#MFW. A hashtag that was used all throughout last Saturday night. If you’re thinking Milan Fashion Week, think again. Right in the heart of southeastern Michigan, Michigan Fashion Week held it’s second annual fashion show featuring 16 of the state’s brightest designers at the Southfield Civic Center.
Rows of white chairs with blue “Michigan Fashion Week” gift bags aligned and faced the runway as vendors and their fashionable merchandise surrounded the entire room. Siana Treece kicked off the show with a collection knee-length dresses, colorful prints, and high slits.
Shirt Box followed introducing dapper menswear and high-voltage color and printed frocks.
Marvela Boutique’s models strutted down the runway with chic faux leather pieces ending with a hot pink full-length tulle skirt.
If your closet consists of classy black and white garments, EMME by Malu Palma’s collection would fit right in. Her two-piece looks consisted of structured blazers and jackets perfect for office wear and a dinner out on the town.
The next designer was Sunglasses by Leisa who was the first accessory designer to showcase. Her sunglasses were embellished with all things girly and fabulous- rhinestones, gold baroque detailing, miniature pastel flowers, and more. Jesse Jane’s made the audience eager for summer once again as her set consisted of a selection of cropped tops and peplum dresses. Wooden Hanger made their second appearance during MFW with garments ready for fall from abstract detailing to long-sleeved dresses and cozy outerwear.
Following intermission, Matt Richman’s eco-friendly collection wowed the crowd as models walked down with newspapers, black tape from video tapes you collected in the ’90s, bubble wrap, and plastic bags constructed into gowns.
Sansa Sanika Jewelry was the second accessory designer that exhibited statement jewelry including embellished bibs, chained and beaded fringe necklaces, and ended with a leopard print mask.
Massanotti Dreams’ displayed her bustier and tulle creations with a highlight of a multi-colored two-part look: a jacket with leg-o-mouton sleeves and a matching skirt with a tulle under base.
Kristina Bowman-Smith’s collection gave the audience a lesson in fashion history as her designs were vintage inspired based from the early 1900’s and and 1980’s (complete with major shoulder pads and sequined jackets, of course).
Like I tweeted during the show, if I had an all-black wardrobe, it would be FANCE’s collection. Her hip-hop and urban inspired designs would be essential for any chick on those laid-back days.
After Patricia Hollis’ colorful selection, Detroit Respect’s T-shirt line reminded the public that Detroit can rise to the top once again while making a breakthrough in the fashion industry.
MFW’s founder, Loren Danielle, ended the show with her own collection, Lojo. Her line ranged from sleek, floor-length gowns, metallic and sequined shift dresses, and full, A-line skirts.
The night ended with a final word from Danielle and a special thanks to the entire MFW team with an announcement for MFW 2014 plans already underway. Thank you Loren and team for a great, successful night! All the hard work definitely paid off. Until next year’s show!
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