Stylebook snapshot: April fashion scoop in Pittsburgh (and beyond)
April 2, 2017 12:00 AM
A model shows off a fiery ensemble at the 2016 Ecolution Fashion Show. The event returns for its third year on April 20 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown.
Courtesy of Sabika
Bling in bloom: Vibrant jewelry from Sabika's spring/summer collection. Shop the collection at sabika-jewelry.com.
Spring reading: "Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes" ($45; Skira Rizzoli) chronicles the famed shoe designer's inspiration and approach.
Ornate necklaces accessorize looks from the fall 2017 Idia'Dega Fashion "Healing Collection," Tereneh Mosley's collaboration with the Olorgesailie Maasai women’s artisan group in Kenya and the Oneida Indian Nation in New York.
Apparel and accessories from past OMWA + Idia'Dega collections by Tereneh Mosley. Some of the line's latest necklaces, rings and cuffs will be featured in a global Earth Day trunk show at Uptown by Kiya Tomlin in East Liberty.
By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April showers bring May flowers, as well as a fresh crop of stylish things to do this month across Pittsburgh.
Here’s a rundown of the season’s trending shops, events, accessories, sartorial reads and much more!
Bling in bloom: The direct sales jewelry brand Sabika, based in Robinson, is synonymous with Swarovski statement chokers and other mix-and-match sparklers. But its spring/summer collection is filled with surprises, says Alexandra Gracik, vice president of design and product development.
“It’s not just your mom’s or grandmother’s jewelry,” she says. “With each collection, I try to bring in new elements.”
Vibrant beads, hammered metal cuffs, leather cord bracelets and whimsical pendants in the likeness of peace signs and starfish are a few of the latest pieces that may also appeal to younger fashionistas. See them for yourself at sabika-jewelry.com.
D-I-Y style: For those who like to add their own touch to their spring wardrobes, the new Firecracker Fabrics (1745 Chislett St., Morningside) can help.It’s stocked with a wide assortment of fabrics for clothing, patterns, sewing tools and craft kits. Want to spruce up your sewing skills? The shop is partnered with the Cut & Sew Studio next door. Information: firecrackerfabrics.com.
Things to do: In time for Earth Day, there are plenty of chances to celebrate sustainable style. At 7 p.m. April 20, the Ecolution Fashion Show returns to Fairmont Pittsburgh’s main ballroom. Richard Parsakian of Eons Fashion Antique has curated and tasked more than a dozen designers with creating looks that incorporate recyclable or organic materials. The theme for the garments is the constellations. Guests also will be treated to music by DJ Soy Sos, a dance performance by Staycee Pearl dance project, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and shopping with the Renee Piatt Collection and doTERRA Essential Oils. Tickets: $20, $60 for VIP admission at www.showclix.com.
The fashion fun will continue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21-22 at an Earth Day food and fashion truck festival. Mobile boutiques Magnolia on Main, Style Truck and Vintage Valet will line Fourth Avenue near Market Square and PPG Place, Downtown, along with nearly 20 food trucks. The event is open to the public. Meanwhile, from 1 to 4 p.m. April 22, designer Kiya Tomlin will hold an Earth Day trunk show with sustainable designs by OMWA + Idia’Dega, a fashion collaboration spearheaded by Tereneh Mosley of the North Side. Ms. Mosley works with artisans in Kenya to design and make the line. At the trunk show, colorful necklaces, earrings, rings and ear cuffs will be for sale. Check it out at the Uptown by Kiya Tomlin flagship store at 5983 Broad St., East Liberty.
Hat race: Got your Easter bonnet? How about a terrific topper for Kentucky Derby weekend? Shaw’s on Liberty (805 Liberty Ave., Downtown) has stepped up its fashion inventory, which includes lots of lovely hats and fascinators. Stop by 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Serendipity Accessories (10 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills) is another go-to for designer hats. Enjoy a drink while you browse during one of the store’s Shop and Wine Wednesday events. (Details: www.serendipityaccessories.com or 412-655-4916)
Don’t forget to give vintage shops a try! Eons (5850 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside) and Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing (5890 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside) are a couple of Stylebook’s favorite stops when searching for something special plucked from yesteryear.
Spring reading: Toss a new book (or three!) in your tote bag before heading outdoors. A few recommendations: “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” by Cristina de Carrillo Albornoz with photos from Carlo Draisci; “Harper’s Bazaar / 150 Years: The Greatest Moments” by Glenda Bailey (due out April 11); and “Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership and Success on our own Terms” by Chanel’s former global CEO Maureen Chiquet (due out April 18).
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