Streetwear and High Fashion Collections Take Stage at Michigan Fashion Week

One of Michigan鈥檚 most anticipated week of fashion transformed The Godfrey Hotel Detroit on Michigan Ave. into a cloud-filled celebration.
Photograph by Juliana Lumaj

Innovative, elevated, and Detroit; just like the fashion designers who used a few words to describe their collections at this year鈥檚 , this is how we would describe the countless runway presentations we saw in Detroit鈥檚 Corktown over the weekend.

The 12th annual Michigan Fashion Week showcases were held June 7 to June 8, with networking opportunities from June 5 to June 6, on the seventh floor of . There, 25 designers displayed their uniquely hand-crafted streetwear and high fashion designs that pose a special message to the . On both days, a market area was set up in the lobby of the hotel which featured local, small businesses, selling their products, some of which were shown in the runway showcases.

鈥淢y goal for Michigan Fashion Week is to highlight the beautiful talent we have here in Detroit,鈥 founder and executive director Loren Hicks said at the end of the high fashion showcase finale. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to go to New York, you don鈥檛 have to go to L.A., you don鈥檛 have to go to Chicago, we鈥檝e got all of that right here in the City of Detroit.鈥

The theme for this year鈥檚 showcase was 鈥済lamour cloud: a breathtaking fusion of sophistication and innovation鈥 as Michigan Fashion Week describes. The theme for this year鈥檚 show was elegantly executed in the Godfrey鈥檚 sky-high atmosphere in the rooftop lounge.

Each designer cultivated a specific and personal meaning behind their collections, like Michigan-based designer Mary Mbiya of . 鈥淢y inspiration this year was all about sustainability,鈥 Mbiya said in a video clip at the event. 鈥淚 wanted pieces that you can wear over and over.鈥 Mbiya鈥檚 work is colorful, full of patterns, and specifically curated to display the beauty and talent of African culture. Her opening look was a pink and black, chevron printed, halter neck dress, with a flower detailing on the side. She paired it with black mesh gloves, and a matching fascinator. It鈥檚 an excellent illustration of how Michigan Fashion Week highlights a variety of personal styles and ideals.

Partners and sponsors such as , TLB: The Lip Bar, and not only helped to bring the events to their fullest potential, but also allow the opportunity to showcase brands who are looking to expand their market within Michigan.

For more information on Michigan Fashion Week, visit .