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WME | IMG acquires MADE Fashion Week

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The changes to the New York Fashion Week landscape just keep on coming!

The latest: WME | IMG has acquired MADE Fashion Week, which started in 2009 to support emerging designers. Each season, MADE Fashion Week holds about 30 runway shows and presentations at Milk Studios in downtown Manhattan during the bi-annual Fashion Week in New York City.

Under the acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as its own entity, with its leadership team overseeing day-to-day operations. It will align with WME | IMG and its resources in hopes of providing more opportunities for its designers and partners.

"MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible," MADE Fashion Week founder Keith Baptista said in a press release. "As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices."

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week events spotlighting trends for spring 2016 will be Sept. 10-17.

Photo: A men's presentation at MADE Fashion Week in New York City. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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Male model from Pittsburgh discovered on Instagram featured on 'The Ellen Show'

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It's no secret -- be careful what kinds of photos you post on social media, because they could change your life.

When Matthew Noszka from Pittsburgh posted on Instagram a shirtless photo of himself next to a deck he had built, he received a direct message from a representative with renowned talent agency Wilhelmina Models that ended up taking him from the construction site to the catwalk.

He talked about his unexpected, virtually overnight success in the modeling world on "The Ellen Show" today, speaking with great humility and gratitude for what he's been able to do so far. He's already worked with the likes of Nike and Calvin Klein and recently walked in his first New York Fashion Week, he told host Ellen Degeneres.

He's been a natural in front the of the camera, flexing and posing in his underwear for some of the ad campaigns he's booked. Reading magazines like GQ and practicing different poses in front of the mirror have helped, he said.

Prior to being discovered on social media,  he was a student at Point Park University playing basketball and working in construction and waiting tables on the side.

"I guess it worked out," he said bashfully. 

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FashionAFRICANA debuts clothing line at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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For 14 years, FashionAFRICANA has strived to broaden the standard of beauty through fashion and the arts. This year, it did it with the debut of a ready-to-wear fashion line, a collaboration between FashionAFRICANA, Pittsburgh-based designer Diana Misetic, leading African handmade fabric company Mariama Fashion Production and the There Is No Limit Foundation, a non-profit that provides educational and employment opportunities to women in Africa.

The Pittsburgh fashion community got its first glimpse of the collection on Friday at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh's Hall of Sculpture in Oakland.

The event got off to a fashionably late start -- but the fashions were worth the wait. Models sauntered around the cavernous hall to classical music performed by the Duke Quintet and wore colorful, tastefully tie-dye dresses. The soft hues were beautiful, and the silhouettes (belted and paneled dresses, for instance) were modern and flattering. Adding to the showmanship of it all were exquisite headdresses blooming with oversized florals by Pittsburgh-based milliner Gina Mazzotta. The goal is to turn the clothes into a mass-produced collection that the public can purchase.

After the fashion show, guests were treated to a dance performance by Kizomba Feeling Pittsburgh, which was rich with palpable sensuality.

The evening also recognized women who exemplify the mission of FashionAFRICANA through their lives and careers in fashion. This year's honorary chairs were Pittsburgh-based fashion designer Kiya Tomlin and Mariama Mounir Camara-Petrolawicz, founder of Mariama Fashion Production and co-founder of There Is No Limit Foundation.

FashionAFRICANA is produced by founder Demeatria Boccella, along with co-producer Darnell L. McLaurin

Photos: Above, models wearing pieces from the debut collection and members of the FashionAFRICANA team pose for a post-show picture. Below, models wear dresses from the debut FashionAFRICANA clothing line and headdresses by Gina Mazzotta.

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Drum roll, please ... Pantone releases fall 2015 color report

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NEW YORK -- Earthy neutrals and bold statement colors are expected to be style staples come fall, experts at Pantone say.

Timed with New York Fashion Week, the color forecaster released its fall report outlining what hues it predicts will be prominent for the season for men and women's fashions.

The palette includes dried herb, desert sage, stormy weather blue, oak buff, biscay bay teal, reflecting pond (a cool blue), cadmium orange, cashmere rose, amethyst orchid and marsala, the Pantone color of the year for 2015.

The mix of shades is meant to "reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural," Pantone says.

See the full report at www.pantone.com.

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NYFW via Pittsburgh: Art Institute grad Romina Vairo makes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh pride was alive and well inside the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night as one of its own showed a collection on the runway.

Romina Vairo, 23, of Pleasant Hills was one of a dozen students and recent grads of Art Institute schools across the country selected to share some of their designs in The Art Institutes runway show.

Check out the video below to hear Ms. Vairo talk backstage before the show about the experience, nerves and what it means for her to be part of Fashion Week! (And check the Stylebook blog later for more from the event!)

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