Stylebook: Project Prom shops, a contest will help cut costs for big day

Prom season is played up to high schoolers as a fairy tale ending to another school year. But the expense of it all can get in the way of happily ever after. For those seeking assistance paying for the preparations, there are a couple options for students in the Pittsburgh region.

Allegheny County's annual Project Prom initiative will return to Century III Mall with a pop-up shop above the food court where eligible students can select a free gown and accessories to wear to the dance. Personal shoppers also will be on hand to assist with picking the perfect look. It's 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 3-8 p.m. March 17-20. For eligibility requirements, visit A similar event with prom apparel for boys will be held April 10 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital's Herberman Center.

Three Rivers Modeling Group also is organizing a "dream prom" contest. Graduating high school senior girls who attend a school in Allegheny County are invited to write an essay (no more than 1,000 words) explaining why they should win. A winner will be determined based on the quality of the essay, and the student's financial needs, scholastic achievements and extracurricular activities. The prize package includes a gown and accessories, professional hair and makeup, a manicure and pedicure, flowers, and a photo shoot. The winner also will be featured in the premiere issue of Model Pittsburgh magazine to be published in June. Essays can be emailed by March 28 to For more details on how to enter, visit

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Men's trunk shows at Larrimor's, Downtown: Spruce up his style with finely crafted clothes and shoes. Canali specializes in menswear that capitalizes on sophisticated, traditional elegance through sharp tailoring, geometrical patterns and flattering silhouettes. Shoppers also will have the chance to browse shoes from Magnanni, a third generation family owned company that's handcrafted men's shoes according to European traditions for more than 50 years.

It's 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at One PNC Plaza. Information: or 412-471-5727.

Kizmit Boutique spring fling at Piccolina's restaurant: Take part in an evening of cocktails, appetizers and informal modeling spotlighting Kizmit's spring trends at 1580 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair.

It's 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 (plus cash bar). RSVP: 412-221-5151 or Space is limited.

Team USA Olympic opening ceremony parade sweater to be featured at 10th annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival: The patriotic patchwork sweater, along with the hat and scarf, that Ralph Lauren designed for Team USA athletes to wear last month in Sochi will be on display for the public to see and photograph. Kraemer Yarns of Nazareth spun the wool into yarn that was used in the sweaters. They will be exhibited at the Kathy's Kreations booth in the main ballroom of the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North hotel in Marshall.

It's 1-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Information:

Spring/summer style preview at Gordon Shoes, The Waterfront: Step into a new season with new shoes and special savings. Factory representatives from some of the store's top brands will be on site to offer shoppers a first look at trends for the upcoming seasons. This week, check out looks from Alegria on Friday, Sacha London on Saturday, and Ecco, Dansko and Allen Edmonds on Saturday and Sunday. The event will continue on March 21 with shoes from Timberland; AetreAlx, All Rounder, Mephisto and Birkenstock on March 22; and Merrell on March 22-23. Guests also will be treated to wine while they shop.


Just Between Friends consignment sale: Shop gently used children's goods and clothes at significantly marked down prices at an event organized by the Pittsburgh East chapter of Just Between Friends. It's 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Monroeville Convention Center south hall. Consignors can earn 60 percent of their sales, or 70 percent if they also volunteer at the event. Admission is $3 on Friday only.

Just Between Friends is a national network of consignment sales that helps parents provide for their families. Information:

New 2 You children's clothing and toys sale: Drop by St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, for great deals on gently used clothes, toys and other equipment for children at a sale sponsored by North Pittsburgh Mothers of Multiples.

It's 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, with an early bird sale from 8-9 a.m. for $5 cash admission. Information:

Gear up for St. Patrick's Day at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown: Grab your green gear at Laurie's Hallmark on the second level, which has stocked "Life is Good" T-shirts, fuzzy green socks, beads and Irish-themed hats for the occasion. Stop by Welcome Pittsburgh on the ground floor to pick up a 2014 Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day parade shirt.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Fifth Avenue Place will celebrate the holiday with live music, face painting, crafts with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and more.


FRIENDS vintage fashion show, Connellsville: Vintage clothing will be featured in a fashion show 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Free Library, 299 South Pittsburgh St. The afternoon includes a lunch buffet.

Limited tickets are available at Cafe Carnegie (724-550-1320 or Information:

Model casting event at Culture Cloz, East Liberty: The public is invited to a model search where two to five women will be picked as the fresh faces of Culture Cloz boutique's print and digital ads. The afternoon will include a fashion presentation, giveaways, light refreshments and music by DJ Selecta.

It's 2 p.m. Saturday at 117 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Information: or 412-361-2569.

Dressed to a Tea afternoon of fashion at Millvale Community Library: Pay tribute to Women's History Month with a fashion show of vintage looks, including ensembles from the turn of the 20th century through the roaring 1920s. Guests will learn about the trends of these historical eras and are invited to dress in period fashions. Tupelo Honey Teas will serve teas that coincide with the drinks of the times.

It's 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 213 Grant Ave. Register at Information: or

New stores arrive to Tanger Outlets: Within the next three weeks the shopping center will welcome three new stores. Yankee Candle, a leader in premium scented candles, moved last week into a 2,000-square-foot space. On Wednesday, children's apparel and accessories retailer Janie & Jack will open a 1,500- square-foot store that will carry in the shop selections for preemies through 6 year olds (items for preemies through 12 year olds online at By mid-March, shoppers can visit the new 18,000-square- foot H&M location, previously occupied by Reebok, Rockport and Adidas. It will offer apparel and accessories for men, women and children.


For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published March 10, 2014 12:00 AM

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