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Fashion in Detroit: Joe & Kevin

It's Straight Boy Monday!


We've met a lot of Project Runway alums and out of all of them, two of the absolute nicest guys are Joe Faris and Kevin Christiana. Seriously, no smoke-blowing. They are both utterly sweet, friendly, laid back guys with a sense of humor. It makes us wish we could have flown out to attend the Fashion in Detroit event.

"Fashion In Detroit is a bi-annual two-day fashion event created by Project Runway’s Joe Faris to put a fashion spotlight on Detroit and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Detroit fashion community."

Many designers presented their collections including Joe, Kevin, Peter Soronen, and Betsey Johnson. Let's check out what our graduates offered. We're not crazy about the slutty rock chick dresses, but Joe, we'll take 2 of those Schott jackets, please. Kevin showed a mini-collection of cute feminine-with-an-edge looks. Nice going, straight boys.



North Beach Leather by Joe Faris




Schott NYC by Joe Faris





Kevin Christiana







[Photos: Shane Glenn/WireImage]



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Way to Go Joe and Kevin!!!


Definitely want those jackets, too. Especially the green one. Love.


As a girl who grew up in Detroit...this is AWESOME for the community! Congrats, Joe and Kevin!


I like Joe's mensware better than his women's stuff (love some of the jackets!!), and I like a lot of Kevin's looks.

I think this was a great event, and glad that good stuff is happening in Detroit.

Good work Joe!!


Joe's jackets are fab. "North Shore Fashion" is a brilliant name. On the North Shore of Lake Erie, you need leather. Lots of it.

Pullin' for the Motor City to come through these tough times!


Joe and Kevin, thanks for an infusion of positive thinking and entrepreneurial spirit for my Ol' Home Town. I've been watching the Fashion in Detroit developments on FB and have been pleased with the energy and hope.

And... off topic, but Go Tigers!


I always liked Joe Faris because he is good at garment execution. Glad to know North Beach leather is still in business. I spent a great deal of money with them in th early to mid 80s and still wear many of the pieces. Do they still have brick & mortar stores or are they online/catalog only!

Great job Joe!

TampaBay


I, too, like Joe's menswear better than the women's wear. My hubby would seriously LOVE those jackets!!! Heck, I would love a couple of those mens' jackets for myself!!!
Loads of luck and congrats on the show to Joe and Kevin!!!


Awesome! Great jobs, guys! Spread fashion throughout the country!


Fabulous! Good for Joe!!! My boyfriend has a Schott jacket. They are fabulous!


GO DETROIT!!!!!!


Congrats to them both! Imagine showing at the same event as Betsy Johnson!! I would DIE.

Joe really is an amazing mens wear designer and those jackets are fab!

I actually like his designs for us gal's, but that could be because I live for the cute rock chick look. But his stuff is a little pedestrian for a runway.

Kevins stuff was very nice actually. I thought it had some very subtle, thoughtful touches and was quite chic.


fashionablylate

Congratulations and kudos to Joe and Kevin, two of my favorite PR alums, way to go guys!


TLo said:
"We're not crazy about the slutty rock chick dresses, but Joe, we'll take 2 of those Schott jackets, please."

good choice TLo! You will look much better in the Schott jackets than you would in those leather dresses... ;)


I absolutely LOVE those guys!

The two on the front lines in the civil rights struggle for equality for straight men in the fashion world.

Charge on, brothas! YOU WILL PREVAIL!

And the clothes were pretty damn cool, too.


Joe, I gotta tell ya:

I have a Barbie Doll Pink Zippered Leathuh jacket just like your last cropped one. No foolin'. :0)


That's awesome! Congratulations to both!


Way to go, boys!!!!


Very nice :)


LOVE the jackets (and the men in them)!


And speaking of those Schott Jackets...


...they would make for a great TLounge prize, wouldn't they?


Love the jackets Joe did. Must have the green one.


