring Joan Smalls, click the links to view 2010 covers featuring Anja Rubik and Freja Beha Erichsen, and here for 2009 cover with Lily Donaldson.


Grimes for Dazed Magazine Winter 2015


Singer Grimes is wearing Miu Miu on the new cover of Dazed Magazine photographed by Roe Etheridge with styling by Robbie Spencer. (source)


Three Covers of Glamour US October 2015




Glamour tapped three of TV’s hottest women to front their latest issue.

The cover stars are Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, Scream QueensEmma Roberts and Jane The Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez. They were all photographed and styled by Steven Pan and Mel Ottenberg respectively on the covers. (source)

Click here to view last year cover featuring Rosamund Pike, here to view 2013 cover featuring Kerry Washington, here to view 2012 cover featuring Emma Watson, here to view 2011 cover featuring Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Alicia Keys, here for 2010 cover with Lea Michele, and here for 2009 cover with Gwen Stefani.


Mark Zuckerberg for Vanity Fair October 2015


Annie Leibovitz photographed Mark Zuckerberg for the October cover of Vanity Fair. (source)

Click here to view last year cover featuring Robert Downey Jr., here to view 2013 cover featuring Kate Upton, here to view 2012 cover featuring Katie Holmes, here to view 2011 cover featuring Angelina Jolie, here for 2010 cover with Lindsay Lohan, and here for 2009 cover with Jacqueline Kennedy.


Daniel Radcliffe for GQ Style Germany Fall Winter 2015


The cover is photographed by Paul Wetherell with styling by Tobias Frericks. (source)


Diane Kruger for Marie Claire France October 2015


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J.J. Watt for Men’s Health US October 2015


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