‘Sunset in Africa’ collection at Indonesia Fashion Week 2013

Twenty models strutted down the massive, state-of-the art  runway at the Plenary Hall in Jakarta Convention Centre, decked out in statement accessories including layered vintage beaded necklaces and bangles, ethnic earrings, huge oversized horns, antler arm bands, turbans, and an assortment of  handmade headgears. Members of the audience were seen smiling and avidly capturing photos of the wildly imaginative and dramatic, yet sexy and wearable outfits.

It was a real pleasure to participate in Indonesia Fashion Week 2013. The organizers really put a lot of effort into the event so proceedings went flawlessly.  I was very inspired to see how Indonesians love to combine traditional fabrics with modern styling. For example, the men would wear a shirt and suit jacket with a sarong and dress shoes. Amazing! Most importantly, I made many new friends with the local designers. It is heartwarming to know that a love for fashion can bring people from different nations and cultural backgrounds together.

‘Sunset in Africa’ Couture collection was inspired by the magical, almost mythical sunsets in Africa. Through my creations, I present my personal sartorial interpretation of solitary trees silhouetted against skies burning in ambers, oranges and yellows as dusk sets in, gradually transitioning from burnt ochres into blues, then eventually darkening into purples. In the distance, the sounds of wild beasts can be heard. The trumpet-blowing of elephants, the clodding hooves of a herd of zebras sending up into the still air swirls of speckled dust….

The richness of these colours and the fluidity of movement are captured in the softness of French lace and flowing chiffons and georgettes in the richest shades of burnt oranges, mustards, browns, reds and purples. Voluminous skirts swish like the wind on the savannah, the translucent layers creating a visual mirror of the multi-hued tones of land and sky.

I wanted to design a collection that is feminine yet strong, demure yet untamed, a stunning combination of contrasts, just like the bin statement accessories including layered vintage beaded necklaces and bangles, ethnic earrings, huge oversized horns, antler arm bands, turbans, and an assortment of  handmade headgears. Members of the audience were seen smiling and avidly capturing photos of the wildly imaginative and dramatic, yet sexy and wearable outfits.

Enjoy seeing more photos of the ‘Sunset in Africa’ Couture collection at Indonesia Fashion Week 2013 here.

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