Centrestage Elites - 2018


Hiromichi Ochiai


Born and raised in Tokyo, designer Hiromichi Ochiai has taken the fashion world by storm since launching the highly acclaimed FACETASM label in 2007. Known for his neo-urban style of independent innovation and a streamlined sense of the avant-garde, Ochiai’s work respects the traditions of fashion while simultaneously avoiding rules and conformity.

The name FACETASM was inspired by the many different “facets,” or particular aspects of a multi-sided idea, that can reveal profound meaning from different perspectives in life. The brand’s style reflects this by fluidly evolving with every new inspiration. Balancing stark, clinical designs with a vibrantly bright and youthful vibe, FACETASM creates a genderless aesthetic with an endless stream of new ideas that moves people’s hearts.

A graduate of Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka Fashion College, Hiromichi Ochiai has become an icon in Japan’s mesmerising fashion scene. FACETASM has garnered a reputation as the label that best represents contemporary Tokyo, winning multiple industry awards and participating in Tokyo Fashion Week, Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Milan Men’s Fashion Week. After serving as VIP judge in the Hong Kong Young Designers’ Contest in 2016, Ochiai will make his return to CENTRESTAGE to showcase his latest collection. Crowning a decade of remarkable success, FACETASM has recently been shortlisted as a finalist of the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Awards 2018.


Julio Ng & Cyrus Wong

#Brand: IDISM
#Hong Kong

Representing the cream of the crop of local design talent, Hong Kong-based Cyrus Wong and Julio Ng co-founded IDISM in 2016. Wong graduated from Central Saint Martins in London, focusing on womenswear and subsequently trained under the successful Chinese-born, London-based designer, Huishan Zhang. Ng graduated from the London College of Fashion and honed his craft under English designer, Gareth Pugh, for four successful seasons. After Ng’s graduation collection was showcased at London’s V&A, the world’s leading museum for arts and design, this dynamic duo returned to Hong Kong to launch IDISM.

With a hint of surprise juxtaposing the label’s elegantly minimal aesthetic, IDISM was created for the spontaneous lifestyle of the contemporary city woman. Utilising beautiful prints, flowing silhouettes and a casual sense of the elevated and refined, IDISM has inspired a worldly womenswear look that harmonises graceful sophistication with understated flair.

Building on a solid aesthetic vision, IDISM is quickly plotting a rise to the top. The label was selected as one of Vogue's Talents in 2017, while also being named “The future of Asia” by China’s youthful media powerhouse, YOHO!, during the same year.


Min Liu

#Brand: Ms MIN
#The Chinese mainland 

One of the brightest stars in China’s flourishing fashion scene, Min Liu launched her Ms MIN label online to widespread acclaim in 2011. Growing up in the Chinese mainland, Liu’s destiny was set in stone from the age of 14 when she knew that she would become a fashion designer. Inspired by old fashion magazines and apparel trade fairs that her mother brought her to, Liu fell in love with artistic expression through garments and eventually graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2007.

The word “Ms” combines “Mrs” and “Miss”, a modern salutation representing an independent woman. “Simplicity with a twist, romanticism with an edge, modernity with classicism” are the brand’s DNA. Liu constantly studies each side of every object, finding a path that follows a delicate balance of yin and yang to juxtapose openness with reserved aesthetics. She believes that traditions cannot last without a modern revival, and thus the brand’s foundation of Chinese cultural aesthetics blends with sharp, contemporary twists to create a timeless harmony. Liu’s choice of fabrics emphasizes both technological innovation and manual techniques along with meticulous attention to detail, durability and the wearability of an elegant silhouette.

Liu was shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH Prize in 2016, and Ms MIN has become a highly sought-after label with top-tier retailers such as Lane Crawford, Opening Ceremony and Saks Fifth Avenue stocking its collections. In the spring of 2017, the Ms MIN x M·A·C (Min Liu for M·A·C) cosmetics collection launched globally. During the same year, Liu also collaborated with Birkenstock for a limited edition that celebrated traditional Chinese culture, and the acclaimed collection was firmly under the limelight during the SS18 season’s fashion shows.