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Ever since IMG packed up Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and carted it out of LA, no one event has stepped up to fill its shoes. But, according to a group of retailers, designers, and other assorted industry types gathered at the Hotel Erwin yesterday, maybe that's the best thing for the city's fashion scene. "The traditional New York model has never matched the creative energy or the array of market segments you find here," says LA Fashion Awards founder Jennifer Üner, who organized the discussion in preparation for next October's main event. "What if we went one step beyond, and let the geographic diversity of Los Angeles and range of designer visions drive the experience?" It's a noble idea, but would LA's many disparate fashion scenes really be able to work together and organize something so cohesive? [The Fashion List]