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One of the most strik­ing fig­ures to be seen at Jakarta’s most glam­orous so­cial events, Ju­nita Liesar stuns ev­ery­one with her en­vi­able shape and show­stop­ping out­fits

Ju­nita Liesar has a most de­mand­ing sched­ule as the Chair of three com­pa­nies. But noth­ing can stop this busi­ness­woman and mother of three from look­ing ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous wher­ever she goes. Dress­ing up is her ul­ti­mate pick-me-up, in fact. and that is ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause Ju­nita is Pres­tige’s Fash­ion icon of 2015. One of the most strik­ing fig­ures to be seen at Jakarta’s highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial events, she rou­tinely stuns ev­ery­one with her en­vi­able shape and her show-stop­ping out­fits, which she al­ways man­ages to carry off with her un­mis­tak­able mil­lion-dol­lar smile.

it’s no sur­prise to learn that this age­less beauty was a model in her younger years. Ju­nita earned a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in hos­pi­tal­ity from eng­land’s Bournemouth univer­sity and went on to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence in the mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions fields. to­day, she is the Chair of Jade Min­ing, Jade en­ergy and Jade re­sources. she is also the founder of a travel agency, Qual­ity hol­i­day.

For this fre­quent busi­ness trav­eller, dress­ing well is a morn­ing rou­tine. “it’s a good way to start my day on the right note,” she ex­plains. “When i feel good about my­self, i feel like i have some ex­tra power to do what i have to do through­out the day. in fact, i feel like i can con­quer the world!”

Ju­nita is all smiles as she checks out the dresses she will wear for her it List shoot. a fairy­tale-like red ball gown from Didi Budiardjo, a the­atri­cal skele­ton-in­spired back­less dress by adrian Gan, a Vic­to­rian-in­spired lace dress from se­bas­tian Gu­nawan, an edgy bustier en­sem­ble by eddy Betty and a fu­tur­is­tic tube dress in sil­ver by tex save­rio are among her selections. “they look amaz­ing. i’m honoured to be wear­ing mas­ter­pieces from some of the coun­try’s most re­spected de­sign­ers,” Ju­nita beams. “as much as i can, i sup­port the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try, and it’s heart­en­ing to see more and more young tal­ented in­done­sian de­sign­ers com­ing along.”

among the new in­done­sian de­sign­ers on Ju­nita’s radar are ivan Gu­nawan, Yo­gie Pratama and hian tjen. “What sep­a­rates a good dress from a great dress is the fit,” she says. “a good dress can be picked up from re­tail stores. But a great dress for me is the one that’s like a sec­ond skin. it’s some­thing that feels per­sonal, some­thing that you can only get from a top-notch be­spoke ser­vice. that’s why se­bas­tian is one of my favourite de­sign­ers.”

Ju­nita matches her gra­cious de­meanour with a re­gal sense of style. On a work­ing day, she might be seen in a black Dior jump­suit, which ac­cen­tu­ates her long legs while sug­gest­ing pro­fes­sional power. sky-high stilet­tos are among her pre­ferred ac­ces­sories. at evening af­fairs, in­clud­ing some of the city’s high-pro­file fash­ion shows, Ju­nita is of­ten spot­ted in one of her ex­quis­ite gowns, which char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally bare the shoul­ders and pre­sent a dash of drama with their floor-sweep­ing length or puffed-up skirt. any­place she walks into, she car­ries the look with true poise.

“i think a woman should al­ways hold on to her con­fi­dence, but stay hum­ble while she’s at it,” says Ju­nita, who loves her Chanel pearl neck­laces. “a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude will bring out one’s in­ner beauty. With­out that, no mat­ter how great your dress looks peo­ple will al­ways try to find fault. as Coco Chanel once said: ‘ Dress shab­bily and they will re­mem­ber the dress. Dress im­pec­ca­bly and they will re­mem­ber the woman.’” When it comes to fash­ion, Ju­nita be­lieves that a woman’s mind­set is just as pow­er­ful as what­ever she puts on. “the first step to look­ing great is to think, and feel, that you look great,” she de­clares. “it’s easy to say it, but it takes a lot of courage to live it.”

Over the years, this fab­u­lous fash­ion­ista has de­vel­oped a dis­tinc­tive per­sonal style. among her most trea­sured pos­ses­sions are her her­mès croco bags and clutches, her aude­mars Piguet, richard Mille, Franck Muller and rolex time­pieces, and her Chris­tian Louboutin, Casadei and Dior shoes. has Ju­nita thought about go­ing into the fash­ion busi­ness her­self? “as a mat­ter of fact, i’m plan­ning to launch my own cloth­ing line,” she an­nounces as the in­ter­view ses­sion comes to an end. “i have as­sem­bled an amaz­ing team full of tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als, and i can’t wait to start work­ing with them.” and with that star­tling an­nounce­ment, she grabs her sig­na­ture over­sized sun­glasses and dashes off to her next ap­point­ment.

DRESS SE­BAS­TIAN GU­NAWAN

JEW­ELLERY CARTIER

DRESS TEX SAVE­RIO JEW­ELLERY CARTIER HEELSOUTFIT: CHRISTIANVERSACE LOUBOUTIN

DRESS didi BU­DI­ARJO

JEW­ELLERY CARTIER

DRESS Adrian GAN JEW­ELLERY CARTIER

DRESS Eddy BETTY JEW­ELLERY CARTIER

DRESS didi BU­DI­ARJO NECK­LACE CHANEL JEW­ELLERY CARTIER

SHOT ON LO­CA­TION da vinci PEN­T­HOUSE jl. jend. Sudirman kav 12, CEN­TRAL JAKARTA (62-21) 5795 1111

MAKEUP AND HAIR Yam­mie-donny Liem THE MAKEUP ART (62-812) 8308 965 ASST FASH­ION STYLISTS koko NA­MARA, nina HI­DAYAT

ADRIAN GAN IS IN JL. SUNTER PAR­ADISE 9 BLOK F16 NO 15-16 JAKARTA. CARTIER IS IN PLAZA IN­DONE­SIA & PLAZA SE­NAYAN CHANEL IS IN PLAZA IN­DONE­SIA. CHRIS­TIAN LOUBOUTIN IS IN PLAZA IN­DONE­SIA. DIDI BUDIARDJO IS IN JL BENDI BE­SAR NO. 20 TANAH KUSIR JAKARTA. EDDY BETTY IS IN JL TA­MAN RA­DIO DALAM V NO.14, NORTH GAN­DARIA KE­BAY­ORAN BARU JAKARTA. SE­BAS­TIAN GU­NAWAN IS IN KOM­PLEK HAR­MONY PLAZA BLOK K NO 1 JL SURYOPRANOTO 2 CEN­TRAL JAKARTA. TEX SAVE­RIO IS IN ME­NARA BATAVIA #14-06 JL. KH MAS MAN­SYUR KAV 126 JAKARTA.

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