Fash-Bash 2017

DIA's Founders Junior Council

DIA's Founders Junior Council

Fash Bash 2017 did not disappoint. Oh sure the fashion show was amazing. Lots of vibrant colors and fashions that were outside of the box. But overall Fash-Bash was fun. The DIA's Founders Junior Council really brought the aspect of fun to this years Fash-Bash. In addition to the wonderful food and drinks, there were individual stations where you could make a leather key fob that is currently very hot and popular.

I always tell people who have never attended the event that there are two shows taking place. The fashion show on the runway and the fashion show that takes place before and after the runway event. I love seeing what people are wearing. Yes, the traditional gowns, and sparkle and such. But also very creative and wonderful fashions as well. As the saying goes, "Fashion is art, you are the canvas." 

The Styling Closet Team; Latrice wearing navy lace. Lisa wearing sequins and leopard print.

The Styling Closet Team; Latrice wearing navy lace. Lisa wearing sequins and leopard print.

1. Latrice with Anita Dumo, Neiman Marcus. 3. LisaB with J'adore Detroit Blogger, Candice.

1. Cristal and Nicholas Rutledge; NeimanMarcus 2. Meghan Harvey; Shinola 3. LisaB. and Lindsey Alexander.

The Styling Closet would like to thank The Founder's Junior Council for allowing us to bring a special guest with us to the Lincoln AfterGlow, Meghan Harvey of Shinola.

Meghan Harvey, Mgr of Shinola Troy and LisaB.

Meghan Harvey, Mgr of Shinola Troy and LisaB.

Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus designs and styles the show each year for Fash-Bash. This year I got to meet him and speak with him about what goes into pulling together a show of this magnitude. 

What was being shown on the runway for the season; Metallic's, yes metallic's are still very hot for all seasons. Also lots of reds and burgandy were shown as well as brocade creations. What I enjoyed seeing was the models with tiara's on with their fashions. I am all set I have a daytime and evening tiara to wear at a moment's notice.

Spotlight on: Jessica Simmons-DSR Apparel



India Arie has a song called, "Strength, Courage and Wisdom" if you have ever met Jessica Simmons, the founder and owner of DSR Apparel you know that Jessica embodies what that song is about.

I met Jessica in 2013 at FASHONSPEAK. We connected just as the one day fashion event was winding down. What started as a 5 minute introduction ended up being almost a 2 hour conversation, not just on fashion but on everything. Jessica is a woman who is direct and knows what she likes and shares that energy and fire with the people that she meets.

DSR Apparel was started in June of 2014. The goal of DSR is, "celebrating strong women, one t-shirt at a time". 10% of sales goes to a different charity in Michigan. www.shopdsrapparel.com

Jessica is a lawyer who has a passion for fashion. Some of her favorite designers are Phillip Lim and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

"It takes 7-10 years to get a fashion company up and running to be successful." While Jessica works as a lawyer she fully believes that one should always go after what you want.

"If you are hustling and have a side hustle you should be getting paid for it, don't give your talents away." Jessica is definitely walking the walk on not only following your dreams, but setting goals and doing what you have to do to reach them.

You can follow DSR Apparal on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopdsrapparel/

Instagram: dsrapparel


Unbuttoning Fitted Shirts

In recent weeks, Fashion rebels like Wiz Khalifa and Russell Westbrook have dared to bare their chests. Guys are opting for a barely buttoned printed top with layered gold jewelry, gently tucked in a nice trouser. This look has been around for decades, just like all great styles this look is resurfacing and taking on a new life. The look gives you a level of sophistication with a collared shirt mixed with sex appeal and comfort by not buttoning from collar to hem. If the style choices of these gentlemen aren’t necessarily your cup of tea but you’re still looking to still be on trend, don’t have to go quite so loud with the print, or quite as deep with the unbuttoning. You can go for a solid colored collar shirt and unbutton up to three buttons. This style paired with a pair of lightweight trousers or ankle pants and loafers are sure to keep you looking stylish and cool this summer.

Turnt on Summer

Available at Nordstrom's Somerset Collection

Available at Nordstrom's Somerset Collection

Summer has officially arrived. 

So along with the sunshine, cocktails and summer fun comes the summer wardrobe. What are you wearing this season? After walking through Nordstom at the Someset Collection the boho vibe is still very much on trend and not going out of style anytime soon.

