Four top Asian designers brought a sold-out crowd to the Asia Society Texas Center's final Women's Leadership Series event earlier this month. The May 17 Women in Fashion panelists included Chloe Dao, Becky Hollands, and Khanh Nguyen–all Texas-based designers–and Naina Shah, who splits her time between Mumbai and New York City.
The Q&A concluded ASTC's third year of its flagship Women's Leadership Series program, which focuses on women making a substantive impact in society and business and serves as a platform for influential women of Asian descent and those engaged in work that reflects the Asia Society's mission. The Texas chapter is one of 13 Asia Society locations around the world.
Houston Chronicle fashion reporter Joy Sewing moderated the designer panel, where guests heard from Chloe Dao, the Houston-born season two winner of Project Runway and owner of an eponymous Rice Village boutique; local designer Becky Hollands, whose designs have appeared on Bravo's Real Housewives and in the pages of Vogue; Khanh Nguyen, the Dallas designer behind the Nha Khanh label; and Naina Shah, who specializes in custom hand-embroidery and beading and embellishes designs for Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and more.
After the panel, the party moved across the street from ASTC to The Southmore, where guests mingled with designers, viewed samples of their work, and enjoyed refreshments and music on a seventh-floor poolside deck. The next Women's Leadership Series kicks off this fall; Mandy Kao and Y. Ping Sun chair the committee.