Fashion Drama Show "Salone des Visionaire"

First of all I wanna say hello to all of you. At long last, I come back from the long hiatus! Do you guys miss me? Hahaha.

You must be surprise that now I'm living in Taiwan and pursuing my master degree. But it's another long story to tell. I don't know if people still reading blog today, seems like everyone is moving to Instagram or Youtube or even TikTok. 

In 2021, the whole world is still struggling with this Covid-19 Outbreak. However here in Taiwan, fortunately I gotta say that we are pretty safe compared to another country, because the case here is very low and the healthy issues are still under controlled. Some events like fashion show, sport tournament, concert, and party are still running without worries. Even though in some cases, we need to put the mask on and maintaining social distancing, showing that we are concern about this.

Fashion Drama Show "Salone des Visionaire"

May 8th, 2021
Location: Army Forces Cultural Centre, Taipei

After Taipei Fashion Week 2021 F/W had been held months ago, some of local Taiwanese designers are hosting the after party to give another chance to the patrons enjoying their latest collections. And this one is coming from JustinXX with his own label, Luxxury Godbage, in collaboration with Johnnie Walker Taiwan "Sherry Bomb" series, to throw the fashion drama show! Well if you know me really well, I'm not really into alcohol, but this whiskey tastes so light. I can even finish two cups before the show started. Seems like my alcohol tolerance is getting higher now... So, I'm not exaggerating to say that it was a wrap. Always so extra!

To be honest, this is my first ever to watch a fashion drama show. I watched lots of fashion shows before... but mostly they were just the show, we could only see models are running on the catwalk showing the latest trends.
But once again, Justin is so out of the box and never short of cool ideas. I always amazed by his collaboration with such huge brands like Nike and Levi's. Moreover, he always derived the sustainable concept to the craft, and how he presents his creative mind to every pieces of his cloth. This time, he brings out six different series of collection: "Master Lecture", "Impossible Joint Name", "University Monograph Report",  I shop therefore I am", "Sherry Bomb", and last but not least, "The marquee of life's classic moments"! Each series has different feel.

By bringing the fashion competition as the concept of this drama show, with the fake famous fashion figures as the judges, let's say Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfield, and Yayoi Kusama. He successfully makes the audiences in the theatre laugh out loud. Not to mention the performance of Taiwanese singer, Dizzy Dizzo, who's also amazing. I do love when the models are effortlessly walking on the stage and following the beats just like that.

You might be thinking that all those fashion layers are very complicated to wear, but apparently they show it how to apply in a short period of time. They did the makeover on the stage just in a blink of an eye! Funtastic. And guess what?! These pieces are all environmental friendly because they were made by utilizing the waste materials or second-hand clothes to redesigned and reusing.

Like Justin always believe, perhaps there is no longer a need for trendy clothes, we can reduce waste and environmental pollution. It's something not only the fashion industry, but also everyone in the global community should think long and hard about.

Fun Things to do on Staycation

Weekend in the city will be a bunch of fun when you stay at the best hotel. This time I want to share our last staycation at Grand Hyatt Jakarta. It's more than just stay in, it's also a great way to escape J-city stresses. Especially in new year holiday season that is already on the corner...

Based on my experience, just check in  minutes before or reserve first by phone to saving more times, so you don't need to wait any longer to enjoy the facilities because you only have 22 hours to go! It should be effective, ya know.

Looking something to do while enjoying your staycation? Here's some bucket list:

1. Watching the Sunset
Enjoy the view as much as the hotel can offer. Go to the hotel's rooftop or somewhere outside and explore the best spot to see the sunset in town.

2. Doing Some Sports
Try all the sport facilities you can have, such as gym, tennis court, and not to mention swimming pool! You can also jogging around the park and have some laps. The fresh air can give you the new energy as the body movements to recharge.

3. Menu Tasting
When is the best time to try the fancy menu if it isn't right now? Try extraordinary cuisine. A staycation is the perfect excuse to spend more money on great culinary, especially after you consider to fit into budget by staying in town. Now, give the reward to your tummy :p

4. Massage/Spa
Relaxing by treat yourself a body care. Usual hotel have some offers for beauty package. There's always a choice to go, whether a massage or scrubs or creambath, or even all in once! Traditional one or modern, you decide.

5. City Tour
Luckily for us because Grand Hyatt is located in the heart central of the city. It's nearly to many tourist attractions to go. From shopping mall to the art galleries. Let's say Plaza Indonesia (you can even just enter to this mall from the same hotel lift!), Grand Indonesia, Djakarta Theatre, National Monument, National Museum, Museum Taman Prasasti, etc.'

6. Catch up on Reading
It is not everyday we can find the quite spot to read a book without any distractions. The hotel room is truly a cozy one to just being lazy, put the pajamas on, laying on the bed, and enjoy the reading then. For another option, you can read outdoor too. Just a book, pool, and YOU!

The Beauty of West Kutai

Nothing beats Indonesian richness when it comes to multi-cultural with its traditional fabrics and textiles. Now is the time for "Tenun Ulap Doyo" and " Sulam Tumpar" from West Kutai, East Borneo.

The Beauty of West Kutai
October 3rd, 2018
at Pelataran Ramayana - Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

This event is a collaboration event among Kutai governor and also creative industries, also Ms. Lia Candrasari as event initiator to present the natural process of Tenun itself and how they transform it into ready-to-wear fashion nowadays. Who would have thought that the idea of making this big event is originated from the small talk of group travelers who were fascinated by the natural beauty of West Kutai... and they are breaking a leg!

Serenade of Tenun Doyo
by Billy Tjong
Exclusive Collection by MADEIND X Billy Tjong 

The current mission is introduce this "Tenun Doyo" to be as popular as another Indonesian traditional fabrics like North Sumatera's Ulos, South Sumatera's Songket, and even as Javanese Batik pattern.

From the opening dance before the show, also shown the making of materials which is made by Doyo leaves, where can only found in East Borneo. So, they aren't made by regular cotton like many fabric use. This creative process really makes this ethnic fabric more special, because they are different even from the very beginning.

As we know, fashion is universal language. No matter where it is made, the most important thing is how to style them properly. Fashion today should not only focus on selling, but also the ways we can make a difference with social issues directly. Cultural and heritage, remembering these young peoples do not want to know some kinds of traditional clothes. Maybe this issue isn't a huge reality in our country, but when we realize some peoples are turning a blind eye doesn’t erase the issues.
That's why...since it is the new form of our local heritage, then if I could say these collections are going trending topic, surely it doesn't too much.

There's also fashion film preview, directed by Reza Bustami. Book launching about "Tenun Doyo and Sulam Tumpar" Seni Wastra Kutai Barat by Syahmedi Dean. The event will continue with photography exhibition "Potret Indah Dayak Benuaq" at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, by Honda Tranggono.

Yayyy, congratulation for the peoples behind who make this show extravagant! Support our local brand... And thank you for inviting me :)