Filipina designer Lhuillier takes lead in ‘Yolanda’ benefit in LA
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Posted at 12/10/2013 3:45 PM | Updated as of 12/10/2013 3:45 PM
LOS ANGELES – They’re used to bringing out the beauty and style in people and fashion, on the runways, or on the screen. But Filipino fashion group Los Angeles Hearts Philippine Islands is on a mission to show the beauty in giving.
The group is organizing a grand event this Friday (December 13) to raise funds for Filipino typhoon victims.
“It’s friends getting together and really supporting and making a difference. The Philippines is a developing country and even a dollar goes such a long way over there,” Filipina fashion designer Monique Lhuillier said.Lhuillier, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated fashion designers with Cebu roots, says her friends and family were far away from the devastation but that’s not stopping her from helping.
“Just watching all the devastation that’s happened, in the last month has been heart-wrenching. It’s been hard to watch it from here and not be able to do something about it. So we decided, the fashion community here in Los Angeles, we’re also Filipino, to get together and make a difference,” she said.
LA hearts PI brings together many Filipinos in fashion and beauty in Hollywood, including former Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay’s granddaughter and fashion and beauty author Missy Magsaysay.
“We’ve been getting together the last few years, having lunch, doing food truck events, just having fun and so when then disaster happened in the Philippines it kind of just felt like, why don’t we all get together like we usually do and this time make it for a cause. I think we’re fortunate enough to have jobs and networks and resources,” Magsaysay said.
Even non-Filipinos such as fashion guru and TV personality Cameron Silver, founder of Decades, is helping in the effort.”We are all fashion lovers. We are all part of a community that wants to support our Filipino brothers and sisters and although I’m not Filipino by blood, I’m Filipino by friendship and by love. It’s wonderful that creative people can get together and make a difference,” Silver said.
The event will feature an auction and raffle of donations from the fashion world, as well as food trucks and musicians. It will be held on December 13 at Rivera 31 in Los Angeles’ Sofitel Hotel.
Proceeds from the event will go to Doctors without Borders.