Friday, September 08, 2006

New frontiers in shopping mall surrealism


This is the shiny-new Senayan City mall, across from the also fairly-new Plaza Senayan mall, and around the corner from the fairly-new and mostly empty Ratu Plaza mall.

Senayan City is clearly aiming for the high end of the market; thus the weirdly fetish-y high heel escalators, and the designer tenants (Versace, Gucci, Rolex, etc.).

The other striking thing about Senayan City was the number of women wearing tank tops, halter tops (gasp!) and other revealing clothing. And hardly a traditional headscarf to be seen.

The poor stylish women must have all been turning blue: the air conditioning was cranked up so high, my teeth were chattering. I suppose fashion demands its sacrifices.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Head scarf is hardly traditional..it became a statement (fashion or otherwise) in the last 10 years only.

kopisusu2 said...

Well, good point. I meant "traditional Islamic," not that all Indonesian women traditionally wear them. Nonetheless, I would usually expect to see some women wearing headscarves in any crowd here, so their absence was striking.

michele said...

what is with that huge high-heeled shoe/escalator?! yowza. kind of alice in wonderland-y.

i really hope there weren't any other terrifyingly enormous shoes in that mall.

kopisusu2 said...

I think there's only one shoe. Maybe it's supposed to send a powerful subliminal message: complete this pair. Buy a shoe. (Or many shoes).