Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fashion Salute – 10.12.14

Last Sunday the MFN ventured to Mineral Point WI to attend the Fashion Salute to Heroes Hunting Foundation Fashion Show. The military themed fashion show and fundraiser was the brainchild of Leah Crubel, of Leah Crubel Photography LLC, inspired by a look designed by Sophia Luchianni of Le Vie Luchian. As a member of the United States Army Reserves (2002-2011) this was a meaningful way for Leah to give back to those who have bravely served our country.

Fashion Salute Program

 Knowing how hard it is to come back from a deployment and jump back into college and civilian life, I think it is important for soldiers to have an outlet, especially with their fellow Veterans. Heroes Hunting Foundation sets a great example of that.” – Leah Crubel

The show was held in the historic Mineral Point Opera House and guests were treated to big band style music by The Larry Busch Band with special vocalist Cleo Ware. The live music set the tone and the pace for the models, who walked out sporting ’40’s and ’50’s inspired hair and makeup.

The Larry Busch Band

The designs were a mix of original pieces, vintage clothing and re-purposed military uniforms. Many of the models also wore combat boots to finish the look. The featured designers were Le Vie Luchian by Sophia Luchianni, Daisy Lopez Designs by Daisy Lopez and Nicholas Schmidt USA by Nicholas Schmidt. Daisy and Nicholas collaborated to create the collection of garments that were shown.

The first half of the show was more casual in nature, inspired by the Physical Training and Basic Uniforms. Camo, khaki and olive drab was a common color theme throughout.

Camo Dress

Le Vie Luchian


Daisy Lopez Designs and Nicholas Schmidt USA


Daisy Lopez Designs and Nicholas Schmidt USA

There was an upbeat musical interlude between collections with a performance of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B’; along with a speech and heartfelt Thank You from special guest SFC Adam Dunn from the Heroes Hunting Foundation (for more information on the foundation go to

The fashion show was closed with a Dress Uniform/Couture line from Le Vie Luchian. 

Tie Dye Gown

Ghillie Gown

Local Look: iona

This isn’t a grammatical error: local boutique iona’s name is intentionally spelled with a lowercase “i.”

The gesture is perhaps a nod to the shop’s mission to provide a simple, unpretentious environment where women can find quality, curated fashion while building a local community. If Context Clothing is Madison’s answer to top quality menswear, iona is a forerunner for the top local shop selling high end women’s clothing.

Fall store layout

What’s in store this fall at the shop’s airy East Johnson space? Sharp Helmut Lang leather leggings and blazers and L’Agence dresses with dramatic zippers and pleats. Warm zip-up sweaters and cozy boyfriend sweaters by Velvet. More gorgeous Helmut Lang in the form of warm sweaters  and long sleeve jersey tops as well as Mother jeans.

This turtleneck pullover by Helmut Lang suggests everything I love about fall: jeans, boots, an errant red leaf, long sleeves pulled down over cold hands cupping a steaming mug of hot cider.

Helmut Lang turtleneck pullover sweater

I don’t watch sports, but I can hear the Badger games from my backyard. Perhaps dressing up would make it more fun? My neighborhood becomes a sea of red on game days, but this hoodie is more my collegiate sports style.

Dana hoodie at iona

iona’s jewelry selection leans heavy on the metals, including a pair of striking engraved sterling silver horn earrings from the k/ller collection.

Petite engraved horn earrings

The shop also sells totes, shoulder bags, and cross body bags as well as this slouchy, black leather backpack from Jérôme Dreyfuss. If you’re looking for a way to free up your hands and arms while still carrying all of your things (as a biker, this is the story of my life), this backpack is a fantastic way to go.

Jerome backpack

One of the best things about fall is the return of hat season. If hats make you think about winter, stop. There’s time enough before we wax poetic about ski lodges and hot chocolate.

Alpaca twisted hand knit hat by Tsuyumi

iona isn’t especially suited toward shoppers looking to spend less than a $100 on a single item — $95 was the lowest price I saw in the apparel selection and many items fall into the $200-$500 price range. Their jeans are made in the US, however, and materials range from cashmere to leather.

iona dressing room

If iona’s selection doesn’t fit into your ordinary budget, perhaps it can be a part of your holiday wish list?

iona zipper

Photos courtesy of Maggie Welsh.