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The Rationalist: God Speaks through His Creation


Ya Allah, please bring me out of the darkness of doubt and favour me with the light of comprehension.
Ya Allah, open to us the doors of your mercy and unfold for us the treasure of your knowledge by your mercy. O the most merciful of the merciful ones.

Fourteen centuries ago, Allah sent down the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad saw. as a book of guidance and rahmat to the whole universe. This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah, the Al-Muttaqun (Q.S. Al-Baqarah: 2). From the day of its revelation to the day of judgment, Allah Himself who will guard it from the corruption (Q.S. Al-Hijr: 9).

I still remember the day I studied the Quran and learned to recite it when I was a child. The verse that always resound in my head is Q.S. Al-Jaatsiyah: 13

“Dan Dia telah menundukkan untukmu apa yang di langit dan apa yang di bumi semuanya, (sebagai rahmat) daripada-Nya. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu benar-benar terdapat tanda-tanda (kekuasaan Allah) bagi kaum yang berfikir”

If you guys remember ETU Spring/ Summer 2016 collection on Jakarta Fashion Week year ago, I presented “The Rationalist” collection inspired by Allah’s perfection in the nature and in His creation. It is the golden ratio, which originally based on The Fibonacci numbers.

The Fibonacci numbers is that each one consists of the sum of the two numbers before it.

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, …

Fibonacci numbers have an interesting property. When you divide one number in the sequence by the number before it, you obtain numbers very close to one another. In fact, this number is fixed after the 13th in the series. This number is known as the "golden ratio" or 1.618

233 / 144 = 1.618
377 / 233 = 1.618
610 / 377 = 1.618
987 / 610 = 1.618
1597 / 987 = 1.618
2584 / 1597 = 1.618

“You will not find any flaw in the creation of the All-Merciful. Look again-do you see any gaps? Then look again and again. Your sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted!” (Q.S. Al-Mulk, 3-4)

Source: Google Image Search "Golden Ratio in Nature"
Yes! The Rationalist was inspired by the beauty and perfection of Allah’s creation in the nature. And I am proud that my (side) job as a fashion designer can also be my way to share about the beauty of Islam and to share the message of the Quran. Wallahu’alam.

As the Quran says several times “Innafii dzaalika la-aayatulliqoumiy yatafakkaruun (Verily, in it are signs for a people who think deeply)”, I do believe (and indeed, we all have to), that Allah does speak through His creation and through the nature.

To remind you about The Rationalist S/S 2016 collection, I share you our press release on Jakarta Fashion Week 2015-16.

ETU by Restu Anggraini
Spring/ Summer 2015 – 16
 “The Rationalist” Concept

The concept behind ETU design is Restu Anggraini interest in taking men's shapes and translating them into womenswear. In Restu opinion, menswear like long coat, blazer, trousers, shirt, T-shirt, etc. are just about the garments; it all means the same thing. No matter if it's a man or woman wearing it, they are a neutral zone. When we talk about modest fashion for women, we have to follow the rules of Islamic fashion which are extent of body covered, looseness, thickness, and overall appearance. And in ETU Spring Summer JFW 2016, Restu feels that menswear shapes which boxy, oversized, and masculine are very suitable for the “modest” concept of ETU. So, ETU think to people, not to gender.
When talking about premium modest workwear segment, people will always think about clean and functional look. And perhaps, it makes the choices very limited and challenging. The purpose of ETU design is to create unique silhouettes by interlacing several fabrics with paneling, color contrast, and fabric manipulation technique. So, we want to make ETU different by applying a unique technique as our design hallmark. You could simply see it in this collection by which ETU used layered basic garments, (where both gender could wear it) to create the clean and functional look. Thus, makes the look of workwear to become more sophisticated in its silhouettes.
Moreover, ETU also introduces The Golden Ratio construction into her basic garments and asymmetric outers through its new pinching and origami petal geometric techniques. The Golden Ratio, which originally based on The Fibonacci numbers, is widely believed as the work of God in nature. The Golden Ratio is a product not of mathematical imagination, but of a natural principle related to the laws of equilibrium. The Golden Ratio is an aesthetic rule well known and applied by artists.

Nautilus has Golden Ratio Properties on Its Shell Geometry
Works of art based on that ratio represent aesthetic perfection. Some of the most well known Golden Ratio structures and arts are the design of natural spiral in nautilus and sea shell, The Mona Lisa, The Phartenon, da Vinci’s illustration on De Divina Proportione, etc. The spirals based on The Golden Ratio contain the most incomparable designs we can find in nature. In conclusion, The Golden Ratio which consistently appears in the sleeves, collar, front panels, details, necktie, and even in waistline measurement on this collection will express ETU efforts in creating the beautiful and timeless designs with uncompromised quality.

Collection Story

In this Spring/ Summer 2016 Jakarta Fashion Week campaign, ETU tells about successful young woman who always thinks logically before actually thinking an action, including on how to dress themselves. She is very smart, confidence, classy, and highly socialite.

Seeing herself of being powerful, she always thinks of herself as a role model and a good example on everything she does. That’s why everything in this collection is carefully analyzed and tailored to every empowered and successful woman’s needs. 

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  1. Etuuu kereen banget sih konsep behind The Rationalist ! (salut) suksess terus yaa


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