Royal Javanese ‘Konde’ by Barli Asmara

I guess ‘Konde’–traditional hair bun originated in Java–from Barli Asmara’s Royal Javanese show is a major highlight here…

Looks at those gigantic 'konde'. Somehow it reminds me to Dendam Nyi Pelet...

Looks at those gigantic ‘konde’. Somehow it reminds me to Dendam Nyi Pelet…

Barli play with Javanese traditional dancer clothes here. He admit that Bedaya Ketawang dancer was one of his inspiration of the collection. “You could see the silhouttes. It is still applicable for an international gown,” said Barli. Yes it is true. Barli didn’t go literally and being too ethnic. He give it a twist. There are kawung and truntum motifs everywhere.

He also played with ruffles and laser cut on kawung motifs everywhere. Barli also put an acrylic corset to model’s waist. Barli had an incredible detail on this collection. We should admit that he hit the right note this time.

But, those konde still reminds me with Dendam Nyi Pelet, and i do said it to Mas Barli after the show. It’s Nyi Pelet from modern era, they curse people via iPhone 6 i guess. Hehe

I guess the accessories put the model on a dificult movement on their neck.

I guess the accessories put the model on a dificult movement on their neck.

To read my article on Tempo.co about Barli you could read it here

Andien was the only girl that did not wear the giant bun. It’s simply because: “We lost her konde,” said Barli. Yes, it suddenly dissapeared. And Bali decided that Andien not wearing a giant bun while opening the show.

Andien was sang 'Gemilang'. A song that popularized by Krakatau group band and Trie Utami was a lead vocal back then.

Andien was sang ‘Gemilang’. A song that popularized by Krakatau group band and Trie Utami was a lead vocal back then.

Andien, Barli and Dian Sastrowardoyo. Andien and Dian was awarded as an inspirational woman from Caroun Paris.

Andien, Barli and Dian Sastrowardoyo. Andien and Dian was awarded as an inspirational woman from Caroun Paris.

Andien and Dian Sastro also awarded a souvenir from Caroun Paris–it is one of many sponsors for Barli Asmara–that night. But, i do admire Barli’s craftmanship this time. Two thumbs up!

PS: All the images belongs to Nurdiansah for TEMPO

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