Last August Wadria Taylor gave the local fashion scene something to celebrate when she launched Style Week Pittsburgh, five days of fashion shows and networking events with a mission to spotlight the city's designers, stylists, fashion photographers and more.
Next year, she plans to up the event's ambition by expanding it to seven days -- Aug. 11-17 -- with attractions across Pittsburgh and a global flavor.
"Just a couple more days gives the ability to not only include more events, but it really allows us to include more brands and really take it to the next level," said Ms. Taylor, founder of Pittsburgh-based Style and Steel event planning.
What distinguishes Style Week Pittsburgh from some of the city's other annual fashion events is that it targets members of the local fashion scene rather than the public at large. It attracted about 600 people in its first effort, she said, but in 2014 she hopes to grow participation with a mix of returning functions and some fresh ones.
Similar to the inaugural year, a boutique crawl, a fashion show and a style awards ceremony saluting some of Pittsburgh's fashion trailblazers are in the works, Ms. Taylor said. She also hopes to expand the week's reach beyond Downtown and the Strip District, where much of the action was centralized in 2013.
Ms. Taylor also plans to carry on Style Week's altruistic efforts by teaming up with a nonprofit. This year a portion of the proceeds from a retrospective fashion show at CAVO in the Strip District was donated to Gwen's Girls.
Style Week's mission is to promote Pittsburgh's fashion talents, but Ms. Taylor also wants the week to be a chance to show off the local style scene to those outside the region.
"Next year I am engaging national and international brands," she said. "It's not straying away from the fact we're Pittsburgh-based ... but it's looking at other markets nationally and globally that have a similar landscape, in that it's small but yet there is a need or a desire ...to engage fashion in a broader way."
More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Jewelry trunk show at Lapels men's clothier: For men looking to lift their style, accessories can help do the trick. The store at 106 South Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, will hold a men's jewelry trunk show 5-9 p.m. Thursday.
Information: www.lapelsmensstore.com or 724-853-7145.
Share the Warmth holiday event at Windy's Boutique: Stop by 1903 East Carson St., South Side, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday for free gift wrapping, pictures with Santa, raffles, prizes and more. Coats that have been collected through the Make Up Bar coat drive also will be distributed.
Information: Windy's Boutique on Facebook or 412-251-5281.
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