The 29 Best-Dressed Detroiters of 2008

It’s something retailers and the international couture community have known for years: Detroiters know fashion. Photographs by Joe Vaughn



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Chauncey Billups
From left to right: Rosalind Reed, Jessie Doan, Stephanie Germack-Kerzic

Rosalind Reed

Detroit, lawyer and poet

“The way you dress acts as an imprint,” Reed says. “The first thing people come in contact with is what you’re wearing.” Reed, the consummate fashionista, describes her style as “jambalaya,” a mixture of vintage and couture. Her favorite designers are Balenciaga, Chanel, Alaia, and Simply Greta for spring/summer and holidays. Her favorite stores are Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Linda Dresner in Birmingham. She is often the muse for Greta Wallace of Simply Greta. Her signature is hats. “You can change your whole persona by simply changing your hat,” Reed says. She says she has been intrigued by fashion for as long as she can remember.

Jessie Doan

Grosse Pointe Farms, stay-at-home mother

“I think Jasper Johns said, ‘Self-description is a calamity’,” Doan says. “But if I must describe my own style of dress, I’d have to just say eclectic.”  It’s a style she developed while growing up in a small town in Australia. And it’s a penchant underscored by the diversity of her favored shops. She happily shops at Linda Dresner in Birmingham, Neiman Marcus, and the Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club Thrift Store. Her favorite designers are Martin Margiela, Victor Wolf, Balenciaga, and Collette Dinnigan. Her passion of the moment, she says, is Darcy Miro jewelry.

Stephanie Germack-Kerzic

Grosse Pointe Farms, philanthropist

Germack-Kerzic’s very presence bespeaks elegance and sophistication. She advises people to avoid trends in favor of pieces that can be worn many times. She loves suits with skirts, but also enjoys wearing Burberry jeans and high heels. Her favorite designers are Yves Saint Laurent and Roberto Cavalli. “I admire the style of many people, including Jacqueline Kennedy [Onassis], Cynthia Ford, and,  of course, Mrs. Obama,” she says. One of her favorite pieces is a dark green Christmas skirt by YSL she purchased many years ago. “I still feel it is an important piece in my wardrobe.” Her favorite place to shop is Neiman Marcus.

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