A Special Report on Plaza Indonesia Men’s Fashion Week 2016

MILLENIALISM IN FASHION. After four days, 13 brands and over 6,500 attendees, DA MAN recounts the highlights of Plaza Indonesia Men’s Fashion Week 2016

 

A contemporary look from Populo Batik

Themed “The Millennials,” the Plaza Indonesia Men’s Fashion Week (PIMFW) 2016 show presented the free-spirited nature of young men through the collections of 13 brands. The event—which marks PIMFW’s seventh year—lasted from September 21 to 24 and attracted a vast audience including plenty of celebrities and notable fashion enthusiasts to The Warehouse, at the fifth level of Plaza Indonesia. As an official media partner of the event, DA MAN recounts the highlights of the first two days right from the front row of PIMFW 2016’s runways.

 

Alex Abbad on Rama Dauhan’s runway

Day One

Opening the first day of PIMFW 2016 was young designer Rama Dauhan with his eccentric collection called, quite aptly, Eccentrica. The show marked his first ever collection for men and was meant to portray the naivety and excitement of a circus mixed together with summery styles. Furthermore, the collection was dedicated to open-minded men who champion freedom of expression. Material-wise, Dauhan emphasized the use of cotton, linen and canvas in blue, brown and white. On top of these backgrounds, he then added small stripes, illustrated patches and prints by Indonesian artist Ruth Marbun, which served an artistic nuance to the overall collection.

The next show was by Alleira Batik, which showed the audience how to vacation in style with their modern take on batik. Themed The Voyage, the show featured models clad in bomber jackets, wide-sleeved shirts, pajama shirts, pleated pants, kimonos and long coats—all made of silk, cotton and cotton drill. Classic batik motifs like kawung and parang were also featured, intertwined with the brand’s more contemporary designs made using the batik cap (hand-stamping) technique and presented in bright colors such as peach, yellow, green and violet.

Concluding the first day was Feby Haniv Pour Homme, a proud work of the namesake designer who was inspired by a collection of short stories by famed poet Edgar Allan Poe titled “Tales of the Macabre.” The fashion collection included tailored shirts, blazers, suits and pants. In terms of fabrics, jacquard, satin and damask were heavily featured along with lace and faux leather. Dark but bold colors, mainly black and red, further reinforced the theme of the show as they carried hints of romanticism and thriller elements. “I want my collection for this season to be more fun and daring without leaving the elegant concept of a suit,” expressed Haniv.

 

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