Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Adhikarya Dewangga

Photo by Arselan

In Sanskrit, it means "great work" or "masterpiece" from beautiful cloths (mahakarya dari kain yang indah). That's the theme of the recent fashion show held by Lina and Lim H at Four Seasons Hotel in Kuningan Jakarta on last Friday the 17th. And that was also the reason why I had to fly to Jakarta on Friday morning at 7am, taking the earliest flight on Air Asia to show some support to my dear friend from college whom is now a fashion designer.

Hue Gee, Lim & Me

Lim has always been fashionable and little do I know that he had teamed up with his sister, Lina to come up with such wonderful batik wear. I could still remember us studying together at our degree programme but I didn't know that one day, this classmate of mine would have his own fashion label and his debut fashion show in Jakarta today. An invitation to such an important event in my friend's life is not to be missed.

His sister Lina started designing in 2009 after finishing her studies at Raffles in Singapore. After his study, he also returned to Jakarta and there's where his interest in fashion designing begins. Lim creates the menswear and Lina designs the female gowns. People in Jakarta wears batik and it can be seen almost everywhere. They even have batik dresses, shirts and evening gowns. Once, my gf almost mistaken a guy in batik shirt to be a waiter. Instead, he's actually a customer. Lol...

Lim and his sister wants to have a modern batik line of clothes where everyone who adorns batik feels special and unique. Most of the batik dresses and shirts looks like they are mass-produced and that is not fashionable! For the past 3 years, they have been receiving orders to design wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses and evening wear. It's a good start and this fashion show of 23 designs has received good reviews from the press and guests attending the show.

His fashion show was indeed unique. It was simple, sleek and effective. There were even surprises underneath some lucky chairs where he give away batik bags and accessories to the guests.

The show lasts for 20 minutes and after that, everyone had a good dinner at the hotel and some photo sessions with Lina and Lim. And you know what happened? Of all the events I went to, I actually ended up wearing the same dress as Lim's other sister! He was so cute by texting me "Eilinggggg did you wear the same dress as my sister?" and I said yes! He then told Hue Gee that he knew that my dress is from Zara. Haha... what a joke. Next time, never wear any Zara dress for events as many people would have bought the same dress and colour! Lol..

Lim & Lina looking happy

It was also Lim's birthday and one of the staff brought a cake to the stage after the show ended and even his parents were up on stage to embrace him. At the same time, they presented him with a mock key and I wonder if it's a key to a house or car?!! I asked him the next morning we had breakfast and he answered...

a jet maybe?!!

Lol... Anyways, this guy is truly hardworking and he's early to rise and early to bed. Can you imagine he buzzed me and asked my gf and I to have breakfast at 8am?!! Who the hell wakes up at 8am to have breakfast at a hotel (and it's Four Seasons for God's sake) on a weekend?!! Well, eventually we did wake up and arrived at the breakfast table earlier than him.

Keep a lookout for these two talented young siblings as they might be on their way to our shores for their next fashion show stop!


suituapui said...

Nice formal gowns...and I like Lim's shirt...

Sean said...

cool designs! i like how the patterns have a traditional feel, but the overall styles seem very contemporary. anyone who wears those dresses to an event would definitely be the belle of the ball :D

lim said...

Thank you so much everybody!! So KL is definitely in our next destination to showcase our collection hhahaha. Eilinggg you gonna be my organiser ok!!

eiling lim said...

STP: Hehe... he'll be so happy!

Sean: thanks Sean. My friend would love to hear that.

Lim: Sure lah!!!

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Huai Bin said...

Wow your friend is a fashion designer with works showcased at a catwalk event! :)

That's really nice.

Haha! Oh well, I have in situations where I wore the exact same shirt as another stranger too - unintentionally, and one where we had the exact pair of shoes (!!!) - DC sneakers at a pre-wedding heng tai event, of all things.

Anonymous said...

I have annual dinner next 2 weeks - ask Lim to pinjam one of his gowns for this Lim here. kthxbye - Ziling

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Anonymous said...

why don't you become a model as well?

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eiling lim said...

Silver Jewelry: Thanks.

Finance Management: Thanks/

Huai Bin: Well, for guys it's not very embarrassing because you might have different pants or shoes. But for dresses, it's another thing!

Ziling: dream on.

Restaurant Brugge: Thanks.

Business Economy world: Thanks/

Anon: Lol.. you must be kidding

Tegel outlet: Thanks.

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