It's no secret that Italian fashion force Fendi and legendary sunglasses producer Ray-Ban know luxury. And apparently they don't skimp when it comes to celebrating birthdays, either.
Both are commemorating milestones this year: Fendi's petite-yet-posh Baguette handbag is turning 15, and Ray-Ban's aviator shades are 75 years old.
So far, fashion mavens have marked the Baguette anniversary with a star-studded cocktail party at Fendi's flagship store in Manhattan, and the label is reissuing six styles of the honorary bag. For those wanting to partake in the fashionable festivities without a special invitation or spending hundreds of dollars, a coffee-table book captures the artistry and history of the accessory in 300-plus pages of text and illustrations. It's by Silvia Venturini Fendi, along with Sarah Jessica Parker (her "Sex and the City" character often toted the bag), Italian art critic and professor Achille Bonito Oliva and Paola Antonelli from New York's Museum of Modern Art, among others. Find it for $73.52 at www.barnesandnoble.com. For more on the designer, visit www.fendi.com.
For a limited time, Ray-Ban is reintroducing four sunglasses shapes: the Classic Aviator, the Classic Aviator with curved temple tips, the Outdoorsman and the Shooter with mother-of-pearl accents and "cigarette holder" circle between the brow. This fall, a book for VIP clients will be released featuring rare photographs of notable figures donning the lenses. Shop Ray-Ban at www.ray-ban.com/usa.
"Shop for a Cause" at Fancy's Folly: The new upscale shop for men and women at 427 Broad St., Sewickley, invites customers all month to turn their purchases into charitable contributions. Ten percent of sales of $100 or more will go to one of three local groups chosen by the shopper: Botany in Action at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra or Village Theatre Company. Learn more about Fancy's Folly at www.fancysfolly.com.
Purse Party for the Cure: Jewelry, purses and other stylish selections from stores such as Larrimor's, Boutique la Passerelle and Carabella will be auctioned to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Door prizes, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, swag bags and more will color the evening.
It's 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Station Square. For more details and tickets: www.wshh.com/komen_purse_party.aspx.
Kelly Lane spring cleaning sale: Kelly Lane Design will hold its second- annual end-of-season sale at Ice House Studios, 100 43rd St., Suite 108, Lawrenceville. Shop apparel from the spring 2012 "Summer Camp" line and receive 10 to 15 percent off select samples and pieces from past collections. Also available will be Kelly Lane and ALINE gift certificates and a $10 merchandise bin. Light refreshments will be served.
It's 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.kellylanedesign.com.
Crafty flea sale: Shoppers are invited to browse slate and leather work, office furniture, picture frames, art prints and more at a flea market-style event at Ice House Studios, Lawrenceville. It's 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: lvpgh.com.fashion
To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published June 12, 2012 4:00 AM