Actress Michael Michele is out on a mission; to dispel the notion you have to come from a big city to understand fashion. Including the title fashion designer to her resume her expedition is now in progress. She hopes to achieve this and more through her clothing line M.Michele Designs by Michael Michele set to debut during Midwest Fashion Week, during the DSI Fashion Gala, Saturday March 19. “Most people in my business are surprised that I am from Indiana. They assume because of the way I dress and what I know about fashion, I’m from a big city. Hey listen fashion world! I’m not from New York City. I’m from Indiana,” she laughs adding. “Specifically Evansville, Indiana.”
This proud Hoosier has made a name for herself on both prime television and featured films. Michele has starred in two of NBC’s biggest hits: Homicide Life on the Street and ER. She would later be featured in three major motion pictures: Dark Blue, where she was casted alongside actor Kurt Russell and Ving Rhames; How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, opposite Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey; and Ali along with Will Smith, as Muhammad Ali’s third wife Vanessa Porshe.
Throughout her career her love for fashion resembled in magazines and at Red Carpet events. Little did Michele know the media was well aware this fashion media darling never hired a stylist, as most actresses in her profession opt to do.
However, it was a seed planted by The Oprah Winfrey Show years ago that caused Michele to revisit her childhood dream, which she left behind once her television career took off. Flash forward a few years later Michele is preparing to reveal her clothing line to the world in her home state.
She recognizes the majority of her fashion sense and inspiration comes from her upbringing in Indiana. She credits her parents who taught her the value of owning well made clothing. Michele incorporated the same sensibility into M.Michele Designs.
In her collection she has added key pieces she feels every woman should incorporate into their wardrobe: a nice trouser, black skirt, dress and a blazer. The biggest component Michele says is the affordability.
“The cost and value of [my line] can definitely be attributed to the Midwest because typically people don’t spend thousands of dollars on clothing. “Where does it say you can only appreciate quality if you’re rich? Show me the book! Sorry that’s not true,” she adds.
According to Michele she took a smaller profit to give the consumer a greater value. She did not want to create something cheap. The conclusion: something that looks good but is not expensive. At this point in her life Michele says she feels good.
“I encourage women to find what they love and do it,” she said. “I’m excited to debut my line, there is definitely a sense of comfort in being home.”
This article was published in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper for Midwest Fashion Week. Photo Credit: http://blog.dressforsuccess.org/