Bloggers' Cafe 911

Paulina Lopez, Michael Venedicto, Anh Volcek, Cynthia Ruiz, Daisy Gonzales, Jeff Warrington, and Kelsi Smith
Paulina Lopez, Michael Venedicto, Anh Volcek, Cynthia Ruiz, Daisy Gonzales, Jeff Warrington, and Kelsi Smith (credit: Fashion Los Angeles)

Last week, I attended the impromptu Bloggers' Cafe 911, which was organized by Fashion Los Angeles and Two Point Oh LA in less than two days in response to the terrible incident involving World Coast Management (WCM) and 18 displaced local and international fashion designers.

WCM had originally made plans to produce events with these designers, calling it "Official LA Fashion Week" and promising to host the shows at a venue, which was eventually deemed by the city as unsafe, prompting WCM to call the entire thing off. Even though WCM was aware of the outstanding citations (dating back to March!), they didn't notify the designers until about 48 hours before the show was set to start!

The designers were essentially left stranded and out thousands of dollars, without a venue to showcase their Spring/Summer 2011 collections.

Fashion Los Angeles was notified about the situation, and immediately joined forces with Two Point Oh LA to swoop in and save the day. By providing a professional, interactive outlet at the Fashion Los Angeles office and inviting tons of press (free of charge, too), some of the displaced designers had the opportunity to present their fashions.

The emergency Bloggers' Cafe featured the Spring/Summer 2011 collections by Daisy Gonzales, L'Une, and Paulina Lopez.


Daisy Gonzalez


L'Une by Ahn Volcek


Paulina Lopez

A huge thanks (and congrats) to Kelsi Smith of Fashion Los Angeles and Two Point Oh LA for putting together an amazing event in so little time! More than fashion dedication, it's what I call "fashion justice". :)

And lastly, here's me and a few of my favorite Two Point Oh LA-ers:Ariana, Kendra, me, Giovanna and Crystal
(credit: Crystal of Watermoolen)

5 comments

Sandy a la Mode said...

it's soo cool that you always get to attend these events now erica, how fun!

fashionslap.net said...

Wow that would suck. I would have been so frustrated as a designer I'm glad it worked out for them though.

Sarah Kinsey said...

that is just beyond awesome!! it looks like *so* much fun!

Caitlin said...

That sounds so awesome!

Meg said...

Wow! Thank goodness they were able to find an alternate location, etc. Looks like a fab time, though -- love the bright colors in Paulina Lopez's collection!