It seems like only yesterday that I wrote, "It used to be that every time you turned around there was a benefit function, corporate anniversary, or some other tenuously related event that featured a fashion show. Much like cupcakes, they had become the party favor du jour." And now, after a relatively fashion show-free summer, the fall storm of shows appears to be gathering.

On September 30, a Chicago-born organization called Backbones—a support/mentorship community for people with spinal cord injuries and their families—will celebrate its expansion into the Pacific Northwest with a runway at the MercyCorps HQ featuring looks from Mag-Big, Mabel & Zora. Along with last night's festive Dress/Undress Planned Parenthood benefit, these types of shows/parties seem like a pretty fun and goodhearted way to ramp up enthusiasm for the season's more formal events, even if they're less of a platform for debuting new work, and even if a shop's representation on the runway is really about styling (styling is damn important, after all). Stay tuned for more details on this and many other upcoming show on MOD.

Eva Franco Barnaby Dress at Mabel & Zora
  • Eva Franco Barnaby Dress at Mabel & Zora