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.





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