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Local auto and fashion entrepreneurs show off at MAIN Event

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 25, 2015

 Jordan Varacalle, of Fowlerville, models fashion by Ashley Harris.

Jordan Varacalle, of Fowlerville, models fashion by Ashley Harris.

Photos by Donna Agusti


SOUTHFIELD — From paper dresses to the Ford GT, local automotive and fashion designers showed off what makes Detroit unique June 11 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University as part of the MAIN Event.

The MAIN Event is an invitation-only annual program that features current creative design presentations, classic cars and a fashion show. This year’s event included a design symposium and a panel discussion followed by a reception sporting vintage cars on display.

Several LTU graduates spoke at the symposium.

“It’s really humbling to see that three of the nine presenters earlier today at the design symposium are LTU graduates from our design program,” said MAIN Event chair Keith Negara.

2014 graduate Lindsey Grant, of Royal Oak, discussed her role as the color and materials designer for the Lincoln Continental concept car on display at the event.

Grant said that as a color and materials designer, she worked with interior and exterior designers to make their designs come to life by developing paint, leather and suede colors appropriate for the customer.

“It’s kind of like making the sketch come to life,” Grant said.

For the fashion show portion of the evening, the Detroit Fashion Week showcase, new and classic cars lined the sidewalk outside the Learning Center building, creating a catwalk facing the quad on LTU’s campus.

Among the designs modeled in the fashion show were looks by Lilacpop, created by Janna Comoundouros.

Comoundouros, of Ferndale, featured vintage machine and car parts that were disassembled, repurposed and combined with her own metalwork to create jewelry. This fall, Comoundouros’ photography and designs will be part of a yearlong feature at the Detroit Historical Museum.

Lilacpop model Rachel Snabes, of Farmington, said she enjoyed participating in the fashion show.

“It’s been very exciting, even getting ready in the rooms — getting our jewelry and seeing what we were going to wear. It’s been so fun,” Snabes said.