Hiromichi Ochiai founded the label Facetasm in Tokyo in 2007. The name refers to the many facets of a diamond, and reflects a style ethos based on the idea of unbalancing things to create a new balance. In other words, a typically Japanese approach that is part conceptual and part punk, translated into inventive yet highly wearable clothing. Facetasm's show in the Armani Teatro was the label's ninth and arguably the best since Giorgio Armani began the program of loaning out his space in support of buzzing fashion talent. The collection felt fresh and energetic, all loose lines, dynamic asymmetries, roomy volumes, and a pervading idea of reconfigured functionalism. A Day-Glo vest with a reflective band looked like it was culled directly from the wardrobe of a street worker and adapted for the urban dweller. Skirts were featured prominently, but they looked plausible instead of farcical. The dark color palette cemented the message of off-kilter pragmatism. It's interesting that Armani chose Hiromichi Ochiai, because this Japanese designer looks at first completely at odds with the maestro's quest for serenity, calm and purism. Ochiai-san, in contrast, seeks to produce a feeling of discomfort that in turn pushes things forward. Maybe it's because opposites attract. At second glance, however, the closeness with Emporio Armani's fierce metropolitanism was suggestive.