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WCM had originally made plans to produce events with these designers, calling it "Official LA Fashion Week" and promising to host the shows at a venue, which was eventually deemed by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.
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". :)