Centrestage Elites - 2019

Anais Mak

Hong Kong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Anais Mak founded the acclaimed ANAÏS JOURDEN label in 2012 and has dazzled the global fashion stage ever since. Anais studied fashion design at Studio Berçot in Paris, where European culture combined with the neon-lit memories of her hometown to spark a bold new vision without borders.

ANAÏS JOURDEN is defined by a subtly subverted take on formal femininity, channelling controlled volumes and fabric experimentation to unleash a wave of retrospective affirmation. Inspired by Anais’ well-disciplined childhood in Hong Kong, timeless formalwear and the elegance of yesteryear are fundamental pillars of the label’s distinctive silhouette. Anais’ total command of texture and juxtaposition harmonises feminine aspiration with traditional techniques, expressing the spirit and preferences of the modern woman. Through the creative and sometimes unexpected use of embroidery, smocking, ruffles, gatherings and pleating, Anais crafts unique textures that inspire new contextual perspectives. Melding artisanal craftsmanship with industrial techniques, ANAÏS JOURDEN is about a casual attitude, a statement of intent and the promise of contemporary grace, delivering a graphic punch to generic femininity. The brand was built on the notion that dressing up is more about twisting the classic feminine look, rather than breaking it down entirely.
Going from strength to strength with every passing season, ANAÏS JOURDEN was the only Hong Kong-based womenswear label to be featured on Paris Fashion Week’s AW18 calendar, after earning a coveted selection by The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. Anais has garnered widespread acclaim including being named the winner of Vogue Italia’s “Who is on Next” in 2015, a semi-finalist in the LVMH Prize 2015, and on Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2017. ANAÏS JOURDEN can be found at premier international retailers such as Galleries Lafayette Beijing, ikram, JOYCE, Lane Crawford, Neiman Marcus and Shopbop.

Joseph Altuzarra

New York

Diverse interests and multicultural perspectives influence the work of every designer, but for Joseph Altuzarra, they represent the foundation of his highly acclaimed craft. Born and raised in Paris, Joseph Altuzarra is one of fashion’s greatest talents. His eponymous label, ALTUZARRA, is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand that reflects his French, American and Chinese background, along with his palpable passion for film, literature, fine art and facets of world culture. Driven by the transformative power of fashion from a young age, Joseph channelled his first love into a powerfully bold womenswear line that breathes allure and elegance in every collection.

After graduating from Swarthmore College with a degree in Art History, Joseph launched himself into the world of fashion with apprenticeships at Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, before working with master pattern maker Nicholas Caïto to hone his technical skills. He later became Riccardo Tisci’s first assistant at Givenchy in Paris, before launching his New York-based label ALTUZARRA in 2008.

Joseph’s vision unveils a modern wardrobe for women to feel confident and sexy in their everyday lives, defined by polished technique, alluring femininity, touches of the avant-garde and unapologetic sexiness. The ALTUZARRA woman exudes confidence and control, seduction and sophistication, collecting memories, objects and inspirations from the fascinating palette of life. ALTUZARRA has since become a wardrobe and red carpet staple for confident women around the world including Beyoncé, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman and Rihanna, just to name a few.

Season after season, Joseph has received numerous accolades including the Council of Fashion Designers America (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner, Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, the Swarovski Award for Womenswear Design, the International Woolmark Prize, as well as Business of Fashion’s “BoF 500” for five years running. Joseph was honoured by the CFDA as its Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2014, and the Accessories Council’s Designer of the Year in 2017. In 2018, he was crowned as Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards.