It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- well, Christmas in July, maybe.
Banana Republic has announced it will collaborate with American designer L'Wren Scott for a limited-edition capsule collection offering looks ideal for holiday parties or cozy family gatherings at home.
The 50-piece line will include sparkly dresses, tailored jeans, pencil skirts, faux fur and more for women, with sizes for petite and tall figures. Apparel will run from $39.50 to $165. Accessories will be $39.50 to $198.
The collection hits stores and www.bananarepublic.com Dec. 5.
Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Nordstrom kicks off anniversary sale: Get your fall shopping started early and save money on some of the upcoming season's top trends. For two weeks starting Friday, prices on new merchandise will be discounted. Anniversary merchandise goes back to full price on Aug. 5.
New Attitude dress salon prom clearance: It's never too soon to start planning for prom! New Attitude at 439 South Maple Drive in Greensburg wants to help, with 40 to 90 percent off on all in-stock prom dresses and gowns. The sale runs through the end of the month.
Information: www.newattitudedresssalon.com or 724-834-6272.
Men's Wearhouse holds National Suit Drive: This month, the men's retail chain is holding its sixth annual suit drive in collaboration with Capacity Developers Inc.'s Suited for Work program, which helps men in Pittsburgh prepare for job interviews and finding employment by providing them with work-appropriate attire. Men's Wearhouse also will partner with more than 100 other similar charities in other parts of the country to distribute the collected clothes to the men who need them.
Those who donate a suit will receive a 50 percent off coupon that can be redeemed during a future in-store or online purchase. For more information or to find a store near you, visit www.menswearhouse.com.
Also in the news ...
Yoga apparel store just for men? Lululemon athletica is considering it: The activewear brand still is trying to bounce back from its see-through yoga pant recall earlier this year, which cost the company a hefty chunk of sales. One of its latest ideas to make up for lost money is by growing its men's market. In 2016, lululemon hopes to open its first men's store. As of January, 12 percent of the brand's sales were from menswear.
Urban Outfitters sued for misleading customers to share ZIP codes: How many times have you checked out at a store and been asked to provide your ZIP code? Apparently, the information is not required, and you can just say, "I'd rather not." But Urban Outfitters is at the center of a class-action lawsuit for allegedly giving shoppers the impression that telling their ZIP code isn't a choice.
The lawsuit, filed by Washington, D.C.-based firm Perry Charnoff PLLC, also claims that the retail chain uses the ZIP codes to "secretly obtain customers' home/business address" and then uses the information for marketing purposes or sells it to other companies.
For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to email@example.com. First Published July 16, 2013 4:00 AM