Stylebook: FashionAFRICANA to celebrate design, dance and music


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For more than a decade, FashionAFRICANA has united people from around Pittsburgh through yearly fashion events. But this is not your typical fashion show, says founder Demeatria Boccella.

"It's more of a cultural type of experience."

Through music, dance and design, FashionAFRICANA commemorates the African diaspora and celebrates black beauty and diversity. This year's gathering -- its 12th anniversary -- will be held Saturday at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

On tap this time will be African art pieces, as well as FashionAFRICANA's first retail pop-up where guests can purchase some of the art, jewelry and fashions from previous events. The fashion show will showcase looks Pittsburgh-based designer Kiya Tomlin created for FashionAFRICANA.

The evening also will feature a performance by dancer and choreographer Jill Vallery and other performers from the musical "FELA!" The Tony Award-winning show is based on the life of Fela Kuti, the creator of Afrobeat rhythm and harmonies that challenged Nigeria's dictatorship.

"My goal every year, or one of the goals, is to bring together a very diverse audience to appreciate the work and the presentation of the work that we're celebrating," Ms. Boccella says.

The show starts at 8 p.m., with a VIP reception at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $75 for VIP access at www.showclix.com. A portion of the proceeds will support FashionAFRICANA's youth education program The Utopia Project. Information: www.FashionAFRICANA.com.

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Fox Chapel Garden Club "Glitter & Glow" girls' night out: Kick off the holiday shopping season 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. Stop by the gift boutique, sample desserts and hors d'oeuvres or try your luck in the silent auction.

Tickets are $35 per person at 412-656-4103.

Peggy Jennings trunk show at Larrimor's: Spice up her wardrobe for spring with haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces with exquisite attention to detail and European fabrics. The line will be at One PNC Plaza, Downtown, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

Ming Wang trunk show at Lintons at the Waterfront: Browse the brand's latest looks for spring at 146 W. Bridge St., Homestead. The collection includes washable knit separates and dresses in vibrant hues.

Stop by 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.lintonswaterfront.com or 412-461-2600.

Cancer Caring Center "ugly Christmas sweater" party: We all have one -- that overly bedazzled holiday sweater that's so ugly it's sort of cute. Dig it out of the closet and show it off 7 p.m. Friday at Uno's at the Waterfront. There will be a raffle and a trivia game. Admission is free.

Information: cancercaring.org or 412-622-1212.

Mark Patterson trunk show at Henne Jewelers: Pieces by the 25-year jewelry design veteran will be featured 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. Mark Patterson's creations are known for their rich colors and are available at some of the world's leading luxury jewelry stores, including Harry Winston, Asprey and Mossaief in England.

Information: www.hennejewelers.com or 412-682-0226.

SCHEE holiday sample sale and trunk show: Luxury shoe samples will be for sale at drastically reduced prices 3-5 p.m. Saturday at 51 Pennwood Place, Suite 200, in Cranberry. Guests will be treated to cupcakes and champagne as well as a chance to meet designer and SCHEE founder Caitlyn Hess. A portion of the proceeds from some shoes will benefit Cystic Fibrosis awareness.

RSVP to info@whoisschee.com.

International Fashion House holiday sale underway: Through Christmas, shop ethnic clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts and fabrics from across the world at the International Fashion House, a Christian Evangelistic Economic Development initiative.

The shop at 4705 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Information: 412-709-6140.

"Share the Warmth" coat drive seeking donations: The Make Up Bar, a nonprofit supporting victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children, has teamed up with Pittsburgh-based Windy's Boutique, Room412 and D'allure Trends for the "Share the Warmth" coat drive. Through Dec. 20, people can drop off gently used coats at 1903 E. Carson St., South Side, and 438 S. Main St., West End.


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