Pittsburgh may be about to claim another title: home to the Mustached American of the Year.
Adam Causgrove, 28, of Mount Washington is in the running for the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award, given out annually by the American Mustache Institute.
"It's a pretty big honor," said Mr. Causgrove, who manages research grants for the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.
A friend nominated him for the honor, which attracted approximately 900 nominees. The submitted photo depicts Mr. Causgrove in a suit with his dog Oliver and 2-year-old 'stache. It's an Instagram picture snapped with an iPhone, and "it just turned out amazing. It looks like it's about 80 years old," he said.
He is up against 14 others, including St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, "Parks and Recreation" actor Nick Offerman and MLB umpire Jim Joyce. Past winners have included professional athletes Clay Zavada and John Axford and retired New York City police detective Tim Galvin.
"It's a pretty stiff competition going up against celebrities and athletes," he said, "but I'm trying to mount a social media campaign and bring this back to the common man."
People can cast their vote at www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/goulet-voting. The winner will be announced Oct. 27 at 'Stache Bash 2012 in Mesa, Ariz.
The American Mustache Institute was founded in 1965 and, according to its website, is "committed to battling a demonstrated discriminatory culture against people of Mustached American heritage." It's headquartered in St. Louis, which it calls "home to the world's largest mustache -- the Gateway Arch."
Gardell by Graciana unveils new accessories: From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, custom jewelry designer Graciana Fennell will showcase new designs at her boutique at 5413a Walnut St., Shadyside. Guests can enjoy bites from local restaurants and cocktails as they browse, and one person will win a 20 percent off voucher.
Alex Soldier jewels at Izzazu: Kathy Kane Collections will hold a preview of the latest selection of Alex Soldier jewelry at 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Learn more or schedule an appointment at 412-999-6501.
P.J. Salvage trunk show: Stock up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on snuggly sleepwear, including robes, chenille pajamas, blankets and more, at CHEEKS, housed on the second floor of Glassworks on Walnut Street in Shadyside. Collections come in patterns, solids and whimsical themes. Shoppers will receive a $5 CHEEKS coupon for every $50 spent, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Hillman Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. Refreshments will be served.
Fashions for a Cure style show: See styles from Selections by Genea & Eric and support the UPMC Cancer Center Jefferson Branch Patient's Assistance Fund at a fashion show and buffet luncheon 2 p.m. Sunday at the Willow Room, 800 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon. The afternoon also will include a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and music. KDKA-TV's Kimberly Gill will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Missoni Home Collection sale: Speciality linen shop Feathers at 5408 Walnut St., Shadyside, will offer 15 percent off sheets, duvet covers, robes, blankets, throws and more from the Italian fashion house. The sale begins Monday and will run through Oct. 31.
Goodwill Halloween photo contest: Is your Halloween costume kooky, creepy or creative? Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania wants to see it. Those who shop at its 30 stores throughout the region are invited to share their Goodwill-inspired Halloween get-up for a chance to win Visa gift cards. To enter, email a photo of the costume created from finds at Goodwill to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 25 and mention from which store you bought the items. Photos will be posted on Facebook, where people can vote for their favorite until Oct. 30. Winners will be announced on Halloween. First place will receive a $250 Visa gift card. Amounts of $150 and $100 will be awarded to second- and third-place finishers, respectively.
Brad Pitt rakes in big bucks for Chanel No. 5 spot: In a couple of weeks, the commercial and print ad featuring the actor as the first male face of the fragrance will be unveiled. Many are buzzing about how much he'll make for the gig. While Chanel is staying mum, industry insiders and fashion blogs are speculating that the label dished out at least $10 million on the U.S. campaign, plus another $7 million to secure Mr. Pitt. Others who have graced campaigns include Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Paradis, Audrey Tautou, Ali MacGraw and Lauren Hutton.
Hedi Slimane stays busy with Cathy Horyn feud, new Saint Laurent website: Ever since taking the helm of Yves Saint Laurent -- now Saint Laurent Paris -- creative director Hedi Slimane just can't seem to keep his name out of the news, for better or worse. The latest round of headlines target Mr. Slimane's tiff with New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, who blogged that she didn't get an invite to his spring 2013 runway show because of an 8-year-old grudge and critiqued the collection (from which she said she "expected more") from runway photos.
Mr. Slimane fired back on Twitter with a letter in which he called Ms. Horyn "a schoolyard bully" who "will never get a seat at Saint Laurent." Ms. Horyn told Women's Wear Daily that the back-and-forth was "silly nonsense," and Mr. Slimane has since removed his catty Cathy attacks from Twitter.
In other Slimane news: Saint Laurent Paris launched its new website and the comparisons between his debut line for Saint Laurent and designer Rachel Zoe's aesthetic continue.
Lulu Guinness, JC Penney collaboration slated for spring: Next year the department store chain will welcome a line of handbags, accessories and more from the British designer. In-shop boutiques will feature the designs, which only will be available in the United States. Looks haven't been revealed yet, but if Ms. Guinness' other creations are any clue, designs with a mix of wit, color and charm can be expected.
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