Fashion for Action raises money for cancer research

By Ellina Chulpaeff

Student models walked the runway in the third annual Fashion for Action runway show for charity on April 17. Guest host Adam Gregory from “90210” introduced the show, which included clothing from several brands including Haute Hippie, Ralph Lauren and Nicole Miller. The show also featured a dress designed by Hannah Rosenberg ’11.

The show was put together by co-chairs Alanna Bram ’09, Candace Ravan ‘09 and Nisha Shah ’09. The three have been organizing the show and contacting designers since last May, Shah said.

The models were all students who did not participate in Fashion for Action in previous years, picked for their abilities to be responsible in showing up to rehearsals and committing to the event, Shah said.

Outfits were styled by the three co-chairs. The show featured both casual resort clothing and formal evening attire.

All the clothing, with the exception of the formal wear lent by A.B.S and Men’s Wearhouse, was donated by the designers to be sold at the event. All attendees received a Philosophy Carrot Cake shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath as a gift for coming.

After the show in Taper Gymnasium, runway clothing and donated pieces were sold in a boutique outside Munger.

The boutique featured designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, lotions and more at heavily discounted prices. There was also a silent auction which included diamond earrings.

Ticket sales alone generated more than $10,000. All proceeds are going to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, as breast cancer is one of the most common cancers and one in eight women who live to 85 will have it, Ravan said.

“Fashion Targets Breast Cancer was our immediate first choice charity to donate to because breast cancer is a disease that we are all familiar with and have been affected by in one way or another,” Shah said.

All leftovers from the boutique were sold last Wednesday in Chalmers. The items were discounted an additional 30 to 60 percent, with some items costing as little as two dollars.

“This year we didn’t want the event to be too extravagant because we want to be sensitive to the current economic state. There certainly is a possibility that the event will develop and grow in the future,” Shah said.

Although the fashion show is not scheduled to happen next year, an increase in interest in the following year could bring it back, Ravan said.