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.