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Pittsburgh at NYFW: Matthew Noszka of Scott walks the runway in star-studded Philipp Plein fashion show

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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A lot has changed for Matthew Noszka in the past couple of years. Back then, he was a student at Point Park University, waiting tables on the South Side and helping his dad with construction jobs. These days, he's a mega model booking jobs around the world.

PhilippPlein madonnaOne of his latest gigs is walking the runway during New York Fashion Week for Philipp Plein, the German designer behind his namesake luxury brand. On Monday night, celebs such as Kylie Jenner and Madonna (pictured at right; Associated Press) packed the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan for Mr. Plein's American Fashion Week debut. (Previously, the designer presented his collections in Milan.)

Mr. Noszka wore a sportswear look (see below) with a silver coat with fur-trimmed hood, crisp hi-tops and a black turtleneck pulled up to his nose. Before the show, he posted a photo of himself backstage on Instagram (pictured above).

The collection also featured bedazzled and distressed denim, oversized outerwear, thigh-high boots and evening wear-inspired gowns with an edgy street-style twist.

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Pittsburgh Fashion Forecast (via NYFW): J.Crew returns to its roots for fall/winter 2017 collection

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NEW YORK -- Can old-school style still be relevant, especially in a day and age when shoppers have at their fingertips the ability to purchase the latest fashions? J.Crew thinks so, as long as it's styled with a fresh perspective.

This philosophy rang true in the retailer's fall/winter 2017 collection, which was presented Sunday at Spring Studios in lower Manhattan. Now in its 11th season at New York Fashion Week, J.Crew marked the occasion with a nod to its roots: rugby shirts, corduroy, windbreakers, a touch of tartan and anything tweed. These brand staples were mixed with fun updates, such as pom-pom details and fur bags in electric colors and animal prints.

For the men, J.Crew also revived heritage pieces like "critter" shirts and ties (named for the woodland animals on them) and paired them with wide-leg pants, raw denim and athletic wear.  

The presentation featured 62 looks worn by friends, family and fans of the brand who ranged in age from 9 to 67. Among the models was comedian/entertainer Sandra Bernhard.

"It's chic, comfortable and totally unexpected," she told Vogue about her look.

MORE FOR PITTSBURGH SHOPPERS: Find the latest from J.Crew at the retailer's stores on Walnut Street in Shadyside, Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village. 

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Pittsburgh Fashion Forecast (via NYFW): Look out for astronaut-inspired sportswear from Lacoste

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NEW YORK -- For fall/winter 2017, Lacoste shook up our expectations of sportswear with a collection inspired by the innovation of astronaut suits, mixed with a touch of '90s grunge.

This translated into baggy high-waisted trousers, iridescent ankle boots, sweaters and jackets splashed with scenes of outer space, as well as checkered lumberjack shirting and mohair cardigans reminscient of Kurt Cobain's style. Functionality also was key. Some pieces were reversible, thanks to double-faced materials, while others were equipped with multiple pockets.

But utility didn't trump style. Colorblocking done in unexpected shades (ochre orange and lilac, for instance) and finishing details such as leather or cotton ribbing infused the collection with modernity. 

The homage to the Space Age was a reference to the fashion house's namesake Rene Lacoste, who went on to join the aircraft industry after his sporting career. He created Air Equipment, a company that contributed to the development of the Concorde and Airbus airliners. Current creative manager Felipe Oliveira Baptista also has an infinity for the skies because his father was a pilot.

FOR PITTSBURGH SHOPPERS: Find the latest from Lacoste in the brand's store in Ross Park Mall.

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Backstage beauty at NYFW: Nail art tricks to try at home

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NEW YORK -- Behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week is the place to soak up expert hair and makeup tips used to make models runway ready!

At Sachin & Babi (a contemporary eveningwear brand by Indian-born husband and wife design duo Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia), the beauty look evolved from the designers' roots in Indian with rich colors and drama. 

For nails, in particular, models were given French manicures with a twist. Rather than the traditional white tip, nail techs applied Zoya Courtney (a deep red) and Brooklyn (a radiant gold).

Want to try it at home? Here's a step-by-step guide:
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1.) Apply two coats of gold to full nail -- allow ample time to dry in between coats

2.) Once gold polish is dry, apply two coats of red to the tip

3.) To heighten the drama, apply the red polish on an arch, rather than straight across the tip of the nail. Need a guide? Try using round notebook paper reinforcement stickers on nails to help polish go on evenly for all fingers.
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4.) Once dry, apply top coat and enjoy!

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A store Pittsburgh needs: Meet Club Monaco

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NEW YORK -- It's time for Pittsburgh to join the club -- Club Monaco, that is. This Canadian retail concept with stores across the country is owned by Polo Ralph Lauren and specializes in mid-priced, high-end casual clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men. (In other words, think J. Crew or Banana Republic, but more relaxed and unexpected.)

Although there isn't a Club Monaco in Pittsburgh for now (Philadelphia is home to its only store in Pennsylvania), anyone can shop its latest collection online at ClubMonaco.com. Its spring collection was introduced at New York Fashion Week Friday night during a preview in the brand's global flagship store on Fifth Avenue.  VIP guests (including actress Drew Barrymore and Vogue's Grace Coddington) were treated to champs and light bites as they browsed the see now/buy now selections.

The collection's colorful patterns and peasant details were inspired by the documentary "Latcho Drom," which chronicles a family of travelers from Romania to India. A few highlights: ballet flats with scalloped edges, flowing boho skirts, unassuming ruffles and all kinds of cold-shoulder tops. For men: classic trenches, striped shirting and subtle pops of florals.

(Photos: Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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