Stylebook at New York Fashion Week: Pittsburgh connections are strong in the Big Apple
February 17, 2016 12:00 AM
Courtesy of Polyvore
Kaitlyn Costanzo shows off her street style. The 21-year-old from Fox Chapel was invited to New York Fashion Week to be a community correspondent for the shopping website and app Polyvore.
Courtesy of Polyvore
Arianna Costanzo shows off her street style. The 21-year-old from Fox Chapel was invited to New York Fashion Week to be a community correspondent for the shopping website and app Polyvore.
Courtesy of Thomas family
Madelyn Thomas, a budding child model and pageant winner, walked the runway in the FTL MODA runway show at New York Fashion Week.
By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
NEW YORK -— Among the stars and hot styles at New York Fashion Week, there are plenty of Pittsburgh connections.
On Monday night, 5-year-old Madelyn Thomas of South Park made her New York Fashion Week debut as a model in the Lulu et Gigi runway show, part of the FTL MODA platform of runway shows held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in lower Manhattan. Madelyn, a budding model and pageant winner, was tapped to take part in the fashion show after submitting photos to a casting call and having discussions with the designer.
Meanwhile, Kaitlyn and Arianna Costanzo, 21-year-old twins from Fox Chapel, have been taking in the behind-the-scenes sights as community correspondents for the shopping website and app Polyvore. The site regularly invites accomplished bloggers and those with strong social media skills to cover Fashion Weeks in New York and London and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. The twins study public relations and advertising at Point Park University and hope to pursue careers in fashion.
As part of closing festivities Thursday night, a half-dozen Art Institute of Pittsburgh grads and students will see their designs featured in a global catwalk show in midtown Manhattan presented by designer Samina Mughal. Designers were selected based on their skill level and professionalism, says Stephanie Taylor, who heads the fashion design and fashion retail management programs at AIP.
“It’s great for the students to see work from all over the world, as well as for them to expose their work,” she says.
For more coverage from these events, plus Q&As with Pittsburghers at New York Fashion Week, visit the Post-Gazette’s fashion blog Stylebook at www.post-gazette.com/Stylebook. Follow Post-Gazette style editor Sara Bauknecht on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG for more updates from the runway.
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