Stylebook: White House | Black Market unveils line of nine inaugural-inspired gowns

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Designers blurred the lines between fashion and politics quite a bit in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election with star-studded fundraisers, hefty donations and apparel promoting their favored candidates. It looks like they're continuing the trend in 2013.

Select brands and designers are churning out clothes timed to Inauguration Day on Monday. Wondering what Michelle Obama will wear as a follow-up to the white one-shoulder Jason Wu gown she donned at the 2009 inaugural ball? White House Black Market has some suggestions. The retail chain has released a line of nine inauguration-inspired dresses as part of its limited-edition inaugural collection. Some are white and flowing, a nod to the '09 stunner. Others are long, black and fitted, or short, V-neck and sassy. They range from $250 to $300 in sizes 00 to 16. Find them at only four store locations (all near D.C.; sorry, Pittsburgh) and at Check out the clever slogan: "From our White House to yours."

Meanwhile, some of the designers behind last fall's Runway to Win collection, which raked in $40 million for the Obama campaign, have reunited for a post-election line of T-shirts, totes and more. Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese and Vera Wang are among the contributors. Money raised will help pay for inaugural events. Shop the line at

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Sabika jewelry fashion show: Pittsburgh-based direct sales jewelry company Sabika will hold its spring and summer fashion show at the Heinz History Center, Strip District. Pieces are handmade in Europe and sold in 47 states. It's 7 p.m. Friday; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserve tickets at

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Angelina Jolie's stylist to create capsule line for QVC: The 24/7 TV shopping network has joined the ranks of so many other retailers with an exclusive capsule collection. It will partner with red carpet stylist Jennifer Rade, who has worked with Angelina Jolie, Amy Winehouse and Cher, among others. Look for the ready-to-wear pieces, many priced less than $100, in time for Oscars weekend.


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