The Best Fall Fashion—Found Locally
It seems only appropriate that on the last night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the UW Carbone Cancer Center hosted their own fashion shindig right here in Madison. Held at Bishop’s Bay Country Club, twelve local boutiques (which included A Stone’s Throw, Catalyst, Chauette, Fontana Sports Specialties, Iona, Jazzman, La Lingerie, Lu Anders Boutique, Lucca, Neena, Terese Zache and Twigs) highlighted the best in fall trends—everything from leather to peplums to animal prints to pops of color dotted the runway. The show gave attendees approachable, stylish ways to incorporate fall’s must-have looks. There’s something about seeing autumn’s fashions at the local level that makes them much more realistic (and fun!) to visualize in your own wardrobe, no? (For a selection of some of the looks and models from the show, see below!)
Even more special was that the models were cancer survivors that had been treated at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Each survivor’s story was shared as they walked down the runway. Rick Schmidt, a prostate cancer survivor, just competed in the Ironman triathlon this year. Patrick Beyler, a tonsil cancer survivor, summed it up best when he said, “there’s nothing but hope” when thinking about life post-cancer.
Some were affected by more commonly known cancers such as breast and colon, while others shared stories about rarer forms of cancer, such as ocular melanoma and choroidal melanoma.
Emcee Mona Melms is herself a twenty-two year cancer survivor and noted that the UWCCC’s expertise and collaboration of her medical providers saved her from a grim breast cancer diagnosis.
The overall mood of the night was positive and uplifting—and viewing the season’s key styles were just a bonus to this charitable night.