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#FID2012 Fashion In Detroit 2012 – Bachrach

A little late, but I’m going to run off a series of posts featuring images from the annual Fashion In Detroit runway show. The show featured looks from several designers, but due to prior obligations, I was only able to make the second half of the show and catch about 5 of the designer’s runway shows.

I’m going to keep the chit chat at a minimum, but I will start by saying that I enjoyed the Bachrach portion of the show. While I felt that some of the looks were a little too much, and some of the models clearly had to be rushed through being dressed, I’ve always enjoyed the type of clothes they sell there.

So enjoy this handful of images, and I’ll be back tomorrow and/or the next day with images from another designer.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Tracy Reese … and a special must-read shout out.

Even though I shot a few more shows, this will be my last runway show post from #MBFW. I think I’ve dragged these photos out long enough. I have one more post coming up about the different types of people you see at fashion week, but this will be the last post featuring images from shows.

Aside from Kimberly during the Project Runway show, Tracy Reese is the only black designer that I saw at fashion week. Hell, I don’t know if there were any other ones anyway. That’s part of the reason I was pulling for Kimberly so much. Anyway, I have very mixed opinions on what I saw during Tracy Reese’s show.


For the most part, there were a lot of very elegant pieces. I loved the summertime hats and umbrellas, and I felt a lot of the pieces had a classy southern look to them, but updated for 2012.

There were still a few things I found troubling about the show, though. My main issue with the Tracy Reese show can be seen in the image below:

1. That shirt…ugh. That print looks so cheap and janky – like a bad curtain or table cloth. She uses it (or a variation of it) several times in several different ways throughout the collection, and it always looks very Salvation Army-ish. That print looks like it’s not good enough to be sold at Family Dollar, let alone be featured at fashion week.

2. That bird’s nest hairstyle. It looks like she couldn’t care less about how her models looked going out on the runway on the largest stage in fashion. This was my first fashion week, so I can’t speak as to how the hair styles typically look, but that just looks sloppy/messy.

3. You can’t see this one in the photo above (but it’s probably visible in several of the other photos in this entry), but a lot of the models sported VERY visible baggy eyes. Again, I don’t know much about what is “supposed” to happen at fashion week, but baggy eyes seems like it should be an easy fix for a fashion week makeup artist. Why was no care given to that? If you’re the only black designer at fashion week, shouldn’t you be making sure that all you’re “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed? Why send models down the runway with messy hair and baggy eyes?

For obvious reasons, I choose to feature only the best photos from a show on my blog. If I have a photo that is out of focus or poorly framed, I won’t post it. Additionally, if I think a model just looks bad in a photo, I won’t post it either. Tracy Reese benefited greatly from this. There were a lot of images that featured the 3 things I didn’t like about this show, and I’m choosing to only post the one. But, take my word for it. There were several instances of that ugly print being used, lots of sloppy hair, and many pairs of baggy eyes.

Aside from those three things, as you can see, there was a lot to like about the collection. Personally, I’d like to see more from what I believe to be the only black designer at fashion week. If I were the sole representative of my race/gender/ethnicity or whatever, I’d make sure that I brought my A-game in every aspect of the presentation – from hair, to eyes, to clipped toenails. This is part of the reason that I was so disappointed that Kimberly from Project Runway seemed to be dismissed so easily as not being “as good” as the other contestants – but I won’t harp on that.

I hope you all enjoyed my posts from #MBFW and Project Runway. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I’m so thankful for anyone that played even the slightest part in molding me into the photographer I am today, and making it possible for me to go to New York. I’ve met so many great people since I moved back to Detroit, and the kindness within our art community can not be stressed enough. People who barely knew me at all have helped me along the way, and during the course of the time I’ve been back, have become highly-valued friends. So again, thanks to all my Detroit artists who helped, encouraged, or motivated me, and thanks to anyone who has ever commented, shared, retweeted, or even viewed any of my blog entries. None of it is lost on me.

