Fashion Week has a 'Burgh flavor


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NEW YORK -- Pittsburghers were out and about in the Big Apple this weekend for New York Fashion Week, which runs through Thursday and previews looks for next fall and winter at venues across the city.

On Saturday evening, Bloomfield native and hair stylist Philip Pelusi was at Lincoln Center with a team of stylists -- a handful of whom were from his salons in Pittsburgh -- to style hair for the Venexiana runway show. He planned an updo incorporating braids and rhinestoned hair clips, a style he dubbed "the coquette," he said.

Across the street at the Empire Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Pittsburgh native Sheena Trivedi, who now lives in New York, presented her latest collection called "Kids of Bengal." The show attracted buyers from London, Ms. Trivedi said, who came to see the line of edgy-meets-exotic men and women's wear.

Meanwhile In Chelsea, shoes from Pittsburgh-based e-commerce site ShoeDIVABoutique.com were featured in some runway shows. Green Tree resident Janelle Cutler started the company about a year ago and hopes to expand its global reach and eventually start her own shoe line, she said. Another shoe brand with Pittsburgh ties, EMY MACK shoes, were worn by models Sunday afternoon in the David Tlale runway show at Lincoln Center. Designer Emily Mack Jamison said it was the collection's first time being spotlighted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and that opportunities with other fashion weeks across the country are on the horizon. EMY MACK shoes are handmade in Italy and are available at select locations across the country, including a showroom on Walnut St., Shadyside.

Also taking in the sights was Nikole Li of Carnegie. She was in town to promote her styling business AstonishingStyle, she said. Women with the Pittsburgh-based beauty and fashion public relations firm Pretty Living PR also were on the scene to cover shows for their company publication, Pretty Living Magazine.


Style editor Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com, 412-263-3858, Twitter: @SaraB_PG.

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