I was excited to once again partake in Mosaic’s “Hope in the City” for its third show “Wear Your Story”, held during LA Fashion Week at the beautiful St. Vibiana Church in Downtown. I was one of the designers that made a dress that had to be at least 80% paper.
The show consisted of three parts: “Experimental Paper Designs” followed by head pieces by Salvatore Salamone, menswear by Rey Aquino, then womenswear designs by Adolfo Sanchez, Shpetim Zero and Shekhar Rahate. It was hosted by Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” Jeannie Mai and Mosaic’s own Hank Fortener. Throughout the evening, there were several performing artists like: Clairfoster J. Browne, Amalgam Crew, Poet and DJ Mytar who entertained and revved up the audience in-between the fashion shows and while they browsed the marketplace.
[“Hope in the City” has come a long way since I first attended the brainstorming meetings in 2008. The first show was held at FIDM’s “Grand Hope Park” and a number of people showed up. Then the second show “Hope in the City 2: The Other Side of the Tracks,” which took place at Chiparaki. The show had grown and so did the number of attendees. And now, the show has evolved into something spectacular! I am so grateful to have worked with such talented people.]
Special Thanks: Tammy Borrero; Corrie Sullivan; Lisa Soltis; Natalie and Rowel Salvador; the designers; models; performers; hosts; photographers; sponsors; Mosaic (www.mosaic.org); marketplace vendors: Adolfo Sanchez, Bella Sole, Beyond Us, Blessed Treasures, Cat Walk Pros, Children’s Hunger Fund, Hope in the City, Julia LoVan Designs, Lorikoop.com, Mosaic, Raven & Lilly, Serve LA, Sisters in Service, Tiffany Kunz Design, With Love Uganda; donations; the Hope in the City Team; Sarah Jane Aumentado (key MUA); make-up and hair teams.