Dec 12, 2007

Bali Fashion Week 2007

Bali is well known for its beautiful beaches, incredible vistas, glorious sun sets, ideal location for high level conventions and summits but now also for its creative fashion event due to the continuous success of Bali Fashion Week. BFW is a unique fashion event that fuses fashion, art, culture into a fun-filled and inspiring festival that is developing into a significant world fashion event.

The 7th edition of BFW opened on Nov 22, 2007 under the theme of "Fashion Meets Art". This four day annual event rolls fashion, art and culture into one creating an "An Arena for Excellence". "Besides the remarkable legacy of unique culture, friendly people and most incredible panorama, Bali is the concrete example of our efforts to blend a promotion of tourism, fashion trade and investment (TTI).
With a wide support of the government and numerous private local and international enterprises and involvement of the fashion community of Indonesia, this action-packed four-day event included trade exhibition, seminars, open dialogue with designers, Going Green Handbag Design competition, fashion model award, three evening fashion shows, which built to a crescendo with the Mardi Gras, fashion carnival – FashiONtheStreet - on the last evening.

On display were casual wear, resort wear, fancy party-wear of embroidery, beading and laces, textiles, knits, batik and fashion accessories such as handmade fashion jewelry, scarves, boots, shoes, zippers, as well as CAD/CAM systems for aiding apparel design and production. A series of seminars were conducted in parallel to the exhibition, the topics of which ranged from fashion & colour trends, design technology, marketing and business skills and environmental issues.
The three evening fashion shows were held at an amphitheatre with the beach & sea as backdrop. Three cargo containers provided the stage setting with bold messages - "From Bali to Paris ", "From Bali to New York ", and "From Bali to the World" - plastered on the sides. Models sashayed no less than 25 collections by 24 designers down the catwalk from traditional to modern day casual wear, leisure wear, eveningwear, children's wear and futuristic cyber-wear.
The creative thinking atmosphere of Bali nurtured a new breed of fashion designers comprised of local Balinese and expatriates from four corners of the world who have decided to make Bali their home. Bali is home to a large expatriate community, many of them are involved in the fashion industry. Their collections showed free-thinking design expressions inspired by the resort lifestyle of Bali , and new-age electronic cyber characters. The collection designed by children for children was indeed a charmer on the catwalk.
At the carnival, 20 groups, some on horse-drawn chariots, some in open top cars, and others on foot, each with their own themes paraded through town that took more than one hour and ended on the beautiful Kuta Beach , against the backdrop of the glorious Pacific sunset, bringing BFW to a grand finale.
Environmental protection is an ongoing concern of the residents of this pristine island. Several carnival costumes were statements on protection of nature, stop air pollution, promote culture and enjoy nature. Some portrayed as people in bandages and face masks to filter the polluted air emitted from the sick earth. The winning designs of the Going Green Handbag Design competition went to designs that used recycled computer chips, newspaper and waste paper.

Bali is awarded the most favoured island in the world. The idyllic setting and dynamic blend of eastern and western cultures provided Bali an ideal platform for fusion, transforming and forward-looking fashion as well as designs that respond to tropical weather, leisure lifestyle connected by the rich culture. Owing to this good mix of local and foreign cultures and an atmosphere that encourages creative thinking, Bali has become a breeding ground for fashion creativity. The cross cultural taste in women's fashion and the popularity of spa and resort lifestyle today supports Bali Fashion Week as an ideal place to congregate, express & present such fashion ideas by local and international designers.
For further info please contact:
Ika Mardiana
Note:
I can be reached in Hongkong until 18 Dec.07 at 852- 677 33 767, as I'm preparing for my fashion show for January 15, 2008, Hongkong Fashion Week.
Regards,

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