It's only been a couple of days since the first Style Week Pittsburgh wrapped up five days of fashion-focused events at venues across the city. But director Wadria Taylor already is brainstorming ideas for next time.
"I am very happy with how the event was received by guests who attended, by the retailers and the designers who were involved," said Ms. Taylor, who also heads Style and Steel event planning. "I really have been getting rave reviews. Pittsburgh is definitely ready for more events like this."
The opening fashion show at Perle in Market Square attracted more than 150 people, she said. The "DECADES" retrospective fashion show at CAVO nightclub and the "Superwomen in Heels" style awards at Pittsburgh Winery, both in the Strip District, also had strong turnouts.
One of the strengths of the inaugural outing, she said, was the connections people were able to make with other members of the local fashion scene.
Ms. Taylor also strived to select venues in a mix of locales that people might not necessarily equate with fashion.
"I will be replicating that concept of showcasing sophisticated, chic venues," she said.
At future Style Weeks, Ms. Taylor wants to expand the outreach to get more boutiques and designers to participate.
"We had people who really wanted to be involved, but it was [difficult with] their time frame," she said. "Next year definitely we'll have more time to make the proper outreach that we need to do."
Smoothing and speeding up the planning process are other goals, with hopes of having a Style Week multiple times each year, perhaps timed with different seasons.
"I think we really need to focus on what we have here and just bring that out more," Ms. Taylor said. "Right now we're experiencing a wave and a shift. [Pittsburgh] can become more cosmopolitan, and we need more events to help advance that."
More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Sample dress sale at Bella Bridesmaid: Through Saturday at 1752 N. Highland Road, Bethel Park, the boutique will offer discounts on select dress styles. Contact 412-854-4422 to schedule an appointment.
Chemistry boutique to hold grand opening event: The new shop at Indigo Square, a retail and hotel development on Broad Street in East Liberty, will welcome the public from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday to browse the space and its selection of contemporary apparel and accessories. Discounts, as well as a chance to win a $50 gift card, will be offered. Information: www.chemistry-boutique.com.
Rae Gold fashion show at Contemporary Craft: The new collection by fiber artist Rae Gold will be showcased from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Designs incorporate new techniques, along with hand-dyed garments. Information: www.contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003.
Lafayette 148 trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Boost your wardrobe with feminine separates that marry chic with modern style at a trunk show Thursday through Aug. 24 for sizes 0-18 and 0-16 petite. Information: 412-471-5727 or www.larrimors.com.
First annual Pittsburgh Sneaker Convention at August Wilson Center, Downtown: Check out the latest in sneaker styles from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event, coordinated by local sneaker restoration and consignment company Refresh PGH and Talk of the Town PGH event promotions, will include shoes on display and for sale. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-708-9129. Tickets are $20.
Model search for annual American Girl fashion show: The Junior League of Pittsburgh is seeking girls size 6x or 10 to model looks inspired by clothes from American Girl's historical and "Dress Like Your Doll" collections and Bitty Baby line at its annual fashion show Nov. 16-17 at the Montour Heights Country Club.
Those interested should complete an application at www.jlpgh.org and bring it to the search, along with a close-up and full-length photo of the child. Include the child's name and parental contact information on the back of the photos.
The next search is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Learning Express at Bakery Square. The model application fee is $30 for those selected to participate in the show.
Product Runway benefit to feature model Cheryl Tiegs: The International Interior Design Association will hold a "Product Runway: World Traveler" runway show Saturday at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs will serve as a celebrity judge. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the fashion show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 online for IIDA members, $25 online for non-members and $30 at the door. Student discounts are available. VIP access, which includes premium seating adjacent to the runway, is $50. Purchase tickets online at productrunwaypgh.eventbrite.com. The event benefits Satchels of Caring, which supports cancer patients in the Pittsburgh region. Information: www.iida.org.
Janay A Handmade trunk show at Glitter & Grit, Lawrenceville: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, learn about a new eco-friendly bridal line coming to Pittsburgh. The collection is made by hand in Mission, Kan., and includes such details as hidden pockets, removable underskirts and cut-outs. Gowns typically range from $1,000 to $3,400. Appointments are recommended. Information: www.glitterandgritpgh.com or 412-781-2375.
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 August 13, 2013 4:00 AM