Stylebook: Pittsburgh-based designer Jazmin Jackson finalist in Elle fashion contest


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Local designer Jazmin Jackson's hope of having her fashions featured in a major magazine may soon become a reality.

Ms. Jackson, 27, of Wilkinsburg is a finalist in the Elle x Byco contest, which will give one designer the chance to have a sketch produced, sold and spotlighted in the January 2014 issue of Elle.

The contest started with more than 250 entries, which Elle editors narrowed down to 25. Readers voted for the final five, which includes Ms. Jackson's blue-and-white patterned Carolina kaleidoscope fit and flare dress. Elle editors will select the winner.

See more of her designs at jazmeen.org.

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Holiday pre-season stock-up shopping event at Fifth Avenue Place: Get a jump-start on holiday essentials, including cards, gift wrap, stationery and more, through Oct. 27 at Laurie's Hallmark, on the second level. Information: www.fifthavenueplacepa.com.

"Art & Sole" book signing with author Jane Gershon Weitzman: The writer, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, will be at Penguin Book Shop, 420 Beaver St., Sewickley, at 5 p.m. Wednesday to sign copies of her book, a collection of about 150 shoes made by artists. Since the first Stuart Weitzman store opened in the 1990s on Madison Avenue in New York City, she has found and commissioned more than 1,000 shoes made from unique materials such as feathers, ceramic and fresh flowers for displays.

Trunk shows for him at Larrimor's: Spruce up his style with apparel by Eton and Samuelsohn. Shop the collections Thursday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

"Carnival in the Fall" fashion show: Support the Homeless Children's Education Fund at a night of salsa dancing, rum tastings, tapas and live music. The benefit also will include a fashion show featuring clothes by Pittsburgh-based designer Lana Neumeyer.

It's 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Priory Hotel, North Side. Tickets are $55 or $100 for a pair at www.homelessfund.org. Student discounts are available.

Glitter & Grit bridal boutique grand opening: Open since June at 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville, the boutique will celebrate its inaugural months at 5 p.m. Friday with a DJ, photo booth, food, drinks and more. Guests also will have a chance to win a handmade bridal gown, as well as door prizes sponsored by other local businesses.

In addition, the event will recognize the one-year anniversary of Lawrenceville-based Wild Purveyors catering and the reopening of Green Sinner decor. Information: www.glitterandgritpgh.com.

"Walk This Way" fashion show, shopping and luncheon: Join St. Barnabas Charities for an afternoon of dining, shopping and fashion. Clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, home items and more will be for sale. Plus, enter the designer purse raffle for a chance to win Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors handbags. Trisha Pittman of WPXI-TV will emcee the fashion show.

It's 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kean Theatre at Washington Place, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. Lunch seatings will be at 11 a.m. and 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $32 for lunch, shopping and the fashion show and $17 for shopping and the show. Information: 724-444-5521 or www.stbarnabascharities.com.

"The Masked Ball" fashion benefit for Gwen's Girls: Experience a night packed with drama and style produced by Pittsburgh fashion scene veterans Tara Rieland and Brett James. Guests are invited to take part in the theme by dressing up or donning a masquerade mask. It's 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at CAVO, 1900 Smallman St., Strip District. Tickets are $125 for VIP access or $75 in advance for general admission at showclix.com or $85 at the door. Information: www.gwensgirls.org.

Also in the news ...

Shop Ralph Lauren and support "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month: Through Nov. 15, fashion can help a furry friend, thanks to Ralph Lauren's partnership with the ASPCA. They The pair collaborated on a video called "The Dog Walk," which shows rescue dogs with pieces from the Ralph Lauren fall accessories collection. When shoppers buy items seen in the video, 10 percent of the sales of select merchandise will benefit the ASPCA. Watch the video at www.ralphlauren.com.

Nordstrom offers taste of France at "pop-in" shops, online: For a limited time, select Nordstrom locations and www.nordstrom.com will carry French-inspired fashions and goods, curated by the retailer's director of creative projects Olivia Kim.

Hermes to roll out luxury bike line: The French label, known for its silk patterned scarves and luxe handbags and apparel, will produce a bicycle line "Le Flaneur," which means strolling around in French. The eight-speed bikes will be available next month in various colors and sizes for more than $10,000.

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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 14, 2013 8:00 PM


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