DIDIT HEDIPRASETYO COUTURE – PARIS S/S 2012 FASHION SHOW
Indonesian designer Didit Hediprasetyo looked to India for the inspiration for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Like his Debussy inspired collection from last season, music is a crucial aspect of creating the mood and presenting his show. Sitar music accompanied the models through their walk in the Hôtel de Crillon, casting an Eastern vibe into this iconic hotel.
Opening with several midriff-baring ensembles, Hediprasetyo tells the story of a much warmer climate, of casual elegance. A master of striking silhouettes, he is strongly influenced by architecture and specifically the architecture of Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan. These silhouettes seem to also to make reference to jodhpurs, which incidentally also sprung out of Rajasthan. These English-influenced Indian riding trousers, were first developed under the direct instruction of the Maharaja of Jodhpur in the end of the 19th century. This royal beginning also lends a regal aspect to Hediprasetyo’s collection and its rich fabrics and tasteful draping. For the men, the riding boots in thick leather were a delicious element paired with well tailored light jackets.
The highlight of the collection, sculptural East-meets-West turbans and hats are a wonderfully convincing accessible starting point into the world of turbans in Parisian couture.
Also in collaboration with the Spring/Summer collection, Christophe Lopez-Huici illustrated a delightful inspiration/look book that was offered to each of the attendees. This book clearly links the architecture and energy of India to Didit Hediprasetyo’s designs.
DIDIT HEDIPRASETYO COUTURE – PARIS S/S 2012 BACKSTAGE
Inky brown lips gave the beauty a formal, oriental feel. The hair underneath all those stunning headpieces was divided into two sections: a parted slicked back front and a braided bun with a smaller braid running from the nape of the neck to the chignon above. For the guys, the make-up was simple nude foundation.
Article by Amy Tabarly
Photography by Jodie Talbot for XXXX Magazine, “The Untitled Magazine”