Kunce Manduapessy's dresses presented in a show featuring APPMI's new designers yesterday. (JG Photo/Sylviana Hamdani)

New Faces at Jakarta Fashion Association


NOVEMBER 12, 2016

Jakarta. The Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Fashion Designers and Fashion Entrepreneurs Association inducted a new chairman, vice chairman and a host of new members on Friday (11/11).

"I'm so happy to welcome the new members, and the new chairman and vice chairman," the association's — better known as APPMI — president and co-founder Poppy Dharsono said at a press conference in Gran Melia Jakarta.

"It's about time that young people take the lead and get more exposure for their work," Poppy said.

APPMI was founded in Jakarta in 1993 and is one of the oldest fashion designers association in Indonesia. Today, the organization has over 200 members and 11 chapters all over the archipelago.

The new chairman and vice chairman of APPMI's Jakarta chapter are designers Rudy Chandra and Ivan Gunawan.

They were selected by APPMI Jakarta members through a vote.

"Ivan and I have a lot of big ideas. I believe together we're going to be a great team," Rudy said.

Rudy took over the mantle from senior modest wear designer Tuty Adib.

Among Rudy's and Ivan's immediate plans are reboots of Fashion Tendance, the organization's iconic trend show that had been discontinued in recent years, and of Ramadan Runway, a series of shows dedicated to Muslim fashion during the fasting month.

"We also plan to offer training and workshops for senior fashion designers so their designs stay relevant with today's market," Rudy said.

The association also introduced 14 new members in a fashion parade titled Tropical Garden.

To become a member of the organization, a designer must have an educational background in fashion, have his or her own label(s), have forged a career in the fashion business for at least three years and employ at least five staff.

The designers also have to pass a selection process, including a one-on-one interview, at APPMI.

Among the new members of APPMI Jakarta are Anniesa Hasibuan, who recently presented the first Muslim fashion collection at New York Fashion Week that has every look outfitted with hijabs, actress and designer Oki Setiana Dewi and senior actress and designer Chintami Atmanegara.

Each new member presented six looks from their latest collection in the parade.

Anniesa presented a prêt-a-porter collection called Daisy, dominated by tunics, abayas and outerwear enhanced with vibrant color blocks, crystals and floral appliqués.

Senior actress and designer Chintami Atmanegara wowed audience with a mini collection called Jardin de Fleurs (Garden of Flowers), featuring blouses, dresses and jackets in light and flowy A-line silhouettes reminiscent of the 1960s. Oversized floral prints in soft pastel hues were the highlights of the collection.

But it was Ramli's protégé Kunce Manduapessy who stole the fashion show yesterday. His mini collection, Impressions from the East, delighted the audience with its relaxed elegance and quiet, modern designs.

The designer, a graduate of the Fine Arts and Fashion Design Academy (ISWI) Jakarta, used to work for the late fashion designer Ramli, before starting his own label in 2013.

"It's really important for designers to join an organization like APPMI," Kunce said. "At APPMI, we can get the latest information from the world of fashion, update our skills and expand our network."

"I hope joining APPMI will help me grow my business," Kunce said. "And I also hope that I can contribute more to Indonesia's fashion industry by getting more involved in the association."