From lavish Eastern gowns to ‘conservative chic’ basics: Hijabi fashion takes centre stage at Indonesian Fashion Week

 

With 32 fashion shows, an exhibition of 487 fashion brands and more than 120,000 visitors, Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) is a growing and increasingly established world fashion force.

And this year was no exception, as Australian designers were invited to showcase their wares alongside other designers from the likes of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea between March 10 and March 13 in Jakarta.

With a theme of ‘Reflection of Culture’, runway guests were treated to shows that included flowing floor-length gowns, graphic prints, headpieces, jewels and tunics – the perfect fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.

Great success: Zubedi was recently asked to show at London Fashion Week 2016, in a promotion of Islamic fashion to the rest of the world

But Zubedi is not the only brand to achieve international success from the event. 

Both Melbourne-based label, Pageant and Australian wool company Woolmark showcased collections on the opening day of Jakarta Fashion Week last year and have since had increasing success, at home as well as abroad.

Meanwhile, on the catwalks, there was plenty to be inspired by this month. Acclaimed designer, Yurita Puji, offered a high-necked, shorts one piece – complete with an up-do and pearl drop earrings as well as an extremely lavish creation that was modelled with a headpiece and shoulder ornaments.

Balinese designer, Tjok Abi, was similarly bold, thanks to batik-style outfits and glamorous accessories.

While Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW), currently in its fifth year, aims to cast a limelight on local designers and their innovative use of traditional garments, there is plenty to entice and excite the worldwide customer. 

The event opened on March 10, with an eclectic collection by the renowned Italian designer, Camillo Bona, who gained global fame for designing for Amal Clooney.

As well as this, other international names featured.

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Global interest: While Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW), in its fifth year, aims to cast a limelight on local designers and their innovative use of traditional garments, there is plenty to entice and excite the worldwide customer

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Worldwide appeal: As well as an Italian designer opening the event, there were plenty of other international designers showcasing their creations too

Meanwhile, the traditional headscarf was present in a variety of ways, from pairing it with an over-sized necklace, to mixing it with a sports luxe silver-y outfit, as seen in the Abame runway show.

Fashion is of great importance in Indonesia.

The creative economy accounts for about seven per cent of the country’s GDP, and while the most important industry is culinary, accounting for about 30 per cent of the creative economy’s value, next comes fashion.

Thankfully, this round-up shows that there was plenty of sartorial trends on show in Jakarta. Anyone for a batik split-front dress?

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Mixing it up: The traditional headscarf was present in a variety of ways, from pairing it with an over-sized necklace, to mixing it with a sports luxe outfit, as seen in the Abame runway show
Great importance: The creative economy accounts for about seven per cent of Indonesia's GDP

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