Sometimes, changing your routine can be good for you. It spurs your creativity and energizes you.
In their latest collections, three designers from the Indonesian Fashion Designers Association (Appmi) decided to do just that, veering off their usual design paths.
Harry Ibrahim, Malik Moestaram and Komelia Ersan presented their designs in a collaborative fashion show, themed A New Sensation, during the Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival last week in Sentra Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
“We wanted to play around and do something different,” said Harry, who is based in Bandung and the chairman of Appmi’s West Java chapter.
In the show, Harry presented 20 elaborate evening gowns from his latest collection, Trigonometry.
“I was inspired by mathematical formulas,” he said. “There’s a lot of math involved in fashion design.”
Harry’s intricate dresses featured curving and crisscrossing lines that enhanced a woman’s physical shape, elongating the torso and highlighting the curves. Presented in suave golden hues, sapphire blue and red, they were eye-catching.
“I’ve never made a red dress before,” said Harry, who usually opts to create monochromatic dresses in basic colors like black, white and creme with few embellishments.
A silk and satin dress in gold and cyan was glamorous, with a column of sequins down the front to accentuate the model’s curves.
Harry’s finale was a sparkling ruby dress with gold lines crisscrossing around the bodice and a flared semi-transparent skirt. The model looked graceful in the body-hugging mermaid silhouette.
Komelia, a shoe designer from Bandung, also defied convention with her latest collection of Alea Shoes, which featured exciting neon hues.
“Women should not only choose colors like black, white or creme for their shoes,” she said. “They should be daring and experiment with other colors.”
A pair of platform shoes embellished with crisscrossing straps in mismatched colors were especially adorable. They demanded attention, even when presented with a black tube dress by Malik.
“My shoes turn heads,” Komelia said.
Another pair adorned with yellow feathers at the ankles were alluring and whimsical, but the white stilettos wrapped with pleated ribbons around the heels stole the show.
Most of Komelia’s Alea Shoes have high heels from 9 to 17 centimeters high.
“I think women look prettier in high heels,” she said. “But no need to worry — I always try to test each pair myself so I can assure you they’re comfortable.”
Alea Shoes are available online and cost from Rp 500,000 to Rp 1.5 million ($54 to $160) per pair.
Malik, known for designing with bright colors, went dark and monochromatic in his new collection, Intersectique.
“The collection is an intersection of my style,” he said. “It’s both bold and feminine.”
A female model with cropped blonde hair charged onto the catwalk like a general at war, her fierce impression highlighted by her outfit: a saffron-colored silk blouse with tassels and silver beads on the shoulders, and slim-cut pants with neat rows of golden beads.
“I was inspired by the ancient Chinese civilization,” he said. “They waged a lot of wars to expand their territory.”
Malik’s one-shoulder party dress was chic and sophisticated. The short, dark gray dress was entirely covered with rows of multicolored beads, while the pleated and slanted waistline created an hourglass figure.
But the most intricate dress in the collection was a short beaded dress layered on the outside with asymmetrically cut tulle. As the model walked, the dark green tulle swayed seductively and framed her long legs.
What’s it like to create something so different from the norm?
“It’s very difficult and takes longer,” Malik said. “But I am very happy with the results.”