AnaOno Intimates NYFW Runway Show
Photos by Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion.
AnaOno, a lingerie and loungewear line designed for breast cancer survivors, by a breast cancer survivor, was proud to show its Spring/Summer 2017 Collection in a powerful showcase earlier this month at Art Hearts Fashion New York Fashion Week, a philanthropic-minded runway collective showcasing both emerging and established designers.
In partnership with #Cancerland, a New York based non-profit dedicated to providing support and services to women in the fight against breast cancer, AnaOno showcased the beauty, strength and determination of breast cancer survivors by exclusively casting real-women models – 16 in total – living with varying stages of breast cancer to walk the show.
The groundbreaking runway show was proudly hosted by Academy Award-winning actress and breast cancer advocate Mira Sorvino, lifelong best friend to #Cancerland Founder and advocate Champagne Joy. AnaOno x #Cancerland EXPOSED took place at Art Hearts Fashion New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 12 at 5 p.m. at the Angel Orensanz Center (172 Norfolk Street) on the Lower East Side.
Says Sorvino: “I am thrilled to lend my support to this event, as it shines a light on the exuberance of the women living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and highlights the need for greater money and resources put into finding a cure for this insidious disease, the only kind of breast cancer that kills women, 40,000 a year. I applaud #Cancerland and Ana Ono intimates for making this celebratory happening that combines fashion and activism.”
In partnership with #Cancerland’s fearless Champagne Joy, designer and fellow survivor Dana Donofree was honored to send her collection down the runway on a powerful, diverse group of 16 real-women models.
Models ranged from previvors to survivors, a ballet dancer to a tattoo artist; a musician to public figures. Encompassing varying stages of breast cancer diagnoses, surgery and reconstruction choices as well as surgical scarring, all 16 women who walked the show bravely and passionately exposed the reality of breast cancer alongside their own strength and determination in fighting through the battle.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show that these inspiring women walking our runway are no different than any other woman walking New York Fashion Week, or sitting in the audience or even riding the subway or walking into your neighborhood coffee shop,” says Donofree. “We want to show that whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a genetic marker, have breasts or have none, have visible scarring or even tattoos in place of nipples, it doesn’t matter. You are still empowered, strong and sexy!”
In regards to the partnership, Joy affirms: “It is my honor to call Dana [Donofree] my friend, and I cannot be happier to have her brand AnaOno represent the ladies of #Cancerland. To bring together these elements of women who have been transformed, who are willing to be exposed, on the world’s stage of fashion and beauty is to bring powerful, needed awareness that this disease is affecting all of us.”
An otherwise invitation-only event, a select amount of tickets to the AnaOno x #Cancerland show were open to the public, where 100% of all ticket sales are going to directly benefit breast cancer patients through #Cancerland.