Flying to New York for Fashion Week was a dream come true for six Indonesian designers showing for the first time on the Indonesian Diversity SS18 Runway. New York Fashion Week: First Stage is a new platform that gives global designers the opportunity to show at NYFW, whether they are debuting in the U.S. for the first time or looking to make new global connections and further their presence.

Beautiful handcrafted fabrics and embroideries glided down the runway unlike anything industry members had ever seen before, though the details and level of craftsmanship are customary of high-end Indonesian fashion. Guests were wowed as theatrical beats pumped through the room and models walked impeccably adorned by handcrafted Indonesian elements.

Each designer saw this show as an opportunity to bring Indonesian design to the runways of New York to embody cultural inclusion in a tough social climate. 

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DIAN PELANGI

Geometric prints and beaded brocades permeated Dian Pelangi’s bold collection. Menswear-inspired suiting pieces in unexpected bright colors brought to life the hustle and bustle of New York City. Subway tile-like embellishments highlighted waistlines and shoulders and gave creative flair to straight silhouettes. 

BARLI ASMARA

Barli Asmara showed a gorgeous collection of white lace cold shoulder dresses and gowns. Inspired by purity and Middle Eastern architecture, these layered and laced up pieces were complimented by bejeweled statement earrings. A full pearl embellished gown stole the show with its powerful turtleneck structure and beaded waistline. 

MELIA WIJAYA

Melia Wijaya dug all the way to her roots to create a collection of impressive garments tied to the famous Indonesian folklore, Sawunggaling. The story praises the creative and full of energy rooster and peacock. In an effort to preserve the true meaning, Wijaya sent feather adorned headpieces, gowns and separates down the catwalk in earthy tones. Caged boning created an hourglass frame on a gorgeous few gowns and pants. 

CATHERINE NJOO

Larger than life, yet dainty gold headpieces sat atop Catherine Njoo’s models. Rich, gold embroideries and beaded batik fabrics crafted into beautiful forms created an ultra luxurious wave over the entire collection. Rounding out Njoo’s runway was a jaw-dropping, egg-shaped gold headpiece that opened and closed to unveil a dimly lit pagoda. 

VIVI ZUBEDI

Vivi Zubedi believes in a world of equal love between all cultures and crafted an incredible collection to hone in on that theme. A rich color palette with subtle prints was embellished with branded patchwork that read “Makkah Madinah Jannah”. Also, making a bold political statement was her floor length abbaya embellished with a beautiful “All Colors Matter” and her use of various size models dressed in hijab, including plus size. 

DORIS DORTHEA

All designers accessorized with handbags by the infamous Doris Dorthea, top celebrity go-to designer for custom handbags. The brand prides itself on the use of exotic skins and leather. Vibrant colors collided with exotic skin in beautifully crafted, structured mini bags. 

 

 

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Photos: Brian Ach for Indonesian Diversity NYFW: First Stage

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NICKLAU designer Nicholas Lau, a 19 year old from Hong Kong, avoids the spring cliches of florals, flirty hemlines, and vivid color with his self-titled “WALK OF SHAME” collection.

The ‘walk of shame’ is a popular phrase for the morning after a sexual encounter, walking back home from another person’s place wearing the same clothes from the night before.  

NICKLAU’s collection utilizes this to bring to life the concept of a party girl in New York beginning the walk of shame back home. Missing articles of clothing, she unabashedly borrows pieces of her partner’s wardrobe. The result? A sporty, yet elegant look. 

NICKLAU keeps the overall collection simple, dipped in dark neutrals, yet feminine with form-fitting, belted pieces. Opting for touches of pinstripe and leather, one could very well mistake this for a fall collection. While an intriguing concept, the potential of the collection, including the retro film vibe of the photos, outweighed its execution. NICKLAU seems to have tried to take the safe route with these pieces; here’s hoping for Lau to reach his full potential.

Take a look at the photos below and tell us what you think about the “walk of shame”.

Photos: NICKLAU

Bold, independent, strong, fearless. It’s a good thing Maliparmi ventured into clothing two decades ago, because Maliparmi’s designs are everything.

The name Maliparmi, it just rolls off the tongue. Beginning with handbags, Paresi took her attention to detail, pattern, and beading and brought it to the runway.

This F/W season’s rich, earthy colors not only bring the pieces to life in an artistic sense, but actually create a spirit, a personality behind the designs’ exteriors.

Vibrant patterns mix and match into an eclectic collection, incorporating Paresi’s inspiration from other cultures.

