Stylebook: Pittsburgh Fashion Week attracts strong crowds in fourth year


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If the idea of Pittsburgh Fashion Week was to leave 'em wanting more, then its organizers got it right. When Miyoshi Anderson announced the end of the "Rediscovering ManStyle" fashion show last Tuesday, the audience of men and women let out a disappointed "awww."

Crowds exceeded seating capacity at each event and every day brought new friends to the group's Facebook page, said Ms. Anderson, its founder.

"People kept coming up to me and saying, 'Great show! We can't wait til next year!' " she said.

Next year's Fashion Week (www.pittsburghfashionweek.com), the fifth one, will be held Sept. 22-28. The lineup of events will remain the same, including student fashion shows at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Saturday and inductions into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame on Sunday. Ms. Anderson, a former model, was particularly impressed with the work of the six student designers: Caitlyn Riegal, Sammi Parrish, Erica Ersick, Laura Hillman, Allison Bailey and Christina Knieriem.

"It looked like a New York runway show, from the styling of the hair and makeup to the clothes. ... They really put forth so much effort," she said.

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Philip Pelusi fashion show and pink party: Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure at a runway event Wednesday at WHIM Station Square. Enjoy drink specials, a raffle, silent auction and more. Hairstylist Philip Pelusi will be on stage along with models featuring "hairstyles for lifestyles." Leading festivities will be Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS and Sheri Van Dyke of 94.5 3WS. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at all Philip Pelusi Salon locations.

Dress for Success Pittsburgh "fill a bag" sale returns: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, grab bargains on suits, separates, outerwear and more. For $20, shoppers will receive a bag they can stuff with as much apparel as they can. Dress for Success Pittsburgh is at the Warner Centre, 332 Fifth Ave., 5th floor, Downtown. Information: 412-201-4204.

Trunk shows for him at Larrimor's: Infuse his professional attire with Italian craftsmanship and class with suits and sportswear from Ermenegildo Zegna. Polish off the ensemble with handcrafted shoes from the third-generation family-owned brand, Magnanni. Both will be in the Downtown store on Thursday. Information: 412-471-5727 or www.larrimors.com.

Free scarf Fridays, Rubber Duck merchandise at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown: Spend $10 or more at Laurie's Hallmark, upper level, on Fridays in October and receive a free fashion scarf in a variety of colors and designs.

Also stop by WelcomePittsburgh on the lower level to shop official Rubber Duck Project merchandise, in honor of the river exhibit on display as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Information: www.fifthavenueplacepa.com.

Claire la Faye bridal trunk show: For brides-to-be seeking a nontraditional look for their wedding day, browse whimsical-yet-modern and edgy dresses at a trunk show Friday through Sunday at Glitter & Grit, 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Call 412-781-2375 or visit www.glitterandgritpgh.com.

Clothing swap at Physique Rx'd pilates: Spruce up your wardrobe for fall -- without spending a lot -- at the second House of Colour Pittsburgh free clothing swap from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 910 Galveston Ave., North Side.

Personal color and style consultant Julie Peterson will help women pick pieces that work best for their complexion and colorings. Plus, direct sales jeweler Stella & Dot will be on hand with fresh accessories for the season. Unwanted clothes will be donated to Dress for Success. Information: www.houseofcolour.co.uk/juliepeterson.

White House | Black Market opens at Mall at Robinson: Ladies seeking modern apparel with sophisticated style now can check out the 3,000-square-foot boutique on the lower level near Banana Republic. Through Oct. 27, shoppers will receive an in-store offer for $20 off a full-price purchase of at least $80.

Grove City Premium Outlets to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Through October, shoppers can visit the onsite information center to donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each donation of at least $10 will be awarded savings cards worth 25 percent off a single item at select stores.

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Kevin Kirkland contributed to this story. 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 sbauknecht@post-gazette.com. First Published October 1, 2013 4:00 AM


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