Organizer Erik Rosete tells his side on LA Fashion Week incident

Published March 15, 2018, 12:51 PM

by Lee C. Chipongian

Art Hearts Fashion’s president and the show’s main event organizer, Erik Rosete, clarified that there’s no discrimination happened on his runway show.

(photo by ZIMBIO)
(photo by ZIMBIO)

“DO NOT EVER TRY TO PULL A RACE CARD WITH ME!”

“I AM A MINORITY, MY DESIGNERS ARE ALL INTERNATIONAL MINORITIES AND THE OPENING MODEL OF MY BIGGEST SHOW AT MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK IS FILIPINO AND NOW THE FIRST EVER FILIPINO VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL!

“HOW DARE ANYONE TRY TO RAIN ON OUR PARADE! Our event was built on inclusion…”, Rosete stressed.

On disclosing the reason why Erik didn’t want this particular set of Filipino designers and models in his show, he said it was because of their affiliation with Jacob Meir, the owner of For The Stars Fashion House.

The person who arranged for Filipino designers Rocky Gathercole and Resty Lagare to be part of Erik’s runway show was Jacob.

Erik also claimed that Jacob is a “scam artist,” a “crook,” and a “liar.”

“TODAY I GOT VERY DISTURBING NEWS!”

“SCAM ARTISTS TRIED TO SNEAK IN SPONSORS AND COLLECTING MONEY ON THE SIDE DURING FASHION WEEK!

“I NEVER POST DRAMA, BUT THIS IS WHAT WENT DOWN!

“Some asshole tried to rob us of over $100,000 and then got mad because we cut his shows.

“This is a professional fashion event.”, he explained on a post.

Erik asked for Rocky Gathercole and Resty Lagare’s forgiveness over the said incident.

He also expressed his regret to Elie Madi, a Lebanese fashion designer who was also affiliated with Jacob.

Singer Kiana Valenciano and former Miss Earth titleholder Jamie Herell was supposed to be featured on Madi’s fashion show including some Filipina models.

“I apologize to the amazing designers Rocky Gathercole Elie Madi, and Resty LaGare for having to cut your shows.

“WE ARE A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT HIRES PROFESSIONAL MODELS!

“WE DO NOT WANT YOUR DRESSES DRAGGING ON THE FLOOR JUST TO SERVE JACOBS PERSONAL SIDE BUSINESS AND SCAM SHOWROOM!”, Erik added.

The said incident happened at The MacArthur events venue last March 12.

Today, March 15, Erik then posted his statement.

Below is his full Facebook statement which has also been deleted:

Erik Rosete / Facebook
Erik Rosete / Facebook / PEP
Erik Rosete / Facebook/ PEP
Erik Rosete / Facebook / PEP
 
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