A VIEW FROM THE FRONT ROW

Every year, Indonesian Fashion Designers Association, known as IPMI (in Indonesian language: Ikatan Perancang Mode Indonesia) held a trend show as a reference for the Indonesian fashion. 

Established since 1986, this annual event was held on October 9, 2012 at Soehana Hall, Energy Building, Jakarta, Indonesia. Eight designers showed their existences through each creativities and expressiveness. The theme of the year is “Energie”, which represent their energy to explore and innovate thus create a fashion masterpiece. 

From 8 designers, I watched four of them, Yongki Budisutisna, Adrianto Halim, Tuty Cholid and Barli Asmara. Yongki brought a lot of sexy backs (mostly in black) on the runway, which mostly reminds me of 1950’s vintage style with flared skirts. Tuty and her batik collection graced the runway with mix of crochet. I love how she wrapped batik as a top, paired with crochet flare skirt. Adrianto played with orange color and ruffles a lot, yet it made his collection the brightest color on the runway last night.

The highlight of the show was a performance by Dewi Sandra, famous Indonesian singer, wearing Barli Asmara. She flirted the audience with her group of dancers, singing Lady Marmalade. Just as the Moulin Rouge performance, she looked great with flapper dress style from the 1920’s. I love how she styled her hair, braids with Avatar kind of style. She’s also one of Barli’s muse, so no surprised when she introduced Barli’s collection for the night. Quite an interesting closing of the show when Barli’s models came out with huge silver cape covering their dresses beneath. Barli’s key look: sheer, bling, flower detail and folding fan. Very art deco, the whole Barli’s collection remind me of the movie “Midnight in Paris”. 

All of their ready to wear collection will be exclusively available at Metro Department Store on April 2013.

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