Jakarta. Ramadan is just around the corner. Within a couple of weeks, Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk, and then dine together with family and friends.
It is also a season to look good and stylish.
To celebrate the coming of Ramadan and Idul Fitri, a number of Indonesian designers and local brands launched their festive collections during the recent Muslim Fashion Festival (Muffest) 2018.
Here are some of the most interesting highlights.
Designer Barli Asmara introduced his new label Barli Prêt-a-Porter.
"[Barli Prêt-a-Porter] is my new ready-to-wear line," the designer said before his show at Muffest on Saturday (21/04). "It's made of easy-to-wear and easy-to-mix-and-match pieces that are light and comfortable to wear all day long."
In a fashion show sponsored by Wardah Cosmetics, Barli presented "Tsubarashi," the debut collection of his new label.
"I was inspired by the Shibori technique from Japan," the 40-year-old designer said.
For the collection, Barli applied Shibori patterns to silk organza. He then made the lightweight and crisp material into elegant headscarves, pants and structured outerwear.
Kami's designers, Istafiana Candarini, Nadya Karina and Afina Candarini, were inspired by the freshness of spring in their "Maalia" collection.
"This new collection is totally different from our previous ones," Nadya Karina, creative director of the brand, said before the show.
Kami's previous collections generally took on soft pastel hues and earthy tones. This one is entirely white, which is often preferred for Idul Fitri.
The new collection also features more feminine shapes, with cascading ruffles and Swarovski crystals adorning the pieces.
"The collection is designed to make women stand out and look beautiful and special during Ramadan and Hari Raya," Nadya said.
Khanaan Shamlan Signature Collection
Young designer Khanaan Shamlan presented a festive collection themed "Linea."
The collection consists of long tunics and robes with unique patterns of fluid lines and tendrils.
"I designed the prints myself," the designer said. "They are inspired by the gelaran batik motif, which is a variation of lines."
The 28-year-old designer comes from a family of batik artisans in Pekalongan, Central Java.
The patterns, presented in solid black and white, give a modern and classy look.
Bandung-based Muslim fashion brand Zoya presented a collection titled "Asmaradana."
"We were inspired by Pupuh Asmarandana when designing the collection," Ivan Kurniawan, head of research and development of Zoya, said before the show.
Pupuh Asmarandana is an old, traditional song of West Java, which contains advice on love and life.
"It's a collection full of love and passion," Ivan said.
The label collaborated with three celebrities, singer Fatin Shidqia Lubis, entrepreneur and celebgram Medina Zein and actress Eksanti, to design the collection.
Fatin produced wearable everyday items in white and soft creamy hues. Pleats, ruffles and asymmetrical hemlines adorn her pieces.
Medina presented glamorous dresses, made of silk organza, decorated with sequins and crystals.
"Each dress is unique ... You would look stunning in them dresses during Hari Raya," Medina said.
Eksanti designed loose-fitted dresses, in accordance with Muslim clothing rules.
"I've just started wearing shariah dresses. Therefore, I designed what I would wear myself," the actress said.
Eksanti's dresses, with color blocks, floral prints and asymmetrical layers, guarantee a modern and elegant look.