Covering up in style


(Above and right) Jenys designs feature fashionable ready-to-wear pieces such as floor-length Palazzo pants in soft neutral tones of beiges, browns and terracotta reds with layered pieces, while tying wide-hooded scarves using minimal to no pins as a stylised version of the hijab.

CONSERVATIVE modernity creatively interspersed with inspirations from the past was pulled off in a showcase of Indonesia’s talented designers for Muslimah fashion.

Two designers from our neighbouring country kicked off the Hijab High Fashion Runway Showcase that went hand in hand with the Explore Exotic Indonesia Street Festival event in conjunction with MATTA Fair in Kuala Lumpur.

Busana Timoer brought in notable Indonesian designers, Jeny Tjahyawati and Ratu Anita Soviah who created ready-to-wear mix-and-match pieces targeted at the fashion forward,

Both Jeny and Anita used materials that evoked thoughts of the country’s cultural legacy as well as light fabrics taking into account its humidity.

Transforming Lot 10 mall’s concourse into a fashion runway, Jeny’s collection consisted of two lines.

They run the gamut of muted tones with ethnic Indonesian-inspired prints for her day apparel, to glitzy Marrakesh inspired evening wear in pastels of aquatic blue and mint green.

The Jakarta native used cotton, which perfectly suits the heat of the day, for her “Revonic Collection” that stood for a revolution of the ethnic.

The casual line consisted of on-point trends such as floor-length palazzo pants and a variety of asymmetrical cuts in soft neutral tones of beiges, browns and terracotta reds with layered pieces, while tying wide-hooded scarves using minimal to no pins as a stylised version of the hijab.

“Ethnic Indonesian Toraja and Tenun prints were used in the line to infuse a bit of our history but with a more youthful design.

A long flowing piece from Anitas collection, complete with a casual modern headwear. – Photos by M. AZHAR ARIF
A long flowing piece from Anita's collection, complete with a casual modern headwear. – Photos by M. AZHAR ARI F

“I was inspired by the glamour of the Marrakesh-styled kaftans for the eveningwear using materials such as chiffons with 3D embroidery embedded with Swarovski crystals and songket Melayu.

“I encourage young fashionistas to experiment by putting together different pieces from the collection to suit their own sense of style,” she said.

Anita’s “Lentera Boutique Collection” hit on elegant yet casual hijab styles using silk, tied in interesting ways.

Her sumptuous designs are regal, ethereal and vibrant.

She incorporates a varied range, from the intricate use of Palembang textile of old such as Indonesian batik, blongsang and tajung cloths to delicate jebutan, songket and blangket fabrics.

“I wanted to create a collection that is suitable for youths but featuring ethnic traditional Palembang fabrics.

Rich maroons to vibrant tangerines with dashes of gold tied the looks together for Anitas collection that had a combination of wide-leg and harem pants to floor-length split kaftans.
Rich maroons to vibrant tangerines with dashes of gold tied the looks together for Anita's collection that had a combination of wide-leg and harem pants to floor-length split kaftans.

“Usually only older generations use such materials, but I wanted to introduce them to youths in a glamorous way that they will carry forward and continue wearing so our traditions do not get lost,” said Anita.

The collection was in essence, long flowing pieces from harem to straight-leg and wide-leg pants, pulled together by rich colours of maroon, deep burgundy, tangerine and gold then accessorised with statement necklaces.

Cakrawala Timoer Sdn Bhd managing director and Busana Timoer boutique owner Omar Arif brought in the contemporary Muslimah fashion by Indonesian designers.

“What I hope to do is challenge Malaysian designers to be more creative by opening them up to different ideas, and encourage Malaysian women both Muslim and non-Muslim to be more creative in their dressing.

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