Joe's drawing attention to Detroit with a label named Schott NYC?? Ohhh-kayyyy...

Which, btw, is a gorgeous line.

anonymous said:
"good choice TLo! You will look much better in the Schott jackets than you would in those leather dresses... ;)"

But would the people pay to see them in the leather jackets as they likely would to see them in the dresses? ;-)


Forget the jackets, send me two of those models, rawr!


Hey, Joe's wife Kara is kinda hot!

Way to go, Joe!


They both seem like nice guys who wanted to do something nice for their hometown and that's great, but there's nothing in these collections to put Detroit on the fashion map. Some of the men's wear is okay and Kevin's black and white dress with jacket has possibilities, but that's about it for me.


Well Kevin's auf'g was probably the most bullshittiest after Kara & Austin. Actually, they're tied.

I really thought then (& now) that he should've shone in BP.

Joe's execution was always pretty good, except at the end when he was so obviously exhausted. And I want that green jacket as well! However, his stuff is definitely not going to make inroads in fashion.


Hutchlover
10/5/09 12:46 PM Well Kevin's auf'g was probably the most bullshittiest after Kara & Austin. Actually, they're tied.


Naw, Hutch. Uncle Nick got the bullshittiest auf'ing of them all w/Jerrell as as close second.


i can only see those hanging from the racks at a jcpenneys...but still good job guys


Joe, you ROCK!


Good for them! I love Joe's jackets too. I'd buy a mens jacket in a small size for me! I thought Kevin's was great too, though the silver leggings were a little "Whoa!" for me. But hey, on me 20 years ago? I would have been all about the silver leggings.


Rainwood typed:

They both seem like nice guys who wanted to do something nice for their hometown and that's great, but there's nothing in these collections to put Detroit on the fashion map.

If they want to make money, then putting Detroit on the fashion forward map isn't really the way to go.

If any company based in Detroit can create clothes that SELL and are good quality, long-lived and have a solid brand name, that does the city more good, I reckon.

After all, LLBean sure ain't 'fashion' but the store and the online presence sure does bring money and awareness into Maine.


I don't say this lightly, but I am finding the North Beach Leather and some of the Kevin Christiana pieces more exciting than the stuff that the big name designers put out in NYC, Paris, London and Milan. I love the North Beach Leather stuff, although I am not crazy about the bubble gum colors. The interesting thing is that I have been thinking a lot about Joe lately while witnessing western inspired looks on the runways of Paris and Milan.


I liked most of Joe's work both for men and women (except the 3rd ladies look, which looked like the skirt was falling down).

Kevin's - more hits than misses but both shorts outfits were misses for me.


I like Joe's men's jackets better than the women's wear - but maybe just because I really like jackets. I thought the fawn(?)& tan that reminded me of old style letter jackets & saddle shoes was clever.

Kevin had lots of nice jackets, also. The last, short jacket over simple dress was, I thought, a sweet and appealing, non-literal take on the retro 80's thing that has apparently taken over the world.


Anonymous said...

"And speaking of those Schott Jackets...

...they would make for a great TLounge prize, wouldn't they?"
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Sure, a girl can dream, but I'm thinking the incredible generosity of several previous designers is going to our heads! Breathe deeply and think "t-shirts & bobble head dolls, t-shirts & bobble head dolls"


The jackets on those guys are so fly!


formerlyAnon
10/5/09 1:40 PM
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Sure, a girl can dream, but I'm thinking the incredible generosity of several previous designers is going to our heads! Breathe deeply and think "t-shirts & bobble head dolls, t-shirts & bobble head dolls"



I've already got a Tim Gunn bobble head. I want a damn jacket! Winter's a'comin'!

;0)


Any X fans out there?

I've now got a bit of an X song in my head. Google is no help at all & it's driving me nuts...

Something something something motor city
Something something something ... uh.


