We met with the fashionably fit stylist Alva Susilo, or better known as Alvasus, to find out more about his personality. He is known for his on-point outfit option in dressing up A-list celebs. From Prilly Latuconsina to Cinta Laura, Alvasus, seems to recognize each personality’s taste in fashion, capturing the exuberance of each client and expressing them into the best ootd. Been liking fashion since he was in elementary school, Alva found his flare for fashion from movies and animes.
He started to sketch dresses, read a lot of fashion magazines growing up, and shape up his taste. Alva also took fashion business during his university years and got an internship at Tex Saverio. It was during the internship that he began to learn various things, including being a fashion stylist — with Dimas Beck being his first client.
We see that you’ve been styling a heap of celeb clients, how do you differentiate their styles?
“Communication helps a lot. I mean, as a stylist, I’m helping them to shape an image through their styles and in doing so, boosting their confidence. So it’s a two-way communication, I learn the kind of styles they want by putting my perspective into it in order to deliver a distinctive style in each client. Sometimes I took a risk in choosing the outfit, they would sometimes disagree with the option. But it’s always a trial and error in fashion, and their input becomes a lesson learned to better my styling approach.”
Which one do you like better: high couture or ready to wear?
“High couture all the way. I appreciate clothes with high sense of art and specific details – like McQueen collection.”
Is that your state of mind when you created Howa?
“Howa is a combination of my own interpretation from all the styling experiences. Having met a lot of amazing women with great personalities, I try to put them all together. in my designs. Howa dresses are handmade, we put our best effort into each design. It took a year to finalize the concept because I wanted to create something unique for this fashion industry. Sounds cliché, but I’m trying my best. I noticed that there’s not a lot of handmade sequin dresses in Indonesia, and making a handmade sequin dress is quite challenging, that’s why I thought I’d give it a go.”
Any favorite designers?
“I don’t really have one. The more I grow up, the more I like beautiful things, meaning that I don’t specifically stick to one designer. I do admire designers with rich and beautiful collection, such as Tom Ford, Balmain, Zuhair Murad, and Elie Saab. Even Indonesian designers also do the wonder, like Saptodjojokartiko and Biyan.”
Which brand that fits you best?
“Adidas! Surprise, surprise! (laughs) I’m such a sporty person and it excites me to have a balance life between my work and health. Thus, Adidas fits me the most.”
During these three years of becoming a fashion stylist, what’s your best moment to date?
“I’m most proud when I have clients outside the country, that my styling reaches overseas. And of course, to collaborate with foreign designer there.”
Since you are still young, what’s your ambition?
“Oh my god, I have so many of them. But for a reality check, I hope my own brand runs smoothly and expands to resorts wear and mens wear. As for my current career as stylist, I believe that, by the end of the day, this job is gonna take me to the places I was meant to be.”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Photographer: Vicky Melly
MUA: Nadia Renata
Stylist: Salsabila Sari
Digital Imaging: Dela Naufalia
Wardrobe: available at The F Thing