On Days 2 and 3 of NYFW, I had the honour of attending the Indonesian Diversity runway show, and the Fashion Hong Kong show. In just two hours shows alone, the day was jammed packed with talent from the East.
During Day 2, Four Indonesian Designers, Dian Pelangi, Alleira Batik, Itang Yunasz and 2 Madison Avenue presented their collections. Each collection was different but spoke very strongly of their heritage, with uses of intricate beadwork, and crystals sewn into organic cotton, silk leather and satin.
Models in Dian Pelangi’s show wore traditional Indonesian printed head wraps, hijabs and turbans as well. I can see many who wear hijab wearing these fashion forward looks all around New York.
I’ve had the great pleasure of spending about a month in Indonesia almost 10 years ago, and Jakarta was a city I visited for a few days. With a collection inspired by the nights of that bustling city, Itang Yunasz showed flowy dresses that epitomized luxury, batik-chic, the traditional print of Indonesia, I really loved the crystal embroidery and seashells that created a boho-chic aesthetic on the tulle. The silk organza created a very romantic, dreamy vibe that I adored.
In 2 Madison Avenue, there were lots of structural pieces and vibrant colors, including hot pink, yellow and red.
FASHION HONG KONG
On Day 3 of Fashion Week, Fashion Hong Kong presented 3 incredibly talented designers, 112 mountainyam, Anveglosa and Heaven Please+.
Both military and sportswear is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away and 112 mountainyam showed a superb collection that perfectly merged the two together in a much more luxurious way. The bright color palette used in the camo prints layered over tailored suits gave each look an elevated street chic look, especially as each model were adorned with a beauty routine that showed glowy skin, bold eye-shadow choices and messy hair that truly brought each look to another level. I was particularly enamoured by the eye-catching colorful camo jacket and beaded dress that came down the runway.
The self-taught designer Anveglosa stole the hearts of many on the runway, including mine. Annette Chan has such a skilled hand, and showed lots of leather, tailored craftsmenship, and pleats. I adore every piece, and the hunger green coats and skirts are incredible. The models all had this elegant allure, with their voluminous hair and structured hats. It left me wanting more.
Heaven Please+ showed an incredible range of lavender to military green and multi-colored patchwork. Opening with a beautiful lavender coat, and following with tulle and plaids, each look was bold and voluminous. I could see the collection working for a fashion forward style chameleon, since looks really varied from one to the next. The seat-belt style belts on the oversized looks are really lovely in the collection and really bring in the voluminous looks.