Stylebook: Target, Neiman Marcus team up for designer holiday collection

Plus, FashionAFRICANA turns 11, Zara plans to go toxic free and Brad Pitt boosts Chanel sales

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What do 24 designers and more than 50 fashion, household and beauty selections equal? The Target and Neiman Marcus holiday collection.

Creations by top designers, including Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu, are available at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores and online at www.target.com or www.neimanmarcus.com. The good news is that many items run much less than what designer clothes and home wares typically cost. For instance, there's a Lela Rose top for $69.99, a zebra print Diane von Furstenberg yoga mat for $49.99 and a Proenza Schouler sweatshirt for $29.99. Target and Neiman Marcus will donate $1 million to the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The bad news is that the merchandise will be available for a limited time, so if past Target/big-named designer collaborations provide any hints (remember Missoni madness in 2011?), it all will go quickly.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

• 11th annual FashionAFRICANA: Celebrate art, fashion and African American heritage Saturday at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown. This year's lineup, under the direction of executive producer and founder Demeatria Boccella, pays tribute to African beauty and hairstyles with "GLAMAZONIA," a photography exhibit of more than 30 color and black-and-white images of black women by Paris-based, Cameroon-born photographer Mario Epanya. It also will include some of Mr. Epanya's Vogue Africa covers, as well as sculptural work by Pittsburgh's 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year Vanessa German and FashionAFRICANA designs.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception and exhibit tour with Mr. Epanya, followed by a fashion show and music at 8 p.m. and a dance party at 9 p.m. The "GLAMAZONIA" exhibit will open to the public Dec. 11 and run through March 30.

• Shadyside Mining Co. holiday open house: Browse the latest in gemstone jewelry at 738 Copeland St., Shadyside. The open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday also will offer holiday gift ideas and treats for guests to enjoy while they shop. Information: www.shadysideminingco.com.

• Spa VIVACE guest appreciation night: Escape the holiday rush with a night of hairstyling consultations, skin care analyses, chair massages and makeup trend tips. Twenty percent off will be offered on all retail products, as well as 25 percent off new services booked during the event. It's 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 620 Warrendale Road, Pine (15044).RSVP by Wednesday at 724-625-7721. Information: www.salonvivace.com.

Also in the news ...

• Zara commits to going toxic free by 2020: The clothing and accessories retailer made headlines last month when a study from Greenpeace International detected chemicals from dyes that can break down into cancer-causing amines in clothes sold by Zara. The "Toxic Threads -- The Big Fashion Stitch-Up" report prompted the world's largest fashion retailer to announce that it will rid its supply chain of potentially hazardous chemicals by 2020. Starting next year, Zara parent company Inditex will begin requiring some of its suppliers to disclose pollution data.

• Bing says Michael Kors is most-searched designer of 2012: Microsoft search engine Bing marked the end of the year by compiling a list of its most-searched fashion designers. "Project Runway" personality Michael Kors topped the list, followed by Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Chanel, Prada, Juicy Couture, Burberry and Tory Burch rounded out the top 10.

• Brad Pitt campaign boosts Chanel sales: Love it or hate it, the print and TV campaign featuring black-and-white shots of a rugged-looking Brad Pitt pondering the perfume's resilience in the ever-changing world is inspiring consumers to spend.

"Since the Brad Pitt advert for Chanel No. 5 premiered we have seen an increase in the number of men coming in to buy classic Chanel fragrances, both for themselves with Bleu de Chanel and the iconic Chanel No. 5 for the ladies in their life," according to Selina Jones, House of Fraser director of beauty buying. "The advert has changed perceptions amongst men of the brand as a whole."

• New Vogue documentary to air Thursday on HBO: Get a behind-the-page look at the 120-year-old publication in a new documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye" spotlights some of the women who have kept the magazine going for decades and turned it into a premier voice on fashion news and trends. Check it out 9 p.m. Thursday on HBO, or learn more at www.hbo.com.

• Net-A-Porter to publish print magazine: The luxury online fashion retailer is planning to extend its reach into the print world with a fashion magazine. CEO Mark Sebba said the "major" endeavor is expected within the next 12 months.

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To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at sbauknecht@post-gazette.com. First Published December 4, 2012 12:00 AM


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