Indonesian Diversity influences fall/winter ’19 looks
RENEE MINUS WHITE | 8/29/2019, 1:56 p.m.
Direct from Indonesia, four dynamic designer collections were shown for fall 2019 NYFW. Guests were left in awe by each garment. Their beadwork, embroidered lace and crystals were impeccably sewn on garments. Many of the looks were enhanced by traditional headgear like turbans and hijabs. These designers and their clothes left their audiences in awe.
The runway show commenced with the Dian Pelangi collection titled “Social Love.” It was her interpretation on the “hype” of the fashionista. With pieces that left many of the American guests asking if the collection was “See Now Buy Now,” Pelangi demonstrated that women who wear hijabs can be cool, modern and embrace street style.
“Women rocking a hijab should still be able to represent the modern, dynamic and sporty street style typical of Manhattan,” quipped Pelangi backstage before the show. Each look had layered dresses and coats that were cinched at the waist over pants. The look was feminine. She integrated tones of pink, black and yellow. Accessories included cat eye sunglasses that were ripe for street-style snaps.
Designer Itang Yunasz captivated the crowd with flowing dresses that epitomized luxury batik chic. The traditional print of Indonesia transported models from day to a dreamy Jakarta night. There were intricate details like crystal embroidery and seashells which created a boho style on the tulle, silk organza full-length dresses. Showstopping turbans, made from traditional fabric, adorned each look.
2 Madison Avenue brought new silhouettes, vibrant colors and structure to the runway. The collection was filled with hot pink, red, yellow and other contemporary colors. These pieces were shown with a juxtaposition of textiles, designs and knee-high boots. A world tour of inspiration from Africa to Japan and Spain to New York, the presentation started with pink and leather and ended with embroidered eveningwear, pop art and an elegant, white finale dress.
The fourth collection, Alleira Batik, presented a sophisticated collection of tunics and dresses created in traditional red and aqua blue silks and organza, accompanied with structured jackets. The showstopper was a printed pantsuit with plum, burgundy, and red hues that effortlessly worked with unexpected synergy. The print recurred in other silhouettes in the show. These garments were very wearable, yet they were a hard feat for any designer.
The runway show was packed with a full house of industry editors, buyers, influencers, and notable guests including Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, Francesca Curran from “Orange is the New Black,” Ashley Martson and Jay Smith from “90 Day Fiancé,” and Melody Mitchell from VH1’s “Black Ink Crew.”