MUSE; The Art of Style



 U.S.  and Canadian fashion designers  Reginald Robinson(Dallas, TX), Dana Keaton, Shay Oliver(FLINT), and Thaya(Toronto), Marchell Lavon(Detroit) and Eugenia Paul(Detroit) come together in the Ballroom of the MSU Management Education Center for a couture showcase presented by The Cadillac Club Of Detroit.

I spoke with MUSE creator, Mark Burton who had this to say when I asked what was or is his personal muse for bringing together the show, 

"When I think about a personal Muse for having an event like this, that definitely cannot be narrowed down to just one.  It is an entire era and a type of model not seen anymore on the runways in 20 years...and in no particular order they go...........PAT CLEVELAND,  DALMA CALADO,  ALVA CHIN( THE HALSTONETTES) - GURMIT KAUR,  ANA BALE,  VERONIKA WEBB, MARPESSA HENNINK,  LINDA EVANGELISTA, CHRISTY TURLINGTON, NAOMI CAMPBELL, HELENA CHRISTENSEN, CARLA BRUNI, BEVERLY PEELE, YASMEEN GHAURI, NA D'EGE DU BOSPERTUS, STEPHANIE SEYMOUR, BRANDI QUINONES, KATE MOSS, MEGHAN DOUGLAS, SHALOM HARLOW...These models were bigger than the designers they modeled for at the time.

My requirements in terms of what I consider when  bringing  a designer in:  I have to look at their years of experience at the design and show level.  The Muse Show is billed as an upscale fashion event and I have to look at whether the designer's skill level and style matches the overall aesthetic of the Muse Show.

Every year the Muse looks to improve upon it's fashion presentation from the previous year.  We hope to expose the people of Detroit and Michigan to a higher level of fashion than what they would normally get. To let them be able to see true artists up close and to make sure that the models match the collections."  

.  Designing now for some 10 plus years, Reginald Robinson has been a staple in the Detroit fashion scene with a minimal design style that is luxurious. Think Halston.  From the Dana Keaton Atelier we’ll see a style of classic elegance in evening and midi dresses cut on the bias in silks and Chiffons.  

  Shay Oliver comes to the Muse from Flint bringing an after five design style with some sleek sexiness mixed in. With a color scheme and fabrication that consists of Ivory & blue knits, mystical iridescent sequin and soft pastel shades of chiffon, viewers will get a different appreciation for understated chic.

Thaya Thiagalingam brings the South Asian flavor from Toronto to this edition of the Muse.  An artist first, Thaya converts her drawings and paintings into Designs, patterns and fabric prints.  She marries the art with fashion and her eye for detail and color is evident in each intricately designed dress.

 Bold colors are a hallmark of Marchell Lavon garment.  As one who experiments with cuts and various prints, Marchell is equally as capable of taking the viewer back to the sixties and the shift dress as she is at crafting the long train evening gown.  

Eugenia Paul brings a contemporary women’s style that offers a unique spin on classic feminine cuts.  Always current, the designs never lock you into one era so that a favorite Eugenia Paul piece is always relevant.