JIFW 2013; Designers Took Turns in Muslim Fashion Debut

The first Jakarta Islamic Fashion Week marked an important role in the Indonesian Muslim fashion trend. As we have  revealed before, JIFW was held to accommodate the modest and Muslim fashion, as its goal to embrace the Muslim community, aiming to those who are not (yet) ready to wear hijab, as well as the hijabers. The red line addressed is the obvious and increasing need of covered outfits, as Islamic clothing adheres.

To accomplish this mission, JIFW 2013 brought Indonesian designers who are not specialized in Muslim fashion (to characterize them from ‘Muslim fashion designer’) to have their stages in this event. According to Amy Wirabudi, JIFW also served to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan, so we may consider the collections offered are Ramadhan collections.

It might not be exactly right to call this their first time in Muslim fashion design, since most designers usually release Ramadhan collection every year. But at the specific stage titled ‘Islamic fashion week’, we acknowledge the collection showcased in Muslim fashion scheme- how their design will bring some fresh impression to Muslim fashion trends, and how they’ll contribute to the industry itself.

Adjie Notonegoro and Stephanus Hamy were chosen to kick off the fashion show sequence during the opening show of JIFW 2013, day 1. Adjie Notonegoro wrapped his collection in ‘Fabulous Moslem of Indonesia’ title, with showed touches of Middle Eastern essence for women outfits and Pakistani culture for men’s. Overall, his collection is about simple, old fashioned silhouette -in gamis and kaftan- with glamour details. We could sense that he was accustomed to design party or formal dresses for his mature customers.



Also in ‘settled’ nuance, Stephanus Hamy extended his creation with tenun NTT in modest and covered collection. The earthy tone woven materials are combined with dark colors, with a touch of gold, silver, glitter and sequin to develop enough glamour. Here we recognized Stephanus’ finest taste in choosing and refining the traditional NTT fabric, and mixing it with other materials to create tasteful, yet modest clothing.