Modern, ethnic-inspired Muslim wear in limelight

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - From street wear to high fashion, Indonesian designers enrich the glossary of Muslim fashion on the second day of the Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW).

Nine fashion designers presented their latest women’s collections in the Indonesia Fashion Week, dazzling young audience who dressed up to enjoy the event.

Muslim Wear show Designer Yoha Friska Mei Fanny presented a collection of grunge-style under her YOHA line, which was dominated by black and white geometrical designs. She also introduced a hijab style that was inspired by East European technique of tying a triangle scarf under the chin.

Zakia Bamahri's ZAQ collection gave a masculine touch with checkered or vertical stripe tunic, vest or asymmetrical shirts. To accentuate the design, the hijab was only worn to cover the hair and neck.

HAVA line also presented dynamic designs suitable for teenage fashionistas. The layering of outerwear, cotton shirts, crop tops, see-through materials and sneakers would suit any occasion.

West Nusa Tenggara motifs were celebrated in Shahia’s collection, while Lia Afif played with Palembang songket adorned with accessories usually used by Palembang brides. Lia also arranged the hijab in the style of South Sumatra rural women.

Hanny Lovelly and Janeeta used luxurious fabric in their designs, while Si.Se.Sa designers showed the classical cut of sharia Muslim wear with flowing gowns and two-pieces in pastel colours adorned with pearls.

Japanese designer Chiharu Horiuchi made her debut at the fashion week by using kimono fabric to create loose two-pieces, jackets and outerwear.

She emulated Japanese bridal headwear as hijab in some of her designs.

"It's unintentional, but the designs are indeed embodied in my culture," she said through a translator.

Online boutique also made its debut on the second day of the event, bringing out ethnic-inspired Muslim fashions.

"We are proud to expose the rich cultural diversity and multi-ethnic acculturation through modest fashion designs," CEO Diajeng Lestari told reporters on Friday.

Zaskia is among Indonesian designers who have been active in popularising Indonesian Muslim fashion by taking part in international shows, including the recent New York and London Fashion weeks.

"We will continue our dream to get Indonesia recognised as a ‘polar’ of world Muslim fashion," Diajeng added.
Senior ‎designer and event coordinator Musa Widyatmodjo said the designers had to determine a character unique to Indonesia to achieve the dream.

"We don't have the technology to emulate Paris' high fashion or China's mass production. Our strength lies in ethnic crafts such as woven cloth and embroidery.

"Aside from that, a well-organised industry for Muslim fashion is a must."

The IFW is expected to draw 120,000 visitors this year. It ends on Sunday.