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Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Laras Sekar Arum


Laras Sekar Arum is making Indonesia proud! The 18 year-old runway stunner is recently signed with one of the world’s most respected agencies, Ford Paris. During her busy Paris trip last November, we talked with her about her favourite music genres, essential items she carry around, and the ultimate question of how did she get scouted.

Laras is represented by Native Models ID, Jakarta and Ford Paris.

Polaroids are courtesy of art8amby and Lukimages.

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on getting signed with Ford Paris! Could you share with us about the exciting process on how you got scouted by them?

Well, thank you so much! To be honest I feel like I am still dreaming and I haven’t woken up since September. I am so lucky that I am currently here in Paris, France, and that I am given the chance to work with amazing people that I can learn a lot from. It all started when I first join my mother agency in Jakarta, Indonesia, called Native Models ID.

They started taking my polaroids and posted some on Instagram. Days later, I was approached by Ford Paris. Native Models ID, Ford Paris and I were working on my travel plan after that, and now I am on their board, signed the contract recently.

Tell us a bit more about you, Laras!

I was born in Balikpapan, East kalimantan on December 15th, 1997. I have two brothers and one sister, and I am the youngest.

Can you share with us the story on how you started modelling?

I was born and raised in Balikpapan, and when I was 17, I went to Jakarta for holiday. While I was there a friend of mine asked me to join an open casting for models held by a model agency based in Jakarta. I had no idea what to expect but I was chosen as one of their models. However, I was still finishing high school back then. I had my share of going back and forth Balikpapan and Jakarta for some jobs. When I graduated high school, I finally had the guts to asked my parents to let me stay in Jakarta and pursue my modelling career. It took a while for my parents to let me go, but now they support me.

Who are the models that you look up to as inspiration to work in this industry?

Kate Moss, I love her!

Opening Prada and Chanel and landed the cover slot of Vogue Italia are some of models biggest dreams. What would be your dream job in modeling industry?

Walk for international fashion weeks and all of those you just mentioned, of course!

What is your daily beauty routine, and how do you maintain your physique?

Don’t really have a daily routine to be honest. Basic skin care and vitamins are essentials. I wear lotion no matter what, this is number one on my beauty list. I also don’t leave house without applying it on the back of my hands. Drink plenty of water. I always try to make sure I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

How do you usually style yourself during casting and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?

Wear something simple and casual, like a cool jacket or some oversized sweater/shirt/tank top with short pants or high-waisted skinny jeans.

I basically carry around the same things every single day, just switching some stuff out once in awhile. I obviously always have my wallet with me because I can’t be without it.

I try to keep my bag as organized as possible, which is why I always have a shiny wallet because I need something easy to spot to grab the cash, and tiny little makeup bag with me. It holds my smaller essentials so that they don’t get lost in the bottom of my bag. I always make sure to have a variety of lip salves to keep my lips feeling soft, sanitary wipes for when I need to go to toilet, make up and perfume. It’s important to always look fresh-faced when you go to castings and meeting clients.

I try to always keep my charger with me just in case my cell phone battery is dying in the middle of the day. I carry a lot of stuffs in my bag because I have motto “be prepared”.

Who is your all-time favourite singer or band?

I’m a music lover, so I listen to everything literally without complaining about it, but I do have my favorite genres. I like electronic like Breakbot, I like pop a lot. I like HAIM. I love classical music too. I like the violin and the piano and the guitar. Anything with those sounds will turn me on. I like trance music as well. I like jazz such as Jamie Cullum. I like indie music as well! I just love everything really, but it depends on the mood I’m in.

What you usually do during your free time? What is your guilty pleasure? And what is your hidden talent that nobody knows?

I love to eat anything sweet! That’s my guiltiest of pleasure. I don’t think I have a hidden talent.

Lastly, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

Literally, I have no idea. I think I’d be trying to find my passion other than modelling.




Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Oliver Pras


We catching up for a quick #art8ambyinterview session with the dashing Oliver Pras, Indonesian-American model who was once one of the faces of GAP and currently being busy as TV host for a travel and adventures program. He shares his dream gig as a model and his guilty pleasure with us!

Images courtesy of art8amby, GAP and Oliver Prasetyo‘s Instagram respectively.

Can you share the story of how did you get scouted and started modeling?

I was found on the subway one night coming home from work. I was asked to attend a fashion show casting. I had no idea what to expect and was chosen as one of the models to walk.

Who are the models that inspired you? Have you ever met your favourite models and experienced starstruck?

Some inspirations includes Sean O’Pry and Kim Woo Bin. I’ve briefly met Sean at an event in NYC, but no stars truck. It was a very cool and casual conversation.

What would be your ultimate dream gig as a model?