Finally, I want to thank myself. I know that sounds very arrogant, but you guys have NO IDEA how hard I am on myself and how little credit I give myself. I constantly find ways to take away from my accomplishments, and the time for that is at an end. While I owe a great deal of thanks to a great many people, when it comes down to it, I did this. I picked up a camera 3 years ago. I taught myself how to use it, and I brought myself from offering free shoots on Craigslist just to learn, to photographing at the biggest stage in fashion, and it’s time I give myself the pat on the back that I deserve.

Thanks for reading. Share, reblog, and/or retweet this post, and I’ll catch you guys in a couple of days with some street shots from New York.

(UGH! It’s that print again! lol)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Viktor



Heading into Thursday night’s “Project Runway” finale, Viktor is probably the favorite to win. Over the course of the past 4-6 episodes, Viktor has increasingly ran away with the competition. He’s been strong, week-in and week-out, and has created some truly stunning pieces.

For the finale, he took his creativity up another couple of notches. Note the dangling bit of glass on the top above, and the … well, the EVERYTHING below. lol

Viktor showed a little bit of everything he could do during the final runway show, and my gut tells me that it will pay off for him. I absolutely love what Kimberly put together, but the momentum is in Viktor’s favor, and this collection speaks for itself.

However, while I don’t think Viktor drops the ball on any one piece in his collection, I will say that the look above and the look below don’t really speak to me or evoke any sort of emotion. I find both of them to be …. meh. And I didn’t find ANY of Kimberly’s looks to be “meh.” #JustSayin

While I do find a couple of Viktor’s looks to be somewhat bland, he does have one huge thing playing in his favor: The Jacket. The jacket shown below was not only a huge hit on Twitter, but also among his fellow finalists as well. Unfortunately, I don’t think my photo does it justice (well, if you enlarge it, it does…), but it truly is an amazing piece of work.

Viktor has the support of the judges, the fans, and the quality work to back him up. His chances of being the winner are strong, and while a large part of me prefers Kimberly, I would have absolutely no complaints – not one – if Viktor wins. Check out a couple more of Viktor’s pieces, a shot of Viktor himself, and join me on Twitter ( @Michael_Aaron) Thursday night as I live tweet the finale. Ciao!




Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Kimberly

Kimberly went from being one of the least noticeable designers on the show, to one of my favorites. Her improvement as the weeks went on was remarkable, and she’s clearly quite talented. The collection she put together to show at #MBFW, in my opinion, puts her in a strong position to be the first African American individual to win.

Kim, (I wonder if she’s OK with being called that…) became known for being able to design a mean pair of pants. But it was when Kimberly ventured away from the pant, that she really began to shine. Some of her strongest looks in her #MBFW collection are, as I would like to say, pants-less.

I love how the way all of her models are styled. Additionally, I don’t think I’ve seen any of the designers feature any bags – much less one so gigantic. lol I like it though, and it works well with the dress pictured above – which I find to be stunning, and fits the model perfectly.

I also love the diversity I see in Kim’s collection. There’s diversity in wardrobe, and well as style/color. For instance, there’s the elegant and sexy dress 2 photos above in a solid blueish/purple. Then above we have the silver jacket, which I feel is great (although I’m not sure I like it with that … what color is that? Fuschia? lol … with that fuschia dress). Although on its own, I also dig the (fushia?) dress. It appears to be cut very well, and fits the model magnificently. Then, as you’ll see below, she goes in a completely different direction…

… and again, I feel like she largely succeeds. Then below, you’ll see she goes back to her trademark pants, and again meets with success.

The skirt below did not go over well with the judges on the first part of the finale. What did they call it? Bubble butt? I like it though, and she uses it well here.

Overall, I think Kimberly SHOULD stand a very strong chance of winning it all. I think it comes down to her or Viktor. While I’ve absolutely loved Viktor’s work over the course of the past few episodes, for obvious reasons I’d love to see Kimberly become the first African American individual to win. While I’m new to all of this (fashion photography, that is), I’m aware of the difficulties that blacks face breaking into this industry, so it would be truly inspiring to see her go from being virtually unnoticed, to becoming the winner. Come back tomorrow to see photos from Viktor’s collection, and join me Thursday night on Twitter (@Michael_Aaron) while I live-tweet the finale! See you tomorrow!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Joshua McKinley



Joshua McKinley is one of the more interesting designers on “Project Runway,” and I’m not even referring to his sometimes abrasive personality. He often finds himself in a situation that I find both frustrating and envious. Joshua McKinley is a man that is gifted with what may be TOO MUCH creativity.