The warm days and nights have us wanting to show skin and play with color not only in our clothing but via our jewelry and other accessories.

Now that the long Fourth of July weekend is here, don't let any outdated fashion "rules" hold you back. If you like it, wear it. 


All items pictured are available at Nordstom-Somerset Collection.

Shine On

For those who are ready to overstep their boundaries and stand out in the crowd, metallic silver is looking to be a huge standout color of Summer 2017. This trend is working its way into the hearts of Fashionistas everywhere in all forms from tops to bags to shoes. The silver metallic is easy to match with some of your favorite wardrobe staples. Silver livens up the simplest of outfits or can work like a neutral when paired with a bold print. Be fearless and chic this summer and rock one of the hottest color trends. We suggest trying opting for pops of silver before going full on Tinman of the Wizard of OZ. Check out the different ways to rock metallic silver in 2017.

Swimsuits for all!! A must have for summer!!

Hi Guys!! So the warm weather is officially upon us!! I think it's about that time to talk about...SWIMSUITS!! To be honest, I would literally cringe whenever I would hear the word....because I could never find one that would fit me and my curves! Well not anymore!! Fast forward to the Ashley Graham collection, she did a collaboration with swimsuits for all. In a word it's, FABULOUS. The campaign is also very body and age positive which is another thing I love about the collection. 

I just love it!! It's an anything goes swimsuit line, and I just cant get enough.  You can shop sizes from 4-34. This collection does in fact give me life!!  I like the fact that these suits can fit so many sizes and shapes, on top of that they are very sexy! Check them out guys! Happy Summer!!


Joe Faris-Detroit

2008 Joe Faris, a Michigan native made it to the final 6 in season 5 of Project Runway. Faris completed a line of 12 looks and had a show at Bryant Park in New York City. Fast forward to 2017 what is Joe Faris up to lately?

Faris recently opened, "4MEN" in 12 Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. Long before Project Runway Faris had a history in fashion design, working with Pelle Pelle, Bugle Boy, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen and many more.

When going into 4MEN you can see the love of Detroit all over the store. Many of the items feature the Joe Faris logo of the Lion head holding the brass ring. Seeing what Faris has accomplished since his stint on Project Runway, one could say that indeed Joe has the brass ring and is reaching even further with his designs.

When asked if any designers inspire him, Faris stated that he admires "NIgo from BAPE," and "Jeremy Scott of Moschino. Both designers are on the cutting edge of where fashion is going."

When asked where he sees mens fashion going, Faris replied, "I see the current and upcoming trends toward a more 'casual friday' look. Suits will always be around, but today's younger men want to look stylish and comfortable. As for leather, "Leather will always be around" as well as all forms of denim.



In the fall of 2016 Faris teamed up with Samantha Kandah, Founder and Owner of Sugarbash subscription box. Shirley Strawberry of the Steve Harvey Morning show was so impressed with the subscription box that she now endorses them.,

For the Fall 2016 Sugarbash box, Faris created a rocking crossbody bag. For the current, "Home Sweet Home" subscription box Faris created denim aprons. (The Home Sweet Home box is currently sold out) The aprons were created and manufactured here in Detroit. One apron comes with pink and purple ties and one comes with red and black ties. While the aprons are sold out via Sugarbash, you can purchase them at 4MEN. Still need a gift for Father's Day, stop into 4MEN for one of the denim aprons which are great for grilling or get dad a gift card and let him do his own shopping. *Crossbody bag is no longer available.

Faris works closely with his wife Shannon, not only at the store but on designs. "Joe is the creative one and I work on the business end, stated Shannon. The couple work together very well, they "ebb and flow" if you will. While Joe was doing this interview with The Styling Closet, Shannon was working with photographers, models and designers in the store preparing for a photo shoot. "Shannon is the yay or nay on whether something gets done," stated Faris.

Shannon and Joe Faris.

Shannon and Joe Faris.

So what's next for Joe Faris? Fall 2017 Faris will have space inside of Will Leather Goods Detroit location in midtown. 4120 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 309-7892. 

At some point in the near future Faris hopes to bring back, "Fashion In Detroit" A Fashion Production he helped create in 2014. Faris is also working on introducing women's wear into his store. Currently, some of the t-shirts at  4MEN and on the web site do come in mens and ladies.

