Pittsburgh Fashion Week opens with packed night of runway shows

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

While a soccer game heated up the field at Highmark Stadium on Monday night, style attracted a crowd of about 300 inside for "The O.N.E.: Opening Night Extravaganza" of the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

The Vintage Valet, one of the city's three fashion trucks, greeted guests at the door with its selection of vintage-inspired apparel and accessories. Inside a variety of vendors filled the first floor, including representatives from the provisional chapter of Fashion Group International Pittsburgh, Stella & Dot and Silpada Designs jewelry, Pure Barre and Younique makeup, as part of the "Fashion Avenue" vendors market.

Then it was up to the second level for the main event: six runway presentations spanning more than two hours and incorporating about 80 models.

Founder and director Miyoshi Anderson christened the catwalk with her own model walk to open the evening. When she spoke, she tried to keep her emotions in check regarding the event's anniversary.

"It has been five years of vision, of a thought, of a creation," she said. "The people, Pittsburgh is what keeps me going. I want to show them what's all here."

If Monday night's lineup was any evidence, there's a lot of style in the Steel City. Fashions ranged from classic to avant garde, with sweet colorful dresses, remixed vintage wear for modern women and a few selections for men mixed in. Throughout the week, a casting director from the upcoming film "The Last Witch Hunter" with Vin Diesel and buyers from local retailers are invited to attend shows to seek out talent. (At least one model piqued a casting director's interest on opening night.)

Pittsburgh Fashion Week is trying to make history this year with more than 340 models participating throughout the week -- numbers that few, if any, fashion events in the region have rivaled. They each can walk in one designer's show and were styled by Spoiled Girlz mobile spa, the Diva Den Pittsburgh salon and Sealed with a Kiss by Shavoni Collins.

As with most style-centric events, things kicked off a little fashionably late but kept moving the rest of the night. Besides a snafu with the music during the presentation of the first designer the production unfolded seamlessly. One of the strengths of the night was diversity -- in styles, in models, in designers and even in attendees. People of various walks of life were represented -- on and off the runway -- and there were styles suitable for a variety of tastes.

While the excitement was palpable, there might have been too much of it in one night for some. As the evening wore on, people trickled out or at least got up to walk around a bit and stretch. But overall Pittsburgh Fashion Week has come a long way from its first opening night extravaganza five years ago.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week returns to Highmark Stadium tonight for another designer showcase. It starts at 7 p.m., with a Fashion Avenue vendors market from 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets/information:

For sightings from the front row, see below (from Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette):

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Shawna Solomon: Exotic Hush

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Rashida Thomas: Sheda's Closet presents Sheda's Fashions

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Starr Thomas: Fusionista

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Dawn Surgest: RubyDawn Designs presents RubyDawn Couture

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Faith Pongracz Valez: Faith N' Khaos

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Homeland Security

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OK ... so a guy jumped the fence, ran across the lawn and walked right in the front door of the White House ... you can still trust us to protect you from ISIS! Really! 

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Red Wings 2, Penguins 1 - postgame thoughts - 09-22-14

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The Penguins dropped their preseason opener to the Red Wings at Consol Energy Center, 2-1.

-The first thing which stood out from a game-wide standpoint was the penalties the Penguins took. They put the Red Wings on the power-play six times and Detroit was able to score each of its goals with the man advantage. You can't put a team as skilled as the Red Wings, even with a preseason lineup, on the power play that often.

-The Penguins got four power plays, including one with less than three minutes left in regulation, and they looked fairly confused most of the evening. With so many of their best players - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang - out of the lineup tonight, it was bound to look off, especially with a new scheme being installed by assistant coach Rick Tocchet.

-After being outshot 15-8 in the first period, the Penguins led in shots, 28-10 in the final two periods combined. Overall, they attempted 55 shots while the Red Wings had 48.

-Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi (above) were the Penguins' top defensive pairing in terms of minutes played. We can't say they looked all that sharp as a duo. They had some individual moments which were positive - Red Wings star forward Pavel Datsyuk left the game late in the third period after Scuderi crunched him with a check into the boards - but they left a little to be desired as a pair.

-Scuderi's hit:

-Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres were grouped together as they have been all throughout training camp. They were the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' shutdown pairing during the 2012 lockout and their chemistry was immediately evident. They were very physical tonight.

-Bortuzzo smacked Red Wings defenseman Ryan Sprould with an ugly hit from behind into the Penguins' end boards midway through the second period. Sproul was shaken up for a bit but returned to the game. Bortuzzo was not penalized for that hit though he did get a minor approximately two minutes later which may have been a make-up call. We doubt the NHL looks at the hit in regards to supplemental discipline, especially considering Sproul apparently escaped injury. Regardless, it wasn't a clean hit.

-Judge for yourself:

-The Penguins had a "New Guy Line" of Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist tonight and it had some moments. Spaling and Hornqvist are certainly familiar with one another as they were teammates with the Predators.

