Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40, 2012

Chailie Ho , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Chailie Ho

Having graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in womenswear, Chailie Ho further earned a postgraduate certificate in innovative pattern cutting in 2007 and at the age of 27, she debuted her first collection. Her label is defined by romantic sartorial details, soft hand-drawn watercolour prints and a strong emphasis on fluidity. Ho has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Fashion World Talent Award 2010 (Hong Kong), the Sichuan School International Conceptual Design competition UK Fashion Design 2009 (London), and the British Fur Trade Association Fashion Design Competition 2006 (London).
Chen Shao Yen , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Chen Shao Yen
Shao Yen

Born in Yilan, Taiwan, Chen Shao Yen moved to London in 2003 to pursue an MA in fashion knitwear at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM). During his studies, he interned with Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan and his designs are distinguished by a use of unconventional materials and form. In 2009, he won the Fashion Weekend/Le Vif Award in Brussels with his BA graduation collection, and he has been a presenter at London Fashion Week since participating in its CSM MA Fashion show in 2010. His works include a display window for London's Selfridges department store and a bespoke dress for Icelandic singer Björk. Chen was also featured in Nicola Formichetti's Pop Up Shop in New York.
Leanne Claxton , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Leanne Claxton
Leanne Claxton Studio

After completing a degree in printed textile design at Central Saint Martins College in 2006, Leanne Claxton moved to Paris, where she worked for designer Christian Lacroix. Originally trained as a painter, she has worked with clients in London, New York and Hong Kong. In 2010, she partnered with Hong Kong designer Johanna Ho on a costume design project for Cantopop star Eason Chan. The pair launched their inaugural Ho:Claxton collection last year in Hong Kong. Flowers have been a prevailing theme throughout Claxton's work and the main inspiration behind her AW12 scarf collection. Her organic, oversized floral paintings and kaleidoscopic colour palette translate into digitally printed fabric to create 『wearable art'. Her second solo exhibition will be held at Saffron Stanley this summer.
Masha Ma , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Masha Ma

Masha Ma completed an MA in women's wear at Central Saint Martins in 2008. Her collection was selected for show at London Fashion Week and subsequently bought by B store. She has been final listed in competitions such as the Lancôme Colour Designs Award 2006, the Puma CSM Bursary Award and Fashion Fringe 2009. She won the Best International Innovation Award for the CCDC Design Contest in 2009 and 2010. Last year, she was short-listed for both WGSN Breakthrough Designer of the Year and Lycra Emerging Talent of the Year. Ma's work is characterised by a bold yet intricate unravelling of the feminine form, and her designs have attracted the attention of publications such as Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar.
Naoko Tsuruta , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Naoko Tsuruta
Natural Charisma, NTC Workshop

Naoko Tsuruta began her career as a jewellery designer when she opened Natural Charisma and NTC Workshop in 2005. In 2009, she expanded her field into fashion design. Having lived and travelled extensively around the world, Tsuruta has learned to appreciate different cultures while valuing her own identity. Her design philosophy, 『Japanese spirit in creating', encompasses three main elements: earnestness, elaborateness and a passion for improvement. Her dresses blend contemporary sleekness with Japanese elements, offering a modern interpretation of the traditional kimono that is both elegant and confident.
Qi Gang , Fashion / Accessories, 40 under 40 2012
Qi Gang

Among his achievements, Qi Gang has won the Chinese Fashion Design Top Award, was named one of China's top 10 fashion designers, and is chairman and fashion trend researcher of China Fashion Association. He has dressed many of China's leading actresses, such as Fan Bingbing, Gao Yuanyuan, Dong Xuan and Wang Xiaoya at international film festivals. The Shanghai-based designer is heavily influenced by avant-garde ideals and believes that true fashion lays in extremes.