One thing is for certain Joe Faris is a busy guy. Stop into 4MEN located at 12 Oaks Mall, near Nordstrom's on the 2nd level. (248)513-4769 or shop online https://joe-faris.com

Shannon, Joe and his partner at 4MEN Mike Alpert, and social media director, Harumie

Shannon, Joe and his partner at 4MEN Mike Alpert, and social media director, Harumie

An Evening with Isabel, Ruben and The Official ALT

Andre Leon Talley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Andre Leon Talley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Detroit City is no stranger to talented designers. Detroit has produced a number of well known designers from the city, such as Tracy Reese, Kevan Hall, and Anna Sui just to name a few.

However, I had a opportunity to hear from Designer Isabel Toledo and her husband, Ruben who is a painter and sculptor. To say that the Toledo's collaborate on many works would be a serious understatement. Isabel designs the clothes and Ruben illustrates them and that's putting it as plainly as one can. The couple who met when they were 13 have played to their strengths over the years to a wonderful body of work that extends from clothing, accessories, paintings, books and more. 

What I have not mentioned is that the Toledo's and the ubiquitous Andre Leon Talley were brought to Detroit by the DIA, The Detroit Institute of Art for an intimate conversation not just about clothing and design, but about the Toledo's and how they met, how they work, how they collaborate to bring about such vibrant and diverse pieces of work.

DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

After an introduction by DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons, Andre and the Toledo's took to the stage. The event started promptly at 7pm and I can honestly say, I could have sat and listened to the trio chat all evening. There was no grandiose feel to the chat it simply flowed. Andre and the Toledo's carried themselves as if they had been talking to everyone personally in the theater. 

The hour in which this talk took place seemed to be the fastest 60 minutes ever. The Q & A segment lead by Talley was a bit of fun and light-hearted. Many in the audience thanked the Toledo's and Talley for acknowledging Detroit as the city makes its comeback. But there were a few people in the audience who caught the eye of Talley and thus ensued a  more in-depth conversation. Sadly, the evening had to end. The event I would say was a huge success not only for the DIA but for the people of Detroit.

Not Your Mother’s Fanny Pack

Most of us remember the fanny pack as a trend in America from the 1980s and 1990s, which had just as many people poking fun at them as there were people actually wearing them. 90’s moms couldn’t resist the fanny pack allure of convenience. Though fanny packs developed a negative reputation since the 90s, they are back in a major way and more chic than ever.

Every few years, a trend creeps into the fashion lexicon via fashion week or a celebrity pushing fashion boundaries. The look re-emerged in Chanel Couture runway FW16, nearly every look went down the runway with a revamped version of the fanny pack. The fanny pack was also featured in a chic pony-hair and suede for Alexander Wang’s FW16 collection as well. 

Many other designers from the likes of Stella McCartney to Gucci to Michael Kors have also gotten in on the revamped trend. Your favorite fast fashion retailers, like H&M, Forever21, and ZARA also offer beautiful and budget friendly versions of the fanny pack. They are being featured in a variety of colors, sizes, and prints to fit any of your style needs. This hands-free style does keep your important belongings close and safe against your body, and gives any look an unexpected punch. There's really nothing not to love.

I totally get it if you are still on the fence about the fanny pack, you don’t want to look like a tourist with bad clothes and wearing socks with sandals. Quite honestly, you have nothing to worry about. The fanny pack has made such a style evolution that it is virtually impossible to not look amazing rocking it. As with any good trend, you have to wear it with confidence. 

Floatation Therapy at Inception.

What used to be rather grimly called "sensory deprivation" or "isolation" therapy has resurfaced as the far more appealing "flotation therapy": Those in need of some de-stressing and mental relaxation can bob about, alone, in an enclosed tub filled with enough salt water to keep them gently suspended on its surface. I love it!

Anyone considering their first float might ask, “What will I get out of it?” The answer is, more than you can imagine. Flotation therapy has been studied for more than 50 years, and it is proven to enhance floaters’ ability to concentrate, complete tasks, and learn how to do new ones. However, the learning experience you gain while floating will go far beyond the cognitive.

Pinpoint Stressors

Floatation treatment is meant to reduce stress. During a float session, you are closed inside a sensory deprivation tank, floating on water enhanced with thousands of pounds of Epsom salt. You don’t see, hear, or feel anything, so it’s impossible to experience external stress. However, people who float regularly report that after floating, they are better able to pinpoint stressors in everyday life. While some stressors are obvious, such as a high-pressure job or an elderly parent in need of care, others are a bit tougher to identify. Floating can help you identify internal stressors such as depression, a drive for perfection, or deep-seated anger at a situation.

