22.4.14

101 | CARHARTT OPENING STORE

Jakarta - April 18, 2014. Metroxgroup is proudly announce the first Carhartt Work In Progress (WIP) Store in Plaza Indonesia. And I am invited as one of 2 bloggers; along with the edgy Arnold Teja, to had an interview with the Regional Sales Manager of Carhartt Asia, Sean Chan. It is started 10 years a go when the brand decided to expand their store in Asia, with Hong Kong as the first country in Asia to have this American workwear brand store. Later, another countries around are opening their own Carhartt stores; Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand & finally Indonesia. Coinciding with the first opening store in Jakarta, Carhartt WIP will present their latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection. There are warm tones of green, blue, yellow, with a bit touch of floral prints and camouflage as the
twist of the collection. Basically, it combines the classic Carhartt workwear DNA with a contemporary touch. Creating tough, clean workwear mood and absolutely a comfortable apparel. Then what makes Carhartt different from the other brands are; the durability of the products. Carhartt's product is a kind of product that would lasts up to 3 to 4 years, or even more because the quality of the fabrics. Or in short, Carhartt is more into timeless brand. And what I personally loved about the brand is, this used to be a workwear back to its original country America. But when it turned to Indonesia, the fresh mood spreads out in almost items; yet it is masculine. And it fits tropical weather like in Indonesia. That is the basic thing that I find pretty important, after all.

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18.4.14

099 | DUNES BY OKA DIPUTRA

If some of you watched the 20th cycle of America's Next Top Model that had filmed in Bali, you may notice the rice paddy photo shoot in Ubud when the model had to pose with local Indonesian outfits. He's Oka Diputra, the designer behind the beautiful clothes on most of the models. I've been watching his collections since Indonesia Fashion Week 2012 and I totally fall in love in how he creates the strong silhouettes on most of his menswear collections.
I am back to Indonesia Fashion Week 2014, now as their official blogger so I had my chance get most of the access to go everywhere. With his thick Balinese accent, Oka has such a humble personality. I was a bit worried since I am not a good interviewee, but I kinda think I have to have some chit chats with him and finally, he was very calm & welcoming; then we had several minutes to talk about his life, America's Next Top Model, and his new collection entitled "Dunes".




Talking about his showroom in Indonesia Fashion Week 2014 is his new collection entitled "Dunes". Dunes itself is inspired by the movement of the several sand dunes around the world. Fabrics used on the collection is 70% polyester combined with 30% silk. Pretty friendly for Indonesian weather, eh ? What makes it interesting, when most of the designers are
hiring another persons or artisans to finish the embroidered details or some sort of stuffs. Oka confessed that he finished all of his dress details by himself and it took almost 8 hours to finish 1 dress. Oka Diputra is being amazing as always. Adore him a lot ! Such a good thing to be able to know him more in person. Oh, Oka Diputra is selling most of his collections in Beachwalk Bali and on-line at www.okadiputra.net.

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2.4.14

098 | WHITE WHITE

So, I personally have no idea why I feel that I am way more productive during midnight. Just like I did at this time (1.30 AM in the morning; I can't sleep). I am searching for a magazine cover that is photogenic enough for me to illustrate and I found the latest Harper's Bazaar US cover for March 2014 featuring Hillary Rhoda. I am loving how the stylist brought the androgynous feature in Hillary Rhoda's feminine look as we might see; and also the strong yet clean line cut of Calvin Klein's outfits here. Totally good for me to improve my drawing skill.
Model: Hillary Rhoda
Photographed: Daniel Jackson
Outfit: Calvin Klein Collection and Jennifer Fisher necklace
Magazine: Harper's Bazaar US - March 2014
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26.3.14

097 | A to Z OF FASHION PRONOUNCIATION


Officially in love with the recent fashion film from i-D Magazine about how to pronounce every designers' name since some of their names are quite tricky to pronounce. So here is a fashionable guide for how to pronounce the designers' name. Loving the video concept and the casts as well. It's very diverse. Grace Bol, Grace Mahary, Tao Okamoto, Xiao Wen Ju, Alana Zimmer, Armando Cabral and other great models here.
Executive Producer Neil Cooper at Cadence NY
Producer Nina Qayyum at Cadence NY
Casting Larissa Gunn for PRODn at Art + Commerce
Post Production Modern Post
Music Tristan Bechet at Cadence NY


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