Hm, that’s a tough one. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot as a model. I’ve already walked for many shows and been in a bunch of campaigns. But, I wouldn’t mind walking in some shows in Milan ☺️

What is your daily grooming routine and how do you maintain your physique?

Don’t really have a daily grooming routine to be honest. Basic skin care is essential. I do take some time to do my hair in all different styles. If you catch me ever wig a backwards baseball cap, it’s because I was too lazy to do my hair that day. 😁 As for physique, maintaining a regular exercise regimen is important. I go to the gym about 3-4 times a week.

What is your favourite look during casting, and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?

I think the essentials for male models are much more basic than our female counterparts. But generally I’ll bring a combination of white/black tee shirt and tank tops, skinny jeans, hair product and comb. I know a lot of other models carry make up kits, but if you maintain your skin properly, I don’t think it’s needed.

What is your favourite book and movie of all time? Who are you currently listening to on your music player?

Not much of a reader to be honest. Currently reading “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren and I must say, it’s changed my life. I HIGHLY recommend this book! A recent favorite movie of mine is Captain America Civil War. I’m a huge comic book nerd and I thought that the movie did the comics justice and faithfully portrayed all of my favorite characters. As for what’s on my iPod, it’s a combination of 80’s music like Michael Jackson and 90’s.

What are you usually do during your free time? And what is your guilty pleasure?

On my free time I find time to hang out with my friends and family here in Jakarta. Guilty pleasure: mint chocolate chip ice cream.

What is your hidden talent that nobody knows?

I know the exact choreography for many boy bands including *NSYNC AND SHINee.

What do you think about Indonesia and do you have favourite holiday spots here? Also what is your favourite Indonesian food?

I love Indonesia. My favorite holiday spots are Gili, Lombok and Bali. Favorite Indonesian food: Sapi (beef) balado and rendang.

Last but not least, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

I’d prob be still be working in my office job.


Featured Article: Biyan Spring Summer 2017


Entering the 34th year of his dedication in fashion industry, one of Indonesia’s fashion maestros, Biyan Wanaatmaja, presented the new Women’s Wear Spring/Summer 2017 Collection of his main line, BIYAN. The highly-anticipated show was held at Segara Hall, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, on June 1st 2016, within philosophic idea called “Benang Merah“.

Benang Merah brings a philosophy of harmonic diversity. Biyan defines ‘diversity’ as the variation of many components which results on enthusiasm for the intermixture, in which every composition is connected in a harmony. “There is an evolution in each phase of every person’s life, that indirectly forms their character”, said Biyan about Benang Merah. This collection born with many factors built the idea: accumulation of history, influences medias, figurations, colors, textures and sounds that are recorded in his memory, including the archives of his previous collections.



In the beginning of the show, audiences were stimulated by a heavenly Goddess-like back sound, with gradually lighten runway. The whole space of Segara hall was all dominated by red ambiance. Oriental-styled tall pillars enliven the red runway. Benang Merah delivers a complexity in mood, transition and emotions. In personified description, the show portrays a lady who has strongly divided characters at once, yet stands independently with her principals, and the most importantly, she has her own taste. The transition and layering of fashion show’s back sounds reflected Biyan‘s idea of harmony very perfectly. At the beginning, audience could feel mysterious beauty, which slowly faded and replaced with elegant and contemporary music that reminds of Javanese aristocrat era. The latter music compositions brought the feel of graceful-melancholic seduction, which slowly turned to be dynamic with a bit sense of humor. The models on the runway were sporting sleek bun with gold hairpiece and minimal make up so that the beauty looks didn’t overpowered the collection.

Distinguished from many fashion shows in which audiences can see some stated moods from different sequences, Benang Merah does not seem to have any part or sequences. It showcased undefined climax and anticlimax; there is no mood stratification. The experience received by audiences might be complicated. Benang Merah constructed a vivid imagination and memory collage of Biyan. The collection itself is rich, in terms of inspirations. However, this complicated complexity was nicely presented, and offers a generalizable conclusion: it is intricate, glamorous, elegant and very sophisticated.



BIYAN Spring/Summer 2017 Collection involves contrast colors and full of textures. The color palette includes shades of red, coral, indigo blue, fresh mint and olive, which are mixed with off white, beige, gold, silver and black. Biyan created this collection through an intense process and experiments, yet still drew coherency through silhouettes, volumes and materials, with an exploration towards Gujarat-originated Chintz fabric. Biyan combined some lavish materials such as lame jacquard with lace textures, with basic materials like denim and linen. He put some deconstructive spirits within raw edges and embroidery archive-inspired patchworks. Metal emboss, handcrafted brass, mineral stones, caved bones, glass and crystal beads, Swarovski, freshwater pearl, and lace ribbon are some of many elements he uses to create unique and intricate wearable looks.