Meet the owner of Inception:  David McCullar

Meet the owner of Inception:  David McCullar


Retrain Your Brain

Some floaters report that within the first five minutes of a session, their brains try to grasp any form of stimulation. Some people feel claustrophobic and momentarily panic. At Inception, they try to reduce the chances of this; for example, some clients leave their tanks slightly open to feel safe. However, if you give full sensory deprivation a chance, your brain will learn to retrain itself. Your body will learn sensory deprivation is nothing to panic about but something to enjoy. Over time, you may be able to practice meditation or deep breathing during your sessions.

Listen to Your Body

Many floaters experience chronic pain, from muscle tension or diseases like fibromyalgia. Some floaters are elderly or have disabilities that cause physical and mental stress. Whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, migraines, or stomach issues, floating can help you. In sensory deprivation, your body will calm down. As you stop thinking about your health problems, your systems will be less likely to react to them. Floating won’t cure health problems, but it may help your body cope more effectively.

Change Your Priorities

Perhaps the biggest learning experience you’ll get from a float is what happens afterward. You may find you aren’t as tempted to check your phone or email or go back to strategizing how to deal with stress. Instead, you’ll feel more inclined to let your brain and body rest for a decent period before tackling any tasks. Once you are ready to get back to your normal schedule, you’ll find completing those tasks feels easier. To learn more about how this and other learning experiences are connected to floating work, feel free to connect Inception in Farmington Hills, at bit.ly/FloatAtlnception.


Location: 31410 Northwestern Hwy suite G, Farmington Hills, MI


Femme Sneakers

Every woman loves a good pair of sneakers, right? You know…something cute, chic, and casual but feminine. Well ladies, 2017 has been the year of the femme sneakers. Your favorite sneaker brands have released their most icon sneakers in pale pastel hues. Puma Suede classics have been released featuring mint green, pink, and salmon, and lavender color ways. Adidas have re-released the Gazelle and Superstar sneakers in pastel hues as well. The ever on trend, Nike have also produced pastel renditions of their classic Air Force One, Air Prestos and Air Max 98. Then there is style maven and pop-icon Rihanna’s FentyXPuma collection, talk about chic! Rihanna’s last collection features satin bows paired with pastel hues. Previous collections of the FentyXPuma sneakers feature platform sneakers, another major sneaker trend this year. Everyone from Vans to Gucci, have gotten in on the platform sneaker trend. In addition, floral embroidery and art deco sneakers are making a huge splash in the sneaker world this year. Pastel hues look to continue to trend into 2018.

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is among the flashiest, most versatile singer/songwriters in post-millennial pop. An all-around entertainer, he also plays multiple instruments, produces, and choreographs. His path to mainstream success was lengthy. After he worked a string of behind-the-scenes jobs, including writing songs for Brandy, singing backup for Sugababes, and impersonating Elvis Presley, he put his name on top of the Billboard Hot 100 by co-writing Flo Rida and Kesha's "Right Round." One year later, he collaborated with rapper B.o.B on "Nothin' on You" and co-wrote Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," both of which became Top Ten hits. Mars used that momentum to launch a solo career and became the first male vocalist in two decades to crack the Top Ten with his first four singles.



Born Peter Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mars kicked off his career at the age of four by fronting his uncle's band, becoming Oahu's youngest Elvis impersonator in the process. Ten years later, he was impersonating the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as part of the Legends in Concert show. After graduating high school in 2003, he took his uncle's advice and moved to California to pursue a music career. He eventually met songwriter Phillip Lawrence, who convinced Mars to try his hand at writing songs for other artists. The two dubbed themselves the Smeezingtons and co-wrote Brandy's "Long Distance." The duo scored their first number one hit in 2009, when they co-authored Flo Rida's international smash "Right Round."

