Celebration of Love: not your average showcase

Final parade from day 2 bridal fashion show.

Last night St. Regis Jakarta concluded its 3-day luxury wedding showcase entitled Celebration of Love in its Astor ballroom. They created this event because St. Regis believes that a dream wedding deserves the utmost attention to details in planning and impeccable service. As such, this exquisite fair offers exceptional wedding destinations within Marriott Bonvoy’s Portfolio of Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia such as The St. Regis Bali, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, and of course The St. Regis Jakarta itself.

Complementing the beautiful destinations, the wedding showcase was supported by a host of distinguished ateliers to assist in wedding conceptualization and planning from leading Indonesian wedding organizer, Multi Kreasi Enterprise, the visionary decorator Stupa Caspea and Lotus Design, to Italian luxury men’s suite CANALI and bespoke accessories and shoes from NOMA and Thang Shoes.

What sets this event apart from other similar exhibition is the private chambers. Inside potential clients can have a more serious and deeper conversation with designers. In CANALI chamber, for instance, choice of suite type, fabrics (and even buttons), and measurements were made to ensure the couple’s special day is nothing but perfection. It is worth mentioning that in CANALI, all fabrics are Italian made. Tailoring is made in Italy, and it takes approximately two months to finish a suit. If you are interested, CANALI has boutiques in Plaza Indonesia and Pacific Place.

A Singapore, Indonesia and Southeast Asia’s top international designer bridal store, The Proposal bridal house, showcased their well-known luxury bridal brands such as ELIE SAAB, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang Bride, Reem Acra and more. Each of the dresses has been carefully curated and handpicked to match the persona of each bride.They also brought to live the wedding gowns in two fashion shows on the 25th and 26th.

Pieces from Vera Wang, Monique Lhuiller, and Reem Acra (check out rsamanya’s Instagram account for more frames).

In addition, throughout the event, a selection of refreshments were provided, including assorted canapé such as chicken rolled with mushroom duxelle and beef blackpepper in puff, and a variation of non-alcohol and alcohol drinks. They also serve their signature cocktail Violet Hour, only served when the sun sets in, which is a blend of Martini, Cointreau, Mancino Vermouth and Violettes. Also served is Batavia Mary; a Bloody Mary inspired by local ingredients, which in Indonesia includes sambal (chilli paste), with peanut cracker as the after-taste.

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St. Regis’ signature coctail Violet Hour.

Indonesia Fashion Week 2023: Gorontalo Show Off

Agus Lahinta collection.

This is Gorontalo! If this is your first time hearing it, Gorontalo is a province in the norhtern part of Sulawesi (Celebes) Island. Indonesia Fashion Week 2023 opening day showcased two talented designers from this region, each brought along uniqueness. The first to appear was Agus Lahinta. He brought along outfits under Odu Olo theme, a Gorontalo language which means thank you. Terracota, green and mustard colours were dominant in his creation, with lovely patterns such as whale, tatudi flower and maleo bird decorating them.

Dana Duriyatna, on the other hand, started the show with bold appearances by his models, walking in fast pace in darkness through one row of harsh spotlights on t he runway (check out my Instagram for these entry pictures). Ten looks all men’s fashion from Duriyatna feels masculine, trendy and well suited for the young and energetic. Patches of Gorontalo ornaments can be seen here and there, as if marking the pieces with Gorontalo’s characteristics.

Thus two Gorontalo designers, two different approaches, both with fine details. I like them! Smart choice by the organizer of Indonesia Fashion Week 2023.

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Priya: ten men’s outfit by Dana Duriyatna.

Indonesia Fashion Week 2023: a blastful cultural opening

Lenggang Pesona Dara dance.

Indonesia Fashion Week 2023 was officially opened this morning, and what an opening it was; befit an event that has lasted for 10 years. After opening speech by founder of APPMI Poppy Dharsonno and minister Sandiaga Uno from the Ministry of Creative Economy and Tourism, Jaya Suprana was called upon to give his speech and introduction to his prodigy, Michael Anthony Kwok, who then played Jaya Suprana’s reknown piece Fragmen. Michael Anthony’s blindness and autism didn’t hinder him to flawlessly complete the song. Michael then accompanied Iskandar Widjaya who played his rendition of Sundari Soekotjo’s Sepasang Mata Bola on his violin while Syandria danced around him. The opening was also liven up by Maria Calista who sang Rayuan Pulau Kelapa.

From dance to songs to musical isntruments: there was so much Indonesian cultural showcase this morning. SO many awesomeness that entertained not only foreign guests, but also us Indonesians, including the media people covering the entire session from the pit.

I must say kudos to the organisers for a splendid opening of Indonesia Fashion Week 2023: Sagara dari Timur.

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Poppy Dharsono, Sandiaga Uno, and Jaya Suprana.

Maria Calista performing Rayuan Pulau Kelapa with Kezia on the keyboard.

BIN House: exquisite performance in the Jakarta Fashion Week 2023

I have waited for this particular show ever since the pandemy started, 3 years back. And it was worth the wait: BIN House didn’t disappoint; as a matter of fact, I think this was its best show so far. BIN House has been supporting Jakarta Fashion Week for 9 years; this year is its 10th year. The uniqueness of BIN’s performance is its fluent mixture of couture and art. For my untrained eyes, BIN’s choice of colors have always been more than pleasant.

Lambaian Kain, the theme selected for this year’s show, was carefully selected after observing current trend, according to Airlangga Sjah Komara, Head of Marketing BIN House. We were entertained not only by the combination of colors, but also by the fact that some the designs are totally wearable for daily activities (compare this show with, for instance, the one in JFW2020 here). One of the models, Ayu Luthfiani, in her Instagram account mentioned that she was asked to go onto the runway acting as an irritating girl (I guess to depict daily atmosphere), in which she nailed it. Check out her expression here.

Head of Marketing BIN House, Airlangga Sjah Komala, briefing us during JFW 2023 press conference.

I lost count on how many looks exactly was showed, but the 30 minutes show stole the day, and I can’t wait to see what BIN House has in mind for JFW 2024 next year!

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Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week 2022

There’s something different from Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week 2022 by the Indonesian Fashion Chamber: huge runway, magnificent shower of lights, moving LED background panels, and fresh and modern design looks. Held in ICE between 20-22 October 2022, this event showcase designs by avid Indonesian fashion designers such as Jenahara, Rosie Rahmadi, Jenna & Kaia, Itang Yunasz, Santoon, Deenay, Monika Jufry, Fomalhaut Zamel, Sofie x Rose, and others.

By the end of the last day, this event managed to book transactions of a total of USD 13.2 million from 16 countries including but not limited to Spain, Yemen, Malaysia and Portugal. Let’s hope that we have more diverse event alike to speed up economic recovery in Indonesia.

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