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Review: The Buzz at FashionSpeak 2014

Bruna Camargo

In my last post, I talked about the FashionSpeak conference - the only one of its kind, which took place in Detroit on Oct. 16, 2014. As a Styleshack correspondent and guest blogger, I had high expectations. As a wide-eyed girl in love with every aspect of the fashion business, my expectations were not only met, but completely blown out of the water: the electricity in the room was palpable!

Tracy Reese and Karen Buscemi laugh with the FashionSpeak crowd.

The day was long but so was the list of reasons to attend FashionSpeak. “The road to success starts in your hometown,” said Tracy Reese, Detroit native and fashion designer who headlined FashionSpeak.

Her presentation, set up as an open conversation with Karen Buscemi, Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3) founder and President, touched everything from Reese's humble beginnings in Detroit to the height of her success with First Lady Michelle Obama choice of her pieces for high-profile public appearances. Tracy was gracious and down-to-earth, making time to snap selfies and individually talk to anyone who approached her - including myself!

Malina Gilchrist rocking a borrowed-from-the-boys look.

Amongst the day's speakers were successful designers, entrepreneurs and fashion experts speaking, like Malina Gilchrist, Senior Market Editor at the NY Times' T Magazine. Her cut-throat presentation on how to get your product to reach editors was inspiring and riveting (and so was her Man Repeller-esque look).

"Hone in on one thing you're good at but do everything to do it really well."

Gilchrist is also a Detroiter and she's been bringing her avant-garde vision all over the world, but says she's eager to see the talent coming from this area. "Have a good attitude and good work ethics and you will always be successful," she said. 

FashionSpeak attendees were a captive audience.

The morning light shines on the postcard of Detroit: the Renaissance Center tower.

Rachel Lutz of The Peacock Room.

Rachel Lutz, owner of The Peacock Room in Detroit, went over branding and brand voice, and made it clear that adding "Detroit" in your communications for the sake of seeming "hip and cool" is completely out of style. She talked about the Shinola phenomenon, a Texan shoe polish company that saw the potential in creating luxury watches and bicycles out of the roughness of the city. "Take Detroit as an inspiration but don't take it literally. Start sincere."

Bridget Sullivan and Jeanette Puig-Pey, fellow College for Creative Studies alums, now working at Lear Corporation presented an unexpected clash of fashion and industrial design. Finally, Matthew Burnett, co-CEO and founder of Maker's Row, addressed the crowd via Skype, and introduced the importance of quality manufacturing in your fashion business.

Bridget Sullivan, a former Diane Von Furstenberg intern and Jeanette Puig-Pey.

The crowd of students, professionals, and fashion-enthusiasts.

Matthew Burnetts Skypes into FashionSpeak from Los Angeles. Technology making the dream happen! 

In addition to these incredibly useful workshops, I had the chance to network and meet with fellow bloggers, students and fashion enthusiasts. The entire day was so exciting I didn't even notice as the 11 hours went by and these electric blue Nine West heels finally started to pinch my toes. I'm so humbled by how much the Detroit fashion scene grows, and I'm honored to be a part of it.

With every event, the buzz for Detroit and its potential to become a powerhouse hub in the fashion world only grows larger. And yet sometimes it can take an outsider's perspective to capitalize on it. But it's companies like the Detroit Garment Group Guild that prove you CAN be stay here and bask in the progress we're making together. 

Onward, Detroit, in electric blue heels and powered by a desire to keep turning all the lights on. Buzz away!

Shop The Look!

Skirt and Top Matching Set: ASOS // Electric Cobalt Blue Pumps: Nine West [similar] and [here] // Handbag: Badgley Mischka [similar] 
Ear Cuff: Forever 21 // Coat: Forever 21 [similar] // Belt: The Limited [similar]

Detroit's Riverfront.

Tiffany Sims of Impeccable PR and Michigan Fashion Week founder Loren Hicks.

Chelsea Bata of WearIsChelsea.

Dana Frost of The Closet Confessional. 

Jireh De Jose of Fashion Meets God.

Loren Hicks during Tracy Reese's Q&A.

Malina Gilchrist engages attendees of FashionSpeak 2014.

Rachel Schostak of Styleshack [left].

Alexis of ThatChicLex.

Kori Fields of ColourByNumbr.

The One Woodward building made for a modern and fitting accommodation space.

Blogger Heaven: Chelsea Bata, Jireh De Jose, Rachel Schostak, Kori Fields, Bruna Camargo and Alex Jona.

So colorful! Jireh De Jose, Bruna Camargo, Kori Fields, Dana Frost and Chelsea Bata.

