Meet Detroit Fashion Choice Awards
Vanguard Honorees

Chuck Bennett, known as "The Style Guru," is a true icon in the world of fashion. With his impeccable taste and unwavering dedication to the industry, Chuck has left an indelible mark on the fashion scene. His exceptional contributions and influence have earned him the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Detroit Fashion Choice Awards, where he is also recognized as a Vanguard Honoree.

Chuck's unparalleled expertise and unparalleled fashion sense have earned him the well-deserved title of Michigan Style Guru. His keen eye for trends and innate ability to spot emerging talents have made him a trusted authority in the fashion world. With his extensive knowledge and passion for fashion, Chuck has become the go-to source for fashion advice and inspiration for both industry insiders and fashion enthusiasts alike.

Affectionately known as the "Godfather of Fashion," Chuck's impact on the fashion industry can be felt far and wide. He has played a vital role in shaping the local fashion community, nurturing emerging talents, and promoting inclusivity and diversity in the industry. Through his tireless work, Chuck has paved the way for aspiring designers, models, and stylists, leaving an enduring legacy in the process.

Chuck Bennett's lifetime dedication to fashion and his unparalleled influence have made him a true vanguard in the industry. His contributions continue to inspire and shape the future of fashion, making him a true legend in his field.

Dr. D’Wayne Edwards Named Detroit Fashion Choice Awards Humanitarian of the Year

Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, renowned footwear designer and educator, has been honored as the Humanitarian of the Year at the Detroit Fashion Choice Awards. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Edwards' outstanding contributions to the fashion industry and his tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity.

With no formal education, Dr. Edwards began his career as an entry-level footwear designer for LA Gear at the age of 19. Over the past three decades, he has garnered numerous accolades, including the Red Dot award, three-time Mercedes Benz Fashion award winner, and being recognized as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. President Barack Obama also awarded him the President's Volunteer of Service Award.

Dr. Edwards has designed over 500 footwear styles for top entertainers, including Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, and Michael Jordan. His designs have been worn in six different Olympics and by athletes in MLB, NFL, and NBA stadiums. In 2010, he established PENSOLE, the first academy in the U.S. dedicated to footwear design, which has become the leading footwear design school globally.

Maurice Malone is a renowned fashion innovator who has made an indelible mark on the industry. With four decades of experience under his belt, he has become a true icon in the world of fashion. His exceptional talent and unwavering dedication have earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. As the founder and designer of Maurice Malone USA, he has consistently pushed boundaries and challenged norms, creating groundbreaking designs that have set new standards in the industry. Maurice's unique vision and commitment to excellence continue to inspire aspiring designers and leave a lasting impact on the world of fashion.

Scarlet Monroe-Caine is an esteemed figure in the fashion industry, recognized as a vanguard honoree for her contributions to the field. With her visionary leadership as the CEO of Redfunk Collections, she has redefined the boundaries of fashion and emerged as a true trailblazer. Scarlet's keen eye for style, coupled with her unwavering commitment to innovation, has earned her the prestigious title of Fashion Vanguard of Tomorrow. Through Redfunk Collections, she continues to push the envelope of creativity, setting new trends and inspiring fashion enthusiasts worldwide.

Daishawn Franklin is a visionary CEO and fashion innovator who is reshaping the fashion industry. As the founder and CEO of Indie Fashions, he has created a revolutionary platform that empowers independent fashion designers to showcase their unique talents and designs to a global audience. Daishawn's passion for supporting emerging artists and promoting diversity in fashion has earned him the esteemed title of Fashion Innovator of the Year. Through his visionary leadership, he is changing the landscape of the industry, providing a space for creativity to thrive and allowing independent designers to gain recognition and success. Daishawn's commitment to fostering a community of talented designers and challenging the traditional fashion norms is making a lasting impact on the fashion industry as a whole.

Loren Hicks, widely recognized as "LOJO," is an eminent figure in the world of fashion, earning the prestigious title of Detroit Fashion Choice Awards Vanguard Fashion Trailblazer honoree. As a clothing designer and the founder of Michigan Fashion Week, LOJO brings a wealth of expertise to the fashion industry. Her remarkable journey encompasses diverse roles, from fashion publications to modeling, and styling for renowned photographers worldwide.

Born and raised in the vibrant city of Detroit, LOJO has honed her innate fashion sense and passion for enhancing the appearance of her clients. Although she holds a bachelor's degree in Statistics from Grand Valley State University, her true calling is in fashion design.

 LOJO's commitment to her craft is evident through extensive training in sewing and design.Despite her youth, she aspires to pass on her knowledge to future generations.

Currently based in Metro-Detroit, MI, LOJO is diligently working with her clients and pursuing various projects, including her remarkable contribution to Michigan Fashion Week. Her accomplishments as an award-winning businesswoman and fashion designer have gained recognition from esteemed institutions like CRAIN's Detroit Business, Michigan Chronicle, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, where her designs have been featured. LOJO's unwavering passion extends to empowering others to achieve their dreams, whether it's launching a boutique, starting a fashion styling business, or becoming a fashion designer. Her in-depth understanding of the industry's key components and the secret to a successful organization has earned her acclaim.

LOJO even made an appearance on Bravo's "Say Yes to The Dress." Beyond her professional accomplishments, Loren is a loving wife and a dedicated mother to two young girls. Her inspiring journey and commitment to the world of fashion continue to make a lasting impact.