By Raquel Parks
Last Friday, the streets of downtown Detroit bustled with traffic as media, celebrities, and Detroiters, eagerly made their way into the 2015 NAIAS Charity Preview. The exclusive black tire affair attracted masses of people to the newly renovated Cobo Hall . The expanded, space provided plenty of room for everyone to sip champagne, walk, snap pictures and marvel at the latest beauties the auto industry had to offer, in the heart of the motor city.
From General Motors to Maserati, there was an automobile brand for anyone to love. Guests were all smiles as they slipped into these luxury vehicles in their formal wear, with the hope they might one day own it. The fashion of the event was just as impressive as the cars themselves. The Charity Preview inspired a mixture of styles in formal wear.
As expected, many men wore tuxes for the event however there were many custom tuxes. There were tuxes that featured colored, velvet jackets, patterned vests, and distinctive bow ties. It was a stylish and great way for men to compliment the spirit of the event while adding individuality.
The women kept it equally interesting at the event. The warmed-up Michigan temperatures allowed women to be more liberal and unique in dressing up for the night. Some took advantage of the warmer temperature by wearing only shawls and mink wraps versus wearing a coat. The biggest trends of the night were sparkle, long gowns, and a few mesh cut-outs.
The singing legend and Detroit’s own, Aretha Franklin looked classic in her long, white gown that was embellished with sparkly beading. She wore a white mink to keep warm to complete the look.
There were a handful who opted for cocktail and short dresses for the event. For example, reality star, Nicole Murphy looked stunning in a simple blue-fitted dress and platform heels. Overall, the fashion for the night was highly formal and kept up with the elegance that is expected for the Charity Preview.
Attendees of the event truly, brought their best style to suit the shine and glitz of all the automobiles. There’s plenty to see and love at this year’s auto show. Detroiters definitely should check it out for themselves during the week-long public show.
For more information on attending the 2015 NAIAS, visit www.naias.com. Tickets are on sale for tickets $13 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. The public auto show will be held until Sunday, January 25.
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 metrodivapages-rdp.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.