Things to do this week, Aug. 22-28, in Pittsburgh fashion

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Style Week Pittsburgh is over, but there are still plenty of fashion events to check out this week across Pittsburgh. Here's a sampling of some of them ...

First annual Make Me Over fashion extravaganza: Enjoy a night of food, fun and fashions in support of the Black College Tour. Two winners will receive makeovers. Plus, there will be a runway show spotlighting designs by Cary D. Heard, along with Starr Thomas, Tyler Kirkland and Leesa Kassler. It's 7-11 p.m. Saturday at 184 Washington Place, Uptown. Tickets: $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP at or 412-512-6130 and 412-977-1136.

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East sale: New and gently worn items for maternity through teens will be for sale, much of it 50 to 90 percent off retail price. Consignors will earn 60 percent of the sales of their items, or 70 percent if they volunteer during the event.

The sale at Monroeville Convention Center runs 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday ($3 admission; kids are free), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (free admission) and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (free admission), when many items will be marked half price. Information:

Cut & Sew Studio junior fashion show, pop-up gallery talk at The Frick Pittsburgh: As part of the museum's Summer Fridays at The Frick series, fifth-grade students through high school seniors will use shoes from the "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" exhibition as inspiration for their designs, which they'll present during the event. It's 5-9 p.m. Friday at the museum in Point Breeze.

At 7:30 p.m. in The Frick Art Museum galleries, Karin Legato, owner of the former fashion boutique Emphatics, will discuss her background in fashion and the upcoming Emphatics exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, which will display pieces from the boutiques extensive designer archives.

Information: or 412-371-0600.

Style Spotlight: Lana Neumeyer at Adda Coffee & Tea House: In celebration of the Rio Olympics this month, see a fashion presentation by Pittsburgh-based designer Lana Neumeyer, a native of Brazil, from 6-9 p.m. Friday at 200 South Highland Ave., Shadyside. Information:

Celia Grace trunk show at Glitter & Grit bridal boutique: Browse vintage-inspired fair-trade bridal wear. Dresses are designed to be not only elegant and stylish but also eco-friendly. See the line by appointment through Sunday at 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Contact or 412-781-2375 to schedule an appointment.

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni trunk show at Larrimor's: Shop eco-friendly, wrinkle-free designs made in Italy that combine stretch jersey materials with striking lean lines. Available in sizes 2 through 16. Customizations are available withing four weeks. Stop by One PNC Plaza, Downtown, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: or 412-471-5727.

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5 cool surprises from Style Week Pittsburgh's Ace Hotel party

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Day 3 of Style Week Pittsburgh was no ordinary fashion show. Instead, it was a cool dance party/concert/pop-up shop in the gym of the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in East Liberty that attracted so many hip-looking people that even Brooklyn would be envious.

There were unique brands to discover and designers to meet all night. Here's a recap of some of the highlights:

1.) Pittsburgh is home to a burgeoning street wear scene

As a style editor, I know the city is home to several street wear brands and stores such as Daily Bread PA, Social Status and Blasfome, but it turns out that there are lots more. About a dozen Pittsburgh-grown street wear and vintage brands, including Native 412, Astronaut Kartel, Taste and Killigraphy, had pop-up displays at the event.

2.) Body paint = fashion

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For the fashion show, models skipped the designer apparel for body art. Artist Sarah Zeffiro decorated models' bodies in colorful abstract designs for a fresh way of thinking about fashion.

3.) Makeovers can make a difference

StyleWeek MakeoverA makeover recipient, at right, talks about his experience. Next to him is a photograph from before his transition.

During the event, makeovers by Studio RAW in the North Hills were revealed. But what made this moment extra special was that the recipients were people who identify as transgender or gender fluid. It was an empowering sight as the crowd cheered and applauded for the men and women debuting their refreshed looks with confidence and big smiles.

4.) Pittsburgh's musical talents run deep

Keeping a party energized for nearly four hours is no easy feat. Style Week Pittsburgh pulled it off with a fun lineup of DJs and bands curated by farESH Brand and Straightforward Consulting.

5.) The East End is the place to be on a Saturday night

StyleWeek discoballDisco ball inside Ace Hotel Pittsburgh gym.

Anyone who still thinks of Pittsburgh as a sleepy steel town hasn't been to the East End on a Saturday night lately. From the dance floor to the lobby bar and Whitfield restaurant, the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh was packed with people mingling late into the night, which only further fueled the energy of Style Week Pittsburgh.

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Style Week Pittsburgh heads Downtown for annual Style Awards

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Some of Pittsburgh's most fashionable packed Culture Restaurant on Seventh Street, Downtown, on Friday for the annual Style Awards, which marked Day 2 of Style Week Pittsburgh

For the first time honorees were nominated and selected entirely through online voting. In the past, the public selected the nominees, and a panel of Style Week ambassadors picked the winners.

"I've never seen so many visitors and hits to our website. I was blown away," Style Week Pittsburgh founder Wadria Taylor said about the response to the online voting.

Winners received a trophy and a Style Week Pittsburgh gift bag. Before and after the ceremony, guests mingled at the bar and an outside seating space in Katz Plaza. It was a steamy evening -- both outdoors and inside -- but, nevertheless, spirits were high and the fashions were fabulous.

