Stylebook: Coach gives Barbie her newest look

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The beauty queen-turned-doctor-turned-politician-turned-astronaut-turned-dozens of other occupations boasts a wardrobe dotted with designs by the likes of Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and Oscar de la Renta. Now Coach is taking its turn playing dress up with one of America's favorite dolls.

The luxe label is the latest to give Barbie a makeover, which includes a beige Tattersall trench, striped sweater, red ultrasuede skirt and two-toned peep-toed shoes. Accompanying the look are red round-framed sunglasses and matching classic Coach duffle purse.

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Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Second meeting planned for potential Pittsburgh Fashion Group International chapter: Those interested in helping to bring a chapter of Fashion Group International to Pittsburgh are invited to a meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. FGI is a nonprofit that helps unite and promote fashion insiders from around the world.

About 100 people attended an exploratory meeting last month. Next the city needs to present to the group's New York headquarters a list of names representing a cross-section of the local fashion scene who would be the initial members in order to establish a provisional chapter.

RSVP to Stephanie Taylor at 412-291-5132 by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Carabella fall fashion show: Do you believe in magic? That's what a fashion show under the tents at 328 Allegheny River Blvd. in Oakmont will aim to deliver 6 p.m. Friday. Guests will be treated to desserts from Oakmont Bakery, magic acts, live music and the chance to win a five-minute all-you-can-wear-on-your-body shopping spree. Tickets are $100, with the evening benefiting the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pittsburgh chapter. Information: 412-261-5040, ext. 117.

Lafayette 148 trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Boost your wardrobe with feminine separates that marry chic with modern style at a trunk show through Saturday for sizes 0-18 and 0-16 petite. Information: 412-471-5727 or

Pittsburgh to hold first daylong fashion summit Downtown this fall: In November, the city will hold the inaugural "City of Bridges Fashion Summit," a day of panel discussions and networking sessions headed by former Post-Gazette fashion editor LaMont Jones. The event will be designed to bring together local government officials and groups such as the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Allegheny Conference with members of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty industries. Pittsburgh native Tom Julian, who has authored two men's style books for Nordstrom and will be inducted next month into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker. The time and location for the event have yet to be announced.

Also in the news ...

Model Cara Delevigne's full brows blamed for declining tweezer sales: Razor-thin eyebrows -- those are so 2011, at least according to Google. Since November 2012, searches for "eyebrow plucking" have dropped while queries for the 21-year-old model's name and "fuller eyebrows" are on the rise. Break out the brow pencils!

Great Britain develops counterfeit fashion-detecting technology: The National Physical Laboratory of the United Kingdom has created a mechanism that uses electromagnetic radiation beams to detect the make and texture of a fabric, allowing profiles to be built for handbags, accessories and other fashion staples. The information would be used to help spot fake fashions -- which sometimes can't be noticed by eyes alone -- before they cross international borders.

"Counterfeit clothes can look and feel almost exactly like the real thing, and so customs officials need technological assistance to spot them," John Molloy, who contributed to the project, told media. "Terahertz spectroscopy is a fast, safe and reliable test that could help safeguard one of the UK's most valuable industries."


For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published August 20, 2013 4:00 AM


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