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Byline: The Nation.
CHIC MOVES EAST
Asian designers could soon be dictating the direction of fashion
Kelly Chung Dawson
If the shows at New York Fashion Week highlighted one trend this year, it was the rise of Asian designers in the United States.
Up-and-comers like Phillip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul and Derek Lam proved hits this summer, which came hot on the heels of Richard Chai, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu being named the best of the new breed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
"Asian designers who are getting more recognition are doing so because they have genuine talent," says Steven Kolb, executive director of the council. "The decision to honour designers with [our awards] is based on talent, …