Centrestage Elites - 2017

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Events

Fiona Lau & Kain Picken

#Brand: FFIXXED STUDIOS
#Hong Kong

FFIXXED STUDIOS is a collaborative men’s and women’s wear brand based between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. The brand was founded in 2010 by Creative Directors Fiona Lau and Kain Picken. Fiona studied Fashion at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and Kain studied Fine Arts at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. They live and work in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Fiona and Kain started working together in Berlin, Germany in 2008. What began as a collaborative art project exploring different ideas and materials related to fashion evolved into a ready-to-wear fashion brand. In 2009 they released their first ready-to-wear product in collaboration with the Berlin/Paris design duo BLESS. The piece was shown as part of their presentation in Paris for Spring/Summer 2009. After briefly moving to New York to develop the collections, in 2010 they relocated to Hong Kong where they established an office and an in-house production and design studio in Shenzhen, China.

FFIXXED STUDIOS makes clothing and objects that respond, adapt to, and inspire changing conditions for contemporary living. The ready-to-wear label evolves seasonally alongside a variety of other projects and collaborations. Reflecting on the “Every Day”, the collections respond to the construction of daily life, exploring notions of work and life in contemporary culture. Prioritising movement and openness both conceptually and in material and functional terms, FFIXXED STUDIOS propose a laid-back simplicity, emphasised by modern cutting and a fluid, eclectic aesthetic. They draw on natural fibres, custom-developed fabrics and personalised production techniques to address issues of sustainability and ethical working processes.

Their collections have been shown on schedule at Paris and Shanghai Fashion weeks. Since bursting onto the scene, the duo has garnered a distinguished list of accolades and awards. Among these are Hong Kong Young Talent Design Award in 2012, International Woolmark Prize - Women's Asia in 2013, Y.E.S. Sustainability Award in 2015 and Best Original Design Award, Shanghai Fashion Week in 2016. They were also being selected for Vogue Talents by Vogue Italia and Hong Kong Fashion Incubation Program. Their collections are now available internationally at stores, including Lane Crawford, (Hong Kong/Chinese mainland), Beams International Gallery (Japan), Opener Shop (Korea), Opening Ceremony (United States), OPIA (Sweden), BAERK (Germany), Dapper (Norway), MinBart(United Arab Emirates)…

Juun. J

#Brand: JUUN. J
#SEOUL

Seoul-based designer Juun. J graduated from ESMOD Seoul in 1992 and worked at many prestigious fashion houses, including “Club Monaco” and “NIX,” before setting up his own label “Lone Costume,” in 1999. Not long after showing at Seoul Fashion Week, Lone Costume became the most sought-after brand with a cult following, as Asia Times selected Juun. J among the “Top 4 Notable Designers to Watch.”

In 2007, with the world as his stage, Juun. J debuted his namesake label, JUUN. J at Paris Men’s Fashion Week to great acclaim. By deconstructing traditional ideas in menswear, Juun. J quickly established himself as the most innovative designer to watch during Paris Fashion Week. The year 2012 marked another momentous year for Juun. J as he went global by becoming part of Samsung C&T Corporation.

Juun. J’s decidedly modern approach to design is deeply rooted in his masterly knowledge of classic tailoring in which he shatters old notions to create newness. The challenge of overlapping different items and silhouette plays a huge role in Juun. J’s collections, and brand new looks are being created by mixing classic items and street looks. His avant garde designs and precise tailoring will no doubt continue to be a tour de force in the evolution of menswear.
Juun. J is the winner of multiple accolades, including the “Samsung Fashion Design Fund” in 2009-2011. He was also selected as “The Top Men’s Style Trends of 2010” by the Wall Street Journal Asia and one of the “10 Best in shows-Milan and Paris Fall/Winter 2011” by the New York Times’ T Magazine. In 2016, Juun. J was invited to be the Menswear Guest Designer at the 89th Pitti Uomo, the world's most influential menswear show. Juun. J was the first Menswear Guest Designer at Pitti Uomo from Korea, representing global recognition of his talent in the world of menswear.

Apart from his participation at international Fashion weeks, Juun. J also enjoyed successful collaborations with notable brands, including Adidas, Moleskine, Samsung Galaxy and Reebok. His collections are carried by top retailers around the world, including Joyce Boutique, Lorenzo and 10 Corso Como