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    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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The Detroit Fashion Scene

Two Detroit women leave their creative mark on the city’s fashion landscape.

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Julie Lindsay’s Rolston bag.

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Dress designed by Cynthia LaMaide.

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Cynthia LaMaide

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Julie Lindsay



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Cynthia LaMaide and Julie Lindsay have taken two very different journeys as designers. LaMaide creates one-of-a-kind, handmade dresses, the latest stop on a creative path that included 20 years as a stylist in Miami and touring with Lenny Kravitz. And one of Lindsay’s bags had a supporting role as Kristin Chenoweth’s power purse in Family Weekend. Both designers say that their love of sewing and crafting by hand is the legacy of their grandmothers.

Cynthia LaMaide

Cynthia LaMaide still vibes like the Wisconsin kid that didn’t (for real) see a copy of Vogue magazine until she was in college. She grew up sewing with her grandmother in a rural area outside Green Bay. The moment her fire lit was the day she went to someone’s house and watched her grandmother construct an entire dress right there, on the spot.

“That’s what I want to do,” she says about the watershed moment.

She put her mad sewing skills to work and did just that, sewing a dress each day, all through high school — dresses for herself, her friends and family; including her grandmother. Next stop was Arizona State for clothing design, marriage, a daughter, a divorce and a long stint in Miami.

She was doing mostly custom work in 1985 when her boyfriend, a photographer, asked her to do some styling.

At that time, Miami was the hot place for magazine and catalogue shoots, and music videos.

“Everybody came,” said LaMaide. “You made a fortune.” It turned into a great way to support herself and her daughter for the next 20 years. Because of her intense self-training, she could sew, fix and pin quickly on models at a shoot, and she became known for her ability as well as her mild and meticulous Midwest work ethic.

The shoots were also a great place for her to market her own designs and she had Miami factories making the styles ordered by buyers.

After moving to Michigan with husband Bill Mallin, LaMaide wanted to pursue more artistic endeavors.

“I think people are kind of tired of that mass produced stuff,” she says.

LaMaide says she wants people to feel good in her designs and that handmade clothes give off a feel-good vibration. “I try to put that vibration into my work.”

LaMaide has been doing the art show circuit with her handmade creations, “the good ones,” she said, meaning the really good ones, such as the Smithsonian Craft Fair, The American Craft Council’s Palm Beach show and One of a Kind in Chicago.

Once you’ve designed for motion pictures, toured with Lenny Kravitz and dressed Jennifer Aniston (in Wanderlust), it seems like you might get jaded, but LaMaide, despite being an absolute master at her art, is like a kid with her first bike — showing off the bag she got from participating in last summer’s extremely prestigious Prête-à-Porter in Paris.

In a studio that would make Project Runway contestants salivate, LaMaide experiments with fabrics, processes and fabric treatments, hand painting silk, felting fabrics together, and marbling fabrics, by setting paint on top of liquid cellulose in a repurposed photographic tray.

“I kind of love the techniques.” The next technique she’s working into her pieces is weaving. “Oh that’s really fun,” said LaMaide, who still tries to make a dress every day.

Click here for more information on Cynthia LaMaide.

Julie Lindsay

Julie Lindsay’s grandmother designed custom menswear for the who’s who of Detroit elite as well as doing alterations for the venerated but now-defunct J.L. Hudson’s department store, downtown. Lindsay’s mother used to have the sharpest clothes in school; and Lindsay started young following in her grandmother’s footsteps.

“My whole life growing up, I always would sew,” she says. “In high school, I made my prom dress.”

In 2003, Lindsay started making fabric handbags to give as gifts and sell at art shows.

She always put a business card in every bag and one day she was thrilled to get a call from InStyle magazine, wanting to feature her leopard print and suede “cat tote” in a “What’s Hot Now” feature.

“I knew I needed to get a manufacturer, that there was no possible way for me to keep up,” recalls Lindsay.

She found a military manufacturer in Traverse City to do the work and immediately sold out the first run of 175 bags. The orders came in so fast that they crashed her website.

“It was exciting,” she remembers. “That was the press that really moved things forward.”

At her first trade show in California, in 2005, she had a line wrapped that snaked around her booth waiting to place orders. Her sister and her best friend both flew in from Florida and Washington state, respectively, to help.

“That California gift show, I have to say was awesome,” she says.

Lindsay says she’s driven by hard-hitting inspirations, which she finds in colors, in a pair of shoes, in the skins she works with. “Colors and different leathers inspire me,” she says. “Or, just a plain big piece of leather.”

Lindsay’s husband Scott, a former machinist, machined her signature nameplate on his lunch hour. “People like that chunky, square, heavy,” she says of her hardware, which is now manufactured in Italy.

Lindsay was drawn to creating bags because she likes to carry a bag that makes a statement. The Julie Lindsay girl, she says, “likes to carry a really sharp functional bag that people notice. Yeah, she likes to be noticed. If they’re trying to remain anonymous, they’re not going to carry one.”

Lindsay carries a black version of the fringed Rolston hobo — pictured above.

“It’s such a personal piece. It says a lot,” she explains. “I’ve just always liked to carry something that was really hip and cool. I’m not a very fancy girl — my wedding ring cost like $10. Everybody has [his or her] thing. For me, it’s handbags.”

Lindsay’s next challenge: Shoes. She has created one pair that recently appeared in StyleLine magazine.

“One day I’d like to get into shoes and handbags and do those two things together. That would be my ultimate dream,” she says. “I’ve still got goals. I’m certainly not finished at all.” Upcoming stops on Lindsay’s journey include a Nov. 21 trunk show at Pilling Gallery in Detroit, a sale date on NBC’s Today show and a Kickstarter campaign to raise money, which will allow her to expand her line by six new purses.

“The whole thing is a journey,” she offers, adding, “if you’re doing something you love, then it’s a good journey.”

Click here for more information on Julie Lindsay.

Beth Robinson is a contributor to the Metro Times. Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com.

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