Stylebook: Masked Ball benefit for Gwen's Girls makes triumphant return


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More than 250 guests turned out Saturday to support Gwen's Girls at the Masked Ball fashion show at CAVO in the Strip District.

Designers with ties to the region churned out drama-packed couture looks for the catwalk. They included Lybbie Lewis, Jena-Anne Sabom, Elaine Healy, John Gurman, Richard Bryan, Zoe Collins, Tori Mistick, Keith Bloom II, Erica Ersik, Alex Beitler, Brett James, Nina VanSuch and Holly Thomas. The benefit was produced by Pittsburgh fashion scene veterans Tara Rieland and Mr. James, who worked on other masquerade-themed runway show fundraisers organized from 2006 to 2009.

Those in attendance were invited to take part in the theme by dressing up or donning a masquerade mask.

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Women's trunk show at Larrimor's: Ladies in need of a wardrobe update can turn to the effortlessly chic and classic pieces of St. John. The spring 2014 collection will be at One PNC Plaza, Downtown, on Thursday.

Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

"We Heart a Great Fit" bra-fitting event at Nordstrom: Stop by the department store at Ross Park Mall Friday and Saturday to get professionally fitted. When shoppers purchase select lingerie brands, $2 will be donated to the Young Survival Coalition, which supports young women with breast cancer.

Information: nordstrom.com/lingerieevent.

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Vanity Fair names Sidney Crosby among best dressed in NHL: The Penguins captain landed the No. 6 spot on the top 10 list, praised by the magazine for his smart style choices, such as broad-shouldered wool suits and three-piece ensembles sported on the red carpet. New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist topped the list. See who else kept them company at www.vanityfair.com.

Rent the Runway opens first showroom: RentTheRunway.com has established itself as the go-to website for building a designer wardrobe by renting it at a fraction of the price. Now founders Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss have adapted the concept from the Web to walk-ins, with the opening of Rent the Runway's showroom on the second floor of Henri Bendel's Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City.

People are invited to stop in, try on and rent apparel and accessories that will be featured in the space on a rotating basis. Or they can book an appointment online and create a profile that includes information about size and personal style that can be used during their visit. Selections tried on in the showroom also can be scanned and added to a client's "virtual closet" in case she wants to find and rent them later.

Bodies from Missoni plane crash reportedly found: The Guardian is reporting that some of the six people who went missing in January aboard a plane carrying Missoni fashion house mogul Vittorio Missoni have been discovered. A joint statement from the families, however, claims that as of last week they had not received "any official and detailed communication connected to this," according to Fashionista.com.


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.

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