By 2010, Mars seemed to be everywhere: singing alongside B.o.B on the chart-topping "Nothin' on You," co-writing "Billionaire," and collaborating with Cee-Lo Green on the Grammy-nominated hit "F*ck You!" He also began issuing his own material, starting with the May 2010 release of his first EP, It's Better If You Don't UnderstandDoo-Wops & Hooligans, his full-length debut, appeared later that year and quickly produced a number one single, "Just the Way You Are." In 2012, Mars both hosted and performed as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, debuting tracks from his upcoming album.

hat album, the genre-jumping effort Unorthodox Jukebox, was released later in the year and featured the lead-off single "Locked Out of Heaven," along with production from Mark RonsonDiplo, and others. "Locked Out of Heaven" topped the Hot 100, and the album reached number two in the U.S. The second single, "When I Was Your Man," also hit number one. All that success made Mars a natural for one of the world's most prestigious gigs, the half-time show for Super Bowl XLVIII, where he performed with Red Hot Chili PeppersUnorthodox Jukebox later won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.


The following year, Mars fronted Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," a song he co-wrote that was among the most popular singles of that year. It topped charts around the globe and took home several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. In 2016, Mars returned with another funk-flavored hit, "24K Magic," and its parent album of the same title.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is Sunday May 14th, one week from today. Have you given any thought as to what you might want to give your mom, your wife, mother of your child/children?

Mom's like all sorts of gifts, store bought, handmade. Remember it's the thought that counts. If your child is old enough take them shopping and let them pick out what to give mom. Of course breakfast in bed is always a great idea. As a mom, I can tell you spending the day in bed lounging about is a fantastic mother's day present.


But if you need some inspiration, The Styling Closet has a few ideas for gifts that any mom would like. All items are available at Nordstrom Somerset Collection.

Is your mom a coffee or tea drinker? A cute mug that she can sip her favorite beverage from will keep you close. A decorative Swell bottle perhaps, there are several sizes available. They keep beverages hot or cold for hours.

How about a few decorative pillows for the living room, bedroom or a window seat.

Perhaps your mom likes to garden? These herbs and flowers are available at Nordstrom Somerset Collection.

Ideas still rolling around in your head, how about a few items for mom's office whether she works at home or away. A small dish for collecting paperclips and such, or maybe a planner or journal or other tchotchkes to decorate the home or book case.

Still not quite sure what to get mom? Then perhaps The Mother's Day Event is for you. The Natural Market located at 19556 Grand River, Detroit is having a Mother's Day shopping event, Saturday May 13th 12-4pm. You can get wonderful smelling candles, body oils, bath salts and more. Not sure of mom's favorite scent, The Natural Market can custom make a scent for you. They are also available online thenaturalmarketonline.com

Men With Style at dolce Moda

If you are driving along Maple road in Birmingham you may have driven right by dolce Moda located at 323 West Maple Rd. But I can assure you that once you stop into the store you will come back time after time.

dolce  Moda has a variety of men's wear on hand, suites, shoes, casual wear, messenger bags, one of a kind belt buckles and more. Yes, dolce Moda carries men's fashion statement pieces; a brocade tuexdo jacket, pocket squares and more. Not sure what look you want to pull together Jenny, the owner of dolce Moda will gladly help you pick out an entire wardrobe for you. Tailored to fit your body and your style.

The newest item at dolce Moda is the introduction of designer Ted Baker's women's fashion line. The colors are vibrant and ready to wear spring-summer. Skirt, maxi dresses and even a romper. What makes all of these pieces work, pockets. Yes most of the items from Ted Baker feature pockets on the designs making them functional and stylish.

What's Popping For Spring

Spring has finally made it's yearly appearance. However, living in Michigan we are still wearing coats, gloves and on some days boots due to our "lovely" weather.

However, snow squalls aside Spring 2017 is filled with color, variety and FUN. The collections I have been seeing not only on designer runways, but what is out and available in local stores is amazing.

There seems to be a plethora of fashion and accessories for every size and budget. Lets start with jewelry. Statement necklaces are still hot, but now those necklaces are being paired with fun earrings or a statement ring. Also bold gold/chunky earrings and bracelets are coming out  in all colors, shapes and designs.

COLORS: During our first "live" broadcast with Latrice, the question of what colors were hot for spring/summer came up. Usually we see lots of pastels and softer colors during the warmer months. But this season the focus is still on metallics. Metallic shoes, clothing, handbags and more. Also yellow and olive are showing up in fashion palates as well.

Other fashion items that are hot this season, leopard print, all sorts of denim fashions and tie-dye apparel. Now before scoffing about tie-dye fashion, look around and see what's out there. Tie-dye skirts can be paired with a statement tshirt. Tie-dye duster can be thrown over an outfit to totally change your look.

