Add a dose of California chic to your wardrobe this summer with colorful contemporary apparel, swimwear, accessories and more from the limited-edition Trina Turk capsule collection at Banana Republic.
The line -- stocked with close to 60 flirty, feminine and sophisticated pieces inspired by life and sights in Palm Springs -- ranges from about $34.50 for a bracelet and makeup case to about $150 for a printed dress.
It launches Thursday in stores across the country and online at bananarepublic.gap.com.
New runway store design at local EXPRESS location: The Mall at Robinson now houses the first EXPRESS store in the greater Pittsburgh area with a runway layout and denim lab, both aimed toward helping shoppers find the right fit -- and faster.
Mannequins sporting ensembles available in the store are positioned along the runway, making it easier for customers to see apparel for sale and ways to mix and match it. Merchandise is organized so that racks with clothes worn by mannequins are nearby so people do not have to hunt for long to track down clothes displayed on the in-store runway. The denim lab is the go-to spot for jeans pieces for men and women in a variety of sizes, styles and washes.
The new store design was created by Japanese firm Wonderwall and tested last summer in King of Prussia and Cincinnati.
Another bridal venture for Reem Acra: The runway and red carpet-renowned designer has announced that an affordable, contemporary bridal line is coming soon to Nordstrom wedding suite locations. Roses by Reem Acra will provide brides-to-be with six styles, generally below $4,000, with veils, accessories and more dresses expected this fall. Visit www.reemacra.com to view more from the designer.
Fifth & Pacific stock for sale on Facebook: Think Facebook is only good for browsing photos from friends' wild weekends or work distractions? The parent company of Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Jack Spade and Lucky Brand is using the social media site as a platform where people can buy and sell off fractional shares, ranging from $10 to $2,500. It takes just a few clicks, with the promise of no fees. Stock options also are available at www.fifthandpacific.com.
"Hard Hats and High Heels" fashion show: Original designs by students from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh created from materials from the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh ReStore retail outlet in Edgewood Towne Centre are the focus of a fashion show held by both organizations and sponsored by Macy's. Members of the local fashion community will judge the featured looks. Other festivities will include a silent auction, photo booth, live entertainment and more.
It's 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with a VIP cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP access at www.PittsburghHabitat.Eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will support Habitat for Humanity's veterans housing initiative program, which assists veterans with housing repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-saving weatherization.
Open house and style consultations at 1322 Squirrel Hill Ave.: Check out a new-to-the-market property designed by HDDesignBuild while receiving style tips and sneak peeks at summer fashions from Doncaster and Bondstreet. Both brands will be on hand with pieces from their summer collections, and Doncaster consultant Bear Brandegee will share fashion advice. It's 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Additions to the Saturday lineup will be seasonal cocktails from Raise Your Spirits and haircut and color consultations from Studio Booth salon and spa. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend Saturday. Attendance is open to the public Sunday. Admission is free both days.
Pittsburgh Fashion Week informational meeting: Organizers of the third annual event welcome retailers and local designers with an interest in participating in this year's activities slated for Sept. 24-30 to attend a meeting to learn how to get involved in the lineup of runway shows, vendor fairs, charity auctions and more. It will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, with a repeat session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. RSVP by Saturday at email@example.com. Include in the subject line of the email the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Information: www.PittsburghFashionWeek.com.
To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published June 5, 2012 4:00 AM