The end of summer and beginning of fall brings a renewed pep to the step of New Orleanians. School schedules return and college students are once again filling establishments. The slow pace of summer is replaced with busy streets and packed schedules. Speaking of, it’s time to turn on your internal alarm not only for the wake-up call, but school zones and street cameras!

It’s football season, and we’ve got you covered with a curated selection of black and gold gear for all of you Who Dats in What’s Hot. Because, as we well know, black and gold is always in season.

Our September fall fashion feature highlights a mix of stunning, transitional looks that will take you from day to night, worn by Dr. Suma Maddox. In this issue we also bring you autumn’s coziest accessories on our Fashion page. 

Mark your calendars now and reference our Registry of Charitable events on page 42. This calendar was to date at the time we went to press, but these events are always subject to change. We will continue to update online, so be sure to check as the season progresses.

For this month’s Change Makers, we spoke with Dr. Keith LeBlanc, medical director, and Jamie Zwiener, director of sales and revenue, with Stop & Block. The organization is making great strides in helping locals enjoy outdoor events safely, by offering free sunscreen through kiosks at parks, festivals and more. 

Check out this month’s Eat + Drink for a fabulous Tropical Fruit Composition from Chef Myisha “Maya” Mastersson, and don’t miss all of the great local news in Around Town.

We hope you’re enjoying Avenue’s new look and content. More is on the way. Stay tuned and  relish the change of seasons.



Andy Myer, Editor

Editor's Note: Feeling Fall

On the Cover

Surgeon, wife and mom of three Suma Maddox, MD, showcases the best of fall fashion. Following med school at LSU and residency at Brown (where she met her husband, physician Michael Maddox), Suma made the move back to New Orleans. Board-certified and working as a surgeon for Oschner for four years, Suma returned to LSU for additional training and is soon to earn her second board certification in plastic surgery. 

A champion for breast cancer research and surgical reconstruction, Suma is a member of CALA/Breastoration. The organization’s upcoming Fleur de Bra fundraiser is in December.

Suma’s office is located at Hedgewood Plastic Surgery, 2427 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-7642,

Wearing a sheer ombré dress by Thierry Mugler, find Suma in more of fall fashion’s finest looks in “An Elevated Aesthetic” on page 24.