Society: Best-dressed bash benefits DIA support group

Chuck Bennett

An army of Metro Detroit style purveyors and fashionistas filed into the Filmore on Thursday night to celebrate 12 individuals who are featured on Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed list from the magazine’s September issue. A little more than 1,000 people shelled out $40 (general admission) or $80 (reserved runway seating) to attend the bash benefiting DIA’s Founders Junior Council.

A little more than 1,000 people saw honoree Nicole Hale-McGuire on the runway Thursday.

Presented by Somerset Collection, the festivities began with a champagne reception at the nearby Whitney restaurant. From there, on to the Filmore, where guests enjoyed light bites from Katherine’s Catering and a cash bar. In the lobby, Mike Ballerini presented his collection of very cool men’s bags called Z Ballerini and offered one up for free to the most-liked Instagram photo of a party guest with one of his bags.

WDIV’s Jon Jordan was emcee of the program and brought along some of his stylish colleagues — Evrod Cassimy, Ben Bailey and Jason Colthorp. The fashion show by Neiman Marcus featured music from percussionist Jared Sykes and also — alongside the professional models — a stroll down the catwalk by this year’s best-dressed honorees.

“The party was a who’s who of Detroit’s most stylish,” said Hour Media President John Balardo. “It’s nice to see how the event has evolved.”

Dr. Ali Saad, one of the 12 honorees, walks down the runway at the Filmore.

Since 2008, Hour Detroit has named Metro Detroit’s best dressed annually with a team of style makers led by this columnist. Among this year’s dozen honorees was Marissa Van Noy (former Miss Utah, wife of Detroit Lions player Kyle Van Noy), Ali Saad (Birmingham cosmetic dentist), Ed Gordon (broadcast journalist), and philanthropist Jae Vitale Plawecki.

Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and creator of the Social D. See