With “A Conversation with Oneself” as its theme, Sapto Djojokartiko’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection reflects on creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sapto Djojokartiko presented its Spring/Summer 2021 collection through a short movie, reflecting how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the work-life rhythm and plans across the globe. Directed by Reuben Torino, the movie (which can be acceseds through www.saptodjojokartiko.com and @saptodjojokartiko on Instagram) invites viewers to dive into the meditative process which inspired the birth of the collection amid the quarantine. In the middle of uncertain situations it shows moments of self-reflection, confusion, anger, but then also a positive spirit and overflowing creativity.
The designer himself described the quarantine as riding a roller coaster: “We have to think about the business aspect and consistency so we can save our creative soul. Because life must go on. In this alone time, as an introvert, it helps me to dig deeper into the creative process that I used to do in the past. The relaxing and peaceful environment in my own house turns to be something that is beautiful. I can focus on and do things that I never did before because of my busy schedule.”
Taking in all the inspiration that he could find, the Spring/Summer 2021 collection uses various types of lace with distinct details with nude colours combined with the elegant plum, fuchsia, and terracotta. The majority of bright colours is inspired by the cheerful summer.
Despite the limitations he faced, Sapto admitted that his creative process during quarantine came from reading books and, in particular, cockfighting captured his attention. “Despite its controversy, I found this art form is visually interesting.” The cockfighting motif and the webbing basket closely associated to it were shown through cross-stitching details made using organza fabric. Having previously presented an abundance of ornaments and embellishments, this time the designer chooses to present more dynamic silhouettes which are can be worn at home.
The aforementioned inspirations were also translated into accessories such as purses, sling bags, scarves, maxi tote bags, and baroque style pearl earrings wrapped in macramé. There were also sandals and mules made from plaited raffia and plaited basket pattern.