Joshua often finds himself at odds with the judges because they feel he went “too far” with his designs. He may take what starts off as a good design, and bedazzle it into an oblivion. He may have the courage to take a chance on something wild that no one else would do, but find that no one likes it but him  – and more often than not, his own approval is all that he needs. I respect that, though.

As a photographer – I struggle with calling myself an “artist,” and only recently came to terms with calling myself a “photographer” – I often find myself yearning for more ability in the creativity department. I wish I could come up with creative ideas as easily as someone like Joshua. That’s why it’s kind of a sore spot for me to see him get ragged on for being “too creative.” He has creativity to spare, and my creativity tank is frequently running on fumes. I’m always looking for ways to improve in that category.

Take, for instance, the image above. Individually, I like the pieces. I like the jacket, and I like the fabric used for the dress. But together? It just sort of seems like too much. Or, look again at the image at the top of the page – enlarge it if you have to. Look at the belt. Is that the same style of belt they use on shopping carts at the grocery store? lol Again, another example of him doing something someone else probably wouldn’t do, and that may not go over well with a lot of people. At the same time, you have to respect someone who is willing to do something like that.



I think that, ultimately, Joshua’s inability to tone it down will cost him this competition. It seems that, even when he tries to tone it down, he doesn’t know how. He only knows “extra.” lol He will be alright, though, because there will ALWAYS be a market for people like him because there will always be consumers who thrive for “extra.”  I don’t even want to make it sound like there’s something wrong with him. There’s not. I’d much rather have the problem of being too creative, than my current problem of not being creative enough. I definitely respect Joshua, but I suspect he will have to settle for a runner up position on this season’s “Project Runway.”


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Anya




I make no bones about it. Anya is my favorite. Not only is she beautiful, but I admire her ability to enter into the competition only having sewn for 4 months, and produce such amazing work. Week in and week out, she has sent amazing piece after amazing piece down the runway – sometimes despite various mishaps and misfortune. Remember the outfit she made for $11?


(I dig the belt here.)

So, it goes without saying, as soon as I found out I would be shooting the Project Runway show at #MBFW, I immediately began to look forward to seeing what Anya would send down the runway. While I was not disappointed, I was not floored either.

Anya’s designs often left me in awe on the show, but while everything she sent down the runway at #MBFW was nice, nothing really jumped out to me as stunning. In fact, I’d argue that the  best outfit was worn by Anya herself.

Maybe my expectations for Anya were too high, and what she sent down the runway will be good enough for her to win. She also has a great story – having only been sewing for 4 months prior to the competition – and I know that reality TV shows eat up the “good story.” But for me, none of her designs really struck me as fresh or fashion forward. I was expecting to see something jaw-dropping that I’d never seen before – something that women worldwide would clamor for. I didn’t.

There was a cohesiveness in her collection, which I can appreciate. But I wish it could have been cohesively AWESOME. I wish Anya the best of luck, though. No matter what happens, she will still be my favorite because I’m a shallow man and she’s gorgeous. lol



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Laura


Clearly, Laura is a fan of sheer clothing. lol As you will see later, even Laura herself was sporting some sheer clothing when she introduced her collection at #MBFW. Laura was the first designer to show her collection, and I had no clue what to expect.

The first thing I noticed was that Laura brought more creativity to her collection than I was accustomed to seeing on the show. She did something a little different with the sheer tops, but I don’t want to assume that was her stepping out of her comfort zone. Maybe the Lifetime Channel isn’t a big fan of nipples. lol Very few (if any) of the other Project Runway designers went that route, so it helped Laura stand out.

While Laura did bring some nice pieces to the table, nothing really jumped out at me as stunning. This may be why she left the show at the time she did. She rarely (if ever) sent some trash down the runway, but she also rarely knocked the judges socks off as well.

