Sparkly dresses, high heels and bold patterns strutted the Eastern Market Shed 3 Friday for Michigan Fashion Week’s 10th anniversary show.
More than five hundred people were in attendance for the fashionable evening.
The event kicked off at 4 p.m. and was scheduled to go late into the evening with over 30 designers from all over Michigan showcasing their designs, varying from children’s wear to couture.
This year’s theme was “It’s a jungle out there” to shine light on how the world has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many designers presented their summer collections, which were looks fit for vacation or a trip to the beach.
Haus of Imani by Samaiyah Abdur-Rahman released its first fashion collection ever on the runway. It consisted of swimwear for both men and women in bold colorful patterns.
Not only were there fashion brands but also many vendors.
Vendors and entrepreneurs included leather bag designer Carolyn Schief and beauty concierge Nicole Norman, who owns a model beauty market called Bliss Beauty.
Norman’s mobile beauty market, which started in 2021, consists of clothing and beauty brands. The truck includes Branded Hair Co. products like edge control, hair spray and more.
Norman, the owner, says that in July, the beauty truck is going on a three-month beauty tour to different states.
“Right now I go to salons or I try to stay in the loop with different events whether it be with the Eastern Market or the Avenue of Fashion on Livernois,” Norman said.
MI Fashion Week has a program called the International Fashion Society that specializes in helping models and designers build their careers.
Fashion designer LaTerry Mohsin, owner of Sew Modest Studio, believes that events like this matter in reaching the fashion community in Detroit.
“Events like this allow us to tie everything together, network and bring all the fashion communities into one space,” Mohsin said.
While Mohsin is not hosting fashion shows, she creates a fashion space for younger designers at the Sew Modest Studio to create gowns and learn basic sewing skills.
Michigan Fashion Week is a organization that focuses on building and connecting talent in fashion designing, modeling, photography and other fields of creativity. It was created by Loren Hicks in 2012 and has grown each year.
The next event for Michigan Fashion Week is the Fashion Summit that takes place in September.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan Fashion Week: Over 500 stylish people crowd Eastern Market