Spring 2018: 7 Indonesian Labels to Watch. Our showcase of the most progressive Spring 2018 collections that feast your eyes.
This year, we are blessed with an array of new and exciting concepts from our local brands in the industry. We have witnessed various pieces from countless collections making their way up and down the runway of Jakarta’s Fashion Week a few moments ago. Now that we have seen, experiences, and joined the dialogue, allow us to showcase the latest Spring 2018 collections from labels that were feasts to our eyes. Featuring DEW’s Editorial Picks of some of the most progressive and original collections and brands, captured in our lens.
TOTON has been under our radar since forever. This eponymous label by Toton Januar has consistently showcased progressive work with Indonesian fabrics and inspiration. Knowing that the label has made its way towards an international level, it comes to no surprise to see it shine through and through, becoming a top of mind to both international and national clienteles. His latest collection was truly inspired by the domestic issues of Jakarta, and also themes we have come to see in the country for the past year. As translated onto his garments, TOTON features an array of embellishments, patched embroidery, uncommon usage of raffia, and frou-frou detailing. All these elements come harmoniously together as beautiful pieces of art.
“I Know You Know” and in short, IKYK, is one that, we believe, values convenience. Although seemingly monotonous in some collection, the way owner, Anandia Putri, puts it are simple, modest, and cool. For us, being trendy and fashionable doesn’t take you to sacrifice elements of your clothing just because something else tells you that it isn’t appropriate. But with the way the label weaves in oversized and layering concepts to the clothes, everyone, of all ages, and gender, and beliefs, could express themselves freely through fashion. The latest collection was comprised of Gauze fabric that feels organic, raw, and genuine to the finish. Its cool and minimalist concept defines breathability and gender fluidity through every stitch and design.
3. Tam Illi
Extra-terrestrial feel breathes into Tam Illi with their latest collection. A jewelry made statement has never looked this innovative and progressive. Tam Illi’s full of character pieces not only brings excitement to jewelries but also a sheds a new light on experimenting elements like metals, acrylics, and even sequins. Although many could feel as though too chunky, we feel that the intricate sequined detailing piled on top of one another is a whole new wonderful technique we truly appreciate. And would love to wear. The collection also felt lush and fecund to the feel, as it is the perfect illustration of a wearable mini garden.
Lickstudio is more than just a countryside fashion, but we feel that its quirkiness is what gives the label and edge. The fluidity of its concepts, the different feel and vibe that the label carries were what interests us to begin with. As brands retreat to what was familiar to the eyes of the public, Lickstudio braved itself with a concept that was kitschy, quirky, and playful. Its waterfall fringes and layering frills were what caught our attention. The density of each piece and the use of colors and patterns were what made the label very interesting to dissect. Dresses with the maroon palette, while adorned with small plastic pearls simply created a beautiful droplet embellishment to the fabrics. It’s old school, countryside girl character is what truly makes the Lickstudio very daring, adventurous, and fearless.
5. By Velvet
A classic of its time, By Velvet is definitely a sophisticated upgrade to its original, Shop at Velvet. Although its collection may look and feel similar to its sister, the clothing feels very versatile and easy to wear, as casual or even a formal evening look. Loose silhouette and uneven cutting to the pieces make the perfect clothing pieces that would look perfect alone or even when worn with other fabric layering.
6. Rani Hatta
The edgy, sports-inspired brand has made it way into our radar for quite a while. Rani Hatta places emphasis on garments that are breathable, wearable and easy-to-wear. As individuals living in the hubbub of the city life, we prone to retreat to clothes that are functional and at the same time trendy. We refuse to wear something inconvenient, such as clothes that require heavy ironing. As Rani Hatta tackles the problem, her clothes are made to be light but fashionable, comfortable yet stylish, simple but with a hint of statement. In this collection, Rani Hatta included checkered fabrics, scrunched up detailing, and oversized silhouettes that create bold and edgy streaks. We all agree that her pieces are best worn as a statement that manages to overpower (but not in a condescending way) an entire look.
MAZUKI is one we have adored from the very beginning. Its demure and reserved-like character to the collections was what we really like. It seems like each collection is a portrayal of one girl with a very distinct emotion and character. The dreaminess of MAZUKI’s latest collection brought us in adoration. There were sadness, there were pensive thoughts, and there were poignant echoes that brought vicarious pleasures to us. In some of their pieces, cascading silk dresses and bulged circular details were used to personify a peculiar love story of a man and the moon. A look that feels feminine and sexy not detached from the emotional ode of the two lovers’ tale.
Photography Vicky Tanzil
Creative Direction Melodya Lukita