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Indonesian Muslim fashion wants the world’s attention

Loose-fitting “modest wear” combines with monotone sporty minimalism in the unconvential motifs of Rani Hatta’s Muslim-influenced collection.

Eschewing the hijab, her female models cover their hair with a baseball-like cap worn over a tight hood and stylish big turtle-neck collar.

The up-and-coming Indonesian designer is working to prove that fashionable Islamic style can remain faithful to religious teachings while also appealing to non-believers.

“Because I am an Indonesian, I make clothes for Muslims,” Hatta said after showing off her Autumn/Winter 2017 collection at Tokyo Fashion Week.

“But my design is very universal, so anybody can wear it.”

Her contemporary style owes much to her signature straight cuts and eye-catching wide red bands running across tops like gigantic stitches, adding a touch of colour to the mostly black, grey and white lineups.

The material, mainly cotton polyester and bonded fabrics, provide a non-traditional look, while loose-fitting pants and tops as well as long layered vests assure modesty.

Hatta said religious requirements do not bar wearers from dressing stylishly.

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