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.
Accessories, wigs and more from New York New York Fashion.
A dress and scarves from Boutique la Passerelle. T-shirts by DeadBuryDead in the background.
Legwear by Identity Crisis.