asian menswear rocked day one of plaza indonesia men’s fashion week, as three young designers showed why they’re the most exciting names in men’s fashion in this part of the world.
Evenodd by singapore designer samuel wong kicked off the trilogy with a restrained collection of clubwear in a black and white palette. I first worked with the designer when he presented his inaugural collection at the Asian men’s fashion week in singapore in 2010, and am happy to see that he has matured into a self-assured creative with a strong point of view.
Jail Jeans followed with a complete about-turn, as designer chris jasler ( whom, coincidently, also made his international runway debut at the 2010 Asian men’s fashion week ) sent out look after look of hard edged denim on masked models. Whilst interesting and innovative, it veered dangerously close to the edge of monotony, with its full-on denim-on-denim ensembles, when he suddenly surprised all with flashes of full-suited neon brights. Absolutely brilliant !
Joe Chia closed the night on a resounding high with his own unique brand of layered edginess. The Malaysian designer started his capsule with a collection of whites, which morphed into greys before ending with a parade of midnight blacks. He set a blistering pace with the models striding along the U-shaped ) runway to a robust soundtrack created by a Malaysian DJ. This young designer’s label is is on a supersonic ascent, having picked up 8 new stocklists in Europe and the US during his first trades show at the recent Milan men’s fashion week, and evident by the crowd that thronged his show, which filled the room to the brim.
Standing ovation to all three designers.
Plaza Indonesia Men’s Fashion Week continues till the weekend, with a jam-packed schedule of shows.
My trip to jakarta was made possible by sponsors Singapore Airlines, the Grand Hyatt hotel and Plaza Indonesia.