Know what I like best about these collections? While moving their own careers along, Joe and Kevin are giving a *big* shot in the arm to a city and state that really need it. So hooray for those boys!

Oh--and the green jacket! Total L-U-V!


Anon at 1:20:

These collections certainly aren't fashion forward, but they aren't mass market/LL Bean either. Skin tight silver pants are not your average catalog wear, at least not any catalog I get. Maybe I should branch out more.


Those jackets are hot! And I would love to wear some of Kevin's outfits. (And Joe's, on a day where I'm feeling kinda skanky. Those days do happen.)

Well done straight boys, indeed.


Well done boys! Love those jackets! And yes, one of those would make an excellent TLounge prize.


I have to say it. Kevin's shorts paired with the pink blazer in the first photo: insane crotch!!!


The bullshittiest offings on PR would be a fun TLo list.... I'll be looking for it!!!!!

ShelbyDee


I like the looks...although...all the leathah remonds me of....STELLA!!!!!!


Being transplanted to Michigan I am so glad that Joe and Kevin have started putting Detroit onto the fashion map.


I love these guys. Joe always made good stuff on PR5, Kevin was always in the top until the infamous prom challenge. Kudos to both of you! Go Fairfield!!

Anonymous 3:45, I agree we need a bullshittiest aufing list. And BSiest keeping list, too. I have one o' my own, funny you should ask. ;)

BS aufing:
Austin, Nick, Andre, Kit Pistil, Kevin, Chris March (both times) and Malvin. Wildcard: Vanessa

BS keeping:
Wendy, Sweet P, Rami and Tugboat. Wildcard: Kara Saun (on principle)

Who's next?


If you're going to get one of those Schott jackets, go for the back motorcycle one. It's tres butch.

I notice that the straight men are still doing low-rider jeans. Gay and women designers take note: those super high waists are not attractive. (I'll take mid-rise, myself).


Great job, Joe!!


Outstanding collections!

On the last PR episode, Michael Kors was saying that dresses are pretty, but what women really buy is separates. Kevin's collection really reflected that very practical concern, and it was superbly done.

Love, love, loved Joe's menswear jackets. Drop dead gorgeous. Very humpy.

Yeah, humpy.


awesome. i like that they are doing a project to focus on Detroit (or any regional area, really). I don't do leather for ethical reasons, but some of these looks are pretty fierce. The jackets especially are faboo.

I quite like some of Kevin's pieces - the pale dresses with black trim, especially (I'm loving that combination lately, of off-white to almost flesh-tone with black).

as for "Skin tight silver pants are not your average catalog wear" - I immediately thought of Logan and his silver pants. Though I expect he made those himself.

It takes a special person, in a special place, to really successfully wear silver pants. I am not that person, and I have never been in that place.


I really like Kevin's work here, but Joe's not so much. His menswear was fine, but the womenswear...eeesh.


I like Pasta Joe and even though some of his female wear is a tad on the skanky side, it further proves that he's definitely straight.

It's not so much that he designs for women, but designs clothes that MEN like for women to be seen in.


I loved both collections!

And I also loved the green leather jacket, one in medium for me please haha

Both of them show us how they grew with two stunning collections. Congratulations to Joe and Kevin, way to go boys!


**sigh**

Make me clothes Kevin.
Please.


Big fan of your blog and PR, first time commenting. Couldn't resist since I grew up in Detroit and still have family there...I love this idea, and now that I know there's Fashion in Detroit Facebook group, I will join it. However, considering that the city is 80% African American, I'd like to have seen a more diverse group of models.


Jenny
10/7/09 11:28 AM Big fan of your blog and PR, first time commenting. Couldn't resist since I grew up in Detroit and still have family there...I love this idea, and now that I know there's Fashion in Detroit Facebook group, I will join it. However, considering that the city is 80% African American, I'd like to have seen a more diverse group of models.


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I blame Kwame.


Really loving Joe's jackets so many I want!





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