This is a developing story.
On October 1st, 2013, Latino Fashion Week opened its doors to a diverse set of interested fashionistas, politicos, and members of the community. It also opened its doors to bloggers and members of the press. While most of the evening was composed of free-flowing cocktails and pictures with the who's who of Chicago's developing Latino fashion scene, an incident did occur that, according to witnesses, made for an uncomfortable evening.
Delia de Avila, coordinator for Latino Fashion Week, is said to have harassed a young journalist to the point of physical confrontation before the start of "The Journey", the fashion show anticipated by both guests and media. The young woman, who represents a notable fashion blog based in Los Angeles, stated that Delia "grabbed her arm, tossed (her) phone to the ground as (she) was filming the confrontation, and yelled obscenities". A witness, who preferred not to be identified, told PdM that Delia appeared to be under stress and "seemed shaken up" before confronting the 22 year old journalist and kicking her out of the show.
"It's really a shame to have experienced that," stated Arturo, a student at the Illinois Institute of Art. "I was standing right behind Delia as she screamed at the poor girl: who does that?" It appears that while "The Journey" for those watching the fashion showcase was an enjoyable endeavor, the ride for the young fashion blogger was not so smooth.
Ms. Avila has failed to comment on the matter.