Stylebook: Clarins joins hunger fight; Fifth Avenue Place spring shopping promotion

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"Get a gift. FEED 10 meals."

That's the slogan of a limited-time offer from Clarins and Lauren Bush's FEED initiative, a hunger relief charity. Starting Wednesday and continuing through April 20, shoppers will receive a bag of "beauty treats" and buy 10 healthy school meals for children throughout the world with the purchase of two Clarins products (one must be for skincare) at Macy's.

This summer, Ms. Bush will collaborate with Target on a limited-edition capsule collection of 50 items, including apparel, accessories, home and sporting goods and stationery, that will benefit FEED USA. Each item will display how many meals will be donated to children and their families from the purchase of the product.


Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Spring bonus days at Fifth Avenue Place: Check out clothes and accessories for spring at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown, and earn a free gift certificate with qualifying purchases: a $5 certificate for $25 to $49.99 purchases, a $10 certificate for $50 to $99.99 purchases and a $25 certificate for purchases of at least $100. The offer runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Receipts can be redeemed at center court. Information:

Men's trunk shows at Larrimor's: Freshen up his wardrobe with apparel from Canali and Eton and handcrafted shoes from Magnanni at a trunk show Thursday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: or 412-471-5727.

Women's Business Leaders Breakfast Series to feature ModCloth executive: Susan Gregg Koger, chief creative officer and co-founder of online vintage fashion retailer ModCloth, discusses how she turned her passion for fashion into a global business from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at Chatham University. The event includes continental breakfast and networking. $25 per breakfast or $12.50 with valid student ID at

1960s fashion show at Heinz History Center: As part of a two-day Vintage Pittsburgh event at Heinz History Center this weekend to promote the museum's "1968: The Year That Rocked America" exhibit, a 1960s-inspired fashion show featuring trends of yesteryear and today will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. More than 100 selections will be showcased from retailers such as ModCloth, Hey Betty, Lana Neumeyer and more.

It's $30 or $15 for museum members. Admission includes one drink ticket, light refreshments and a tour of the "1968" exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Information: or 412-454-6000.

Greater Harmony Chorus benefit fashion show, luncheon: See styles from Euro Joy, Great Cavalier and Fashions by Margie of Penn Hills at a fashion show and luncheon Saturday at the Wildwood Golf Club, Hampton, supporting the Greater Harmony Chorus. Guests also will be treated to music from the chorus, a gently used jewelry and book sale, a themed basket and 50/50 raffle and more.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger at or 412-613-9800. Reserve seats in advance. Doors open at 11 a.m.

SPIRIT fashion show at Carnegie Mellon: Celebrate the multicultural mission of SPIRIT with an evening of poetry, music, dance and fashion 7 p.m. Saturday at CMU's University Center, Rangos Hall.

It's $10 for general admission or $20 for VIP access. Tickets available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Arts Greenhouse ( For more information, contact

Taste and Style weekend at Tanger Outlets: Sample eats from Pittsburgh food trucks, including BRGR, Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck and Oh My Grill, and enjoy a fashion show at this first-of-its-kind event at the shopping center in Washington. Shoppers also can explore the "I Made It Market" vendor, make kid-friendly crafts and enter to win a trip to Los Angeles to dine with celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

Activities run from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Kathy Kane Collections jewelry trunk shows at Izzazu: Browse fine, fashion and estate jewelry 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at Izzazu salon, Downtown. Learn more or schedule a personal appointment at 412-999-6501.

Pussycat lingerie shop closes in Squirrel Hill: The boutique on Forbes Avenue has closed its doors after more than 30 years of business. The lingerie outlet's Mt. Lebanon location closed in 2003.

Also in the news ...

J.C. Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson: After more than a year of new initiatives gone wrong, CEO Ron Johnson is leaving J.C. Penney. He will be replaced by his predecessor, Myron E. Ullman III, who served as chairman and CEO for about seven years.

Mr. Johnson came to the 100-year-old-plus company from Apple with big ideas that were as radical to the retail world as the iPhone was to the masses pre-June 2007. A sampling of them, at random: replace by 2014 bar codes with RFID tags so customers can swipe their own merchandise, create dozens of in-store boutiques connected by "streets," ditch coupons and promotions for everyday-low price points.

In the fourth quarter, same-store sales plummeted nearly 32 percent with a net loss of $552 million (or $2.51 per share). Internet sales were $315 million, a 34.4 percent drop from the same time last year.

Despite the financial losses, J.C. Penney is blossoming on the fashion front with recent high-profile collaborations with designers such as Nanette Lepore, Duro Olowu and dress line Marchesa.

Target apologizes for naming color of plus-sized dress "manatee gray": The retail chain was criticized last week on social media for naming the color of a plus-size dress "manatee gray" while a standard-size dress in the same color was called "dark heather gray." A Target spokesperson said "manatee gray" is a color name used for several of the store's products, according to the Huffington Post. The different color names for the dresses was the result of two teams of buyers working separately on the collections. They did not consult each other about what they were calling the dresses' colors.

lululemon executive steps down in wake of see-through yoga pants recall: lululemon athletica's chief product officer Sheree Waterson will step down next week after last month's recall of see-through yoga pants, which impacted about 17 percent of the brand's women's yoga pants supply. The mishap could cost the company up to $67 million in lost sales, according to a Women's Wear Daily report last month.


For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the Post-Gazette's Stylebook blog at To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published April 9, 2013 4:00 AM


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