Stylebook: Pittsburgh Fashion Week intends to build on this year's success
October 2, 2012 8:00 AM
Violet Graham, a model for C. Brown Custom Clothiers designed by Carly Brown and Corey Brown, has her makeup applied backstage before a fashion show at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Green Tree.
A model shows off a look from iman B. during the kickoff event of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, an eco-chic runway show at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum.
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Monika Gibson, owner of the line Zuza Blue, sits in her booth at the Fashion Ave. Vendors Fair.
Attendees gather around the Traci Lynn Jewelry booth at the Fashion Ave Vendors Fair at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Green Tree.
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A model for C. Brown Custom Clothiers designed by Carly Brown and Corey Brown walks the runway during back-to-back fashion shows at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Green Tree.
A model, in a look from Lana Neumeyer, walks the runway during the kickoff event of Pittsburgh Fashion Week at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Oakland.
A model wears accessories and refuse-inspired apparel by Faith Pongracz of Faith n' Khaos at the Pittsburgh Fashion Week kickoff show at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.
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A model for C. Brown Custom Clothiers designed by Carly Brown and Corey Brown.
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Pittsburgh Fashion Week honorees, from left: Robyn Bracco, accepting the award on behalf of the late Nick Bracco; Demeatria Boccella; Norman Childs; Dolores Warwick; John Waldman, accepting on behalf of the late Ilene Waldman; Violet Caridi Gallo.
By Sara Bauknecht Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Fashion Week wrapped up its third year Sunday with the induction of six honorees into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame. The ceremony at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, recognized:
• Demeatria Boccella, executive producer and founder of the annual FashionAFRICANA event for arts, fashion and African-American culture.
• Norman Childs, founder and CEO of Eyetique.
• Violet Caridi Gallo, designer and nonprofit fundraiser.
• Dolores Warwick, executive producer of Folio Productions.
Honored posthumously were:
• Nick Bracco, founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Magazine.
• Ilene Waldman, owner of Name-Dropper Boutique.
More than 250 people turned out for the event, with about 1,800 guests attending festivities throughout the week.
"There's progress being made," says founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson. "There's always things that you look to achieve to do better, but nonetheless that's with any company that wants to supersede and continue its mission."
Next year, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will again be the last week of September, and Ms. Anderson hopes it will include a full week of events, as opposed to the six-day schedule it has featured the past two years. She also is exploring a new segment for the lineup.
Other reflections from Ms. Anderson about the week:
Standout segment: "I would probably say the luncheon was a 'wow' moment. It did get a little emotional for me. There were two inductees who were honored posthumously. That was kind of touching. But I think even more so I looked among the crowd there, and I thought, 'Wow, we have over 250 guests here!' and the fact that they agreed with my vision meant a lot."
Comical catwalk moment: "We had a little technical difficulty for the music for the last segment for the ManStyle show. One of our celebrity models [WTAE-TV's Andrew Stockey] went out and he just went clapping. He engaged the crowd. It was totally unexpected, and it made me feel much better. This stuff happens all the time, and you just have to roll with the punches."
Examples of growth: "I'd like to bring attention to my volunteers this year. We do intense training all summer. My training sessions have gotten better because you take notes, you assess and you implement what you need to implement. These individuals really came through. Also, the ManStyle show, I think, is getting bigger and better. I love that."
Lesson for next year: "You can never do enough marketing. I really want to continue to reach out to Pittsburgh. I want Pittsburgh Fashion Week to be a household name."
Planning for 2013: "In the weeks moving forward, our small group gets together and we debrief and talk about the full week, everything from logistics to the volunteers to the sponsors and who we're going to market, and take each one of those categories and go through with a fine-tooth comb. I probably give myself not much time [to relax], but when something is your purpose and there's passion that lives there, you have to go ahead and write those things down and move right into the planning stages."
More from the Pittsburgh fashion front ...
Miss America 2012 to speak at Rivers Club: Laura Kaeppeler will share the story of her journey from the child of an inmate to Miss America at an evening of inspiration and female empowerment from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the club in One Oxford Centre, Downtown. The event, which is a tribute to Dress for Success Pittsburgh, also will include live entertainment, a silent auction, door prizes and goody bags. Individual tickets are $100, and admission to the private VIP reception with Ms. Kaeppeler is $250. Register at http://missamerica.eventbrite.com/.
Men's trunk show at Larrimor's: Achieve stately style with Italian-made suits and sportswear from Ermenegildo Zegna. Browse the collection Thursday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.
Sunflower Sprouts consignment sale: Shop toys, clothes and more for newborns through 14-year-olds at the fall children's consignment sale at the Shoppes at Northway, upper level, Ross. Public shopping times are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Select items will be 50 percent off the final two days of the sale. Information: www.sunflowersprouts.org.
Teacher appreciation event at dressbarn: The women's retail chain will celebrate the service of teachers Saturday with 20 percent off their entire purchase in stores or online at www.dressbarn.com. While they shop, teachers also can enjoy style tips and assistance assembling the perfect ensemble.
"Putting It All Together" style event at Macy's: At 2 p.m. Saturday, Emmy Award-winning stylist David Zyla will help shoppers at Macy's at Monroeville Mall pick pieces ideal for their skin tones, eye and hair color, and facial features. A few people will be tapped to create their own looks for different occasions for models to show off. The audience will choose the winner, who will receive a $100 Macy's gift card. Those who spend $50 or more will get a copy of Mr. Zyla's book "Color Your Style: How to Wear Your True Colors."
Also in the news ...
Kenneth Cole company goes private: Designer Kenneth Cole purchased the rest of Kenneth Cole Productions, claiming that it would be more competitive if it were privately held. Its enterprise value is about $245 million, according to Women's Wear Daily.
Anna Dello Russo capsule collection, luxury brand ahead for H&M: The fashion director at large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan will launch her limited-edition line of jewelry, shoes, luggage and more for the Swedish retail chain Thursday. Pieces are heavy in gold and turquoise hues and tend to run below $300. Find it in 140 stores worldwide and online at www.hm.com.
Also on the horizon for the store is a new luxury brand called & Other Stories, expected to hit stores and the Web next spring. The higher-end line of ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and beauty essentials is expected to pack a chic aesthetic at a wide price range.
Victoria's Secret raises eyebrows with "Sexy Little Geisha" lingerie: There's flirtatious role playing, and then there's racism. Some feel the intimates retailer harkened the latter with its "Go East" collection of Asian-inspired unmentionables. The outfit in question is a black mesh and floral print teddy with matching fan, obi belt and chopsticks hair accessory. The offended took to cyberspace, calling the get-up "tasteless" and "troubling," the Huffington Post reported. Victoria's Secret responded by removing the look from its website.
Isaac Mizrahi does denim: It seems like the designer is everywhere these days, from QVC to Target to "Project Runway." Next on his agenda: a collection of denim in jewel-tone colors, prints and metallics. Find it at Nordstrom or www.nordstrom.com.
Vogue China apologizes for featuring underage model: The fashion magazine made news a few months ago for spearheading the effort to promote health and positive body image in its publications by no longer using models younger than 16 for its spreads. Now, it's in the news again for breaking its promise.
Vogue China's August issue featured a 15-year-old girl. Executives with the publication and Conde Nast International apologized and explained that the shoot was done prior to the announcement of the health initiative. "We will do everything possible to prevent future errors," chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse told media.