I did note one thing (just now) that was pretty cool. See the image above? It appears that very same dress is being worn by the model that graces the background of Laura’s Twitter page (@LKathleenDesign). I’m not sure why I find that cool – it’s not like I took the photograph. 🙂 Also, I dig the golden arm bangles she has on each model’s right arm. I don’t know why I have such a thing for right wrist decorations, but alas… it seems that I do. I’m not a big fan of the hair – looks rather unkempt and has a “just got out the bed, lemme throw this in a ponytail and run to the supermarket” kind of look to it. Overall, I feel Laura did well, and that she will find success as a designer, but I didn’t see anything that made me feel as if she should got eliminated too early and that she should be in the running to win.



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Bert



Bert was one of my least favorite designers on the show. I didn’t particularly care for most of his designs. He had his moments, but for the most part, his designs seemed quite dated. He wasn’t the worst by any means, but he did send some of the most tragic outfits down the runway.

So, when I saw Bert come out to introduce his collection, my expectations were quite low. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

While I’m not a big fan of the pockets on the dress – women with their hands in their pockets just look weird to me – I appreciate the general elegance of his collection. Most of his pieces were quite classy, and definitely more than I was expecting from Bert.

I noted a lack of accessories on Bert’s models. The designs are strong, but maybe some expertly-chosen accessories would have enhanced them even more. Since Bert is an older man, I figure he probably looked at accessories as a crutch and didn’t want to draw attention away from the clothes. A nice necklace wouldn’t have hurt, though.

It’s clear that, had been Bert had the opportunity to stay longer, he possibly could have flourished. Overall, I’m glad I was wrong about his ability to put out a nice product. He had a good showing at #MBFW and I wish him the best of luck in the future.


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Project Runway: Anthony Ryan


With the final contestants determined for the Project Runway finale, I figured it’s about time I start cranking out photos from the Project Runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. There are 4 contestants left on the show, but the remaining 9 designers that were still on Project Runway when #MBFW took place all showed their individual collections during the runway show.

The show opened with Michael Kors, Heidi Klum, and Nina Garcia coming out and posing for photos for the media, as you see above. Afterward, Michael and Nina took their seats, and Heidi started the show.

Before I start showing photos from Project Runway contestant, Anthony Ryan, let me first give a little bit of background. When I first became interested in photography, I read book after book, and website after website. Once I started shooting, I realized there was only so much that one could learn from books. You have to get out there and shoot.

My second realization was that I could be a better photographer if I understood modeling better. So in order to supplement the shooting I was already doing, I decided to start watching America’s Next Top Model – much to the chagrin of my male friends. lol While ANTM at this point seems to primarily be little more than an over-the-top reality show, I’ve still learned a great deal from it in regard to what I as a photographer should expect from a model. I’ve also learned what I should WANT as a photographer, and from the model. Most importantly, I learned a lot about fashion photography.

As I shot fashion shows around Detroit, I started to really enjoy fashion photography. I started researching fashion photographers, reading fashion magazines, and attending/shooting more and more shows. Once I realized that fashion photography seemed to really be striking a chord with me, I became concerned. I knew nothing of fashion. Nothing. So, just as I did when I realized I didn’t know enough about modeling, I decided to (in addition to my customary reading) pick up a fashion-related reality show. So, that is how I began watching Project Runway.

I respect creativity a great deal. I feel it is the aspect of photography in which I am the weakest. This is unfortunate, seeing as how (in my opinion), it’s probably the most important aspect. This is why I respect the designers on Project Runway so much. Yes, week in and week out, some of the designers have sent out their models wearing the clothing equivalent of a flaming bag of shit. However, each and every one of them is an extremely creative individual. I respect their ability to find inspiration, and create a design from scratch -especially when someone else is telling them what their design has to revolve around. I respect them, even when their final product is bad.

Back to the show. The Project Runway show was my first show of #MBFW. As you may recall from a previous post, there were “issues” getting to New York in time, and I missed my entire first day. I heard that the Project Runway show was one of the hardest to get into, and even though I had confirmation, I still struggled to get in. For some reason, I wasn’t on the list. Thankfully, I had my invite and the phone number to the PR rep, and she was of the utmost assistance and was able to get me in. Unfortunately, I did get in late, and was forced to shoot from the side of the risers (as would be the norm for the duration of #MBFW for me).

