Style & Substance: Fabric of Life 

Amid a billowing set of organic blues and browns, it was standing room only at Toad's Place on the canal Aug. 18. More than 300 friends and family joined businesses and volunteers at the second annual Cure by Design fashion show to benefit the American Cancer Society. Out on the catwalk, roughly 40 models glided like true fashion-mag glitterati, raising money for research so others with cancer might have a chance to walk in their shoes.

Belle asked attendees about the style behind the substance that night.





Ashley Clayton

Staff partner of Cure by Design

Dress: Multicolored halter from Lex's of Carytown.

Shoes: High-heeled sandals from Lex's of Carytown.

Accessories: Lex's of Carytown.

Personal note: Wardrobe assistance provided

by Lisa McSherry and Lex's of Carytown.





Cathy Dyer

Wife, mom and cancer research supporter

Dress: Aqua-and-brown silk scarf dress from Dillard's.

Handbag: White faux-leather studded clutch from Target.

Accessory: Daughter's necklace on loan.

Personal note: Ensemble purchased for vacation at the Greenbrier.





Denielle Vendetti

Volunteer and member of Cure by Design committee

Dress: Silk baby doll by BCBG purchased in Connecticut.

Shoes: Burgundy-colored patent-leather pumps.

Personal note: Like fellow committee members, worked on event up to starting time.







Lisa McSherry

Owner, Lex's of Carytown

Dress: Floor-length, Kelly-green halter from Lex's of Carytown.

Shoes: Ann Marino sling-backs.

Accessories: Lex's of Carytown.

Personal note: First outing for dress; selected for streamlike fluidity.







Veronica Brockwell

Former owner, Soak! in Carytown

Dress: Chocolate-colored raw-silk bubble dress by Nicole Miller.

Shoes: Jeweled, chocolate-colored strappy sandals.

Handbag: Bronze-colored clutch with shoulder strap borrowed from her mom.

Accessory: Copper-colored, multistrand beaded necklace.

Personal note: Selected outfit to tie in with "fabric of life" theme.





Nancy Green

Hospice nurse,

aspiring fashion designer

Dress: Black crepe, J.C. Penney.

Hair: African braids, the handiwork of her goddaughter.

Accessories: Favorite glimmering costume jewelry.

Personal note: Father recently diagnosed with lymphoma.





Megan Evans

Miss Virginia, junior teen division

Dress: White cotton sundress by Lucy Love.

Shoes: White sling-back sandals.

Handbag: Pink Dooney & Bourke "heart/love" satchel.

Personal note: Finds pageant work very "nerve-racking but fun."

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