Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli

Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker


"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford



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.

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