Indonesian Label Goes to London Fashion Week 2017
Indonesia's ready-to-wear label Lekat has been selected to take part in London Fashion Week 2017.
"This will be Lekat's first international opportunity," Amanda Indah Lestari, founder and creative director of Lekat, said during a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday (08/02). "And London is such a great place to start. [Almost] all of the important fashion people are in London."
British Council Indonesia will assist Lekat's two appearances in London — both prestigious programs, the International Fashion Showcase and Fashion Scout.
The International Fashion Showcase will be held at Somerset House on Feb. 17-21.
Fashion Scout is a show held for international buyers at the Freemasons' Hall on Feb. 20.
On both occasions, Amanda will present Lekat's Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, called "Moments: Reserved."
"This collection is very different from all my previous ones," Amanda said. "There will be a lot of pop colors and embroideries, patchworks and fringes."
The collection comprises 24 looks for women, all made with traditional handwoven textiles from the Baduy tribe in Banten, West Java.
Within the collection are some pieces created in collaboration with British fashion designer Billie Jacobina.
Jacobina won a fashion residency with the British Council last year which she spent staying in Jakarta for two months to work with Amanda on a capsule collection for Lekat.
The capsule collection was shown during the Jakarta Fashion Week in October 2016.
A team from film production house Kalyana Shira will also accompany Amanda to London Fashion Week 2017.
"As soon as I heard Mandy [Amanda's nickname] was going to London Fashion Week, I told her to make a documentary out of the whole experience," Nia Dinata, co-founder and producer of Kalyana Shira, said. "It's an important milestone for Indonesia's fashion industry and should be properly documented."
Nia and her team will document Amanda's preparation before going to London and all her activities while at London Fashion Week 2017.
The documentary, "From Baduy to London," will be screened in Jakarta's cinemas by the end of next month.
After the public screenings, the movie will be available for free from Qubicle.id.
"When something good happens, we should share it to the whole world," Nia said. "Hopefully, the documentary can inspire young people to follow Amanda's footsteps."