A Spotlight on Sulawesi by The Apurva Kempinski Bali

Fashion was always a translated in many ways – from trends to highlighting social issues, it was no doubt a language that many of us use to speak and express ourselves. That very idea was a means for The Apurva Kempinski to show its fondness for the rich culture that Indonesia has to offer.

Kempinski Bali - Exotic Toraja

It was a night of performances at The Apurva Kempinski Bali Pendopo Lobby showcasing a collaboration with renowned Indonesian fashion designer, Dwi Iskandar. Highlighting traditional Toraja fabrics that were handpicked by the designer himself, with the help of the Toraja community. 

This event also involved Yohan Tangkesalu, an entrepreneur who is also part of the Torajan ethnic group which made Iskandar’s collection more authentic to its roots. 

The show gave pride to the tribe and its cultures with touch of its designer’s passion for ethnic materials, patterns and his contemporary designs. Aside from aesthetics, Dwi Iskandar also showed a conscious move with the collection, displaying his movement to keeping it sustainable and involving the idea of ‘reuse, reduce and recycle’ into the collection. 

He has designed for prominent names in the fashion industry dressing contestants of the Miss World 2013, which was held in Bali, to having fashion shows locally and as far as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Seychelles and San Francisco. 

Sharing his experience working with Dwi Iskandar, General Manager of The Apurva  Kempinski Bali, Vincent Guironnet states, “We are truly honored to work with Dwi Iskandar, “We have the same set of values, and that is how we were able to bring forth this amazing collaboration. This showcase also provides a glimpse into our 2023 programme, in which you will see more emphasis on the talents of Indonesia, and we are looking forward to unveiling it soon.” 

Dwi Iskadar wanted to highlight not only the exquisite collection itself, but also to have a non-conventional set of talents. “By involving talents with disabilities and a pregnant model, we hope to show that fashion can go beyond clothes or lifestyle,” he shares. “I believe that it is a platform for us to reach out to more people, as fashion is meant to be enjoyed by everyone.

I hope that this meaningful message will properly be conveyed through my collection and have a positive impact not only on the land of Toraja, but on the island of Sulawesi as well.” It was indeed a display of inclusivity – a range of individuals wore a piece from the collection, that graced the audience of how fashion can be worn by anyone, from any state, cause or background. Indonesia has been home to a nation that is rich in cultural diversity and that is what The Apurva Kempinski Bali wanted to put the spotlight on. The night was dedicated the year-long celebration of Unity in Diversity with emphasis on each of Indonesia’s big Islands.

Part of this program is also creating a special uniform also by Dwi Iskandar that will be exclusive to the Lady in Red of the Apurva Kempinski Bali. These are the ambassadors of Kempinski Hotels that represent every Kempinski hotel found around the world

The Apurva Kempinski Bali is nestled at a majestic cliffside of Nusa Dua, with exquisite views of the Indian Ocean and a tropical garden – it is definitely a haven that offers a beachfront luxury. It consists of 475 iconic rooms from suites to villas where 60% of it features its own private plunge pools. 

Kempinski Resorts is European luxury resort group that started in 1897. They have a portfolio of outstanding personal service and superb hospitality complimented by its exclusive and unique properties. Currently it is present in 34 countries with 77 five star resorts and residences across the globe. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent resort brands.

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