Last Saturday, fashion industry professionals and hopefuls gathered at 5E Gallery for Design.Define.Detroit.
DDD was more than just a fashion show, as we see so often in the underground Detroit circuit, it featured a panel discussion that included Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, Jenny Lee of Allied Media Group and Hajj Flemings of Brand Camp University.
The most talked about topic was what it took to establish a garment district in Detroit and according to Charles Pugh, there used to be a garment district in Detroit, but we now know it as Harmonie Park.
My favorite quote from the panel came from Hajj Flemings:
No one can write the Detroit story like Detroiters can.Discussion wasn't the only thing happening, there were fashion shows as well which featured both stylists (like Benny Lee and Fanciee) and designers such as Eugenia Paul.
I have to give it up to the events organizers Piper Carter and Ris Tena; I know 5E Gallery had some unexpected issues happen just days before DDD but they pulled off an amazing event.
In short, I loved it.
From my understanding they're doing another event next year and I really hope so.
It's always nice to be in the same room as so many motivated individuals and to see the look on the designers faces after their collection has finished the runway is pretty cool.
Fashion is an interesting industry; there are no rules, just creating and that's completely underrated.