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Lucky FABB, the biannual gathering of beauty and fashion obsessives helmed by Lucky's EIC, Eva Chen, has been postponed. Participants were informed of the abrupt change in plans one week before the conference was scheduled to take place in New York City.
Tickets for the event ran from $250 to $600 and top names in the industry were slated to run seminars at the conference, including Glossier's Emily Weiss, Stone Fox Bride's Molly Guy, and keynote speaker Alexa Chung. Lucky informed Racked in an email that the decision was made to postpone the conference after Eva Chen announced that she was leaving the magazine.
"The event has been a key pillar for Lucky over the years and we want to ensure that the experience for the audience—as well as our speakers and our brand partners—is given the attention it deserves," Lucky PR director Samantha Trenk told Racked in an email. "All tickets will be reimbursed."
Participants received notice of the postponement on April 30th, six days before the event was supposed to happen:
Lucky confirmed that conference tickets and Eventbrite fees will be reimbursed, but participants still had to absorb the costs of any nonrefundable hotel and flight tickets.
Catherine Scott, founder of startup Honest Hazel, told Racked that the cancellation was a "huge disappointment." The day before Lucky FABB was canceled, Scott had received an email invitation to a brunch hosted by one of the brands sponsoring the conference and had rescheduled flight and hotel reservations in order to attend the event. The following day, she was notified that the entire conference was canceled until further notice.
Other participants took to Twitter to vent their frustrations:
Woah! #luckyfabb got canceled? What the heck is going on over there!?— Poor Little It Girl (@PoorLilItGirl) May 5, 2015
Incredible to me that Lucky magazine canceled their #LuckyFABB conference a week out. How does that even work with sponsors?!— guavalicious (@guavalicious) May 4, 2015
Unfortunately, the Eventbrite registration is still live, only adding to the confusion:
Incredibly, Lucky was still promoting the conference on Twitter one day before the cancellation:
Some of the brands scheduled to speak at the conference are trying to organize their own seminars for participants who may still be in the area. Dee Guerreros, a photographer based in New York City who bought a ticket to Lucky FABB, plans on attending what sessions she can.
"I think it's great that people are moving forward with their own events," Guerreros told Racked in an email. "Some bloggers are also hosting their own meetups and I plan on attending those too."
Update: Participants are still getting Eventbrite notifications of the canceled event. Blogger Asma P. received an email reminder from Eventbrite on Tuesday, May 5th gathering last-minute applications for registration: