Design always came naturally to Indonesian native Liquica Anggraini. As a young girl she would help to design the garments fo herself and her family and as fate would have it, she later discovered a semi-abandoned warehouse full of vintage western clothing and ancient second-hand pieces. She then began pairing choice pieces from the haul with batik, ikat, and other traditional Indonesian styles to develop truly original looks for herself and her friends.
Before long Anggraini opened Srengèngè, a boutique in the bohemian city of Samarang, and was designing her own line that blended traditional influences with vintage flair and a refined sexiness. Several years later the opportunity arose for the designer to come to New York for a brief visit.
Her first few days in Manhattan were life-changing as she combed the city for inspiration; from basement level vintage stores in the East Village to the venerable design houses of Madison Avenue. Days turned to weeks, plane tickets home expired, and before long Anggraini was refining her skills at FIT and bonding with other inspired fashionistas from all corners of the globe. By 2007 Anggraini’s definitive vision had emerged and she began to lay the foundation for Radenroro, her debut line in the US.
We took notice of the up and coming contemporary label at a recent show and wanted to find out more behind the current collection and the designer...
“It’s hard for me to pinpoint any single source of inspiration, at any given time I have hundreds of styles designing themselves inside my head," says the designer. "When I start to organize these ideas into a cohesive collection an underlying theme always seems to evolve naturally.
"Spring 2010 came together as a reaction to the recent trend of women 'dressing down' with androgynous, minimalist, street looks." Wanting to bring back a more polished and feminine style that’s "clean, versatile, and effortless to wear," Anggraini designed her spring collection that is filled with no fuss frocks, jumpsuits (which are to DIE for), pants, leggings, and tops. Girly, yet absolutely wearable and not over-the-top.
“Raden Roro,” a title given to royal girls in Indonesia, perfectly embodies the feeling of sophisticated exoticism so prevalent in Anggraini’s designs. The line debuted for Fall 2008 and is becoming increasingly known for its unusual fabrics, vintage-inspired cuts and daring color palettes.
We love all of her flirty dresses, the black jumpsuit, and her layered cape (seen below) from the current collection. The detailing and simple embellishments are fantastic, making all of Radenroro pieces as easy to wear as they are chic.
As many of us do now, the designer also keeps a blog. She mixes and matches her favorite Radenroro pieces with others, talks celeb style, and also discusses her favorite style icons and what about them Radenroro embodies.
How would you wear Radenroro?