Seeing as how this was my first show, I was in something of a panic. I didn’t know what to expect. At all. The Project Runway show certainly was not a blueprint for what to expect during the week. It was a long show, with 9 designers, each speaking before their portion of the show began. I basically had to learn on the fly. I had to figure out my camera settings, get an idea for how the show(s) would progress, and generally just work around the fact that everything that took place was new to me – all while trying to make sure I got good shots. (Forgive me if this is poorly written. It’s 12:30 am, and I’ve been up since 3 am. I’m really tired, but I want to knock this post out before I go to sleep.)

I said all that in order to say this: My thoughts on what I saw during the show, greatly differ from my thoughts now. There were a million different things going on, and I wasn’t really able to pay attention to the actual runway show. Now that I’ve spent all these hours working on these images, my thoughts on what I saw from the individual designers has changed as well.

I’ve finished working on 6 of the 9 sets of images, and so far, Anthony Ryan’s are my favorite. It seems clear to me that he was cut from the show too early. Although, I can’t say definitively that I would have kept him over any of the remaining 4 because, right now, the remaining 4 are my top 4. Additionally, I have yet to view my photos from 3 of the remaining 4 designers. So I may end up liking all 3 of those collections more than Anthony Ryan’s. Nevertheless, I find this to be a strong collection from head to toe.

All of the designs are fresh. You won’t see anyone walking around wearing these clothes right now. Anthony Ryan’s designs remind me of my approach to photographing fashion. Fashion is fresh. It’s ever-changing. It’s progressive and cutting-edge. When done right, there is nothing “typical” about it. That is how I like to shoot it – with a fresh and different perspective. I want to show fashion in a way that people are not accustoming to seeing it, and a lot of Anthony Ryan’s designs look very new to me. Of course, I’m new to fashion as well, but that’s why it’s so awesome that art is subjective. I can like it, you can hate it, and your opinion will remain meaningless to me. 🙂

I also love how the models were styled. From their hair, to their makeup, to their accessories, right down to the blue paint on their right wrists (which I absolutely love!) … I think Anthony Ryan totally killed it. The entire collection screams originality, and I as I love to say, I fux with that. I fux with originality and creativity. That’s all for now. Check back with me DAILY over the course of the next few days for images from the other designers. Ciao!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Marlon Gobel


This show was interesting for a number of reasons. For starters, I got to shoot backstage for this one. Shooting backstage always has the potential to be interesting. Out of all the photographers who walk the face of this Earth, very few get the opportunity to photograph Fashion Week in New York. Of those few, even fewer get to see what goes on backstage prior to a fashion show on the biggest “stage.” Cameras flashing, interviews taking place, makeup being applied, hair being done, clothes being tried on (nudity, lol), and just a furious rush to make sure everything is ready in time for the show.

Having said all that, THIS backstage was fairly uneventful. lol I dropped the ball on getting the full backstage experience because I didn’t realize there were TWO of them – on entirely separate floors. The one I shot in was just for hair/makeup, and there was an entirely separate one for wardrobe on another floor.  I didn’t discover the wardrobe one until it was time for me to secure a spot in the risers. No worries, though. It wasn’t my only backstage experience during fashion week, and these shots are bonus.

The second interesting thing about this show was the backdrop. Note the bags of potato chips in the background. lol Real bags. Hundreds of them. Yet, I still felt awkward when I considered taking one. I don’t even eat chips. The colorful background went well with the colorful collection, though.

The third interesting thing about this show was that Omarion was in attendance. That was probably the most random sighting I had during all of fashion week. lol Even more wild was the fact that they brought him in like he was Barack Obama. lol Everyone was seated, the lights were down, then I heard someone say “OK, bring him in.” Then he was quickly ushered in to his front row seat. I got excited. “Who is that??!?” Then… “Oh. It’s just Omarion.” lol

I liked some of what I saw at this show. I’m a fan of the colors … photographically. They look good in images. I could never see myself actually wearing something that loud. I’m also not totally on board with the man bag phase just yet. Some of them I like – those that resemble briefcase, or even over-the-shoulder ones that you can wear across the body. Whatever the man in the picture below is carrying … I’m straight on that. lol I love the photo though!

