Purana, the Indonesian fashion house established in 2008, was the first of five designers from Indonesia to show at L.A. Fashion Week, sending looks down the runway that were heavily focused on prints.
Indonesian batik is, after all, the line’s mainstay, along with a focus on tie-dyeing and other patterns for collections that are quite reminiscent of resort. Nonita Respati, designer and founder of Purana, started the label as means of modernizing the use of traditional batik to create garments that can be wardrobe staples. And spring bore this out in looks that could be suited to running errands on a Sunday to perhaps lunch or even an evening out.
Respati mixed geometric, spackled, tie-dye, striped and crisscross paintbrush prints on handmade fabric against “popsicle-inspired colors.” There were lots of details — heavy use of layering, ruching on pants and tops and ruffle hems. The silhouettes were generous in the way of loose-fitting sleeveless shirtdresses, sarong pants and voluminous maxidresses. One standout was a maxi robe dress in sherbert-hued colors.