The countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is on!
Once again, American designer Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter for Team USA and has designed apparel athletes will wear during the closing ceremony parade. The uniforms will embody the pride of America with a red, white and navy color palette and other patriotic references.
Ralph Lauren also created a line of village wear for athletes that will be available to the public. It includes graphic tees, polos, gloves, hats, sweaters and more.
This time around, Team USA's parade uniforms are made in America. The designer drew harsh criticism in 2012 when it was discovered that parade outfits for the Olympics in London had been made in China.
See more at www.ralphlauren.com.
Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
NCJW Pittsburgh Designer Days returns to Monroeville Convention Center: Shop new and gently used designer apparel at this annual event to raise funds for National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh programs, such as the new center for women.
It begins from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with the "We've Come a Long Way, Ladies" patron event, celebrating NCJW Pittsburgh's 120 years of service to the community. New this year to the patron event will be mini-boutiques with fashions by Pittsburgh-based designers Kiya Tomlin, Kelly Lane, Emy Mack and Sandra Cadavid. The preview sale is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and the public sale is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The last chance for the public to shop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, when merchandise will be half off. The patron event is $40 at www.ncjwpgh.org or 412-421-6118, and the preview sale is $20 at the door. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday.
Kinross trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Cashmere clothes for him and her, created with 200 years of Scottish craft tradition in mind, will be at One PNC Plaza Thursday through Saturday.
Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.
Westmoreland Cultural Trust's Holiday Fashion Fantasy: Get some ideas for your holiday wardrobe at a fashion show 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road. The show will spotlight looks for men, women and children, including New Year's Eve party attire. Guests will be treated to a champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a chance to shop at the merchant emporium.
Tickets are $45 in advance at 724-836-1123 or email@example.com, or $50 at the door.
Sugarplum Shop by Upper St. Clair League for the Arts: Pottery, jewelry, handbags, handknitted scarves, wreathes, holiday centerpieces, watercolors and prints and more will be for sale at the six-day shopping event at the Upper St. Clair Recreation Center, 1770 McLaughlin Run Road.
It's 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and next Tuesday. It raises money for scholarship awards.
"Season of Savings" at Grove City Premium Outlets: Kick off holiday shopping with four days of savings. The "Wrap it Up Early" sale will run Friday through Monday, giving discounts on top of everyday savings.
Throughout the holiday shopping season, check www.premiumoutlets.com/dod/ for the deal of the day calendar or to sign up for VIP coupons.
Trunk shows at Koolkat Designs, Mt. Lebanon: Each Saturday in November and December through the holidays, works by local artisans will be featured at 691 Washington Road. This weekend, stop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to browse jewelry by Brookline artist Susan Fiori. Her collection, Cha-Ching coin jewelry, is made of coins from across the world. Next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., pieces by jewelry designer Samantha Bower of Mt. Lebanon will be on display.
Information: Visit Koolkat Designs on Facebook or call 412-341-2299.
Consignment shop bus tour: It's time to shop 'till you drop. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23, a bus tour will transport shoppers to a handful of local consignment shops, such as Consignment Cottage and EcoChic resale boutique. The day also will include a boxed lunch, wine and chocolates.
It's $40 per person. Registration is due Sunday. Information: 412-788-0899.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.