Who knows what the new year will bring? Several members of the Pittsburgh fashion scene aren't short on ideas. From style trend forecasts to hopes for the local fashion community, here are some of the predictions Pittsburgh-based designers, shop owners, event planners and more have for 2014:
"I am lucky enough in my work to experience many responses to fashion on a national and even international scale. I have been so proud, and sometimes amazed, at the reach of recognition of Pittsburgh's style and innovation in design.
"'Renaissance' is a word we use often in Pittsburgh, and for good reason. In 2014, I look forward to hearing from even more of my friends and clients from around the world about the renaissance of Pittsburgh attitude and style. Pittsburgh is cool, and now everyone knows it -- not just us."
-- James Houk, Pittsburgh based-designer (jetstreet.us)
"Regarding Pittsburgh fashion, I see individuality. ... Classic pieces are poignant and are carried through into designers' mini collections. Accessories and more accessories are becoming more important, whether it's an oversized handbag, eyewear or chunky jewelry.
"And the men, I enjoy seeing them pulling a look together. Whether he's wearing the skinny pant, bow tie with sport jacket, the classic suit or totally casual, the look is pulled together."
-- Miyoshi Anderson, Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director
"I think shoppers will continue to crave and expect unique experiences and artisan-type items. With the popularity of Etsy and things like farmers markets, customers are seeking local. Sourcing matters.
"Entertainment with shopping is becoming an expectation. Social media's power to influence is widely recognized and will only get stronger. The challenge for retailers is to streamline all the various channels."
--Jackee Ging, Style Truck owner
"My prediction is high-fashion comfort."
--Kiya Tomlin, Pittsburgh-based designer (KiyaTomlinPittsburgh.com)
"Local men will continue to upgrade their attire, both in the business world and in social settings. Also, more men will realize that being somewhat overdressed is a far better option than being under dressed in any situation."
-- Joseph Orlando, Joseph Orlando Gentlemen's Clothier, Downtown
"My fashion prediction is winter white will be hot, hot, hot!"
--Stephanie Taylor, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, fashion retail management and fashion design program department chair
"My prediction for fashion next year is the shift in wedding looks from traditional to more fashion forward. From pink bridal gowns (hello blush!) to bridesmaids dresses that you can easily transition from event to event or even everyday wear, I think it will be fun to see the shift in that market.
"I also see the whole fashion community of Pittsburgh coming together in ways that I haven't in the past. I really see the people here in the fashion industry coming together to ensure Pittsburgh gets on the map!"
-- Aire Plichta, fashion press specialist, ModCloth
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