As part of their global push, the organizers of Tokyo Fashion Week invited Indonesian brands Byvelvet and Norma Hauri to stage a group show for the fall 2016 season.
Husband-and-wife design duo Randy W. Sastra and Yessi Kusumo founded Byvelvet last year in a bid to produce timeless pieces with a classic, yet modern feel to them. “Byvelvet is essentially influenced by modernism in architecture and solemnity in nature,” their show notes said.
They produced a collection of minimalist clothes with an emphasis on fabric drapery. Some of the strongest items were in silk, like a sweet blue dress with a ruffle detail along the breast and a floaty jacket worn over white pants.
Norma Hauri, designed by Norma Moi, aims to deliver modest garments for women who want to cover up but still look stylish, a strong market in a heavily traditional Muslim country like Indonesia. The brand, founded in 2011, is named after the designer and her daughter, Hauri.
Inspired by the island culture of Borneo and traditional Japanese attire, she sent out some dramatic looks with a high-fashion feel — especially the two exits that incorporated white cage bustiers over tailored shirts and long swishing skirts. A jacket-cum-kimono in a red bird print also caught the eye.