By Raquel Parks

September has become a major month for the fashion industry in Michigan. There are plenty of noteworthy events with opportunities to show of your best style and mingle.

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Among the events that are coming up is the fairly new, Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest. The acronym stands for Fashion, Art, Sound, and History in Detroit. Presence II Productions is one of the many sponsors for the festival.

CEO and co-founder of Presence II Productions, Leslie Ann Pilling explained the idea behind the creation of the new annual event. “We created it as a glorified ‘Show and Tell’ and an experiential P.R. tool to boost the economy, and to support civic communities like Forgotten Harvest.”

The annual fashion, art, and music festival is returning for a second year with 3 days of diverse and exciting events in downtown Detroit, from September 6th to September 8th. F.A.S.H. Fest will kick off its first day of events with a Runway Industry Showcase and Gala on Library and Farmer Streets at 8 p.m.

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest events will be ASL accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community to ensure everyone may take part in the fun. The first day of festivities will be hosted in 200 foot tent full of delicious food from Food Alley’s gourmet truck that  includes Green Zebra, Rollin’ Stone Wood Oven Pizza, and Treat Dreams ice cream cuisine.

There will also be fine art, street culture couture, and experiential installations. In addition, there will be a variety of fashion showcased from local designers. The list of designers for the runway show include: Alexandria Cheri by Kimberly Oneal; IVY’s Custom Corsetry by Robin Richardson; Everything Alpaca; Bridget Sullivan Designs; and Chrysalis Fashions by Mira Bedi.

(credit: Terance Drake)

(credit: Terance Drake)

(credit: Terance Drake)

(credit: Terance Drake)

A variety of food and drinks will be available for attendees to delight in from Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine and Pernod Ricard and Absolut Vodka. The activities will continue on September 7th with the “Rock, Rebel, Recycle” Fashion Show.

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Live Nation tickets will be given to the first 50 people who arrive. There will be tented collaborative environments for artists and vendors to sell their work that include: Detroit Scroll, Detroit Respect, Lilacpop, Dina LaMontagne Designs, Lucky Clover, Breeziway, and D & E Designs.

Musical performances will be provided by Sin Hielo, folk/ indie with The DeCamp Sisters, Jack and the Bear, and Dial.81 who is sponsored by Purple Co. The Urban Indie Underground Fashion Show will showcase designs from Siana Treece  and Neglash  Clothing and Footwear.

The last day of the festival will wrap up with Family Day on September 8th.  Family Day celebrates kids, presenting talents and trends from the state of Michigan. The Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest kids fashion show will also be held, featuring brands Detroit Respect, and debuts Blu Moon, a modern children’s wear line.

If that’s not enough, Latin music will play as salsa lessons are provided by Mary Murphy of Autumn Rain Productions Dance Company. Puppet Art will provide entertainment, as well. To add to the excitement, several packs of gift certificates are going to be given out by the Music Hall at Family Day.

Stevie Soul and Omar, Gia Warner, and Jennifer Kincer with an accompaniment of other Metro Detroit musicians will keep the crowd dancing with music for the day.

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest 2013 promises to be an eventful, diverse, and fun festival that will promote both fashion and the arts in Michigan.

Tickets are now available for sale on the Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest website. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Forgotten Harvest to feed the hungry in Metro Detroit. To purchase tickets and for more information on Michigan F.A.S.H., visit:

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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.