By Nadine Kam
Design by FOXXY, from Jakarta, during The Fashion Festival Bali 2013. — Photos by Nadine Kam
BALI, INDONESIA — I wasn't planning on doing any work while in Bali, but as fate would have it, my trip coincided with The Fashion Festival Bali 2013, an inaugural fashion week here.
It's fairly impressive for a first-time event, featuring about a dozen designers from Indonesia, Australia and Singapore, held over five days at the Stones Hotel in the beach resort are of Legian.
It's primarily a retail event so we could shop the collections immediately after the show. I picked up a fantastic leather and silk chiffon dress for about $210 from Australia's Shakuhachi. I saw the boutique while shopping in Seminyak, but I didn't go in because: (1) there is a mile of shops there so shopping fatigue sets in fairly quickly, and (2) it was across the street. You risk your life every time you cross the street here.
I didn't arrive intending to buy anything in Bali, thinking it would be similar to what we already have in Hawaii, but I found some pieces from Liberty of Jakarta, with a designer who studied in Paris and has a McQueen sensibility, and Harmoni, in Ubud, which creates some interesting assymmetrical pieces in lightweight cotton.
Salon owner Rob Peetoom takes his bow following his makeup and hair presentation.
I was able to attend the penultimate evening of shows on Aug. 30, which featured a hair and makeup presentation by Rob Peetoom, and fashion shows by FOXXY of Jakarta, and BARE, from Australia.
FOXXY's colorful, playful collection can be characterized as the Betsey Johnson of Indonesia, with its frilly skirts and youthful sass. In the retail room prior to the show, a teenager attending with her mother exclaimed, upon pulling one of FOXXY's pink beaded jackets off the rack, "You mean we can buy this now?"
Designs by FOXXY.