By Raquel Parks

Hour Detroit celebrated another year of Detroit’s best and finest with its annual Best of Detroit Party (BOD), last Friday. The evening began promptly at 7pm as guests entered the packed MotorCity Casino event.

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Local vendors such as Spa Renaissance Plastic Surgery greeted guests walking in.

Hour Detroit’s June cover, featuring a comic book super hero theme, provided the perfect backdrop for guests to indulge in a photo op.

There were also a handful of males and females dressed as some of the best comic book superheroes at the party. Turn left, there was Batman, and across the way, one could bump into Wonder Woman.

The aroma of warm, delicious food invited guests into a room full of various eateries, voted the best by Hour Detroit’s readers. From Thai to French, there was an endless selection of cuisine to try and to nibble on.

Joe Muer Seafood, Beans & Cornbread, The Lark, Khom Fai, Buddy’s Pizza, Taste Love Cupcakes, Rangoli, and Roast were just some of the restaurants that provided tasty food from their menus.

Bartenders served cool cocktails and drinks for guests to sip on as they navigated to each food station. Beyond the varied foods were also fun and playful attractions for guests to take part in.

As this year’s sponsor, Cadillac not only provided some stylish, cool cars to peek at but they also provided a tattoo parlor for guests to receive temporary tattoos. Many attendees stood lined-up and ready for a chance to get temporary ink.

In addition to the tattoo parlor, there was a photo station for guests to capture themselves as superheroes in props. It was all very playful and an absolutely fun way to keep guests engaged.

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To keep the party going, the Sound Board transformed into a hip, club atmosphere that offered even more food, drinks, and a mixture of music genres for guests to dance to throughout the night.

The food, drinks, and entertainment were exciting, but it was the fashion that really served up an element of surprise. Despite the casual comic book superhero theme, sparkle and bling were the major fashion trends for the night.

Many individuals opted for glitzy, formal outfits that served glamour for the event. To achieve the look, women wore dresses with sequins and/or accessorized their looks with diamond jewelry and shoes.

The men kept it cool and very sharp with classic, crisp suits and ties.  Several men also incorporated touches of color in their handkerchiefs and collared shirts to create a polished, summer look.

Aside from the glam factor, there were many other fashion trends that were showcased at the event.  The first day of summer inspired ensembles that featured cut-outs, mesh and sheer accents.

A little bare skin was perfect for the very hot evening. The peplum dress also reappeared this year as a huge fashion favorite from last year’s event. The fashion was bright with pops of colors and print patterns. There were a few who chose to keep it basic with all white or all black.

Overall, many Detroiters definitely brought their fierce style game to the event. Some of the well-known local figures that showed up dressed to impress were former boxer Tommy Hearns and reigning Miss Michigan U.S. International Rachel Smith.

Whether it was fine food or stylish fashion, there was a little something of everything to sample from Detroit. The comic book superhero theme of the BOD 2013 served as the perfect platform for an exciting, well-rounded evening to celebrate Detroit businesses.

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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.