The IFC national board has vowed to grow Indonesia's fashion industry. (JG Photo/Sylviana Hamdani)

Indonesian Fashion Chamber Unveils Calendar of Events for 2016-2017

BY :SYLVIANA HAMDANI

FEBRUARY 27, 2016

Jakarta. When cells divide, a living organism grows bigger and stronger. We believe this is what's currently happening in the country's fashion industry.

When the major fashion organization, the Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs Association (APPMI), fractured in late November last year, many were concerned with the growth of the country’s fashion industry. But the designers, who resigned from key positions in APPMI, subsequently established another fashion association, the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC), in mid-December.

Since its inception, the new association has been conducting roadshows to introduce itself and recruit promising young talent in Indonesia's fashion industry. Today, the IFC has over 130 members in 11 chapters all over Indonesia.

The IFC national board announced its plans for the next year at the Artotel in Jakarta on Thursday (25/02).

"The IFC works not only for the benefit of its members, but also for the growth of the country's fashion industry," IFC national chairman Ali Charisma said.

For that purpose, the IFC will continue to offer workshops and training for its members to improve their production, branding, marketing and distribution skills.

"We will also partake in a number of trade shows and fashion weeks abroad," Ali said.

Among the international events that IFC will participate in this year, are the Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul in May, the Hong Kong Fashion Week in July and the Who's Next trade show in Paris in September.

The recently established fashion association has also revealed a detailed calendar of events it will hold in Indonesia throughout 2016 and 2017. Coming up soon is the Muslim Fashion Festival at the Plaza Tenggara Senayan mall in South Jakarta. The event, which will take place from May 25-29, will consist of fashion shows, seminars, workshops and exhibitions featuring 400 local ready-to-wear brands.

"We'll present the 2017 [Muslim] fashion trends at the event," Ali said.

During the fasting month this year, from June 27 to July 17, the IFC will also present Ramadhan Fashion Week at the Gandaria City mall in South Jakarta.

In August, the new association plans to present fashion events in Bali and Yogyakarta.

"In Bali, we'll feature Indonesia's untapped fashion potential, which are swimwear and resort wear," Ali said. "While in Yogyakarta, we'll present batik as chic contemporary fashion items."

Their series of event will culminate in April next year with a new fashion week in the country, the IFC Fashion Week, which will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).

At present, there are already two other major fashion weeks in Indonesia – the Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW), which usually takes place around March, and the Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW), which is held around October or November each year.

The new IFC Fashion Week, planned for April, will surely be an exciting addition to the country's colorful fashion calendar. It is hoped that with more showcases such as these, Indonesia's fashion industry will grow to be bigger and better in the near future.

"We aim to achieve the government's goal of establishing Indonesia as a center for Muslim fashion by 2020 and a center for global fashion by 2025," Ali said.

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