Stylebook: Fashion Group International Pittsburgh chapter continues progress

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Pittsburgh's provisionary chapter of Fashion Group International will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. The goals and direction for the group will be discussed and the chapter's first board of directors will be announced.

In February, the city was approved by Fashion Group International headquarters in New York City to form the local branch, which will become a full-fledged chapter if it continues to prove that its fashion, beauty and retail communities are viable enough to sustain the group. Fashion Group International is a nonprofit that helps unite and promote fashion insiders from around the world.

To learn more, email Stephanie Taylor, department chair for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's fashion retail management and fashion design programs, at staylor@aii.edu or visit www.fgi.org.

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Women's wear trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Browse ready-to-wear pieces and accessories by Rena Lange, known for elegant sophistication and refinement, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at One PNC Plaza. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

Trunk shows at Littles Shoes, Squirrel Hill: Step up your shoe style with footwear from Merrell on Friday and Saturday and Cole Haan Mens on Saturday at 5850 Forbes Ave. Store hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. both days. Information: www.littlesshoes.com or 412-521-3530.

Bridal trunk show at Glitter & Grit boutique, Lawrenceville: Gowns by Maggie Evans will be at 5300 Butler St. from Friday through Sunday by appointment. The designer works with felted wool, hand beading and stitching, hand-knitted trims, hand-dyed accents and other embellishments. Collections are inspired by the beauty of nature and incorporate natural materials. Schedule a visit at www.glitterandgritpgh.com or 412-781-2375.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week, Style Week Pittsburgh to hold casting calls: At 1-3 p.m. Saturday at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, designers interested in participating in the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week (Sept. 22-28) are invited to attend an informational meeting and audition. Designers should bring two examples of their best designs. They'll be judged based on construction, fit and finish, quality, detail and originality. The audition is first come, first served. A separate audition will be held for student designers. From 3 to 5 p.m., Style Week Pittsburgh (Aug. 11-17) will hold a model search at The Alloy Studios, Friendship. Men and women of all ethnicities who are at least 21 years old can try out. RSVP by emailing measurements and one photo to styleweekpgh@gmail.com. Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com or styleweekpittsburgh.wordpress.com.

"History of Fashion" show, Rizzo's Malabar Inn, Crabtree: The Westmoreland County Historical Society will lead a stylish trip back in time with paper dolls and fashion visuals representing eras from the past. Outfits will be accessorized with vintage jewelry from the collection of Pat Walt. The event also will include a buffet lunch, reception with cash bar and a surprise emcee. It's 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12 at 724-532-1935, ext. 215. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Information: www.westmorelandhistory.org.

Boutiques on the move: Aw Else Boutique in Greensburg will open in its new location at 124 S. Pennsylvania Ave. next Monday. A moving sale is underway at 1020-4 Towne Square Drive. The store carries women's fashions and accessories. Culture Cloz on North Highland Avenue in East Liberty has closed and plans to reopen in Bali, Indonesia, in early 2015. Shoppers still can buy the store's selection of handmade and fair trade clothes, jewelry and shoes at www.culturecloz.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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