Stylebook: Designers, brands offering collections at more affordable prices


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Fans of budget-friendly fashions are in luck! Some of style's favorite designers and brands are rolling out collections at more affordable price points:

Betsey Johnson Vintage for Urban Outfitters: Fashion's punk princess has teamed with the retail chain on some '90s grunge-meets-girly dresses. Expect airy weights with a focus on floral prints contrasted with darker hues. Most of them are less than $100. See them all at www.urbanoutfitters.com.

J.Crew to plan lower-priced line: Fashion news outlets have been abuzz with news that J.Crew is expected to launch a modestly priced collection to be sold online and in retail locations. It likely will be called J.Crew Mercantile and will include pieces in the $100 or less price range.

Marimekko capsule collection at Banana Republic: The retailer's latest capsule collection will offer approximately 25 color and print-heavy clothing pieces and accessories in time for summer. Marimekko is a Finnish fashion and design house revered for its rich textile patterns. Apparel will be $39.50-$140, and accessories will go for $39.50-$98, in stores and online at www.bananarepublic.com in late May.

From the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Crystal River Gems reopens, bead trunk show at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown: The shop on the lower level is now open after being remodeled and will offer up to 70 percent off Wednesday through Friday to celebrate. On Tuesday and Wednesday, browse one-of-a-kind beads and ornate stones for jewelry making.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: www.fifthavenueplacepa.com.

Bridal trunk shows at Glitter & Grit boutique, Lawrenceville: Glamour meets versatility in gowns by Love Found True and Tulle New York. The former will be featured at 5300 Butler St. Wednesday through Sunday. The brand is known for its dresses with optional and removable ceremony skirts, allowing gowns to go from long to short. Tulle New York's body conscious silhouettes will be in the store Friday through Saturday.

Book an appointment to view the collections at www.glitterandgritpgh.com or 412-781-2375.

St. John trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Shop for timeless chic styles for her Thursday at One PNC Plaza. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

Munro trunk show at Littles Shoes, Squirrel Hill: Check out the latest looks from Munro Thursday through Saturday at 5850 Forbes Ave. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Information: www.littlesshoes.com or 412-521-3530.

Style Week Pittsburgh announces ambassadors: Event organizers have selected a handful of influential figures from Pittsburgh's fashion community to help support and promote the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh, which will take place Aug. 11-17 across the city. The ambassadors include Colleen Coll, Donnella Drewery, Eric Gaines, Adam Gubitosi, Shellie Hipsky, Allegra Johnson, Nikole Li, Michele Pelusi and Leigh Solomon Pugliano.

Information: styleweekpittsburgh.wordpress.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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