Category Archives: Fashion

10th JFW: The Fight for Legacy and Relevance

Time does fly fast. This week Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) turned ten. While a 10-year run is relatively young, considering New York Fashion Week was initiated in the 1940s while the region’s most notable fashion week in Tokyo has run … Continue reading

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Urban Art Scene and A Chat with Eddie Hara

You may still recall what I wrote here about my gallery-hopping in Yogyakarta around the time of Artjog. One of the art merchandises we acquired was a lovely scarf screened by the work of Eddie Hara, the renowned Basel-based Indonesian … Continue reading

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The Milestones of a Lawyer and a Designer

The word milestone is, by definition, a marker of distance—length of the road traveled. On literal roads milestones are measured the same way, yet on life journey the distances and how they are marked vary greatly. Although, sometimes, a couple … Continue reading

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The Ugly F-Word of Forecasting

Oh, the ugly F-word of forecasting. I despise that one more than any other F-word around. I didn’t like it much throughout schools, and I loathed it on monthly basis when pursuing marketing career in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. … Continue reading

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Rebels and Disrupters at Jakarta Fashion Week

Attending a fashion week is always fun to me, but I admit that after having seen countless shows year after year sometimes things can start to look somewhat similar. So it’s nice when suddenly a rebellion springs on and off … Continue reading

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71 Years On: The Crossroads of Identity?

It started off years ago as Independence Day lunch with some diplomat friends; they’d just returned from State Palace for the ceremony, I’d just finished watching it on TV. Since they’d be in formalwear, I’d dress accordingly in variations of red-white … Continue reading

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Roaring Asian Tigresses Are Coming

Yes, Ramadan has arrived. Guess who else has arrived? The new coterie of Asia’s top models. (What, we can’t talk about models while observing Ramadan? C’mon now.) Asia’s Next Top Model, one of the franchises spurned from America’s Next Top … Continue reading

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Mengurai Lipstik, Tas, Ponsel, dan Pasar

Bila Anda termasuk pengguna aktif Twitter di Indonesia, mungkin seminggu ini perhatian Anda banyak terpaku pada perselisihan tajam antara 2 (dua) akun tentang pembelian dan pembayaran kosmetika asing untuk dibisniskan. Di antara banyaknya komentar yang lumayan sexist seperti “Urusan emak-emak … Continue reading

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Indonesia Fashion Week: Serving Up A Platter

Indonesia Fashion Week kicked off its annual event last week in Jakarta. Organized by one of Indonesia’s associations for fashion and business folks, APPMI, it came on the heels of internal dispute that had seen several senior designers, once at the helm of … Continue reading

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Fashion and Art, Here Dancing At Last

A while back an esteemed London-based fashion and art writer expressed his shock upon learning from a small group of Indonesian journalists that fashion major wasn’t du rigueur in our art schools. How you could separate the two when fashion … Continue reading

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