Michigan Fashion Week is kicking off a week of events leading up to the 10th anniversary Friday of its annual showcase and expo, featuring everything from Detroit designers to celebrity makeup presentations.
What is Michigan Fashion Week
Michigan fashion designer Loren Hicks created the event to connect fashion designers, models, photographers, beauty experts, and more to the fashion scene in Michigan.
This is not a one-woman show, however. There is a team that helps with public relations, model coordinating, creative direction,social media, and other fields.
How it started
Hicks, a native Detroiter, launched the effort in 2012, She is a fashion stylist, designer, and entrepreneur on a mission to provide fashion advice and motivation to other women on how to dress and live their life as they choose.
Hicks has her own brand, called “LOJO,” that has a variety of clothing items, from capes to loungewear and star-studded glittery boots. The brand promotes body positivity, style and confidence.
What’s new this year
This is the organization’s 10th year anniversary and will feature designers from across the state who specialize in children’s fashion, couture looks, fashion accessories and menswear.
VH1 reality personality Karlie Redd, who is known for starring on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” will host and present her latest clothing brand, called “Merci.”
The show will also feature other Detroit fashion designers such as Key Da Brand, who specializes in high-fashion streetwear with her collection OMG by Key Da Brand, Kaatje Couture, who also specializes in high-end fashion. More than 20 fashion designers will be in attendance.
Sponsors of the event include Macy’s, Taubman Centers, Dorsey College and more.
This week’s schedule
Tuesday: Kick-Off Reception at Bamboo, 220 S. Main, Royal Oak
A networking opportunity to connect with other Michigan professionals in the fashion industry, this is a free event for VIP guests, event sponsors, and ticket holders.
Wednesday: Shopping at By Popular Demand Collective, 2863 E. Grand, Detroit.
Thursday: Beauty event with professional makeup artist Marvin Dixon, Nordstrom at Somerset mall, 2800 W. Big Beaver, Troy.
Watch a live makeup demonstration with local celebrity makeup artist Marvin Dixon. Catch up on the latest makeup trends and score a few freebies. This event is open to all Michigan Fashion Week ticket holders.
Michigan Fashion Week showcase and expo
More: The stars will align when you look at the sky this week. Really.
The main event at Shed 3 of Detroit’s Eastern Market runs from 3-9 p.m. It features a slew of vendors and emerging artists to celebrate. Tickets are $55 and up.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan Fashion Week turns 10: What to know