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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Fashion trucks, hats and a salute to soldiers

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It may be a holiday weekend, but there's still plenty to talk about on this week's Setting the SEEN.

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I have the scoop on Pittsburgh's fashion trucks, charity events and other hot spots in the city. Plus we have hats on the brain with the Parks Conservancy hat luncheon and Kentucky Derby coming up.

For all the details, watch the video below. We'll be seeing you!

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A KFC corsage, big bucks for Versace, Victoria's Secret fashion show changes and more fashion headlines

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It's been one of those days where tweet after tweet is another tidbit of fashion news.

Don't have time to go social media surfing to find out the latest? Stylebook has done the work for you! Here's a brief link roundup of where you can find more on today's fashion headlines:

Big bucks for Versace: Hundreds of millions of dollars are going to the Italian fashion house. Fashionista.com has the scoop on who's shelling out how much.

Victoria's Secret annual fashion show is on the move: The spectacle of bras and bodies is leaving the Big Apple. Check out Elle.com to find out where it's going next. (Hint: It's heading across the pond.) Photo above from Associated Press

More -- and more -- (and more) Coachella style: If you haven't had your fill of Coachella style yet, www.nytimes.com has compiled a slideshow of "predictable and pin-worthy" fashions from the festival.

In time for prom, KFC debuts the "chicken corsage": This is more quirky than newsy -- but intriguing nonetheless. Turns out KFC has created an edible corsage, just in case girls get hungry while dancing the night away. Seventeen.com has the details (and photos).

Dior's next fashion show is heading to Brooklyn: Alexander Wang isn't the only designer who thinks Brooklyn is the next high-end fashion hot spot. Find out from Elle.com when and where the Dior runway show will be.

Steve Madden website gets a makeover: Next time you visit www.stevemadden.com, you'll find a new and improved look and user experience. Its the first major revamp for the site since 2006. FashionUnited.com explains.

 

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Prom spending drops 14 percent

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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For many high schoolers, prom night is the most enchanted evening of the year. But that fairy tale does come with a cost.

According to a survey released this month by Visa Inc., families are tightening their wallets when it comes to prom spending. The average American household will spend $978 on prom attire, accessories and activities related to the dance, down 14 percent from $1,139 in 2013

The decline comes after three years of steady increases in prom spending. The survey also showed that families out West will spend the most on prom -- $1,125 on average -- when compared to those who live in other parts of the country. Parents who are younger than 40 years old also spend less to help their children prep for the prom than those who are older. 

Other Visa survey statistics:

  • Parents who earn less than $50,000 will typically spend less on prom than the national average
  • Parents will cover about 56 percent of prom costs on average, with students paying for the rest
  • Canadian households tend to spend about 25 percent less on prom than Americans
  • Men will spend more than double what women will on prom (about $1,357 compared to $673)

The survey is based on information collected from 4,000 telephone interviews. For prom money saving tips, visit the website for Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life education program at www.practicalmoneyskills.com

And don't forget!

For prom prep tips for guys (social graces, what to wear, etc.), check out the PG's Guys' Guide to Prom.

(Photo: Getty Images/Fuse)

 

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Alexander Wang announces collaboration with H&M

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After the stroke of midnight, designer Alexander Wang broke big fashion news.

The Balenciaga creative director announced that he's the latest designer collaborator for Swedish retail chain H&M.

The news became the debut post on Mr. Wang's Instagram account (posts below), and a party to celebrate the stylish pairing ensued at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

The capsule collection will launch in stores and online at www.hm.com on November 6, 2014. Previous designer collaborations for H&M have included Versace, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela and Karl Lagerfeld.

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Affordable fashions and galas galore

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

If you're still sprucing up your spring wardrobe, you're in luck. There are opportunities for shopping designer fashions and discounted prices. 

Learn more about where, how and when in this week's Setting the SEEN. As always, I'm joined by SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga, who shares the latest on this weekend's hot parties.

Find out where to be (and what to wear) by watching the video below -- and, until next time, we'll be seeing you!

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