Friday, 31 March 2017

Saying “Hello” to Adele in Batik Chic

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing
– Adele

In front of 75.000 fans, Adele opened her Australian tour in Sydney in March with the lyrics taken from her smashing hit song, “Hello”. Dressed in a maroon sequined gown executed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Couture, the audience was in awe from the moment Adele appeared on the stage. As soon as the extra large screens featured her two beautiful eyes, the attendees began to sing along with her. Die hard fans of Adele would know by heart the verses of Hello as well as her other legendary hits.

Since she first launched her initial album titled “19” to mark her 19th birthday, JET has been a fan of Adele whose music is poignant and somehow makes one think about the unbreakable bond of love and existence. Without a doubt, “Chasing Pavement” was my favorite track from her debut album.

I remember that I was posted in Geneva when she launched her second album, titled “21”. I instantly purchased the album and played the song “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” over and over again. As I drove from Geneva to Milan for a weekend with my parents in 2011, I have accidentally turned on the re-play track all the way. Immediately after we passed the Montblanc tunnel, which bridged France to Italy, my Mom asked me whether my CD player has gone wrong since she keeps on listening to “Set Fire to the Rain” for two hours. Sorry Mom, guess it explains how I adore Adeleee.

The depth of Adele’s voice, which I like to refer as a melodically haunting one, has made it difficult for anyone to escape it. Thus, when JET heard that Adele is coming to Down Under, it is a no brainer not to book a ticket to watch the 21st century diva in live performance.

Now, I am sure you would expect me to dress up to the nines as I walk inside the concert, right?!!! No worries, mate, JET would never let you down. J

Novita Yunus, the creative designer of Batik Chic, is the talent behind JET’s black linen shirt with hand-crafted embroidery on the back. Inspired by the Dayaknese traditional hat for agricultural purposes in Kutai region, East Kalimantan province, Novita Yunus titled the collection “Geometry”.

The black shirt was my first preference to wear for the concert. As soon as I put it on I felt as if I were a Rock Royalty. Besides, black is the favorite color of Adele so aside from wearing her color, I would also be promoting the well known fashion and meticulously hand-crafted embroidery from my beloved country, Indonesia.

Stay updated with JET’s whirlwind activities and his commitment in promoting Indonesian fashion in IG (@JETANDJUNG) and Facebook page (JET’s Fashion Diplomacy).

Ps. Catatan Kecil untuk Rekans Diplomats dan Sahabats Fashionistas:
Konser musik dan pagelaran seni adalah momen yang tepat untuk menampilkan kekayaan budaya Indonesia melalui busana kita. Kemeja bahan linen hitam dengan bordir tradisional asal Kalimantan adalah opsi busana JET saat menghadiri konser musik Adele, sang Diva abad ke-21. Dirancang oleh Novita Yunus untuk Batik Chic, kemeja tersebut mencerminkan modernitas busana Indonesia yang tetap berpegang teguh pada nilai-nilai budaya yaitu budaya Suku Dayak Oheng, Kalimantan Timur. Tetaplah mengenakan busana karya perancang kebanggaan Tanah Air saat berkunjung keluar negeri, termasuk saat menghadiri konser. There is simply no reason not to be a stunner in the handsome creations of our very own Indonesian designers. Let us all now sing a long with Adele while putting on our favorite attire from Indonesian designers. As Adele advises, “It’s time to say goodbye to turning table”, indeed the time has come to say goodbye to boring outfits and say hello to elegant as well as attractive Indonesian fashion!

Even when they are closed, Adele’s beautiful eyes still puts a spell to the crowds!
JET wore a black linen shirt with “Geometry” hand-embroidery is designed by Novita Yunus for Batik Chic.

In the ANZ Stadium, 75.000 fans including Australians, Americans, Chinese and Indonesians sang along her number 1 hit song from third album, “Hello”.

Hello Sydney! Take a look at those beautiful inescapable eyes.

“Someone Like You” is still one of Adele’s best ballads. So poignant and truthful.

The song that I kept on playing during a weekend trip from Geneva to Milano in 2011, “Set Fire to the Rain”.

Bow down to the 21st century Diva who is not afraid to speak her mind and sing from her heart, Adele!

Cute lovers caught in the love cam.

Thank you to go to the end of the world and make us feel your love, Adele.

Mad about Adele, from t’shirts to make up pouch, from posters to keyrings, you want ‘em, they’ve got it all!

Let’s be a show stopper in a “Geometry” hand-embroidered shirt by Batik Chic. Top up your traditional shirt with a pair of skinny jeans to attain the modern effortlessly chic look.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Indonesian First Lady Iriana Jokowi’s Fashion Diplomacy Shines in Australia

“My wife and I have always been Batik lovers. Batik is an iconic identity of Indonesia which has received worldwide acknowledgement”
– H.E. Mr Joko Widodo (President of the Republic of Indonesia)

Graceful and elegance are two words that immediately come into mind when one encounters the charming Madam Iriana Widodo, spouse of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Accompanying her spouse on a state visit to Australia, Ibu Iriana with her charming smile and personality has truly won the hearts of not only Indonesians & Australian-born Indonesians but also the Australians.

Being the First Lady of the world’s fourth largest nation with population approximately 255 millions of people, Ibu Iriana –as she is widely known- embodies the image of Indonesian women.

Charming without overdoing, soft spoken yet strong minded and effortless class are the key characteristics of Indonesian women living and working in the 21st century. These three admirable qualities and beyond are truly represented by Madam Widodo.  

During the recent state visit, Ibu Iriana dazzled her counterpart, Madam Lucy Turnbull (spouse of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull) as well as thousands of admirers in Australia not just through shining personality but also through impeccable appearances in her Batik & kebaya as well Songket sarong.

