Fash Bash fundraiser will style the DIA

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published July 26, 2019

 The Fash Bash “Art of Fashion” show will raise money for the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council, a group of young professionals dedicated to introducing young adults to the DIA. Pictured is a model in last year’s show.

The Fash Bash “Art of Fashion” show will raise money for the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council, a group of young professionals dedicated to introducing young adults to the DIA. Pictured is a model in last year’s show.

Photo provided by the Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT — Soft camel-colored hues, winter whites and mixed versions of animal prints will set the tone in this year’s Fash Bash fashion show that will dress up The Detroit Institute of Arts Aug. 15.

“Art of Fashion” will feature looks and styles of the 2019 fall collection of the Somerset Collection Neiman Marcus in Troy.

“It’s a preview of the upcoming fall collection. There are lots of things happening from great designers,” said Renee Janovsky, vice president and general manager of the Somerset Collection Neiman Marcus in Troy. “It’s the second largest show Neiman Marcus produces in the country. It’s very similar to a New York fashion show. The DIA is such a gorgeous place and such a jewel to be able to host this in our city.”

Not only is Fash Bash a fashion-forward evening, but the annual event raises money for the DIA’s Founders Junior Council, or FJC. The FJC is a group of young professionals dedicated to introducing young adults to the DIA and encouraging a lifelong involvement through a variety of fundraisers and social events organized around the museum.

“Each year we aim to present an unmatched celebration of fashion, art and culture to the city of Detroit and this year is no different,” FJC President Maggie Durant said in a prepared statement. “Detroit continues to be one of the international art and design community’s most inspirational destinations. We are proud to further our city’s reputation with an evening of sophistication and style presented by Neiman Marcus and produced by fashion industry leader Margaret Merritt.”

Fash Bash starts off with an outdoor cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. followed by “Art of Fashion” at 7 p.m. in the DIA’s Great Hall and Rivera Court. The museum floor will serve as the show’s catwalk as more than 50 models in chic apparel will strut the marble runway.

At Fash Bash, the fashion savvy will get a look at several styles designed to set new trends. Pants styles, for instance, will be highlighted in the show. It seems “skinny jeans” are worn out as a new crop of designs will show a fuller pant style this season.

“You’re going to see new and different proportions,” Janovsky said. “It’s a fuller pant or an abbreviated fuller pant. Our team goes to all the shows. From that they pull what they think will be the best trends for the season. There’s not one particular celebrity setting trends. There are influences out there everywhere.”

And while the spotlight will showcase the fall collection, the audience members are always part of the show at Fash Bash by how they dress. Many fashionistas attend the fashion show dressed in their best after-five attire, while others prefer an offbeat look all their own.

“There’s still a group of people that are very creative and avant-garde,” Janovsky said. “Two years ago, the feel of the show was very much punk rock. There was a huge ‘80s influence last year. This year it’s an urban garden party with an elegant cool edge and a downtown feel.”

The celebration will continue after the fashion show with a drink-and-dancing afterglow party.

A limited number of tickets are on sale for the public at the following levels: Métier D’Art for $1,500, Haute Couture for $750, Couture Crowd for $375, Prêt-À-Porter for $250 and Aprés-Fête for $150.

Fash Bash 2019 chairpersons are Burt Jordan and Marchelle Costa, Matt and Nicole Lester, Chris and Jennifer Granger, Amanda Fisher and Ben Hubert, and William and Ashley Slatkin.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. All tickets can be purchased online at dia.org/fashbash2019. For more information, call (313) 833-5646 or email fashbashtickets@dia.org.