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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: Interview with Farah Angsana

Farah Angsana's Spring Summer 2012 collection - Oriental Enchantment

Last week, Art got this amazing opportunity to meet with Farah Angsana, the first Indonesian born (who was raised in Singapore, Los Angeles and London) fashion designer to presented her collection in Paris Fashion Week several years ago. The designer who graduated from Central School of Fashion in London held her last couple of collections in New York Fashion Week.

The humble lady who participated in our congratulatory #art8ambyonemillion hashtag last April answered our questions about her favourite things, her biggest dreams and shared her real thoughts about the upcoming Pre-Fall collection exclusively to art8amby.

How does it feels to be Indonesian descent fashion designer and showing your collections in one of the world’s fashion capitals?

In some senses I feel proud to be able to present my country, but in the other hand, I am just a fashion designer who happened to be at the International platform. Nothing special but just work harder with 10x pressure.

Tell us about your upcoming Pre-Fall 2012 collection. What are the inspirations?

Pre-fall collection is mostly about business not about inspirations that be able to show on the catwalk. A Pre-fall is a collection to deliver to the store in summer before the fall season. That is why it’s called pre-fall collection. I believe the general sales volume inspired me to do pre-fall collection in order to generate revenue to my company.

Which decades are your favourite and why?

I would have to say Belle Epoque for the true couture with limited luxury at that time, and the 50’s when the women dressed so beautifully and embraced their femininity and true elegance.

You’re attending Jakarta Fashion Week 2012 recently, what are your opinion about Indonesian fashion industry that can be considered growing rapidly. Would love to hear your opinion about some of the designs that you saw at JFW 2012 as well?

Unfortunately I didn’t see as much shows as I would like to during Jakarta Fashion Week. I believe that what I saw the designers in Indonesia are very creative and try to follow the trend. Although I dislike to comment other designers work but I would comment the good ones such as Ivan Gunawan. I was impressed with his creativity of using vibrant colors and the energy of his show. His type of work could be called couture. It was done nicely. Beside Ivan, there was another designer I couldn’t recalled his name, but he did a stand out contemporary collection that was all in white. I was amazed with Indonesian talents from what my witnessed during Jakarta Fashion Week. Also I feel sad at the same time to witnessed some horrific taste and badly copied collections. Fortunately, it’s not me to judge but my advice to them is to inspired another designers and brands it’s alright, but you need to take it and mould it into your own.

What are your favourite food, movies and songs?

I love all foods in general. In term of movies, it has to be intellectually moves me. Currently I love and adore Adele. Mostly of her lyrics and her amazing voice that moves me. Especially at this point in my life, some of her lyrics reflecting my life and some experiences I’ve encountered.

What is your biggest dream?

To be loved, happy, healthy and the recognition of my hard work.

The rotation of the fashion seasons are really fast, what do you do to keep the inspirations coming?

Mostly through traveling. I always inspired by cultures, people and experiencing the unknown and the unexpected every seasons in my life. With the unexpected, it will brings me to the mysterious journey that I could explore and translate into my collection.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

My favorite holiday destination are Bali, St.Barts, south of France and my bedroom!

A very special thanks to Farah Angsana for the remarkable opportunity.

You can also read our review about her Spring Summer 2012 collection titled Oriental Enchantment, here.

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Images via Style.com and Bryan Bedder.

Farah Angsana backstage at her Fall Winter 2010 show during New York Fashion Week on February 11th, 2010

Featured Article: Gucci Cruise 2012

“I wanted to create a collection from timeless aesthetic while re-examining the House’s codes through a contemporary lens,” Gucci‘s Creative Director Frida Giannini explains about her latest collection, Cruise 2012. She added, “I set out to contaminate the styles seen in archival photographs from the Fifties and Sixties with a modern vision”

Her take on the fifties and sixties are shown in no less than 44 womenswear looks in lavish materials such as mélange, lurex, silk, georgette, cotton voile and crêpe de chine modeled by Kasia Struss, Melissa Tammerijn and Martha Streck. The lavish materials used by Frida Giannini combined with the sophisticated tailoring made these as a yet another wearable and luxurious collections that put the fashion house as one of the leading brands in the industry.

Black and white printed trench coat with stripes top, tight skirts that hit below the knee with double breasted jacket, pleats carved in gold on mini skirts with small collarless jacket, tight ankle-length pants with darts and cuffs, white dinner jacket worn with a golden reflector top and a trompe l’oeil dress combined with the same shade of chartreuse are some of the highlights from the collection that was presented earlier this June in New York City.

Gucci also featured square lady bags to carry on the shoulder or by hand, maxi shopper bags in animal prints, small belts to emphasize the waistline, plexi and PVC flower details, high heeled pumps with sharp points (in zebra prints!), a compelling python sandals and classic horsebit moccasins to completed the looks.

Lenz von Johnston—who starred in Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott photographed advertising images of Gucci Cruise 2012 along with top model Karmen Pedaru— sporting the ultimate Cruise signature, a stripes sweater paired with white rolled up pants. Nick Rae and Mark Cox also sporting the nautical stripes with sneakers, paisley shirt, leather jacket and cuffed jeans for another perfect Resort outfit.

You can view more exclusive images of Gucci Cruise 2012 Womenswear and Menswear collection that also featured the accessories (bags, shoes, sunglasses and watches) in our extensive Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget to “like” our page to get the latest updates in fashion 😉

Gucci Cruise 2012 collections are now available in Gucci stores nationwide (Plaza Indonesia, Senayan City and Plaza Senayan). The collections are also available in Gucci stores worldwide.

Gucci also recently opened its newly renovated boutique with a new design concept by Frida Giannini in Via Montenapoleone on September 21st 2011, the first day of Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 which also the day that the latest collection from Gucci was presented (click here to view the fashion show video).

The 1600 square meters boutique located in the heart of Milan‘s fashion district, Quadrilatero della Moda, is still having Gucci‘s signature materials such as rosewood and marble but enhanced with the introduction of new elements such as ribbed glass, warm polished gold, smoked mirror and smoked bronze glass, recalling the elegance and richness of the Art Deco era.

Via Montenapoleone is one of Europe’s most prestigious retail destinations so I wanted to amplify the luxuriousness of the boutique’s environment through natural light and space to create an aesthetic, which is complementary to the vision of the House today,” explains Giannini.

In the exclusive event, customers witnessed first handed how the meticulous attention to detail and the superb craftsmanship was given by the House’s most skilled artisans during the personalization of the handbags with the hand-embossed monogramming (each handbag featured a special inside plaque embossed with the location and date) at the artisan’s custom-built workshops inside the boutique.

In addition, for the first time ever the artisans displayed their work in front of the public on the signature Gucci moccasin and demonstrated expert techniques used in the shoe-making process.

The Montenapoleone store is among over 30 Gucci stores in the world that now reflect Frida Giannini‘s design concept following its successful roll-out in other cities including New York, Rome, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Paris.

Browse through our Facebook page here for more exclusive images from the store opening.


A very special thanks to GUCCI – Indonesia for the exclusive images.

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