WALK Fashion Show Showcases Detroit Designers in Style

walkWALK continues to connect local designers with an expansive fashion industry and cause  
WALK Fashion Show, the Midwest region’s largest fashion show for independent designers hosted its 12th annual Detroit show on Saturday, Nov. 14,  at the Garden Theater in booming Midtown. This year, WALK partnered with Catwalk Fashion, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and will use the proceeds from the show to benefit the AIDS Walk Detroit effort. The show featured three different fashion showcases to accommodate the ever-growing number of local designers in the area which included the WALK Independent Designer Showcase, WALK Emerging Designer Showcase and WALK University’s Children’s Fashion Show.
WALK averages over 500 women to each casting call and draws more than 2,000 attendees from the metro Detroit area and across the country each year. Among this year’s sponsors were Opportunity Detroit, Ambassador Magazine, L’Espirit and The Michigan Chronicle.
The Detroit show began with WALK University’s Children’s Fashion Show at 1:00p.m., followed by the Emerging Designer Showcase at 4:00p.m, and The Independent Designer Showcase at 8:30p.m.
During this year’s Detroit show, WALK  showcased Detroit vs. Everybody, C. Grantston Bullard, Khon Ikhonic with House of Ikhonic and Complex Boutique. The list of local, independent designers featured for the show included: Ashley Harris, David Rose, Devorah Badee, Vino Supraja, Tyrone Hunter and Cedi Johnson.
“We are always grateful to be back home in Detroit,” said WALK’s co-founder Crystal Bailey. “Each year we continue seeing more and more undiscovered talent from the area, so we are happy that we can provide a platform for which they can showcase their stand-out pieces and fashion abilities. We’ve always prided our business on calling Detroit home, and it’s been really awesome watching the growing fashion scene here, and the city’s residents and artists take part in the evolution of fashion in Detroit.”
Bailey and Daishawn Franklin, other co-founder of WALK Fashion Show and business partner, recently returned home from New York Fashion Week, where the pair focused on bringing attention to WALK Fashion Show at one of fashion’s largest events all year. “One of the goals of WALK is to introduce emerging talent to the greater fashion industry,” said Franklin. “New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events of the year, so being able to showcase there is a really big deal, and the opportunity to bring that back home and share with the Detroit market is remarkable.”
WALK makes philanthropic and community outreach a top priority, and this year’s partnership with Catwalk Fashion reinforced WALK’s commitment to working towards raising awareness for a specific cause.


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