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Jakarta fashion week returns

The Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) is back.

The presence of the grand white tent at Senayan City shopping mall in South Jakarta marks the returnsof the city’s most-awaited fashion event, now in its eighth year.

JFW, which runs until Oct. 30, will showcase around 3,000 looks, from ready-to-wear to modest wear as well as accessories from 230 local and international designers and labels.

At the opening night on Saturday, top designer Tex Saverio stole the limelight with his ready-to-wear secondary line TXID, which showcased the designer’s street wear collection. The fashion line reinterprets the values of Tex Saverio Jakarta in a fresh, youthful and contemporary manner.

The 31-year-old designer said the creations were designed for younger customers, between 18 and 30 years old. “TXID is more flexible, more rebellious and much easier to mix and match,” Tex said.

The new collection includes tops, bottoms, sweatshirts, dresses, outerwear and playsuits made from light materials.

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The sweatshirt, Tex said, was designed for both men and women, and was easily paired with other pieces from the collection.

After the opening ceremony, Indian designer Rahul Mishra, who won the International Woolmark Prize 2014-2015 by The Woolmark Company, showcased his Spring/Summer collection featuring geometric compositions of fabric and surfaces.

The collection consisting of tops, dresses and jackets mostly featured 3D embroideries of designs from nature — flowers, birds and leaves — made from wool, cotton and organdy.

His ability to combine materials, details and warm colors of sun yellow, white, midnight blue and black give the collection an overall romantic feel.

JFW chairwoman Svida Alisyahbana said that apart from presenting Mishra, the presence of The Woolmark Company — a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation that has 25,000 woolgrowers — at JFW would give Indonesian designers and fabric manufacturers access to learn about and develop wool-based fashion that could be worn during spring and summer seasons through its Wool Lab program.

“The company has also appointed Femina Group, JFW’s organizer, to nominate an Indonesian designer to participate in the next Woolmark Prize,” she said, adding that fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent were winners of the prize in the 1950s.

As in previous years, Indonesian Fashion Forward (IFF), a program that aims to expose local designers to the world, is also this year’s highlight, with nine designers showcasing their latest works as part of the program.

The Spring/Summer collection of Sean&Sheila, called “Klimt”, was inspired by the Austrian painter Gustav Klimtz. The collection offers a bold color palette of gold, charcoal shades, ochre and white, as can be found in Klimt’s paintings.

“Women who wear the clothes should feel dramatically bold, strong and beautiful in an artistic sense,” said the designer Sheila Agatha.

Lekat’s designer, Amanda Lestari, teamed up with illustrator Angela Judiyanto on a number of pieces, showcasing the geometrical motifs that are prominent in her designs.

Svida said other highlights of the event were collaborations between local and international designers.

Young Indonesian designer Patrick Owen and Korean label Soulpot Studio will share the stage on Friday, while Japan Fashion Week Organization will bring one of its designers, Suzuki Takayuki, to Jakarta to collaborate with Bateeq.

“Through the collaboration, we will see how Japanese designs can blend with our prestigious batik textiles from Surakarta,” Svida said.

This year JFW and the British Council will also organize a screening of True Cost, a documentary by Andrew Morgan that reveals some of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry.

On Sunday, Toton, Major Minor, Itang Yunasz and Barli Asmara will present their latest collections, while renowned designer Josephine “Obin” Komara will take the stage on Tuesday.

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