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Dazzling brides

Publication Date : 30-04-2012


A gorgeous wedding dress for many Indonesians is often associated with something flashy, brimming with sequins and crystals.

Three renowned Indonesian designers — Tex Saverio, Sapto Djojokartiko and Deden Siswanto — proved that a wedding dress still look alluring without the glitzy decorations.

In their show, the designers were lending their hands for some insightful ideas for brides-to-be out there through their latest bridal collections, recently showcased at the 2012 Bazaar Bridal Week at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, in South Jakarta.

Famous for his grandiose couture collection, Tex Saverio started to embrace wedding dress line for the opening of the event.

"Many people still think that a bride should wear fully sequined dress to look like a million,” Tex said.

"Actually, you can appear to be stunning without all that glitters. Many designers have also ditched sequins, shifting to other applications.”

Designing bridal pieces is a challenge for Tex as he wanted to show that he could create something more wearable.

In terms of wedding gowns, Tex’s debut collection, which featured intricately-designed dresses, still pretty much mirrored his couture style as he showcased a selection dramatic-looking ball gowns with flower appliqués and tulle layering.

Matching jackets or coats and veils were added to some items to complete the whole look.

Sapto Djojokartiko brought sheer goddesses onto the stage through a series of super romantic see-through dresses with a set of lace appliqués and classic embroideries.

He gave a wide range of choices for brides-to-be on picking dresses you love most, like sultry curve-hugging mermaid and classic a-line.
Sapto stayed away from the shiny allover beading, opting to play with details on the bodice, encouraging the users to show some legs only covered with alluring transparent fabrics that softly touched the floor.

The designer graced the hottest look this season, the peplum — which is a “gift” for brides with narrow hips, into his bridal pieces.

The ladylike accent highlights the waist, giving a curvy illusion, playing up an hour-glass figure without being overdone.

Deden Siswanto opted for something more traditional by taking Javanese kebaya traditional attire into the runway.

He infused some modernity into the heart-shaped neckline lacy kebaya, matching them with high-slit pleated bottoms — a contemporary style of a batik cloth and sheer shawls nicely put on one shoulder.

He freed himself with tones by using colourful fabrics like dusty pink, grey and lime green, giving choices for those who don’t want to stick on white-coloured gowns.

The modification included the blend of off-white kebaya with peplum set against see-through materials, teamed up with one-tone high-slit bottom.

Deden also revived the classic dark-coloured velvet kebaya, used to be worn by royal Javanese bride in a traditional wedding party, adorning them with golden and metallic ornamentation along the button line, contrasting it with bright-coloured cloth.

"In Javanese tradition, the bride usually needs three different dresses to go through some events, from midodareni (the night before the wedding day), akad nikah (the exchanging vow) and the reception.

Here, I provide a series of dresses for the three occasions,” Deden explained.

Just like Tex and Sapto, Deden also put aside the use of sequins and crystals, applying the dresses with non glittery embellishments such as crochet, embroidery and flowery accessories like corsage.


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