Stylebook: Nike providing jackets, footwear for Team USA's medal moments at Sochi Olympics


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With the Sochi Winter Olympics just weeks away, designers are finalizing the looks U.S. athletes will sport at the games.

Nike has designed the Aeroloft 800 Summit jacket and Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB footwear for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes to wear on the medal stand. Jackets feature a "USA" logo over a lenticular fabric that shifts from red to blue. The silhouette is thin and fitted, but Nike's titanium nano-coated fabrics reflect UV rays and hold in body heat, allowing for comfort and warmth in the cold Russian weather. Other special touches include the phrases "Land of the Free" and "Home of the Brave" embroidered in hand pockets and gold satin, red and blue stitching. Shoes also have "USA" detailing on the sock liner and tongue.

These pieces complement training and village apparel and footwear Nike has produced for Team USA. Shop the collection at www.Nike.com, and check back for the Summit jacket in early January and the Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB shoes next month.

In October, Ralph Lauren unveiled apparel that Team USA athletes will wear during the closing ceremony parade. The designer drew harsh criticism in 2012 when it was discovered that parade outfits for the Olympics in London had been made in China. This time parade uniforms were made in America. Browse and buy pieces from the line at teamusa.ralphlauren.com.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Winter sale at Kizmit Boutique by Venetia: Start the new year by shopping significant savings at 510 Station St., Bridgeville. Beginning Wednesday, all merchandise will be 50-70 percent off.

Information: www.kizmitboutique.com or 412-221-5151.

Carlisle/Per Se plans spring trunk shows: Beat the blues of record-breaking cold temperatures by getting a jump-start on spring shopping. The stylish, sophisticated women's brand is now accepting appointments for its spring trunk shows, held at times and locations convenient for clients Feb.1-10. Those who schedule an appointment before Jan. 15 will qualify for a chance to win a $150 Savoir gift certificate.

To book an appointment, contact lsstengel@savoirforcarlisle.com or 412-276-6284.

Divinity Salon owner a stylist on "Project Runway All Stars": Donnie Vasey, owner and creative director for the Aspinwall-based salon, is part of the team of Alterna stylists on the reality television show's latest season. See his hairstyles spotlighted on the runway 9 p.m. Thursday on the Lifetime cable network.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week unveils pop-up C.O.R.E. project: The fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week will sashay into the Steel City Sept. 22-28 at venues across the city. Event organizers are getting an early start with a new initiative, the Pop-Up Fashion C.O.R.E. (Create Opportunity for Real Exposure) project.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson announced via a YouTube video that she will be "popping up" across the city, and perhaps across the country, to interview models, designers, artisans, fashion photographers and stylists who are making a splash in the style scene. She will post videos of these interviews on social media in the coming weeks to spotlight the work of members of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty community and to build excitement for Pittsburgh Fashion Week 2014.

To learn more, follow Pittsburgh Fashion Week on Twitter @PghFashionWeek or check out the event's Facebook page.


First Published January 6, 2014 7:30 PM

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