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What a wonderful evening for an outdoor party and, boy, what a party it was.

Nearly 700 fashion and art lovers arrived at the Detroit Institute of Arts Thursday night for Fash Bash 2019, the annual summer fundraiser where the DIA collaborates with Neiman Marcus, presented by the Founders Junior Council.

The evening started with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres on the museum’s expansive, elaborate façade. After an hour or so, it was show time. Guests were ushered to the Great Hall and Rivera Court for the highlight of the evening, a first-class fashion show produced by Neiman Marcus, Troy.

Top models strutted the runway wearing some of the hottest looks from some of the best-known design houses. The audience gasped in delight over the “Game of Thrones” scene showing models in fancy gowns and colorful furs. The showstopper was a fur-clad male model walking with his beautiful white canine (wolf dog) companion.

The production in its entirety was strong and came off like clockwork, from the snacks placed on each guest seat for munchies during the show to the efficient video messages delivered from co-chairs and dignitaries to the impressive fashion show. T

his year’s event co-chairs are Burt Jordan and Marchelle Costa, Matt and Nicole Lester, Chris and Jennifer Granger, Amanda Fisher and Ben Hubert, and William and Ashley Slatkin.

After the show, guests returned to the entrance stairs for a festive after party, featuring food stations, passed cheeseburgers, multiple bars, sexy lighting and recorded music from a DJand hype man. Tickets to Fash Bash 2019 ranged from $150 (for after party only) to $1,500 (for Rivera Court Lounge seating). More than $250,000 was raised for the museum.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com.

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