Shit looks like a fashionable laundry bag. Gotta take your clothes to the laundromat in style, right?

Anywho… check out a few more pics, and return on Monday for… I don’t know  yet. But I’ll be posting SOMETHING on Monday!

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Venexiana


At the end of the Venexiana show, I proclaimed it as my favorite show at #MBFW up to that point. It was still early in the week, and it would be surpassed. However, at the time, I enjoyed it. I liked the looks quite a bit – I even tweeted from the show that any woman wearing these clothes could get it. lol

Let me rewind for a second. A couple of months prior to leaving for New York, my laptop died. I wasn’t sure I was going to New York at the time, so I didn’t see the purpose behind buying another laptop since I never took mine anywhere. I could spend less money, and get a desktop with superior specs than that of a laptop at the same price. So, I bought a desktop.

Well, once I found out I’d be going to New York, my decision to buy a desktop came back to haunt me. I had no laptop to bring with me, and the person I was going with was in the same situation as I was. This meant that I would not be able to edit/post the pics immediately, as I would have preferred. (This will change before I go back in February, FYI. I WILL be posting FROM New York.)

The point of that back story is this: I never got to see my images outside of the LCD on the back of my camera until I got back to Detroit. Once I started to look at the images on my computer, I still liked the clothes from the Venexiana show – but the models? Not so much. lol

The Venexiana show was the last one of the day. I believe it didn’t even start until 9pm. Following the show, I went to dinner with a few amigos. I proclaimed over dinner that I liked the show, as well as the models. Upon viewing the photos on my computer, I immediately began to regret that proclamation. Of course, I’m only going to post the best images to this blog, but a lot of the models were making really odd faces on the runway. One kept making this face where she was sort of side-smirking – you know that thing you do with your lips where you twist them to the side when you don’t believe what someone else is saying? Yeah, that. Another kept making this really intense face – like she was angrily attempting to stare a hole through your forehead. (I did insert a pic of her below. See if you can spot her. lol) It was really odd.

Additionally, several models stumbled coming down the runway – this was the only show that I saw where this occurred. I initially thought this was probably the fault of the models, but as fashion week progressed, I started seeing familiar faces. The same models were working multiple shows. So why would several models stumble at one show, but not at others? Are the shoes to blame? Food for thought. I’m far from finished in regard to editing fashion week photos, but I have a new favorite show for now. Who knows? Maybe I’ll start working on another show and find a new favorite. Anyway, check out some more pics, and come back on Wednesday for some pics from my ultimate celeb spotting of #MBFW. Ciao!

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Fash Bash 2011 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Now in its 35th year, Fash Bash is a highly anticipated event in Detroit. Seeing as how this was my first year going, this held especially true for me. I’ve been back in Detroit for a year now, and I could spend an entire SEVERAL blog posts discussing the things I’ve experienced and learned in my time back. However, in the interest of being brief, I’ll say that I’ve become  somewhat deeply involved with the art/fashion community in the city, and Fash Bash sat atop my list of most anticipated events of this year.

Fash Bash was held at the DIA for the first time, and the DIA provided an amazing backdrop for a night of champagne, dancing, and of course, high fashion. The night opened with a party on the steps of the DIA, which featured a live DJ and open bar. The ambiance did not come cheap, however, with tickets costing as much as $500. The high costs did not stop the event from selling out, and guests came dressed to impress, the drinks were phenomenal, and the weather was perfect.

The party moved inside around 8:30pm, and the fashion show began promptly. I met with a number of struggles in trying to get good shots – the reasons for which I am only semi-clear on – and overall, my experience shooting the show, in my opinion, went poorly. Yes, I got some shots I’m proud of, but I was largely displeased with the quality of my images.

I have a pretty good idea of why this happened, and it largely revolves around my strong desire to not use flash during a fashion show. I also have a pretty – let’s just say “unique”  – idea for remedying this problem, but I’ll have to save it for Detroit Fashion Week in mid-September.