Last but certainly not least denim. Not just jeans or the traditional denim jacket. But denim skirts, shirts, dresses, shoes and even bags are being shown in stores. Not sure what you want, step out of your comfort box and create something. Have several pairs of jeans you don't wear, construct them into a denim skirt or another pair of jeans. You can cut off one leg of a pair of jeans sew up the bottom. Use another piece of fabric to create a strap and wha-la you have a denim tote that cost only your time to make. Decorate it with iron-on patches or draw a design on it.

This spring fashion is colorful and as I said earlier, playful. Get out and enjoy yourself this seeason.

Make sure to check out, "Live with Latrice" on Wednesday's at 10pm.

Do You Thrift?

What is the one thing that stylists, personal shoppers, and store owners all have in common? They know how to shop. More importantly they know how to shop and get the good stuff at a thrift store.

The Sip & Thrift event took place at Thrift on The Avenue 4130 Cass Ave. Detroit. The panel consisted of April Tincher-Vintage Designer, Latrice Delago-Macon, Stylist, Personal Shopper, Kristina Bowman Smith-Stylist, Marv Neal, Stylist, Personal Shopper, and Rondregus Underwood, Stylist, Model.

The panel gave tips not just on thrifting but what to look for when shopping at a thrift store. Tips such as, if it is a designer brand, look for a label or code of authenticity. Most designers have code or serial numbers in their hand bangs or wallets, such as Coach and Chanel.

If you find a designer piece of jewelry look for the designer's stamp on the item. Or take a chance and have the item appraised at a jewelry store if a designer's stamp or brand cannot be located on a item.

If you have found high end designer item of clothing, look at the stitching, the hems are they straight? are the button holes matching up to the buttons. There are ways to tell if the article of clothing is a legitimate brand or a knock off.

The panel also discussed where the best thrift stores were located. Marv Neal preferred the stores located only on the east side of town. While others on the panel preferred to spread the search out and not limit themselves to one area.

There are gems to be found at any thrift store, you just have to take your time and look. Yes, the Salvation Army is a good start. Also there are smaller thrift stores such as Regeneration that sells quality vintage and designer goods. Also lets not forget Thrift on The Avenue has vintage and designer items daily.

The event was a huge success. Refreshments were provided by Sumptuous Spirits. The atmosphere was set by Jaclyn Turner who owns Sweet Candle Co.

Each of the panelists has their own specialty in the fashion industry so each offered tips and advice on many items whether at a thrift store or at a name brand store in a mall.

 Rondregus Underwood,  April Tincher, and Lisa Benedict, Writer/Fashion Editor.

 Rondregus Underwood,  April Tincher, and Lisa Benedict, Writer/Fashion Editor.

Lauren Daniels, Owner- Sumptuous Spirits, Latrice Delgado-Macon, Owner, The Styling Closet

Lauren Daniels, Owner- Sumptuous Spirits, Latrice Delgado-Macon, Owner, The Styling Closet

Marc Jacobs Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection



At the end of a New York Fashion Week that can generously be described as timid, the industry’s great showman Marc Jacobs stripped his runway down to the essentials. Advance word suggested he might, but the two rows of bare metal folding chairs marching narrowly across the Park Avenue Armory was a striking sight, nonetheless. There was no set, no music, no big hair and makeup statement, and no iPhone photography permitted. What gives?

Jacobs wasn’t doing interviews. We were warned about that in advance, too. But in another unusual move for the designer, he spelled out his thought process in writing. The collection, he said, was inspired by a documentary called Hip-Hop Evolution. “As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style. This collection is my representation of the well-studied dressing up of casual sportswear. It is an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.”

Last season, Jacobs and his rave-inspired collection were the subject of online criticism for what was seen as cultural appropriation—his cast of mostly non-black models sported candy-color fake dreadlocks. Was this new collection a mea culpa or a kiss off? Even with the social media ban, the Internet is bound to make its own decision on that one. Out on Park Avenue, the models (a significantly more diverse group than last season, it should be noted) posed in front of two giant banks of speakers, and it didn’t take long for those pics to start flooding Instagram. In this reporter’s view, addressing his detractors was a brave move on Jacobs’s part. At a moment when designers are struggling to find brand-appropriate ways to acknowledge America’s roiling political and social issues, he appears more engaged than most.

