Tuesday, 3 March 2015

IFW 2015: Fashionable People, Sustainable Planet

Posing with Tante Rini at the Kana booth
Since the last couple years, Indonesia's fashion industry has been growing quite rapidly. When before you couldn't find enough decent local brands, now fashion labels are popping up like mushrooms on a rainy day. Suddenly, Indonesia has its own fashion week, where they introduce local designers to the public. I think the first one was probably held just last year. This year's slogan is the best: Fashionable people, Sustainable planet. It introduces a lot of ethically made sartorial products as well as local fashion labels, one of which happens to belong to my Stepmom's friend. The brand is called Kana. As someone who has seen the behind the scenes of this brand up close, I can assure you that it is completely handmade, using sustainable, natural materials and hand-painted patterns. It is super high quality so if you want to put your money where it's worth it, this would be the place. Aside from them, I've seen some really awesome and familiar brands too, such as drsv, Portee Goods, and mks. I think supporting local brands is another way to be more fashionable with a conscience. First, you would know their workers are paid accordingly. Second, even if you're not too sure about their materials, you would at least be reducing gas emission in the delivery. I've also found some amazing brands that I'd never delved into and ran into a middle school friend - who turned out to have a label exhibiting at the event. It was so much fun to get to know some really cool, local labels and talented, passionate people.

ModCloth dress via Delightfully Tacky // Madonna hairband // Céline purse // vintage loafers // hand-me-down tights // outfit photos by Uli

You probably know that I've never been to Fashion Week before so I didn't really know what I should wear to attend one. However, about a week ago, I received this dress I purchased from Elizabeth in the mail. I missed out on a real jackpot of a sale from her closet once before and I was determined not to miss another gold mine of her items. Also, you probably notice this dress from this wish list I made several months back. What are the chances that I could actually get my hands on it! It also becomes the first mustard coloured dress I've ever owned! This is just too special. So much so that I actually owe Firu money for getting me this dress. Let me tell you, I was actually a bit worried that it wasn't going to fit me at all a few minutes after I sent her over the money. But my mind was so set on the dress that I was willing to wait several months while I try to lose weight to be able to wear it. It turns out this was meant to be! It fit me perfectly! The added bonus: the back side of this dress is so darling. I don't think I've ever seen it before and I'm absolutely in love. Thank you, Elizabeth, for letting me have this dress. You can see one of the ways she styled it sweetly below ;)

Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

February in Overview

Excited about...
Learning batik! If you didn't know what batik is, it's basically Indonesian traditional wax-resist dyeing technique, generally used on textiles and mostly used for clothing. It dates back to the colonial times and probably even before that. I've just recently learnt about its history and I was left completely in awe. My stepmom's friend Aunt Rini, who happens to be the founder of Kanagoods, is happy to teach me how to do this technique. I've just started the lesson and I'm super excited!

Currently reading...
Griffith REVIEW 40: Women & Power. My sister was actually the one who bought it but she hasn't read it yet and I don't know why. It's a compilation of essays, memoirs, fiction and reportages around the topic of feminism. I'm very much impressed how it's talking a lot about the second wave of feminism, which concerns not only the developed countries but also the struggling women of the third world. It's given me a real good understanding of what feminism is all about without being too oppressive or aggressive toward men. Power comes in all shapes and sizes. Definitely recommended!

Currently watching...
四月は君の嘘 (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso/April is Your Lie). Such a heartbreaking anime about four friends: one is a piano prodigy who was pressured in the music industry by his dead mom, one is a talented violinist who suffers from a terminal illness, one is a young girl who's been in love with the prodigy since they were little but couldn't understand music and one is a young boy who plays soccer and is very popular among girls. This story has a similar feel with with Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)  but in an innocent, childish way. Also, I adore the artwork very much! My feelings for Tsubaki is too great, why is Kousei such an idiot?

Listening to...
Goose House. If you read my birthday list accomplishment from last year, you would have heard of them. I just recently found out that they also make original songs and even released albums too! They were actually the reason I started watching Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Gin no Saji - both of which I enjoy immensely! My most favourite songs from them are 光るなら(Hikaru Nara) and オトノナルホウへ→(Oto no Naru Hou e→), which just happens to be the theme songs for both these animes.

Thinking about...
Going professional with my art. This month I got my first ever commission from a complete stranger, it was very flattering and, no doubt, I worked my ass off for it. I made it official that I'm opening a commission just a few days ago. If you're interested in it, please let me know. I'm very excited about this, about getting my art recognised. I'm also no longer accepting art trades, at least not until my commissions and current art trades are finished.

Art trade with Karla Alcazar // first stage of drying up some dip-dyed batik by Kanagoods // celebrating Gina's graduation with my fantastic soulmates // outfit for my first ever job interview! // book of the month // learning batik for the first time // trying my hand at dip-dyeing // this is how an expert does batik // Indonesian Fashion Week with Uli 

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