(I like the above image because it looks like she’s floating across the runway).

The party moved back onto the DIA steps after what was undoubtedly the shortest runway show of which I have ever been a part. It MAY have ran for half an hour, but it felt like about 20 minutes. Of course, what Fash Bash lacked in duration, it more than made up for in QUALITY. Fash Bash was also the absolutely BEST runway show I’ve seen since I’ve been back in Detroit, and I’ve shot quite a few. The quality of the clothes, and the professionalism with which the show was ran, make Fash Bash stand head and shoulders above any other fashion show this year.

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“WALK” It Out

Saturday night, The Roostertail in downtown Detroit played host to the WALK Fashion Show. The event showcased the work of more than a dozen designers, and offered a night of food, drinks, and music.

The show was split into 3 portions: the urban portion, the couture portion, and the couture and high-fashion portion. Each portion was preceded by a musical performance by a local artist.

The Roostertail was jam-packed with eager fashion fans, and the show did not disappoint. Many portions of the show received standing ovations from the excited crowd.

The crowded venue did, however, present several obstacles for me as a photographer. For one, there were A LOT of photographers there. Photographers tend to be … how do I put this nicely? Assholes. They behave as they’re the only person there, ignoring any thoughts of common courtesy or decency – assuming those thoughts even occurred to them in the first place. So I had to spend the vast majority of the show “dealing with” less-than-savory individuals.

Secondly, The Roostertail sits off the water and has giant large glass windows for walls. This provided a stunning light for the show, and the sun stayed up fairly long. So, had the show started on time, the light would have been phenomenal. Unfortunately, by the time the show actually started, the sun was long gone, and the venue was VERY poorly lit.

Despite cranking my ISO way up and attempting to shoot at f/1.4, I was STILL not getting an acceptable shutter speed. So, I was forced to do something I have literally NEVER done while shooting an event: Use fill flash. I took the time to get the settings right to a point where the flash was as unobtrusive as possible. I think the results look pretty natural, and most people probably would not know I used flash had I not just said so.

The show had its issues, but all in all, I think the creators of the show would consider it a great success. Check out some more pics after the jump, and I’ll get back with you guys very soon with a “different” sort of post. 🙂

To see the full set of pics, head right on over here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtownpistonsfan/sets/72157626381271210/

Imagine That!

Last week, I had the opportunity to cover the International Academy of Design and Technology’s “Imagine Fashion Show” in Royal Oak, MI. The event showcases the work of IADT students and alumni, and a “Best of Show” award is given to the top designer at the end of the show.

IADT packed the Royal Oak Music Theater full of eager fashion fans, and the show was definitely a hit. Hosted by William Malcolm and 2011 Miss Michigan, Channing Pierce, the show featured up-tempo music complemented by killer designs.

My night featured several highlights. For starters, I love getting to sit up front. Unobstructed up-close views are the bee’s knees.This enabled me to vary the angles of my photos as I pleased. Though I was working with a fixed focal length lens, I had the freedom to move around, so it wasn’t much of an issue.

Secondly, as has become the norm at any fashion-related event I attend, I got to see a lot of familiar and friendly faces. I’m very fortunate to have met so many awesome people since I’ve returned to Detroit. SO, follow them on Twitter! @NotoriousBYG @AsiaWillis @FO2LA and @TheSaleRack !

Third, there was alcohol. 🙂

On the photography side of things, shooting the event was fairly simple. While it was dimly lit – causing me to up my ISO quite a bit – I enjoyed not having to use flash. I HATE using flash at these sorts of events. I don’t like to tamper with the light that’s there, deal with recycle times, factor in various degrees of necessary light output, and all other sorts of tomfoolery that goes along with using flash.

All in all, I had a good time at the show and hope to photograph more fashion shows in the VERY near future. All of this will ultimately culminate in my achieving one of my major goals for 2011: Attending New York Fashion Week in September. So in closing, check out some more pics after the jump, and if you want to see the full set of images from the show, head over to http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtownpistonsfan/sets/72157626171880917/