Category Archives: Fashion

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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Notes from the Front Row of JFW2016

The weeklong brutality that is Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) last week came to town. Yours truly, mere days after a bruising 10-day sojourn to Milan and Frankfurt, threw herself into the annual fete with much glee and abandon. Sustainability is the … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 7

Are we really here already, at the closing of Jakarta Fashion Week 2016? I swear it’s just started, like, yesterday. As happens every year to journalists and fashion folks devoting themselves for the entire week, on the last leg of … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 6

A global trend that has also found its way into the Indonesian fashion scene in the past year is capsule collection, where two creative and/or retail forces join heads in creating a limited edition collection for a particular season, and … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 5

Almost in a blink, half of JFW 2016 is gone already. If it weren’t for my beat up legs and going-down-faster-than-the-ozone level of energy I wouldn’t believe myself that we’re on Day 5 by now. As it typically happens, the … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 4

Year after year, one of the most coveted invitations during the Jakarta Fashion Week is the pass to Obin’s show. Always considered herself a fabric artist instead of a fashion designer, Obin would send her models dancing and sashaying on … Continue reading

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