Priyo Oktaviano’s dedication to preserve the craft of hand woven artistry, while making it relevant today manages to shine triumphantly with his modern touch. It’s easy to see this strong foundation of detail oriented talent, quite possibly implemented during the beginning of his fashion journey in Paris, at the House of Balenciaga.
One of Indonesia’s most promising stars, Priyo’s presentation at Harbin opened with a male model in a pale yellow beaded jacket and long skirt, setting the mood for an opulence usually seen only in couture. The men varied from traditional blazer cuts with lapels to nehru collars, long jackets, cropped jackets and tunics, all shown with skirts and remarkably detailed beading. The womenswear continued the theme of breathtaking lace and beading, in a soft palette of color, blending into nude and grey. Priyo explains his attraction for the more classic French style of soft, romantic, femininity “the main point is implementing the Rococo style popularized by Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette with a touch of pastel and powder palettes.” This he does divinely with his play on embroidery technique and 3D embroidery of dry flower motif combined with classic lace, pearl embellishment and the occasional fringe. Priyo told Madame Wang that he was so moved by HFW that he would love to debut a collection at Harbin Fashion Week.