For craftsmanship, it’s Maliparmi. A brand of passion, and a brand with the courage to be a trailblazer.

Keep scrolling to see all the different looks.

Photos Provided By: Maliparmi

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Born within the depths of London’s underground scene, MCMA is all about two things: fun and inspiration. Looking to top themselves ever since their start in 2009, they went out with a bang at NYFW this season. An unabashedly feminine collection for S/S ‘18, the colors popped and the texture sizzled.  Telling you to take a ride on the “bold” side, MCMA celebrated vibrant, bright personalities by mixing gorgeous tones and unique patterns. Rethink those thoughts of, “I’m too old for that…” in these pieces, filled to the brim with youthful energy. With a bit of casual, evening, and everything in between, MCMA has us wondering how we can sneak in these pieces into our winter wardrobes. Because we just cannot wait.

Inspired by an Edouard Manet painting, Romanian designer Adelina Rusu successfully jumped right into the heart of its innocence.

Taking the risk of using just one pattern and one color for contrast, Rusu painted her collection head-to-toe in a soothing periwinkle.

With a single glance, one can see the energy poured into her work is woven through every thread of every piece, oozing fun, excitement, and a childlike adoration. 

Remaining unrestricted by garments, or life, Rusu’s cinched waists with billowy silhouettes give off a sense of freedom—the idea that while wearing these clothes, you can fly into unknown waters. 

Take a look at her designs below and be inspired.

Photos provided by: Adelina Rusu

87MM took on something new this season, trading its bold approach for a more muted, subdued concept.

With just a touch of leopard and pops of color here and there, the collection stuck to earthy khaki and brown tones as it paraded classic styles down the runway. Plaid, long coats, and simple layers are styles anyone can emulate, and trading in jeans for pants of varying textures is a easy way to elevate your look.

87MM’s puffer jackets—dubbed “padding” in Konglish—and blazer combos may also be here to stay as a key staple in Korean winter fashion with the perfect mix of stylish and practical. 

While keeping away from anything too unconventional, 87MM clearly knows its target audience and there is little doubt the styles will be a hit on the streets this fall.

87MM은 이번 시즌에 볼드 룩에서 멀어지다가 부드러운 컨셉으로 간다. 

이런 클래식한 스타일에는 레퍼드 프린트와 화려한 색깔이 조금 있었지만 주로 카키색, 갈색 같은 자연에 가까운 색을 사용했다.

컬렉션을 주름잡았던 플래드, 롱 자켓, 간단한 레이어 스타일은 아무나 따라할 수 있는 스타일이며 모델들 처럼 청바지를 다른 질감이 있는 바지로 교환하는 것이 스타일을 업그레이드 하게 해준다.

그리고, 외국에서 ‘puffer’ 자켓이라는 패딩과 블레이저를 같이 입는 것은 스타일과 현실성의 균형이 있기에 올해 겨울의 트렌드가 될 수도 있다.

87MM은 대담한 것을 하지 않았어도 고객 타겟을 분명히 알고 있으며 올해도 사람들이 87MM의 트렌디한 옷을 사랑하는 것은 의심할 여지가 없다.

Photos by: Lian Olga

The bad boy anthem—That’s what comes to mind when peeping through the Han Chul Lee collection. 

The models solemn expressions, as they stride down the runway in dark colors, leather and buckles, toughen up the looks; although, there is a bit of a sporty vibe with those track pants.

The clean lines of the sophisticated jackets also accentuate an air of confidence while dressing up the hoodie look.

Paired with boots, the looks have major wearability while simultaneously keeping the charm of a classic.

Though Han Chul Lee kept it a bit simple this season, we hope to see him bring out his true potential in the next collection.

한철리 컬렉션을 죽 홅어보면서 베드 보이라는 테마가 떠올랐다.

어두운 색, 가죽 버클을 입고 런웨이를 활보하면 트레이닝 바지가 스포티한 느낌을 주며 강인한 룩을 보여준다.

세련된 재킷의 매끈한 실루엣은 후드를 갖추어진 모습으로 만들어 주어 모델들이 더 자신감 있게 보이게 해준다.

클래식한 매력과 함께 부츠를 함께 신었을때도 잘 어울리는 룩이다.

한철리는 지난 컬렉션에 비해 올해 더 간단한 컬렉션을 만들었지만 다음 컬렉션에서 보여줄 모습또한 기대된다.

Photos by: Lian Olga