Indonesia is a country with a diverse population of over 260 million and a staggering 17,000 islands. It also has the largest number of Muslims of any country in the world, which leads one to think of it being fashionably conservative. The location of Indonesia has placed it right between the Asian mainland to the north and the Australian continent to the south. It’s location has made it a perfect crossroad between the eastern influences of Asia and the western influences of Australia. The fashion that has come from Indonesia has been, just like its citizens, as diverse as any in the world.
Designer Barlias Mara has brought to New York fashion week, a line of summer wear , that is just plain gorgeous. Very intricate lace designs, patterned after the traditional formal Indonesian outfits and all in white. For anyone that have followed my writings, you know that I celebrate and fully support all those that are fans of Darth Vader colored wardrobes. You know, the hardcore folks that wear all black even in the summer. I have to admit, Mr Mara’s all white garments were exquisite to such a degree, that they forced me to question my allegiance to Pantone Black #000000. I see how white, especially when used with very detailed patterns and fabrics, is very pleasing to the eye. Mr. Mara took advantage of this and created outfits that certainly benefited from white helping to accentuate his very elaborate needlework. Such a great variety of clothing from the soon to be household name Barlias Mara.