Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40, 2010

Anki Cheung, Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2010
Anki Cheung
Hong Kong

Locally-based fashion designer Anki Cheung was recently named the overall winner at the 2010 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest, and was awarded a one month internship at the Vivienne Westwood London headquarters. Conceptual in her approach, she shows great skill in her use of colour and her ability to work with fabric, while also possessing a talent for decorative details and design.

Finding inspiration from travel, Cheung often experiments with unusual and new materials. In 2007, she was named third runner-up for the Workmanship Prize at the 2007 New Designer Fashion Grand Prix Japan for Black Wood Spirit.

Johanna Ho, Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2010
Johanna Ho
Hong Kong

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1997, Hong Kong native Johanna Ho has fostered quite a following, both at home and locally. Her first ready-to-wear collection, shown at London Fashion Week, was snapped up by Barneys NY, and since then her designs have graced the racks at high-end retailers around the globe, including Via Bus Stop, Isetan, Takashimaya, Seibu, Brown, Harrods, Myer, Lane Crawford and D-mop.

With a design philosophy centered on subtleties and suggestion, Ho's work tends to be highly structured and tailored with intricate details such as hand-sewn embroidery, printed linings and interesting fastenings. This year, Ho has extended her line to include footware for the first time.

Kanchan Panjabi, Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2010
Kanchan Panjabi
Kanchan Couture, Hong Kong

Mixing classic shapes with vibrant colours and rich Indian textiles, Kanchan Panjabi has created a distinct style through her label Kanchan Couture. Born in India, raised in Hong Kong and educated in New York, Panjabi says the initial inspiration for her work came from an old photograph of her mother in India in the γ€Ž60s. γ€ŒIt portrays who I really am; my Indian roots, yet a child of a hybrid world,」 she says.

With textiles sourced directly from India and Indian prints used throughout her collection it's easy to see the inspiration the young designer derives from her heritage β€” but the way she uses these elements, in combination with strong lines and classic shapes, is what makes her pieces so intriguing.

Under Kanchan Couture, Panjabi creates eveningwear, daywear, tailoring, leather belts, accessories and, her most recent addition, bridal wear.

Manix Wong, Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2010
Manix Wong
Laclos, Paris

From the age of 16, Manix Wong knew he wanted to design menswear. After studying at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, he completed his education with a Master's degree in menswear from Central Saint Martins.

After graduating, he worked with Hussein Chalayan before moving to Paris for a stint with menswear brand Jose Levy a Paris. In 2004, he launched his own brand, Laclos, with a 100 per cent cashmere collection. Following its success, Wong expanded the Laclos label to include suits, leather and high-end sportswear. Laclos is stocked internationally at le Bon Marche and Le 66 in Paris, TSUM and GUM in Moscow and in several boutiques throughout Japan.

In 2006, the brand took out the best menswear prize at the Paris Capitale de la Creation awards.