BIYAN Spring/Summer 2017 Collection is a contrast in harmony, with assimilated physical and philosophical elements. Despite of its complexity which may be difficult to digest, it is more than just a collection. It is a form of treasure, which represents years of memories, involving multiple factors and elements. It is worth an attention.



See the complete runway photos and attendees (such as actresses Tara Basro and Adinia Wirasti) on our Facebook Fanpage. You can also see the collection in motion on our newly launched Youtube channel, and don’t forget to subscriber for more exclusive videos!

All photos are courtesy of art8amby, photographed by Agra Suseno.

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Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Tuti


Her strong, edgy editorial face, confident walk and signature hair catches our attention. And once we get to know the Malaysian born catwalker, her fun personality wins our heart. Recently we interviewed one of the most exciting faces in Jakarta’s modelling scene for our first ever #art8ambyinterview series in which she tells us her beauty routine and her favourite Indonesian food.

Can you share the story of how did you get scouted and started modeling?
When I was in university, one of my seniors came up and directly asked me whether I’m interested to do a test shoot with him which I find very interesting and there you go. Its addictive!

Who are the models that inspired you? Have you ever met your favourite models and get starstruck?
Of course Kate Moss is my spirit animal but lately I’ve always interested with models that I can relate to; whether its the curly hair like Damaris Goodrie, or interesting personality like Binx or Ali Michael, and all those fab fab models like Freja Beha and BFF, Abbey Lee, urgh and the list goes on and on and..
Nope. How i wish ..

What would be your dream gig as a model?
IMG, sign me! And I want to be featured in models.com and as the coverpage for W mag and to walk for Givenchy or Balmain. Amen to that.🙂

What is your daily beauty routine and how do you maintain your beautiful, natural curly hair?
Keratin shampoo, and DONT GO AGAINTS YOUR HAIR TEXTURE! you gotta embrace what chu got!

How do you usually dress for casting and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?
Of course the ‘dresscode’ to casting will always be white or black equals minimal. But I love to mix and match sometimes. Still black and white, but maybe a hint of silver or gold (you gotta choose) accessories and a choker is a must to me because it gives the long-neck-effect feelings. Pair it up with boots or just sneakers and you’re ready to werkk it.

What is your favourite book and movie of all time?
Forrest Gump! Fav book How To Be Parisian!

What are you usually do during your free time? And what is your guilty pleasure?
Nail art. Munchies after 12!

What is your hidden talent that nobody knows?
To give people ‘that-judging-look’ face but to be exact I’m just thinking about what to eat for dinner.

What do you think about Indonesia and do you have favourite spots to visit while in here? Also what is your favourite Indonesian food?
I’m in love with Indonesia. Indo, kamu keren!
Well, I don’t have specific one but I don’t mind just chilling around Kemang, but i’m looking forward to go to Bandung. Yeap, I’ve never been there before😦
NASI UDUK KEBUN KACANG, forever in my heart.

Last but not least, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I’m going to be a sexy chic librarian!

Tuti is represented by Wynn Models Jakarta and Reds Agency Surabaya.

Digitals courtesy of art8amby. Runway photos courtesy of T O D J O. Special thanks to Wynn Models.


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.





Featured Article: Biyan Spring Summer 2016


Biyan Wanaatmadja explored multiple emotions, such as surreal and magical, that comes within a dream for a dainty, delicate Spring Summer 2016 collection aptly named “Dream” that was presented last Thursday, June 11th 2015 at The Dharmawangsa Hotel, Jakarta.

He created a beautifully serene collection with his signature luxurious, feminine sensibility and relaxed yet dynamic sophistication. He combined the inspirations from Indonesia‘s own kebaya detailing, old children storybook and tiles pattern that seen at old churches and buildings with intricate workmanship such as lattice embroidery, eyelet, macrame, and chunky embellishments and embroideries.

The dreamy color palette is a mixture of neutral and muted colors like white, ivory, beige, grey, celadon, tile blue and powder blue. For this collection, Biyan merged heavy and light materials (glittered tulle, printed silk organza, linen, silk georgette, taffeta, and denim) with romantic yet whimsical silhouettes (long dresses, A-line skirt, palazzo pants and loose coats and jackets). Majestic white tree in the center of the runway, romantic sleek bun and neutral make up with a stroke of white on one side of the face completed the presentation.

Browse through our Facebook fanpage and let the beautiful collection speaks for itself.

Read our review of his past collections “Seruni“, “The Radiance Postcard” and “Foliage” by clicking the links.

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All images are courtesy of Yannis Yereoudakis for art8amby.







Nina Ricci L’Extase Fragrance 2015 Ad Campaign


The image with Laetitia Casta was photographed by Dusan Reljin. (source)


Featured Article: Numéro Tokyo 2014 Covers Recap


December is not even started but here we are, presenting our first 2014 covers recap already!

