Michigan Fashion Week 2014

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Words can't describe how thrilled I was to be invited to Michigan Fashion Week this year. MFW is a four day celebration of fashion in the Detroit-area of my home state. Even though I live a few hours away, I knew I had to make it out.

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I was a busy member of the press last week/weekend so this is the only snap I got of myself. I went with all black everything (duh) the night of the showcase and wore my favorite new fall pieces: boots from JustFab and a floppy fedora from Forever 21.

I'll start by saying the people in charge of the event were so friendly, accommodating, and inspiring. I never really know quite what to expect from smaller local events and MFW was impressive. Loren Jordan, CEO of MFW  is a truly awesome woman and that really makes a difference. I've attended events that were not so fun and isn't fun what fashion's all about?

The showcase was great. I've made this short video with highlights of some of my favorite pieces but I'll discuss them a bit more here.

Cheryl Zemke was the first designer to present, and she was great. Her pieces really gave me a retro meets modern vibe, with a lot of coats, capes, and bold prints.

Monica Williams had a great ready-to-wear collection. She featured a ton of really on trend pieces including peplum tops, lots of leather (my fave), and circle skirts. Very uptown chic.

Ray Ann's Wardrobe was another stand out for me. The vintage shop carefully curated pieces to strut down the runway, from quirky headpieces to beautiful gowns.

Taj Cottage featured gorgeous blends of Indian and American fashion, with so many gowns I couldn't take my eyes off of. The designer also walked down the runway with her children which was too cute for words!

Heather Danielle Jaroscz's indigo themed collection was put-together and classy. I loved that she stuck with one color as the focus, and the attention to detail on her pieces was incredible.

Detroit Respect is a streetwear brand pledging their allegiance to the great city of Detroit. I love the phrase printed on a bunch of their shirts, "Believe there is good in Detroit."

While all of the designers were incredible, my two absolute favorites were Lena Harbali and Matthew Richmond.

Lena Harbali's designs are bohemian, hippie chic, ethereal pieces of art. I was literally in awe at every piece that came down the runway. She featured a lot of neutral tones and flowy bottoms. I loved the headpieces she included and all of her models were styled perfectly. I could see myself reaching for everything in this collection during the warmer months; they just scream summer on the beach to me.

Matthew Richmond absolutely blew me away. He specializes in using recycled materials (like Kroger bags, for example) to create beautiful dresses. One of my favorites was the bubble wrap dress, although the Kroger bag one was pretty breathtaking, too. The incredible thing is that these dresses are fitted, wearable, and gorgeous -- it took me a few glances to even realize they were made out of recycled materials.

I seriously cannot wait for next year's event. Such amazing vibes at Michigan Fashion Week, they've got me feeling all warm and fuzzy about my home state.

Please take a second to check out some of the designers and let me know what you think!