Named by AnOther Magazine's Cathy Edwards as one of the 6 most promising designers of 2010, London-based Shao Yen Chen is launching his own womenswear label.
Shao-Yen Chen is a Central St. Martin's graduate whose gleaming, all white MA womenswear collection received glowing reviews. His unusal choice of materials; nylon string mixed with cashmere and lycra, has allowed this young designer to challenge the boundries of traditional knitwear creating sexy yet strikingly bold, abstract silhouettes. Chen fuses body-con luxe cashmere skin-tights with tutu-esque nylon layering creating a tension between the expected curves of the female figure and the fluid but graphic, outsized overall shape.
Took over one of Selfridges iconic windows in London as one of 20 selected designers taking part in the store's Bright Young Things project - a campaign aimed at showcasing the talents of up-and-coming artists and designers through window displays and limited edition collections.
Shao Yen Chen has refined his design skills during his seven-year education at Central Saint Martins College and internships at Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, and Claire Tough. His works show consistency in delivering delicate, sculptural pieces with innovative textiles. His previous collections were widely published in magazines such as POP, Wonderland, Wallpaper, Dazed Digital and AnOther Online.
Directed / Camera / Edit: Juriaan Booij
Featuring: Kayt Webster-Brown & Shani Schwartz
Music: Vain Foam - Track: Slow in Motion
Make-up: Michelle Webb
Hair: Lea James
It's no secret that fashion's most dynamic new markets can be found in Asia and the Middle East. This begs the question, if that is where couture is being purchased and craved, why should it not also be where it is made and shown?
To affirm SHOWstudio's commitment to exploring new fashion frontiers, filmmaker Marie Schuller eschewed Paris and headed to Singapore for Couture Week 2012. Following in the footsteps of our Asian Couture Week 2012 project, this coverage unpicks the work of designers from areas like Bangkok, China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Japan and France. Some of the week's most spellbinding creations are celebrated in fashion film, while six candid short post-show designer interviews, filmed inside a hectic fashion week tent, offer a direct insight into the ideas and workmanship behind each collection. Additionally, written discourse by Bobby Luo and Sue Wen Quek critically assesses Singapore's identity as a creative centre.