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Six Indonesian designers hit 2017 New York Fashion Week

Renee Minus White | 9/14/2017, 5:48 p.m.
At New York Fashion Week, six young Indonesian designers pulled off a marvelous presentation, as Indonesian Diversity’s spring/summer ’18 hit ...
From the spring/summer '18 collections by Indonesian Diversity's six designers

At New York Fashion Week, six young Indonesian designers pulled off a marvelous presentation, as Indonesian Diversity’s spring/summer ’18 hit the runway. They displayed gorgeous collections of ready-to-wear and accessories. For these designers, flying to New York for Fashion Week and showing their lines for the first time was a dream come true. Theatrical beats pumped through the room and models walked impressively in elegant styles that were impeccably embellished with handcrafted Indonesian elements.

Their lines included fine handcrafted fabrics and embroideries that glided down the runway. Expert craftsmanship was evident in these high-end Indonesian fashions. Each designer approached this show as an opportunity to bring Indonesian designs to the New York runway. For spring/summer 2018, their clothes were inspired by everything from architecture to traditional dance.

Geometric prints and beaded brocades permeated Dian Pelangi’s bold collection. The menswear-inspired pieces were great for suiting in unexpected, bright colors. These clothes were brought to life for the hustle and bustle of New York City. Subway tile-like embellishments highlighted waistlines and shoulders that gave a creative flair to straight silhouettes.

Barli Asmara showed a gorgeous collection of white lace, cold shoulder dresses and gowns. Inspired by purity and Middle Eastern architecture, these layered looks with lace-up pieces were complemented by bejeweled statement earrings. A full pearl-embellished gown with a turtleneck structure and beaded waistline stole this show.

Mekia Wijaya dug all the way to her roots to create a collection of impressive garments tied to Indonesian folklore. With a story praising the creative energy of the rooster and peacock, Wijaya sent feather-adorned headpieces, gowns and separates down the catwalk.

Larger-than-life yet dainty gold headpieces enhanced Catherine Njoo’s models. Focused in rich embroideries and beaded batik fabrics, her well-designed, beautiful forms created an ultra-luxurious wave over the entire collection. Njoo’s jaw-dropping, egg-shaped gold headpiece opened and closed her segment.

Designer Vivi Zubedi believes in a world of equal love among all cultures. A rich-color palette with subtle prints was embellished with branded patchwork. Making a bold political statement, her floor-length abbaya was accent-printed with “All Colors Matter.” The designer featured models dressed in hijabs in various sizes, including plus sizes.

All designers worked with handbags and accessories created by Doris Dorthea. For celebrities, Dorthea is the go-to designer for custom handbags. She uses vibrant colors, exotic skins in beautifully crafted, structure mini bags. Good show!