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


Published:

(page 8 of 8)

Chauncey Billups
From left to right: Jennifer Knapp, Tika Ivezaj, Danialle Karmanos, Laurie Sall

Jennifer Knapp

West Bloomfield Township, publisher

Knapp thinks the way she dresses expresses her personality before people even meet her. Her style is polished, with a dash of street smarts. “I love denim,” she says. Her favorite shopping spot is Dolce Moda, and she loves discovering independent designers. However, she admits a fondness for Yves Saint Laurent. She acquired her sense of style while traveling throughout Europe, and from her mother. “I went to Catholic school, so I always wore uniforms,” she says. “But my mother would create fun and dressy outfits for me to wear on weekends and off school times.”

Tika Ivezaj

West Bloomfield Township, fashion model

Ivezaj says she has fun with fashion, because it allows her to express the mood she happens to be in. “I can be whoever I want — sexy, classy, edgy — just by changing clothes,” she says. Favorite designers are Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana. She likes to shop at various stores, but her favorite is Dolce Moda. She loves handbags: “It’s very important to have a hot purse.” The first time she got a compliment on an outfit in grade school, she was hooked on fashion. “I had a pair of black-leather pants,” she says. “I thought I was so cool.”

Danialle Karmanos

Orchard Lake, philanthropist/activist

People often think that, as the wife of business tycoon Peter Karmanos Jr., Danialle’s look would be traditional and conservative. Not so. Although she appropriately rises to the occasion, she loves being glamorous and having fun with fashion. Her mood swings from lace and sequins and leopard-print false eyelashes to Uggs and James Perse T-shirts, oversize sweaters, and pants. Her style icons are Gwyneth Paltrow, Selma Hayak, Kelly Ripa, and Charlize Theron. Her favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, YSL, Prada, Azzedine Alaia, and Brioni suits. In Michigan, she shops primarily at Linda Dresner and Neiman Marcus. “I consider it an honor to wear such amazing clothes,” she says. “I never take any of it for granted.”

Laurie Sall

Troy, insurance agent

Owning her own business means she’s always got to put her best foot forward, Sall says. And doing that means she’s got to look good. For Sall, that means a style that’s eclectic and trendy, often with a mix of old and new. It’s a look that has evolved from early childhood. Her first hot fashion look, she says, goes back to age two, when she was delighted to sport a shantung pant-and-blouse set. Today, her favorite designers are Lanvin, Peter Som, and Thakoon. And she’s proud to say that 90 percent of her wardrobe is purchased in metro Detroit, with 70 percent from her favorite store, Tender. She especially loves fancy overcoats, and says, “I buy a new coat every year, fur or otherwise.” 

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

11 Metro Detroit Eateries to Visit on National Hamburger Day

May 28 — Mark your calendars

A Quick Look at the 2018 Movement Music Festival

Highlights, headliners, and more to expect at this weekend’s event

Meet the Makers: Brian Day

This photographer is taking an overhead look at Detroit

9 Independent Book Stores Worth a Visit in Metro Detroit​

Plus, hand-picked selections to add to your reading list

Cruise In for a Cause 2018

On May 10, the Cutler Group, LLC and Henry Ford's SandCastles held its annual Cruise In for a Cause event at the Aston Martin/Bentley Lamborghini/Maserati of Troy dealership. Guests enjoyed test driving exotic cars, wine tastings, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited Henry Ford SandCastles grief support program, which offers support services to children and families who have lost a loved one.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 7 Michigan Breweries Worth a Trip
    Check out these must-visit locations during your summer travels
  2. To Market, to Market
    Michigan Wine & Cider Festival at Eastern Market May 24
  3. Hour Media’s Real Estate All-Star Party 2017
    Hour Media's Real Estate All-Stars celebrated at the fourth annual Real Estate All-Star Party...
  4. Your Guide to Michigan’s Odd and Unusual Festivals
    We rounded up some of the state’s most niche events, celebrating everything from fishflies to...
  5. Meet the Southwest Detroit Pizzeria Serving Sospeso
    PizzaPlex in southwest Detroit is challenging what it means to be a new business on the block
  6. Dry Times: Looking Back 100 Years After Prohibition
    A century ago, Detroit became the first city in the nation to prohibit alcohol
  7. An Hour With... Candice S. Miller
    Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
  8. ‘Grazie Mille’ For the Memories
    Adventures abound in Italy with Michigan winemaker, grape growers
  9. The Gentleman’s Guide to Style
    From grooming to shopping, a comprehensive directory for stylish men in metro Detroit
  10. Motherhood in Metro Detroit
    From pre-pregnancy thoughts to developing unconditional love, several local women give a glimpse...