2016 Style Awards
*Winners are in bold 

James Houk
Jennifer Mendicino
Leesa Kassler
Eva Dixon
Malcolm Williams
Nisha Blackwell

Society Men's Grooming Lounge
Brett James
Studio Booth
MCN Salon
Dreamz Hair Salon

Christina Imberlina Stein
Sonita ell
Aire Plichta Reese
Shawna Solomon
Niki Whittle

Christian Diboko
Slow Danger -- Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight

Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Vintage Valet
Boutique la Passarelle
EONS Fashion Antique
Worth New York showroom by Bear Brandegee
Lex & Lynne
Shop 412
Little Black Dress by Diana Misetic
Three Rivers Vintage
Kindred Spirits Boutique
Social Status

Binay Geathers
Amanda Bossi
Rebecca Whitlinger
Marian McCann
Suzanne Mauro
Tara Fay Coleman

Tamiah Bridgett -- Diversame
Nate Mitchell -- The Natural Choice
Gina Vensel -- Easy Street Promotions
Gina Mazzotta -- Gina Mazzotta Millinery
Martin Potoczny -- LUXE Creative
Shellie Hipsky -- Empowering & Inspiring Lives
Sophia Berman -- Truust Lingerie
Darieth Chisolm -- Hustle & Heart TV
Nicole Manns -- Nikki's Magic Wand

Debbie Stinedurf -- Fashion Fairydust
Tori Mistick -- Wear, Wag, Repeat
Emily Kilgore -- Fast Fashionista
Kimberly Allera -- Yes! Wear That
Lisa Freeman -- Style Examiner Pittsburgh
Zoe Namey -- Zoe with Love
Chancelor Humphrey -- Keep Pittsburgh Dope
Foo Conner -- Jekko
Ashley Pletcher -- Afternoon Espresso: A Life and Style Blog

Juan Carlos Silva
Mitchell Tommy Hall
Aretha Melanie Boyd

Danielle Mock
Kourtney Leech
Dee Dee Malloy

Style Week Pittsburgh continues tonight at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. Learn more about upcoming events here.

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Style Week Pittsburgh kicks off with retro runway show at Carnegie Museum of Art

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Feather boas and go-go boots were the accessories of choice Thursday for Day 1 of Style Week Pittsburgh.

The music hall foyer inside the Carnegie Museum of Art was a stunning backdrop for the '20s- and '60s-themed fashion showcase. Before the main event, guests browsed vintage women's wear displays from Three Rivers Vintage on the South Side and Juju boutique in Point Breeze.

Another highlight was the small exhibit of photographs by Charles "Teenie" Harris, who photographed the city's African-American community from 1935 to 1975. The museum is home to nearly 80,000 of his images. Ones that were at Style Week illustrated fashion in society in those decades.

The main event featured looks by Pittsburgh-based designers James Houk and Leesa Kassler that were modern interpretations of trends from these decades. For instance, fitted black dresses trimmed in hand-sewn feathers were chic modern twists on the '20s flapper dress, while vibrant colors and prints (plus, a particularly sexy sheath with a chain-link panel down one side) were nods to the '60s. Their aesthetics complemented each other well and were perfectly polished, proving that they're indeed fashion talents to watch.

What elevated the experience beyond just a fashion show was the showmanship and production value of it. Like the fashions, the music was a mix of oldies and current tunes with a retro vibe that had many audience members grooving in their seats or clapping along to the beat. Another nice touch was the choreography by Synergy Performing Arts Academy in Canonsburg. Rather than models just marching down the catwalk, they mixed in a few dance moves from the '20s and '60s that helped to keep the audience energized. Plus, they looked the part, thanks to hair and makeup by Jacqueline's Hair Salon, Kourtney Leech, Brandi's Mobile Services and Glam Dolls Concierge Beauty.

For more on the fourth annual Style Week Pittsburgh, check out the schedule of events. Photos by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette.









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Makeup artists divulge model beauty secrets backstage at New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, makeup artists and stylists have been working overtime to get models ready for their closeup. 

Yes, these makeup mavens are the keepers of the cosmetic secrets for how models maintain their camera-ready glow. Here are a few things we learned this week:

-A pucker that pops: Skip the fancy brushes and applicators. Backstage at the Salinas runway show, makeup artists perfected models' burgundy pouts with just their fingers. For best results, use the ring finger. Why? The ring finger typically is weaker than the others, meaning it provides just the right amount of pressure for dabbing on colors and blending.

-A twist on the classic French manicure: Here's a nail art trick seen backstage at Alice + Olivia that truly is D-I-Y.  Take French manicure strips (you know, those disposable stickers that serve as a guide for the traditional French manicure white tip) and apply them diagonally across the nail, starting from the base. Polish around the strip with the desired hue, and wait a couple of minutes to dry. Then, carefully remove the strips, and voila -- a cool, easy negative-space manicure.

-Just a touch of Vaseline: If opting for a bold lip, skip the eye shadow to prevent makeup from appearing too heavy. Instead, give eyes a little lift and sheen with a simple sweep of Vaseline across the lids.

-Perfecting the bold brow: The strong eyebrow trend doesn't appear to be going anywhere in 2016. Get it right by not going too heavy-handed with the eyebrow pencil. Look for one with a feathered tip (Stila Cosmetics has some options), and then fill in the brow by stroking upward stroke by stroke.

Photos: Above, a bold brow and burgundy pout, with just a sweep of Vaseline across the eyelids, seen backstage at Salinas. Below, a nail technician creates a negative-space manicure using French manicure strips applied across the nail and China Glaze nail polish. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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