Fashion focus

Chloe Dao and Mandy Kao team up for fun-filled, shopping-themed fundraiser

Chloe Dao and Mandy Kao team up for fun-filled, shopping-themed fundraiser

Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Chloe Dao, Mandy Kao
Chloe Dao , Mandy Kao Photo by Carlos Pena
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Nihala Zakaria, Andrea White
Nihala Zakaria , Andrea White Photo by Carlos Pena
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Miya Shay
Miya Shay Photo by Carlos Pena
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Duyen Huynh, Thao March Nguyen, Connie Kwan-Wong
Duyen Huynh , Thao March Nguyen , Connie Kwan-Wong Photo by Carlos Pena
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Chloe Dao, Mandy Kao
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Nihala Zakaria, Andrea White
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Miya Shay
Ruchi, Mandy Kao, Chloe Dao party, July 2012, Duyen Huynh, Thao March Nguyen, Connie Kwan-Wong

When power gal pals Chloe Dao and Mandy Kao team up, the result is a fun night of shopping, mingling and giving. More than 100 women from different ethnic backgrounds dressed in their fashionable best to celebrate Kao's birthday and raise funds for a good cause at the Dao Chloe Dao boutique in Rice Village.

The evening had a bountiful spread of cupcakes, cheeses and meatballs but the perfectly manicured divas seemed to care less about food and more about fashion.

Dao, Houston's one and only Project Runway winner, was spotted personally helping guests select dresses and accessories for their summer wardrobes. Kao, the glamorous yet compassionate entrepreneur who rocks her high power lifestyle in high heels whether its in business or for one of many charities such as Alliance For Multicultural Community Services, Asian American Family Services or her Mandy Kao Foundation, also joined in the fashion-focused fun.

A portion of the evening's sales were donated to Kao's foundation, which supports The Community Cloth micro enterprises empowering refugee women artisans. The artisans also had their pieces on display at the boutique and racked up $1,320 in sales. All proceeds from those sales went directly to the artisans.

Spotted indulging in some retail therapy were Andrea White, Miya Shay, Deborah Elias, Sneha and Naushir Merchant, Connie Kwan Wong, Hiru Mathur, Thao Marc Nguyen and Duyen Huynh, Latika Bathija, Raj Patel and Yasmine Haddad.  

Ruchi Mukherjee is a lifestyle feature journalist for TV Asia and host of Lights Camera Action, an online magazine that covers Houston Indo-American society news.