Telling Tracy Reese about how her dress was my first designer dress I ever bought.

Fangirling so hard with my girl Tracy Reese!

Sekina Harden, EMU student and  Ebony Rutherford of Trish's Garage.

Sekina Harden, EMU student, Carlotta Holloway of The She Is Project,  and  Ebony Rutherford of Trish's Garage.

Karen Buscemi, the mastermind behind FashionSpeak, and founder of Detroit Garment Group Guild.

The beautiful setup at FashionSpeak 2014.

The Board of Directors of Detroit Garment Group Guild - worker bees throughout the day! Amazing event, thank YOU!

The historic One Woodward Building.

Hope you enjoyed the coverage of this awesome event! Don't miss out next year's version, which I'm sure is only bound to get better! Congratulations to DG3 for throwing such a successful and seamlessly enjoyable event. Thank you Rachel Schostak of Styleshack for inviting me to this event. Until next time!

Don't miss it: FashionSpeak 2014

Bruna Camargo

Another exciting fashion event is taking place in Detroit soon! Don't miss FashionSpeak on October 16 2014, the only conference of its kind in Michigan, presented by Taubman and brought to you by Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3). Renowned American designer and LBD Queen Tracy Reese will be headlining and sharing all of her knowledge of the fashion industry, amongst other fashion industry experts. 

Get your tickets now! 

What: Fashion conference comprised of five 70-minute workshops all centered around the business of fashion.

Who: 

  • Tracy Reese: Fashion designer
  • Malina Joseph: Senior Market Editor, New York Times T Magazine
  • Matthew Burnett: Co-Founder and CEO, Maker's Row
  • Jeanette Puig-Pey: Global Design Manager, Lear Coporation
  • Bridget Sullivan: Automotive Fabric Designe, Lear Corporation
  • Rachel Lutz: Owner, The Peacock Room

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 9am-7pm

Where: The historic and modern One Woodward building

How Much: $40.00

Tracy Reese dress on StyleMile in 2012

Tracy Reese dress on StyleMile in 2012

Tracy Reese dress on StyleMile in 2014

Tracy Reese dress on StyleMile in 2014

What's in it for you: Attendees will receive top-notch education, insight and advice during the workshops. Lunch will be served, and attendees can later mix and mingle with the experts at the complimentary Thank You Cocktail Reception immediately following the conference.

Attendees include fashion and accessories designers, photographers, bloggers, wardrobe stylists, fashion retailers, students, and more. Tickets are for sale here for $40. 

Bring your mom, bring your bestie, bring your sister or bring your purse, just don't miss FashionSpeak 2014!

FashionSpeak 2013 Workshop

FashionSpeak 2013 

FashionSpeak 2013 

Thank you, StyleShack for bringing me to this event. <3

MOTORCYCLE TUXEDO: Leather Edition

Bruna Camargo

"Leather? For autumn? Groundbreaking." Sorry, Miranda, but you heard right. This here is an all-leather, all-fall, fail-proof look. With the rise of twosies or coordinates or simply put matching top and bottom, go easy on yourself when it's time to pick an outfit in the morning. Match your top to your bottom in terms of color, fabric, texture or print. Take the guesswork out, put the "guess who's wearing all leather" in.

Bonus points if someone asks where you're helmet is.

Port: "Couro? Pro outono? Revolucionário." Desculpa, Miranda, mas é isso mesmo. Se liga nesse look todinho trabalhado no boi kkkk. Com a popularidade dos parzinhos só aumentando, combinar a parte de cima com a parte de baixo de uma roupa está com tudo. Escolher o que usar fica muito mais fácil, e você sai menos atrasada pro trabalho. Junte as peças de cores, tecidos, texturas ou estampas parecidas e veja sobrar muito mais tempo pra olhar o Instagram na cama antes de abrir o olho.

Bônus se alguém perguntar cadê seu capacete.

Shop The Look

Leather Jacket: Helmut Lang [similar] // Leather Pants: H&M [similar] // "Detroit Is The New Black"T-Shirt: Trish's Garage 
Bouclé Tweed Cardigan: H&M // Tuxedo Loafers: ASOS // Backpack: Moschino [similar]
Necklace: C&A Brasil [similar] // Gold Watch: Swatch

Adding a different texture layer like this tweed blazer underneath the leather jacket will break up your look.
Also try a pop of color somewhere else, like in your accessories or jewelry!
 


Adicione uma camada de textura diferente, como este blazer de tweed, pra dar uma quebrada na produção.
Tente também um ponto de cor em algum outro lugar, como em seus acessórios!

And if somebody messes with you, give them two tickets to the gun show and remind them where you're from. #ThugLyfe