Signature Style: Didi Budiardjo
Indonesia Tatler peeks inside notable socialites’ and designers’ wardrobes to unearth the secret sauces behind their fashionable flair—with some surprising finds
Having stamped an indelible mark on Indonesia’s fashion industry over the course of three decades, fashion designer Didi Budiardjo is known for his modern, elegant style. Prepared to pack in all it takes to get to the top, Didi takes his designs seriously and puts hard work and passion into all he does, like the 30th anniversary of his label, when he held the glamorous show entitled “Terlahir Kembali”.
Didi’s passion for fashion began when he saw his mum dressed and made-up to go to a party. Fast forward a few years, and a letter of acceptance to Paris’s Atelier Fleuri Delaporte sealed his fate to later emerge as one of Indonesia’s leading designers. “It was in the beginning of the 1990s when I was a newcomer, and I was amazed with the world’s leading fashion designers who have such strong characters and imbue their work with such great love,” he says while sitting on the lavish sofa of Conchita Home.
When it comes to personal style, Didi doesn’t limit himself to a particular style because fashion has no limits for him. “My style is unpredictable but somehow predictable; structural, but with a touch of edgy—or you can find me in contemporary style,” he laughs. “I don’t want to limit my style: if I want to wear it, then I will,” he adds.
Of course, it goes without saying that Didi loves to wear vintage threads and often mixes and matches brand-new clothes with classic pieces he loves. Among his most valuable pieces, which range from bespoke suits to top-quality traditional textiles, are pieces dominated by Dior Men and Thom Browne alongside seminal pieces from Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.
Source: Kevin, Hesikios, “Signature Style”, Tatler Indonesia December Issue 2019