Stylebook: Banana Republic debuts Roland Mouret line

Plus the latest Pittsburgh fashion news and events

Banana Republic is making a stylish splash with the launch of another limited-edition capsule collection.

On Thursday it will debut the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic line, which uses the brand’s signature Sloan fabric to design pieces that flatter the feminine form. The designer is regarded for his mastery of structure and draping, traits that are infused into the clothes.

Prices range from $49.50 to $165 in stores and online at

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Elliven Spa happy “ahhh-hours”: Get a mid-week boost each Wednesday during August with “mini services” and “mini prices” at 1597 Washington Pike in Collier Town Square on Route 50. From 5 to 9 p.m., rejuvenate with spa treatments and summer cocktails. Information: or 412-278-2500.

The Beauty of S.T.E.M./Maker fashion show: Check out a fashion show by TekStart students that will feature looks created during a summer program. It’s 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Homewood branch. The event is free and open to the public. Information:

Meet-and-greet with designer Patricia Nash: The handbag designer will make several stops across the region, giving local fashionistas a chance to visit with her and learn about trends for fall. She’ll be at these Macy’s locations at the following times: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills at 10 a.m. Friday, Westmoreland Mall at 2 p.m. Friday, and South Hills Village at 10 a.m. Saturday. All events will be on the first floor at their respective times and locations. At each stop, the first 10 customers to spend at least $100 with Patricia Nash will receive a $20 Macy’s gift card. Shoppers at South Hills Village will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind bag signed by the designer. Information:

Teen Vogue back to school bash at Macy’s, Ross Park Mall: Spruce up your style for class with the latest fashion trends. Learn what looks will be turning heads this school year at 2 p.m. Saturday. Pittsburgh-based style blogger Alex Duffy will be the event’s host, and DJ Beauty and the Beatz will provide the tunes. Guests also can grab a treat from the Fashion Rocks candy bar by Sweet Soiree. Those who spend at least $25 in the juniors department will receive a free gift while supplies last.

FGI Pittsburgh provisional chapter holds monthly general meeting: On Thursday, a varied group representing a cross section of Pittsburgh’s fashion community gathered in the auditorium at Macy’s, Downtown, for the latest public gathering of Fashion Group International Pittsburgh’s provisional chapter. The meeting featured two speakers: Brittany Youngman, manager of special events at Macy’s, and John Valentine, executive director of the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation.

Mr. Valentine talked at length about the potential for growth in Downtown’s retail community, particularly for independent boutiques. The city needs a mix of independent stores and retail chains in order for Downtown to be “a unique urban village,” he said. Right now Downtown is bustling with restaurants, and Market Square, Sixth Street and the 900 block of Penn Avenue are hubs, where business is “on fire.”

But he predicts in the next three to five years some of that activity will spread to other parts of Downtown, such as Smithfield Street. His organization is exploring ways to offer independent boutiques assistance so they’ll have a better chance at being successful in the city, rather than just sticking them in storefronts and letting them tank or thrive on their own, he said.

FGI Pittsburgh also announced that it’s seeking applicants for bloggers who will attend some of the city’s upcoming fashion events and report on them on behalf of the group. Candidates should send an email of interest and a link to examples of writing to

The group will not hold a general meeting in August in observance of Style Week Pittsburgh, which runs Aug. 11-17. Information:

For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG’s fashion blog Stylebook at Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to 

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