This year’s fashion festival took place for a second time at The Stones Hotel situated right across from the beautiful Kuta Beach and directly next to Bali’s most luxurious shopping mall “Beachwalk”.
Our “Bali Fashion Week” opened on the 16th of August, with a pre-opening pool party serving complimentary cocktails, a VIP arrival party and plenty of red carpet photo-ops for our invited guests.
The opening runway show was presented by FRV Travel and showcased a tiny tease of designs that previewed what was to come in the week ahead. Signature cocktails, fresh sushi platters, pad thai, wagyu beef skewers and delicious cupcakes were served throughout the night. The opening ceremony hosted by Fashion One and DJ Nina invited guests to dance the night away while the hottest fashion events from around the globe were shown via large screen.
Rob Peetoom Hairspa and his team of makeup and hair stylist professionals were backstage and in charge of the models hair & makeup throughout the week. The Opening Show hosted swimwear designers like Blue Glue and Wild Orchid. They adorned their models with “fishtale” braids and large feathers to accentuate the swimsuit tribal styles and animal print cover-ups. Bali’s famous for its swimwear as it can be worn year round by Bali expats and tourists who love to show off their fit and trim physiques while frolicking at yearly bashes like KuDeTa’s Bikini Party and Potatohead’s Sunny Side Up festival.
On Show Day 1, La’Vina stole the show for women with her flowing silk floral prints and half-shoulder angular dresses. While French Designer, Nico Perez showed his men’s linen line with scarfs, loafers and leather bags completing his signature Spring/Summer look for GQ men worldwide.
I sat front row with Indonesian Harper’s Bazaar on Show Day 2, as we waited with anticipation for Ali Charisma’s line of elegant and uniquely designed evening gowns to hit the runway. His combination of silver and gold lame’ with ruffles and lace, gave the models an air of sexy elegance that is sometimes hard to achieve. Ali’s talents go far beyond his gowns as I saw first hand while visiting his amazing Bali’s style loft where he mixed traditional Balinese artifacts with New York style loft designs, creating his own piece of paradise right next door to his factory. His architectural design abilities are equal to his talent for fashion design, making him as interesting at home as he is at work.
As the week’s end approached, we sat poolside during the day with fellow bloggers, models and designers, discussing the events of the week while tanning on an oversized inflatable swan brought in by Wild Orchid for a bikini photo shoot.
Our final sunset cocktail by the pool was hosted by The Stones Hotel and Tatler Indonesia in honor of our Closing Ceremony that evening. On Show Day 3, international designers Y by Yann and Priyo Octaviano were showcased. Y’s designs and styling reminded me of dresses worn in the 1950’s. So feminine and ladylike as they swished from side to side, you would have expected Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn to be wearing them. Although some of the models struggled with their Geisha sandals, they still managed to impress us with their bright red colored dresses and large brimmed hats.
The Finale Runway Show of Priyo Octaviano started with a large screen video of male and female models in a photo shoot with sounds of motorcycle racing and revved up engines. This would be the pre-show of his designs that I believe resembled that of a Spanish Matador’s uniform with Gold, Red and Black Satins intertwined and woven to create a fabric unlike anything I’ve yet to see. The use of black satin ruffles for the women’s designs, pencil skirts and hi-waisted straight leg pants worn to the ankle with open-back halter tops were paired perfectly for any occasion, be it black tie or evening cocktail. Priyo’s choreography and overall styling made his runway show look more military inspired than a typical catwalk run. As they marched in line and move through each other with pride, it was apparent that the models and guests were in awe of his attention to detail and the remarkable workmanship in his designs.
It was then that I realized, happily so, that this Fashion Festival far exceeded that of last year and I’m sure that next year will far exceed this one. And last but not least, the best part of TFF is that you can actually buy “off-the-runway” designs in a showroom directly after each show. No more waiting on A-lists and fighting with friends for that one-of-a-kind piece!
The Fashion Festival 2014, Bali has become a fashion extravaganza attracting the trendiest VIP guests, most influential Media and Event partners, top designer and models ultimately making Bali as fashionable as any other major city in the world!
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On a personal note, I’d like to give a very special thanks to Nicholas Meimaris & MC Group for making “TFF 2014 Bali” amazing!