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Stylebook on TV: Plus-size style trends

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The plus-size women's clothing category has long been criticized for poor fit, quality and style sense. But things are improving -- call it some stylish steps in the right direction!

These new options were spotlighted this morning on KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today Live" show. Check it out here or in the video below, and read more about fresh looks for women with curves at post-gazette.com.

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Reflections: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 'Project Pop Up: Fashion'

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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In a couple months I'll have been in Pittsburgh for five years. As a fashion writer, during that time I've heard my fair share of snide remarks regarding the city's allegedly sour style sense.

While the Steel City is no Big Apple, its fashion community has been rebounding in recent years and is now home to fledgling designers, beauty brands, fashion degree programs, a style week, a fashion week and the list goes on. Those who are involved in the evolving scene can vouch for its growth. Otherwise, many of these talents typically remain under the radar of most Pittsburghers.

On Friday in Market Square, a snapshot of Pittsburgh's fashion community was on display at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's "Project Pop Up: Fashion" event. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. passersby could browse accessories from Serendipity, vividly colored legwear by Identity Crisis, fine clothing from Larrimor's, graphic tees by DeadBuryDead and women's wear from Boutique la Passerelle, among other vendors. Three fashion trucks were parked at the spot, too.

A steady flow of foot traffic kept many vendors busy for the majority of the event. "It's great to meet you," "Where are you located?," "Can I have your business card?" and "So many cute things!" were among the phrases that filled the air. The energy was upbeat and inviting.

One of the common criticisms of the local fashion community is that it tends to be disjointed. What one group might be working on over here tends to go unnoticed by another group doing something similar in another part of the city. The pop-up fashion marketplace gave these vendors and designers a common place to meet -- and the public a chance to meet them. 

It was a fashionable Friday, indeed -- and Pittsburgh's fashion community, and the community at large, could benefit from more of them.

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Accessories, wigs and more from New York New York Fashion.


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A dress and scarves from Boutique la Passerelle. T-shirts by DeadBuryDead in the background.


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Legwear by Identity Crisis.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Pretty cars and parties

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Fasten your seat belts! This week's episode of "Setting the SEEN" will put you in the front seat of some cool classic cars at the annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I also have the scoop on other fun happenings to check out this weekend.

See it all HERE or in the video box below.

Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

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PHOTOS: Sabika fall/winter jewelry collection preview

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Robinson-headquartered direct sales jewelry company Sabika is gearing up for fall/winter with a collection of bracelets, earrings and necklaces highlighted by one-of-a-kind Swarovski crystal colors, intricate pendants and a unique variety of necklace chains.

Pieces are sold through in-home trunk shows. Learn more about the upcoming collection in today's Post-Gazette Stylebook column and see more photos of the new accessories below. Information: www.sabika-jewelry.com. (Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

Which pieces are your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comment thread below.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Downtown bustling with gallery crawl, after party

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Downtown will be the place to be to kick off the weekend with the latest Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gallery crawl tonight in the Cultural District. When the festivities taper off, the fun will continue at the Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh party at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I have the scoop on what to expect at both functions in this week's episode of "Setting the SEEN." See it all in the video below, and check back next Friday to find out what we'll be exploring a week from now.

So until next time -- we'll be seeing you.

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