Covered: The 5th Annual Design for Humanity Charity Event

June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

The 5th annual Design for Humanity event, hosted by Billabong, began just like any other summertime L.A. block-party – only significantly bigger. The event raised over $100,000 for VH1’s Save the Music campaign and was a smashing success on all fronts – a massively successful art auction curated by Daniel Chang, a cutting-edge fashion show by Billabong design director Mandy Robinson, food provided by The Burnt Truck and a stellar musical performance by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

     For this year’s DFH event, Mandy Robinson used VH1’s Save the Music as an inspiration for the fashion show. Many of the garments hearken back to 70’s/80’s rock n’ roll culture and the entire line kept a strong sense of cohesiveness using music as the inspiration. Keeping in-step with the Save the Music idea, Edward Sharpe played a satisfactorily long, instrumentally heavy set and allowed audience participation at many points. Alex Ebert, frontman for Edward Sharpe, holds a stage presence and energy that is unsurpassed by other artists in the genre.

      Daniel Chang and AR4T Gallery curated an art show featuring notable artists such as Tara McPherson, Jeff Soto, Dave Kinsey and The Clayton Brothers. Other events, such as live surfboard shaping, break-dancing and a DJ, solidified the evening as a fantastic way to kick off the summer season and brought the creative communities of Southern California to one location for the beginning of what promises to be a year of innovation, community and hope for the future. 

Written by Austin Ranson, Staff Writer

Photos by Seth Johnson


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