Music and style collide to support breast cancer awareness

If you're a fan of fashion and music, you won't want to miss the next Columbus Rocks the Cure concert and fashion show.

Three local designers created a collection inspired by three local bands, and they'll present them at 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 11, at Ace of Cups. All of the proceeds go to purchasing wigs and gas cards for area cancer survivors.

The band/designer collaborations are:
Designer Annie Weihrauch for Rock & Royalty inspired by indie band Kid Runner
Project Runway alum Kelli Martin for Anti.Label inspired by rockabilly band The Tommyguns
Ruby Hill by Aaron James inspired by rock band The Up All Nights

Each designer will also show a breast cancer awareness-inspired grand finale look during a song from organizer Amee BellWanzo's punk band, Black Eyed Betty, and local music and accessories store What the Rock?! will sell tees and other items at the event.

Tickets are $10, and you can get them presale here or at the door.

We talked with BellWanzo, a breast cancer survivor, about what inspired her to organize Rocks the Cure and her favorite local fashion spots. Her edited answers are below.

How did Rocks the Cure come about?
So I'm a survivor, and when I was going through the treatments, a lot of my friends really wanted to show support… I've been in a band forever and my band mates really wanted to do something, so we kind of decided we wanted to put on a show for Race for the Cure. So to raise money for our team we put on a show, and it was kind of like a party, and most of our friends came. It was more small-scale than what we do now, but it went so well that we decided to start growing it and having bigger concerts every year, so that's kind of what happened.

What are your favorite labels and local stores?
One of my favorite local stores is Royal Factory. It's on 5th and High across from American apparel. She really appreciates the local design community. She carries a lot of local designers, so that's a great place for local fashion.

Substance is wonderful. They have the lab above the store, which is home to a few local designers. It's their studio, so they make clothes right there and sell them in the store.

Favorite local label is Anti.Label-[the designer] is kind of my coconspirator for this event. She was the first person I talked to when I wanted to add the fashion element [to the event]. She's really enthusiastic. She helps a lot as far as staging the fashion show, and she's just a really great team member.

What message do you want to send with this event?
Be vigilant.
Cancer is not a death sentence.
The Columbus creative community is wonderful and vibrant.

-Taylor Rogers, @rogerstaylorj