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naeem khan chairs the asia society's silk road-themed gala


Naeem Khan and Kate Vlasovskaya   
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At Monday night's Asia Society benefit gala on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the likes of Dr. Henry Kissinger, honorary chair Renée Fleming, and Amy Fine Collins found themselves on the Silk Road, complete with sitar player, spice market, and platters of Indian delicacies. Naeem Khan, the evening's other honorary chair, contributed to the opulent decor by designing a dinner table, along with designers Waris Ahluwalia—whose fluorescent pyramid added a modern touch—Doo-Ri Chung, and John Hardy. "It was inspired by this whole India thing, but I made that tablecloth almost five or six years ago and I brought it back because it seemed fitting for what we were doing today," said Khan, just back from a trip to the subcontinent himself. "My last collection was all about the Silk Road, so it makes sense." The designer also donated one of his beaded gowns to the event's silent auction. Nearby, Khan's wife, Ranjana, was sporting a rich blue sari. "Naeem said last night to take out a sari. I flew in from Florida, I got my mani, and here I am," she said. Bibhu Mohapatra, in a sharp dark suit, vowed that "next year, I will show up with my full Indian outfit." He didn't this time, the designer explained, because, "I didn't have my shoes—I left them at a party upstate."

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