-Hornqvist came as advertised. He set up shop in front of the Detroit net most of the night and mixed it up with some of the Red Wings. He had a bag of ice wrapped on his left ankle after the game.

-He's no Pavel Bure (or even Rico Fata) but Hornqvist has decent speed for a player primarily known as a net-front presence.

-Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett worked on a line with Anton Zlobin most of the game. We can't say we noticed Zlobin a great deal but Bennett and Sutter were solid. Bennett looked a lot more confident tonight than he did most of last season.

-Jayson Megna skated pretty well tonight. He had a few plays where he didn't handle the puck well but his looked fairly confident tonight. With the Penguins trying to tie the game late, goaltender Matt Murray was pulled in favor of an extra attacker who ended up being Megna. That might have been a symptom of the caliber of lineup the Penguins dressed tonight but it certainly was a positive development for Megna.

-Talking to him in recent days, he seems to have a lot more confidence. Almost like he belongs on the NHL roster. Last season, he was pretty shy and didn't want to make a splash. He just did his work in practice and said the right cliched things to the media. He's not making Ric Flair-esque proclamations by any means, but he's a lot more comfortable in the dressing room than he did last season.

-We noticed a similar transformation in Bortuzzo last season.

-Bobby Farnham looked like a crash-test dummy at times tonight. He threw his body around without much caution for himself or the opponent. He has to play like that to ever get a chance at the NHL but he just looks like a walking five-minute major.

-Marc-Andre Fleury was fine. He was under assault at time with the Penguins killing so many penalties. He made 18 saves on 20 shots. He was replaced at the start of the third period by prospect Matthew Murray who stopped all seven shots he faced. It would be a stretch to say Murray was tested.

-No more "Hey Song" for the goal celebrations at Consol Energy Center. It has been replaced by Blur's "Song 2" (AKA The "WooHoo!" song).

-A few jersey photos. Mark Letestu:

-Ulf Samuelsson:

-Jaromir Jagr:

-Tomas Vokoun:

-The Penguins are really pushing their "new" throwback jerseys. Olli Maatta:

-Sidney Crosby:

-There were a few Red Wings fans on hand. Pavel Datsyuk:

-Alexei Alex Kovalev:

-Jarome Iginla:

-Kevin Stevens:

-Martin Straka:

-This is all of a sudden a collectable. Brooks Orpik:

-Another double-digit legend. Zarley Zalapski:

-Jersey of the Night: Chris Tamer:

-Tamer once beat Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert in a fight during 1995-06 when Probert was with the Blackhawks:

-Game summary.

-Event summary.


(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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About USC's rough start ..... State rankings

Written by Mike White on .

Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render has never handled losing well. So don't look for him to be skipping around and whistling these days

It has been a while since Render's team has had such a rough start.

Upper St. Clair is 1-3. With a game looming Friday against 4-0 Woodland Hills, Upper St. Clair is staring 1-4 in the face.

It has been 14 years since Upper St. Clair started 1-3. In 1998, the Panthers started 1-4. But maybe Upper St. Clair Jim Rendercan look to that '98 season for motivation. After the 1-4 start, Upper St. Clair won four in a row and made the WPIAL playoffs before losing in the first round to New Castle.

Render has more wins than any coach in WPIAL history. Sure, he has his detractors but is there anyone around the WPIAL who does it better? But no matter the coach or the school in the WPIAL, there are going to be these down years, every once in a while, right? And really should we be all that surprised by the 1-3 start? Upper St. Clair had one starter back from last season and the Panthers' schedule has been awfully tough. The losses have all been on the road to Penn Hills, Bethel Park and North Allegheny.

But after Woodland Hills, Upper St. Clair's final four games are all winnable against Baldwin, Canon-McMillan, Montour and Mt. Lebanon. I think they win at least three.

It will be interesting to see how much Upper St. Clair improves in the second half of the season.

Varsity Xtra video

Here is Varsity Xtra's version of This Week In High School Sports with yours truly and Terry Shields. We talk about some big games, including game of the week North Hills vs. Pine-Richland.

State rankings

The Pennsylvania Football News state rankings are out for this week.

Here are the Post-Gazette state rankings:


1. Central Catholic 4-0

2. Woodland Hills 4-0

3. St. Joseph's Prep 1-2

4. Pennsbury 4-0

5. Parkland 4-0


1. Archbishop Wood 4-0

2. Bishop McDevitt 4-0

3. West Allegheny 4-0

4. Erie Cathedral Prep 4-0

5. Thomas Jefferson 4-0


1. South Fayette 4-0

2. Aliquippa 4-0

3. Southern Columbia 4-0

4. Berks Catholic 4-0

5. Seton-LaSalle 4-0


1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 4-0

2. Clairton 4-0

3. Wellsboro 4-0

4. Jeannette 4-0

5. Sharpsville 4-0 


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Harrison returning?

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An Instagram video posted an hour ago of a facetime chat he apparently had today with his young boys would seem to indicate as much ... 

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