On Sunday November 10, we hit the streets behind our school to join in the Clean Up Jakarta Day campaign. About 40 students, teachers and parents worked our way up the back lanes of our school to pick up the stray plastic bags, water bottles and of course, the millions of cigarette butts covering every surface of this country. There is nothing really enjoyable about standing over a drain and pulling at congested plastic and hoping it doesn’t come flying up in your face, but it certainly felt right to be making even a small gesture in helping to clean up this place we call home.
Crafina returns to Jakarta for it’s 6th year and is a massive craft bazaar and expo held at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC). It has isles bursting with colour from all the gorgeous Tenun, Ikat and Batik fabrics from all over Indonesia. There are clothes, bags, shoes, knick knacks, jewellery and much more on sale and fashion parades and entertainment throughout the day. So if you’re looking for ethnic gifts or treats for yourself, get yourself down to JCC as it ends this Sunday the 23rd November.
Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Hall A, B, & Lobby, Gelora Bung Karno, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ahhhh Sunday… you have saved my sanity by giving me a chance to walk around outdoors without the fear of being run over by weird and wonderful vehicles… although the amount of bikes on the road this morning was a little overwhelming! Great to see so many eager Jakartans up at 6.00am to take advantage of Jl Sudirman being free from horrendous traffic… It was good to get my legs moving and work up a ridiculous sweat rather than wandering around an air conditioned mall for exercise! I have to remember to do it more often…
Hip hip hooray! It’s the Brightspot Market time of year again already and this time it’s being held at the brand new Lotte Shopping Avenue (as if Jakarta needed yet ANOTHER mall!). Today is the last day so head on down if you have the will to battle the traffic and check out the men’s section, loads of women’s clothing, gadgets, shoes, kids clothing, eat some delicious cupcakes or just santai and soak up the atmosphere… it’s the place for all things cool from Indonesian designers and seems to pull a crowd of all Jakarta’s young hipsters…
Yah for Lenny Agustin! I always LOVE to see what creations she has been making for her shows.. you are always guaranteed to see loads of colour and quirkiness from this gorgeous designer. There’s always lots of cuteness, short skirts and dresses and colour mixing and this time was no exception, with the models having a great time posing and walking the catwalk to the song ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke.
This year Lenny brought back to the life the old Indonesian tradition of knitting for all her garments, sourcing the handmade knitted cotton from Padang, Bali, and Jakarta with the collection taking three months to complete.
Seeing as I only had the opportunity to attend two shows this year, I am extremely happy I didn’t miss out on Lenny’s show.
See you again next year JFW!
Yah! We’re back in Jakarta after a long absence and it’s great to be back.. and with a new mini addition to the team.. but more on that later..
I look forward to JFW every year and this year was no different, although I unfortunately was only able to make it along to two shows this year in the end. It was great to see the Fashion Tent at Senayan City buzzing with fashionista’s, designers and models as usual and to be able to watch The Dutch Renaissance themed show presented by Erasmus Huis. Billy Tjong showcased his latest collection which was inspired by Rudolf Bonnet, a Dutch artist living in Bali. Auguste Soesastro’s collection was also inspired by another Dutch painter, Han Snel, who is also based in Bali.
This was a great way to get back into life in Jakarta for me… looking forward to it again next year!
It was great to get back to JIExpo Kemayoran for another year to celebrate the beginning of Spring at Holi Hai, the Hindu ‘Festival of Colours’. The laughter and happiness was infectious as soon as we arrived and got bombarded by kids with handfuls of colour.. There was no way we could sit back and be spectators for the day as people ran around with water pistols and bags of colour to celebrate together, and we did our fare share of colour bombing too. Together with delicious Indian food, music, performances and sunshine, it was another magical day spent in Jakarta..
…and the last dose of Indonesia Fashion Week for 2013….
Aaaaaaaaah, what can I say?? Martha Ellen… I’ve said it a million times over and I mean it.. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! Who would have thought when we first met at Jakarta Fashion Week in 2009 that in 2013 you would be showing your own collection at Indonesia Fashion Week in 2013!!! Unfortunately I couldn’t stop my camera shake through my teary eyes as I attempted to take photos and keep it together… but biggest CONGRATULATIONS my dearest friend and wishing you bucket loads of success always..
Another fashion fix for you all