By Raquel Parks

Slip on that show stopping dress, step into those envy-worthy stilettos, and save the date for an evening of high fashion and fine art. The DIA’s Founders Junior Council and Neiman Marcus have returned with the very popular fashion and art event, Fash Bash.

Fash Bash is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the summer. Every year, Fash Bash attracts a packed crowd of fashion lovers and this year proves no exception to the completely sold-out event set for Thursday, August 14.

Fash Bash 2014 does not include a theme but it goes without saying that chic fashion is necessary and always in style. Fash Bash continues to combine and celebrate fashion and art therefore it’s important to prepare excellent fashion before attending.

Related: See Photos From A Past Fash Bash (courtesy Victor S. Mangona & Michelle J. Ubels (V. Valentin Fotografie)

(credit: Victor S. Mangona & Michelle J. Ubels (V. Valentin Fotografie)

(credit: Victor S. Mangona & Michelle J. Ubels (V. Valentin Fotografie)

Fash Bash is all about summertime glam. The key to looking best dressed is creating a look that is sophisticated with plenty of fresh, unique touches. Colorful cocktail and summer dresses are the best way to go for this fashionable event.

Embrace prints, colors, and embellishments when choosing a dress. Dresses come a dime a dozen however it’s okay to dare to be fashion forward. For example, a feathered short cocktail dress or a bold print dress would make a splash for the evening.

A fashionable alternative to the cocktail dress is a crisp white or pastel colored suit. It’s classic, effortless, and a convenient choice for a fashionista heading directly from work to an evening affair of fashion, art and cocktails.

To add a little evening flair and sass, slip a fancy tank or halter top on underneath the blazer, especially for after work. A tasteful crop top would even be acceptable and add sex appeal to a basic suit.

Add the beautiful touches to the ensemble by accessorizing thoughtfully. Statement jewelry is a must. Statement jewelry can pull together an entire look in a distinct and stylish way.

Chunky gem stone necklaces, bracelets and chandelier earrings are glamorous pieces that can make the perfection addition to evening wear. Francesca’s in Birmingham has beautiful a selection of summer jewelry that is sure to compliment any attire.

To top off the look, slip into a pair of heels and a unique clutch or evening bag. Remember, the success of this look is in the details. Keep all these style tips in mind to create a look that is well dressed, fun,  and polished for Fash Bash 2014. For more information on Fash Bash 2014, visit

Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.


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