Indeed, fashion holds an important element in developing diplomatic ties between nations. Great civilization of states is seen through their traditional costumes. With her humble yet refined attire, Ibu Iriana has shown how Indonesia’s fashion diplomacy can triumph in abroad.

Witness Madam Iriana’s refined looks in IG (@JETANDJUNG) and Facebook (JET’s Fashion Diplomacy page).

Catatan Kecil untuk Sahabat Desainer dan Rekans Diplomat:
Sebagai ikon dari diplomasi busana Indonesia, Ibu Negara Iriana Widodo telah menampilkan gaya busana yang elegan. Kesederhanaan dan kepribadian Ibu Iriana yang hangat tercermin dari pemilihan busana yang dikenakan beliau. Tidak perlu busana yang teramat glamor dan mewah, tidak perlu juga pilihan asesoris seperti perhiasan yang bling-bling dan tas yang seronok untuk menunjukkan status. Kesederhanaan justru dapat menjadi kunci utama suksesnya diplomasi busana Indonesia. Mari kita bersama mencontoh gaya busana Ibu Negara Iriana Widodo yang mendapatkan decak kagum oleh para Kepala Negara dan Ibu Negara dari negara-negara sahabat, tidak hanya Madam Lucy Turnbull (Australia) dan Madam Peng Liyuan (China) tetapi juga Ratu Margrethe II (Denmark) dan tokoh dunia lainnya. Let’s follow Madam Iriana’s effortless chic and timeless elegance in highlighting Indonesian fabled cloths, through every event anywhere and anytime. Bravo Ibu Negara, Viva Diplomasi Busana Indonesia.

The smiling First Couples of Australia and Indonesia
Madam Iriana Widodo, Madam Lucy Turnbull, H.E. Mr Joko Widodo (Indonesian President) and H.E. Mr Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia) at the private residence of Prime Minister in Sydney.

President wears a sogan (deep brown) hand-painted Batik shirt with the pattern of Lar (wings). In the ancient times, Lar pattern was worn by Sultans of Java as a symbol of infinite wisdom and power.

Madam Iriana is dressed in red blouse-like kebaya with Batik sarong with pattern of “Parang Rusak” (broken dagger). This pattern used to be an exclusive pattern of the Javanese royalty.

Indonesian President and First Lady with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Ambassador and spouse, Indonesian Consul General in Sydney and spouse along with the staff of Indonesian Consulate General.

The charming Ibu Negara with Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Madam Dewi Savitri Wahab (Consul General in Melbourne), Madam Nino Riphat (spouse of Indonesian Ambassador), Madam Irene Mulyana (spouse of Indonesian Consul General in Sydney).

Icons of Fashion Diplomacy as covered by The Sydney Morning Herald:
Madam Iriana Widodo (Indonesia’s First Lady) and Madam Lucy Turnbull (Australia’s First Lady) both wear fuschia colored attire.

Fuschia and beige were the chosen color of outfits by leading ladies of Fashion Diplomacy:
Madam Irene Mulyana (spouse of Indonesian Consul General in Sydney), Madam Lucy Turnbull (spouse of Prime Minister of Australia), Madam Iriana Widodo (First Lady of Indonesia), Madam Nino Riphat (spouse of Indonesian Ambassador to Australia) at the Indigenous wing in Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Curator from the Art Gallery explains about Australian Indigenous bark paintings to Madam Iriana Widodo as witnessed by Madam Turnbull. Indonesia is also endowed with various bark paintings originating from Kalimantan.

Proud to play a part in this distinguished entourage of Indonesia’s First Lady.

JET with the talented group of First Ladies from Indonesia and Australia.

The two First Ladies bidding farewell to each other at the staircases of Art Gallery.

Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove extended heartwarming welcome to President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana.

Adoring fans of President Jokowi and First Lady have waited for hours to catch a glimpse of President Joko Widodo as the First Couple arrived in Hotel Shangrila.

Kebaya is the epitome of Indonesian women’s elegance as worn by these spouses of Heads and Deputy Heads of Mission to Australia.
(L-R): JET, Madam Penny Derry Aman (spouse of DCM of Australia), Ms Alexa (daughter of DCM to Jakarta), Mr Ai Mulyana (son of Consul General in Sydney), Madam Irene Mulyana (spouse of Indonesian Consul General in Sydney)

President Jokowi is the first visiting dignitary who hosted an event at the newly concluded International Convention Center with its state-of-the-art facilities at Darling Harbour.

President Jokowi was wholeheartedly embraced by approximately 2.500 Indonesians and Australians both equally excited with his kind and humble attitude as well as his pro-people economic & infrastructure programmes.

President Widodo and Madam Iriana with Indonesian Ambassador to Australia and spouse.

Madam Iriana is dressed in royal blue colored baju kurung (long cloth) with a matching pair of Songket sarong and sash. Traditionally, Songket is a hand-woven traditional textile applying golden threads. These days Songket could also be developed with silver threads.

President Widodo officially launched the Indonesian Language School as witnessed by Indonesian Ambassador to Australia as well as Cabinet Members (L-R):
Mr. Triawan Munaf (Head of Creative Economy Agency), Mr Tom Lembong (Head of Investment Coordinating Board), Mr Pramono Anung (Cabinet Secretary), H.E. Madam Retno Marsudi (Foreign Minister) and Mr Enggartiasto Lukito (Trade Minister).

Indonesia’s First Couple accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador and spouse at the Indonesian gathering in ICC.

Full house ICC, as admirers of President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo wait anxiously to meet and greet Indonesian First Couple.

After the event, thousands flock to take a selfie with the graceful Madam Iriana Widodo.

Finally, a selfie moment with the amazing President Joko Widodo. All the very best always to you, Mr President!