Stylebook: If broken heart needs repair, try a handbag

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For ladies soothing a broken heart this Valentine's Day, here's a handbag line to help you bounce back in style.

Rhode Island-based d'andrea handbags has a line of purses called The Mister Collection with names commemorating types of ex-boyfriends such as Mr. Player, Mr. Never Again and Mr. Right Now.

Designer Nicole D'Andrea says she was inspired by women's stories of love gone wrong. Some are simple and reminiscent of Chanel with quilted patterning and chain shoulder straps. Others pack some punk, such as the spike-embellished clutches. On average, bags run from $85 to $425.

Fall 2014 will mark the launch of the brand's third seasonal collection, although Ms. D'Andrea's design background spans about a decade, including stints studying fashion and design in Chicago and Milan.

Just like memories of a lost lover, bags' styles are classic enough to last for years. Next up on the brand's agenda: leather accessories for men known as The Misses Collection.

The website, www.dandreahandbags.com, is under construction as the brand prepares to launch its latest designs. Check back for boutiques that carry the bags. Visit d'andrea handbags on Facebook to learn more.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Fashion for Smiles launch party at Perle, Market Square: Take part in a silent auction, sip champagne and support the mission of an organization devoted to helping children around the world correct facial deformities including cleft lip and palate. Guests also will be treated to light hors d'oeuvres and wine from the Pittsburgh Winery. It's 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Information: www.fashionforsmiles.org.

Lunar Gala fashion show at Carnegie Mellon University: The annual student-coordinated event will be held Saturday at the Wiegand gymnasium. This year's show, "HYPNOSE," will spotlight more than a dozen collections plus dancers and other live entertainment. Students worked for months preparing the show to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Information: www.cmulunargala.com.

Cavanaugh's BrideShow at DoubleTree by Hilton, Meadowlands: Browse bridal fashions and other wedding necessities from more than 55 industry professionals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets and information: www.brideshow.com.


For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to sbauknecht@post-gazette.com.

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