Stylebook: Recycle those old flip-flops

Plus, David Beckham underwear statues, a new fashion video game and more

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Kids are heading back to school. The amount of daylight is diminishing each evening. Labor Day barbecues are creeping closer -- the (unofficial) end of summer must be near.

Rather than tossing tired flip-flops in a couple of weeks, consider recycling them. Trenton, N.J.-based TerraCycle, which specializes in handling typically tough-to-recycle items, welcomes pairs of the seasonal sandals as part of its Flip-Flop Brigade before they end up in a Dumpster or in the back of the closet. It will retire the worn-out shoes in an environmentally friendly fashion, and those who send in 25 pairs (or 50 individual shoes) will receive an Old Navy coupon.

It's free to participate. For flip-flop recycle instructions go to

To receive Old Navy coupons, you must ship at least 18 pounds of flip-flops (all brands are accepted). Download a pre-paid shipping label from You can print it out yourself or request a label from TerraCycle. Ship the box to TerraCycle by affixing the pre-paid postage label and dropping it off at a UPS location.

This week's events ...

Pittsburgh Fashion Week traveling photo shoot: If you didn't get a chance to check it out last week, here's another opportunity. Gear up for the third annual event, Sept. 24-30, with "Fashions on Fifth," a staged photo shoot that will begin at noon Wednesday and travel along Fifth Avenue, Downtown. Stops will include Grant, Smithfield and Wood streets and Liberty Avenue near the Fairmont Hotel. In addition to promoting Pittsburgh Fashion Week, the tour will highlight student designers and rising models. Hair and makeup will be styled by Jacqueline's Salon. Serendipity, Market Square, will provide the accessories.


Gemstone trunk show: Browse jewelry by National Creations, which specializes in one-of-a-kind settings for semi-precious stones and sterling silver accessories. It's 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Crystal River Gems, Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown.

Fashion's Night Out Twitter chat: Get psyched for Fashion's Night Out, a global event celebrating all things style, and Pittsburgh Fashion Week with a Twitter chat that will offer tweeps a preview of festivities that will kick off Sept. 6 at Century III Mall with Fashion's Night Out. To participate, tweet questions and comments about the events to @pghfashionweek and @styleandsteel. Those who join will have a chance to win prizes, such as complimentary admission to the Fashion's Night Out after-party at Savoy in the Strip District or a gift card for lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

It's 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Etsy Craft Party: Support crafters and artisans at a party at Wildcard in Lawrenceville organized by, an online hub for artists to promote and sell their creations. It's 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. RSVP at Information: 412-224-2651.

"Strut Your Strength" fashion show: Enjoy a night of style, cocktails and camaraderie at a benefit for Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., with a fashion show featuring Gilda's Club members as models at 7:30 p.m. It's Saturday at the ModCloth Warehouse, 2250 Roswell Drive, Crafton.

Tickets are $100 per person. Register at 412-338-1919 or

Also of interest ...

Underwear-clad David Beckham statue unveiled: Art? An eyesore? An over-the-top marketing campaign? Whatever you want to call it, a larger-than-life size silver statue of the British soccer star -- wearing just boxer briefs -- has popped up in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Love them or hate them, thank Swedish retail chain H&M, which is displaying the statues to promote its David Beckham line of clothes and underwear.

They'll be up through the end of the month.

Conde Nast debuts fashion-themed video game: Ever daydreamed of sashaying down runways in some of the world's top fashion cities? Get a taste of it with Fashion Hazard, an iPhone and iPad-compatible game app available for 99 cents. The objective: move up the "Fashion Week totem pole" and travel the globe by collecting bling and not being hit by flying debris or falling down while strutting on the catwalk. Reach all possible cities and unveil an advanced model.

Learn more or download the app at

Banana Republic appoints Narcisco Rodriguez to adviser post: Effective this week, the designer will share his expertise with the retail chain as part of his new role as style consultant, a position custom-made for him. Look for his influence next year in the store's offerings for fall.

Fifty Shades of Grey clothing and lingerie line planned: It was only a matter of time -- an official line of hosiery, tights, lingerie, loungewear and more inspired by E.L. James' steamy novel is in the works. According to, three apparel companies have penned licensing deals with the author.

U.S. Customs seizes more than 20,000 designer knockoffs: Inspectors uncovered last week more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes. Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the knockoffs could have raked in approximately $18 million if they had been sold.

To ensure the shoes never make it to market, the phony footwear likely will be burned.


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