As usual, Numéro Tokyo is the first magazine to wrapped up their front pages line up for this year. They started the year with a soft palette cover and styling of this year’s IT model, Cara Delevingne. Valerija Kelava, with a blunt bangs, fronted the magazine’s March issue shot by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello who shot the most covers this year. Another cover model with blunt bangs hairstyle was Vlada Roslyakova on the April issue by Ellen Von Unwerth.

Continuing their tradition of having studio shoots, Numéro Tokyo photographed most of their covers with plain backdrop in various colors. From Kiko Mizuhara beauty shot, flower girl Meghan Collison, to classic faced Julia Frauche, cool veteran catwalker Maggie Rizer to model turned actress Tao Okamoto. The only time they have outdoor shots were the one with Elizabeth Olsen (by Michael Schwartz) and Lindsey Wixson (by Guy Aroch)—our favourite image of the year from them.

Share your favourite covers in the comment box below.

Click the links to read 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 recaps from Numéro Tokyo.


Featured Article: Paul Taylor Eyewear Black Label 2014 Collection



Box Knox

Iconic Sydney-based eyewear designer Paul Taylor just released a new collection, The Black Label 2014 Collection, which was inspired by the Golden Age of 1950’s–one of his favourite genres. The designer prescription glasses, sunglasses and fashion eyewear comes in various classic, glamorous shapes with soft yet colorful palette such as duck egg blue, olive, crimson red, creamy white, charcoal and turquoise with pearlescent glossy finish.

Cat eyes, and square frames are quite synonymous with the particular era, Paul reworked his signature cat eyes style in a more subtle oval shape suited to the everyday wearer. He has also added other retro styles for both men and women reminiscent of this stylish and glamorous age.

“I prefer to mean more to fewer, rather than a little to the masses. Life is too short to wear boring eyewear so I create for those who want to stand out and make a statement” says Paul Taylor.

Our favourite frame is the strong square shaped Box Knox which comes in aqua and black crystal fleck, rich red mottle, tortoiseshell and black. Maren–designed with Paul‘s beautiful friend in mind–is slightly curved and incredibly flattering on female face with divine colors of aubergine front with orange temples, red mottle, black, and white lace and crystal with a touch of glitter.

Paul‘s career spans over 30 years. He began as an Optical Mechanic and Optical Dispenser before turning his talents to the broader eyewear industry with his eponymous eyewear label, Paul Taylor. The Black Label 2014 Collection is entirely made in Italy, using mazzucchelli acetate. Paul also ensuring optimal comfort and protection for the wearer with a partnership with leading lens manufacturer, Carl Zeiss Vision.

The superb quality of the glasses, lens and unique designs earned him cult followers from celebrities (such as Sarah Murdoch, George Miller, Billy Connolly and the late Michael Hutchence), fashion designer (Jenny Kee) and fellow artists (Ken Done) to his loyal customers in Australia and abroad.

Maren


Clancy


Charlotte



Featured Article: Shanghai Tang 20th Anniversary Art Collaboration Project


Shanghai Tang celebrates its 20th anniversary as the global curator of Modern Chinese chic with a series of collaborations with visionary creative talents.

Inspired by the beauty of nature, Shanghai Tang released a captivating pop-art short film entitled “A Garden of Vibrant Dreams” that will take you on a mesmerizing journey through a series of six artworks by the talented Shanghai-born artist Jacky Tsai. His recent works include an exquisite large blue and white porcelain egg for Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City, which was auctioned in Sotheby’s New York in April 2014.

The mystic spiral made of round artworks imitate a hypnotic fall where one enters a world within a world (mise-en-abime). The original cinematic music by Charlie Nguyen Kim combines sounds of the East with a modern twist.

The six original artworks (Lotus Porcelain, Flying Tiger, Ginger Flower, Carved Dragon, Petrol Rainbow and Mix Landscape) were inspired by the beauty of nature and filled with colourful energy which reflect the optimism of modern China.

Floral Play captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life. The sudden splash of ink introduces the world of peaceful Lotus Porcelain inspired by Chinese porcelain. Carved Dragon grown from Chinese motifs of wiggly tree branches and birds on a glowing red sunset.

The vibrant vegetal universe of Ginger Flower takes you through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish to come together in a picturesque portrait. Petrol Rainbow set in the landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish and colorful valley. Last but not least, Chinese acrobats and Western performers work together jumping and swinging up in the sky to celebrate the prosperous Chinese New Year on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions for Flying Tiger.

The Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang collaboration inspired a limited edition capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and men. These include the traditional qipao dresses, box clutches, cashmere shawls, porcelain dining set, home products, iPad and iPhone cases and even skateboards.







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