Stylebook: Make-A-Wish, Brooks Brothers fulfill teen's dream

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Eighteen-year-old Sidney Barlow of Springdale was diagnosed a year ago with acute myeloid leukemia. Now the disease is in remission, and, thanks to Make-A-Wish and Brooks Brothers, he's celebrating in style.

Mr. Barlow wished for a shopping spree, so the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & Southern West Virginia hooked him up with a trip to Brooks Brothers, Downtown, a longtime supporter of the charity.

At the store, balloons, snacks and a sign welcomed him. He also was paired with a personal shopper who helped him pick out a suit, a couple of shirts, ties, socks and more.

"It was very good. I got much more than I imagined I was going to get," Sidney said. "Very nice people."

The recent Springdale High School graduate is now planning for college.

"Since all this happened, I want to go to school for nursing," he said. "The thing I originally planned on was to go to school for technical teaching to be a wood shop teacher."

He thinks the new wardrobe will give him an edge as he maps out his next steps.

"It will definitely help for interviews and stuff. It makes me look a little more grown up."

The local Make-A-Wish chapter grants about 700 wishes each year to people between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. Information:

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Macy's MADE Fashion Week for Impulse collection launch: The retailer launches today an ongoing series of collections inspired by street fashion styles, such as feminine grunge, skater wear, modern school boy, graphic apparel and more. Find it in 150 stores, including at Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village, and online at

Bravery and Beauty charity fashion show: Salute strength, safety and style with the Crisis Center North, which extends guidance to domestic violence victims, at a fashion show presented by Guarino Group Productions, Dani's Hair Loft, Cache and Exhibit D. It's 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Altar Bar, Strip District. General admission is $25, and VIP access is $50. Information:

Project Prom shop at Century III Mall: Prom can be magical and memorable -- and pricey. Allegheny County Project Prom's initiative wants to help. Eligible students can choose from gowns, shoes, accessories, wraps, hosiery and more to create a look for the big night. The Project Prom shop is open at Century III Mall from 3 to 7 p.m. now through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For eligibility requirements, visit or call 412-350-3428.

Trunk show at Patricia Boutique: Shop French fashions and accessories by La Fiancee du Mekong, with complimentary wine and light bites, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Patricia Boutique, 326 Bigham St., Mount Washington. RSVP at Information: 412-488-8833.

Men's trunk shows at Larrimor's: Get modern styles with attention to classic tailoring with made-to-measure menswear by Samuelsohn Thursday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Finish off the look with American-made footwear constructed from premium leather and cork-fused soles by Allen Edmonds Thursday and Friday at One PNC Plaza and Saturday and Sunday at The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon. Information: or 412-471-5727 (Downtown) or 412-344-5727 (Galleria).

Snuggle Bugs & Co. consignment event: Expecting a newborn? Want to find something affordable for the children or grandkids you already have? The annual Snuggle Bugs & Co. consignment sale caters to both with its selection of toys, clothes and more for babies and children. The public sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. It will continue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 21 and 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Many items will be half off the last two days of the sale. It will be at the site of the former Value City in Pleasant Hills. Information:

Also in the news ...

TLC's "What Not To Wear" to end after 10 seasons: Say it's not so, TLC! After 10 seasons of helping the fashionably challenged purge their wardrobes and start anew with a New York City shopping spree, hosts Clinton Kelly and Stacy London are saying "so long." The network broke the news on its blog, sharing that the final episodes will air on Friday nights starting in July.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen expand Elizabeth and James line: The former child stars-turned-CFDA award-winning designers plan to beef up their more affordable Elizabeth and James line with a handbag collection and, next year, a fragrance with Sephora. The sisters also are working to roll out an e-commerce site next year. Information:

Hedi Slimane vs. Cathy Horyn -- the tiff continues: It wouldn't be a Hedi Slimane fashion show without a tiff between the Saint Laurent Paris creative director and New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

Last fall, Mr. Slimane didn't invite the critic to his runway show because of a longtime grudge he has against her.

Once again, that didn't stop her from sharing her thoughts on the latest collection he presented at Paris Fashion Week. Based on what she saw from the show online, she said "the clothes held considerably less value than a box of Saint Laurent labels. Without the label attached to them, Mr. Slimane's grunge dresses wouldn't attract interest."


For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the Post-Gazette's new Stylebook blog at To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published March 12, 2013 4:00 AM


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