Stylebook: Rent the Runway adds Bibhu Mohapatra capsule collection

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Rent the Runway is beefing up its loanable inventory of high-end fashion with a capsule collection by India native Bibhu Mohapatra. The six-dress collection weds vivid colors and fabrics with art deco-inspired structure and details.

"With Indian-inspired fashion emerging as a trend on the runways and Rent the Runway customers showing an increased affinity for vibrant colors and embellishments, this partnership was a natural fit," CEO and co-founder Jenn Hyman said in a release.

Dresses are available now for rent for four or eight days at Four-day rentals range from $200 to $400 for gowns that would retail for about $1,495 to $3,100. Costs are higher for eight-day rentals.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

A taste of Italian style at trunk show at Larrimor's: Treat yourself to fine knits made in Italy by STIZZOLI. Women's wear collections also include suits, dresses, skirts, jackets, sweaters and trousers in sizes 4-18, with sizing options up to 26 offered. Browse the line Thursday and Friday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: or 412-471-5727.

YoungLives Three Rivers anniversary fashion show: YoungLives Three Rivers (YL3R) will mark five years of outreach, mentoring and programming for teen moms in crisis in Allegheny County with a fashion show 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry. It will feature styles for women, men and children by Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Larrimor's, Janie and Jack and more. Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency will present a "best dressed" award, so attendees are encouraged to wear their best spring styles. There also will be a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. A reception for VIP guests will precede the fashion show.

Fashion show tickets are $35 at Learn more about the nonprofit at

Annual ISDA Fair Lady Frolic: The Italian Sons and Daughters of America will hold its yearly fashion show and luncheon Sunday at the Wyndham Grand, Downtown. The event will open at 11 a.m. with a bake sale, raffles and vendor booths. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. At the fashion show, looks from Aeropostale, JoS. A. Bank, H. Baskin Clothier, Cache, Carabella, Carlisle's of Pittsburgh and more will be spotlighted.

Tickets are $50 for limited runway seating and $40 for regular seating at 412-261-3550. Money raised will help cover costs of the annual Italian Day at Kennywood Park this summer.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts seeking sustainable fashions for upcoming exhibit: Designers are invited to submit their savviest sustainable fashions to be considered for an upcoming exhibit and fashion show called "Lost and Found: Sustainable High Fashion" at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley. The exhibit will run from May 4-31 and show off contemporary designs made from organic or repurposed materials. The opening reception with fashion show will take place on opening day. Former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fashion editor LaMont Jones is jurying the exhibit.

To apply, designers must reside in southwestern Pennsylvania or have lived in the region at one point. Garment remakes should include before-and-after photos. Visit to download a submission form. Entry deadline is Monday.

Also in the news ...

Victoria's Secret criticized for "Bright Young Things" ad campaign: The lingerie label is taking heat for ads for its young adult-aimed PINK clothing and intimates line that use the slogan "Bright Young Things." The ads sparked a whirlwind of criticism across the Web by those accusing VS of sexualizing girls and trying to target a teen or even tween-age audience. Rumors started to spread that "Bright Young Things" actually was the name of a new tween underwear collection, and one mother launched a petition on encouraging the store to pull the line.

In the end, it was all a big misunderstanding. "Bright Young Things" is not a new tween line, according to a corporate statement. PINK remains a brand for college-age women, and the slogan was "used in conjunction with the college spring break tradition."

Zac Posen designs look for John Frieda boxes: Designer and "Project Runway" judge Zac Posen is taking his work with John Frieda hair products beyond Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. He's created a set of four printed box designs for the product line's foam colour. Find them only at Target for $12.99.

Diane Von Furstenberg recovering after ski accident: The designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America president is resting up after a slip-up on the slopes in Aspen that resulted in some broken bones. She took to Twitter to assure everyone she's OK: "Sometimes the universe gives you signs ... 'stay still' is the message I got from my ski fall and broken shoulder!"


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 April 2, 2013 4:00 AM


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