Stylebook: Pittsburgh Fashion Week to feature new twists and old favorites, plus what's Katie Holmes' next gig?

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With the third annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week a couple of months away, organizers have offered a sneak peek of this year's lineup of new features and returning favorites at the event slated for Sept. 24-30 at multiple venues throughout the city.

After a Bryant Park-inspired opener in Market Square last season, this year's opening-night extravaganza will be held at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Another twist is to the yearly charity show at The Mall at Robinson, which will focus this time on breast cancer awareness.

Back again will be the "ManStyle" show at the Heinz History Center and two days of back-to-back runway shows and vendors at the Clarion Hotel in Green Tree. Once again, festivities will conclude with a luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, commemorating the latest class of Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductees.

Planners are seeking designers and retailers to participate in the back-to-back runway shows. Those interested can inquire at Makeup artists and hair stylists also are being sought for prepping models. Sign up at

An informational meeting for stylists will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 22 and 6 p.m. July 23 at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. RSVP for the meeting at

Also in the news ...

Katie Holmes' next gig: Her marriage to Tom Cruise may be over, but her career in fashion is just heating up. The actress-turned-designer is planning to present for the first time her Holmes & Yang label at New York Fashion Week in September, according to Women's Wear Daily. She launched the line in 2009 with her stylist and business partner, Jeanne Yang. The upscale collection features chic day-to-night wear and is available at Barney's, among other select high-end retailers.


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