Calling the 2nd annual Little Black Dress party at the JW Marriott an epic event is truly an understatement. The party that surprised its guest with a symphonic performance last year featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony and DJ Todd Ernst turned up the heat again by collaborating with designer Matt Jurecic's Haus of Leisure Le Garcon LaFrance's
"The Women" fashion show. The mezzanine of the hotel started filling up as soon as the doors opened at 8:00 P.M and by the time the fashion show started at 10 P.M., the event attendance had swelled to 600 beautifully clad guests.
Of course, little black dresses were the signature decorum for the evening and the women did not disappoint with their parade of noir outfits. The dance floor was packed all night and the libations poured as if these kind of parties have never happened in GR before. Due to the massive show of support for the event, party guests overflowed into the JW Marriott's Mixology lounge on the first level. This party was rocking so much, the revelers cleaned the hotel of its vodka and gin supply at the end of the night; not to mention the ATM machine, which was also wiped out of cash.
I had to stop at one point to gaze around the room to simply take in the magnificent sight of the highly energized event filled with stylized men and female fashionista's. This emerging city has truly arrived. Is this Grand Rapids? You bet it is.