The buzz: Indonesian-born, Hong Kong-based fashion designer and founder of Bali Fashion Week Ika Butoni first worked for Berlin haute couture house L’Estelle D’Ore before starting up her own fashion business in Hong Kong in the 80s. Now, she exports her designs to 35 countries around the world, from Europe to the Middle East. This month she has finally opened her own boutique in the city.
The goods: Ika is known for using traditional Indonesian elements in her designs as well as complex textures and patterns—think batik-like skirts and velvet paired with beaded, sheer cloth. You’re just as likely to find fur-trimmed, dark-colored coats as you are chic, brightly colored mini-dresses or flowing maxis with spots, stripes and florals all in one. Her fall/winter 2012 collection has a particular focus on stripes, structure, lace, and black and brown tones.
The décor: Located in the new Mira Mall, the boutique is sleek and understated with a white color scheme and ceiling-to-floor windows and mirrors. Signature pieces are displayed in tasteful cases around the shop.
Check out images from Ika Butoni's lookbook and runway show on our shopping blog.
By Leanne Mirandilla