Fashion in Detroit, Day 1
I sat front row for all of the shows today (and I will be there tomorrow as well) and I have to say, it was amazing experience. Bryant Park better watch out, because the Detroit Zoo is coming up fast behind you! It was simply pure joy watching gorgeous glamazon models in 4 inch heels and outlandish fashionistas in couture ensembles weaving around the zoo patrons and the stone animal statues, making their way to the tents. It gave it this great character and somehow a nice, more down to earth and slightly comical feel, even though the fashion was truly on par with NYC's Fashion Week.
The first designer was Joe Faris (Project Runway fans may remember him from Season 5) for Schott NYC. Joe is definitely someone I have huge respect for, not only as a great designer but also because he was one of the main masterminds of this event. To witness people doing something great for the city of Detroit, and also the Michigan fashion community as a whole, it's just really inspiring and motivating. The leather jackets in this collection followed by the corset at the end - just simply stunning, with flawless construction. I loved the wide variety of styles and colors.
Next up was PS. by Peter Soronen. Very beautiful corset inspired mini-dresses with meticulous boning details. I think this was my favorite collection of the day. It made me itching to get home and start working on a corset myself. :)
The student show was next. It showcased 12 designers from the leading fashion schools in Michigan, including Wayne State University and IADT. There were some really stunning an amazing creations, all inspired by the theme "Motor City". Below are photos of the "Heidelburg dress" and "Detroit Red Wings. Each of the 12 designs was unique and beautiful. These students all did an outstanding job.
Following the student show was Diva Groove, which was founded by designer Dana Keaton, who is also a professor at the Art Institute of Michigan. She had many cute quirkly little dresses, skirts and shorts which truely spoke "spring!"
The last designer I was able to see was Marlaina Stone, who designs jewelry. Her pieces were beautiful and unique. Sadly as we were outside schmoozing, I was late to my seat and had to watch from the isle. My fiance, who is quickly also becoming my professional photographer while I'm out "on the scene" was able to snap this awesome photo of the runway from afar during Marlaina's finale.
It was a great day, and I'm really excited for tomorrow's shows! I believe they still have tickets available on the Fashion in Detroit website. And with exciting designers such as Femilia Couture, Betsey Johnson and Made in Detroit - tomorrow's event is not to be missed!! I will be back with more photos for you soon...... now I'm off to revel in the afterglow of the realization that Detroit is starting to have a real fashion community. That is a huge accomplishment, and you truly could see how much work had gone in this event, from the "red carpet" quality of the tent, to the sound and lights, to the amazing models - everything about it was simply delightful.
Kelly Tinsley is an Ann Arbor-based fashion designer who blogs about fashion and style for AnnArbor.com. You can visit her Web site at Kellylynne.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, become a Facebook fan of her designs and follow her on Twitter.