But what did this collection have to say about how to dress next Fall? That, at least, is quite simple. That a fur-collared jacket and a thigh-skimming party dress is something you should wear with sheer stockings and sturdy, retro platforms. That track pants go with just about everything. That you can never have too much corduroy (a fact Jacobs and Miuccia Prada lately agree on). That the color brown and all its variations are beautiful. And that a hat with personality is absolutely essential. Also: If you’re going to wear jewelry, it might as well bling. These were not necessarily needle-moving fashion messages—designers have been cribbing from hip-hop for decades, and, as Jacobs acknowledges, it has become the defining mode of our day. But this collection at least had a sophisticated edge on its predecessor.

Marc Jacobs Fall 2017!

A Night Out With Chanel

Handbags, shoes and hats oh my, and it all has the name of Chanel as in Coco Chanel. The Styling Closet along with Saks Fifth Avenue had a wonderful night of shopping and fashion featuring Chanel products and accessories.

The wonderful associates at Chanel explained the concept of Coco Chanel's design's and how Chanel wanted women's wear to be chic, versatile and comfortable. "...The right fit on a woman's body was the only way" where Chanel was concerned. 

The evening was filled with champagne and men and woman buzzing about the latest in Chanel fashions and accessories. One of the associates, Jimmy looked very suave and debonair as he explained the new line of bags from Chanel with a Cuban influence.

Included in the evening was a showing of the collectible Chanel bags. The one of kind bags that any lover of Chanel would kill to own.

One of the highlights of the evening was a raffle featuring over $500 in Chanel products. The lucky winner of that wonderful prize was Tyshaunda.

Latrice Delgado-Macon-owner of The Styling Closet was featured wearing a silver leather jacket for the event. When a flash captures the jacket it appears to luminate. Chanel offers this feature in several designs as well as certain select pairs of shoes.

The evening overall was a huge success. Thank you to Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel for hosting The Styling Closet event. All items featured are available at Saks Fifth Avenue in The Chanel Boutique, Somerset Collection.

RAINN Fashion On Common Ground

January in Detroit is usually cold, cloudy and snowy. Well on Saturday January 21st the weather was just the opposite. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny and snow-free day. The RAINN Fashion Show which was held at the Rattlesnake Clue on the Detroit Riverfront had a lovely day and a fantastic turnout for their second annual fashion show, benefiting, HAVEN, RAINN and Common Ground.

RAINN-Rape Abuse Incest National Network is the largest national anti-sexual violence organization.

Common Ground-Provides a lifeline to individuals and families in crisis. Victims of crime, mental illness, runaways, families of suicide, domestic and sexual abuse and much more.

HAVEN-is a comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 20,000 people each year.

The Hosts for the event was Sherlyn Fox, Ms. Michigan US Universal 2017 and WDIV News Reporter Jason Colthorp. Sherlyn and Jason made for a lively fun duo during the event.

The Emcees were radio personalities Rat & Puff from AMP 98.7. Rat & Puff kept the audience laughing and upbeat with their on the spot interviews and other antics throughout the evening,

The fashion show featured a diverse mix of local designers who worked in all types of mediums from crochet fashions from, "Happy Hookers Detroit" to handmade leather bags from "Beau Satchelle" www.beausatchelle.com

The Event also featured over a dozen beauty queens including the current reigning Miss. Michigan-Krista Ferguson.

This event had plenty going on, Walk the Red Carpet to enjoy a night of elegance, networking, local fashion, style, artisan displays, charity silent auction and a post event trunk show. 

Event Sponsors

Event Sponsors

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Chuck Bennett-The Social Metro, Latrice Delgado-Macon-Owner, The Styling Closet.

Chuck Bennett-The Social Metro, Latrice Delgado-Macon-Owner, The Styling Closet.

Latrice Delgado-Macon & Lisa Benedict-The Styling Closet.

Latrice Delgado-Macon & Lisa Benedict-The Styling Closet.

Model and Entrepreneur Tombi Stewart.

Tombi Stewart

Tombi Stewart is a visual artist, a K-12 art~infused educator, a creative writer, and an agency represented fashion, commercial and print model. She models for local, national and international clients.

In her career as an educator, Stewart has created opportunities for students and their familes to win money for college, attend traveling Broadway plays, engage in workshops with actors and create artwork that resides in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Stewart enjoys her work as an educator and as a model, as they both enable her to work with young women. Her goal is to help girls and women raise their self~esteem and self~resect and diminish society's use of negative images that encourage disrespect and objectification.