Society: Fash Bash fun moves indoors, still sparkles

Chuck Bennett
Model Caroline Reason wears an Oscar de la Renta dress at Fash Bash on Thursday.

The sweltering climate and spontaneous bursts of heavy rainfall throughout the day on Thursday forced Fash Bash officials to rethink the plans to host the popular event outdoors on the stately steps of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Instead, the party took place indoors in several rooms and galleries throughout the elegant and majestic museum.

Sold out at 900 guests, Fash Bash is easily one of the most popular annual soirees in Detroit. As always, partygoers showed up making some of their most profound fashion statements — from cool and casual to elegant and dressy — most looked amazing; others not so much.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests were then ushered to the Great Hall where Neiman Marcus Vice President Renee Janovsky and DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons gave the opening remarks. The lights dimmed and the astounding procession of gorgeous models began — styled fiercely to the teeth.

The 900-member audience roared with delight when actor and model Veon Selman hit the runway.

And while for the most part, the prevalent fall trends were glamour, luxury and heavy layers, the audience roared in delight when model Veon Selman hit the runway wearing short-shorts and a barely there mesh shirt, showing off perfect pecs and abs. The entire show — beyond impressive — was curated by Neiman Marcus senior VP and fashion director Ken Downing, who victoriously skipped down the runway at the end of the show.

The event topped off with a festive “Lincoln Black Label Late Night Party,” where, among a trio of open bars, Forte Belanger served up gourmet popcorn, egg rolls, buffalo hot dogs and sliders. A team of DJs pumped perfect music for dancing, punctuated by pulsating conga drums.

The Founders Junior Council of the DIA first presented Fash Bash in 1970. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $4 million for the DIA, not including the FJC’s recent $1 million gift commitment announced earlier this year. Tickets to Fash Bash 2016 ranged from $120 to $750.

Al Trombetta and Ava Sand are feeling the purple at Fash Bash, which has raised about $4 million.

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