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Runway recap: Hats galore top off Style Week Pittsburgh

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Another Style Week Pittsburgh is in the books!

For a second year, it concluded with a Brunch en Blanc, this time at Fieldwork Contemporary Gallery in Garfield. The main event: a hat show featuring designs by Pittsburgh-based milliner Gina Mazzotta Millinery. (Designer Gina Mazzotta is pictured above, at left, with Style Week Pittsburgh founder and director Wadria Taylor.)

Check out photos from the event below by Post-Gazette photographer Nate Guidry. Until next year -- #KeepPittsburghStylish!

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A few favorite fashion finds from Style Week Pittsburgh Day 4

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Beneath sunny skies on Saturday afternoon, Style Week Pittsburgh Day 4 (co-presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp.) brought a variety of art and fashion vendors to Market Square.

Stylebook was on the scene taking in the sights. Below is a few of my favorite things (in no particular order) ...

*Steel Town Jewelry by Audra Azoury*
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These laser-cut accessories have designs inspired by Pittsburgh's heritage and architecture. See more from the local brand at www.audraazoury.com.


*Younique Stiff Upper Lip stain*
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The ladies wearing these vibrant colors by Younique (the same brand known for its 3D mascara) today drank coffee and bottled water without a single smudge! Learn more at www.YouniqueProducts.com.


*Knotzland artisan bow ties*
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These bow ties are handmade in Pittsburgh and come in a bunch of different styles, prints and textures. Check them out at knotzland.com.


*Fall/winter hats by Gina Mazzotta Millinery*
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These everyday looks are chic and cozy -- and made in Pittsburgh. See more from the designer by appointment at her studio in the Diamond Building, Downtown, or visit ginamazzotta.com.


*Slip-on sandals from ShoeDIVA Boutique*
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Call these sandals the grown-up version of jelly shoes and flip flops. They can be dressed up or down and have a flexible sole for extra comfort. Browse the boutique at www.shoedivaboutique.com.


*Handmade necklaces by Vintage Valet*
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Marissa Zimmerman, who owns the Pittsburgh-based mobile boutique, repurposes beads and pins to create these vintage-inspired styles. Find out where the truck will be driving to next at www.thevintagevalet.com.

Style Week Pittsburgh concludes Sunday with a Brunch en Blanc at Fieldwork Contemporary Gallery in Garfield. Get the scoop HERE.

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Caught on camera: Sights + styles at Style Week Pittsburgh Day 3

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Day 3 of Style Week Pittsburgh took the city's chic to the East Liberty showroom of LUXE Home & Design for a fashion installation and, of course, shopping.

Like earlier in the week, mobile boutiques Vintage Valet and Style Truck greeted guests as models posed in the window wearing apparel from the trucks, plus selections from Social Status and other East Liberty-based retailers.

Inside, DJ David Pugliano kept the music coming while the sharp-dressed crowd browsed vendors, including Silpada DesignsKnotzland handmade bow ties and Chemistry.

Check out the scene in the video above and the photos below. Find out what's happening next at Style Week Pittsburgh HERE(Photography by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

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Style Week Pittsburgh founder and director Wadria Taylor with Jaylee Lemon of ReFined Culture, which helped produce the fashion installation.


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Nisha Blackwell, designer of Knotzland handmade bow ties, flanked by her models Joe Giannandrea (left) and Gerard Doswell-Hardick.


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From left, Grace Mrema, Lydiah Wanyoike and Irene Koroma were among the well-dressed guests spotted at the event.

 

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Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2: Style Awards salute city's fashion influencers

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Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2 brought with it a dose of deja vu. For the third annual Style Awards ceremony, the festivities returned to Perle in Market Square, where the first ever Style Week Pittsburgh event was held in 2013.

On Thursday night, a stylish crowd turned out to salute some of the contributors to Pittsburgh's fashion community, based on nominations by the public and Style Week's volunteer ambassadors. Debbie Norrell, lifestyles editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier, reprised her role as emcee for the night, which kicked off with a belly dance performance that got the crowd clapping along.

After the ceremony, people mixed and mingled over drinks and captured memories of the night on camera in front of the step-and-repeat banner. 

See a list of nominees and winners (in bold) below. Learn more about Style Week Pittsburgh HERE.

STYLE AWARDS 2015

Designer of the Year

Renee Piatt
Jazmin Jackson
Malcolm Williams


Boutique of the Year

Shop 412
Style Truck mobile boutique
Mid-Atlantic Mercantile
Style Exchange
Ujamma Collective
Exotic Hush boutique


Stylist of the Year

Christina Stein
House of Colour Pittsburgh


Model of the Year

Nick Redondo
Soigne Legacy
Sindel Barnes


Hair Stylist of the Year

Studio RAW
Mark Anthony's Hair Salon
Jacqueline Capatolla Salon
Dreamz Hair Salon
Tia Alib, Queen's Private Hair Studio


Artist of the Year

Sarah Zeffiro
Essence Houze
Bridgette Perdue
Krystyn B. Schneider
Anqwenique Wingfield


Makeup Artist of the Year

Tara McKnight
Brittney Webster


Best Dressed

Shellie Hipsky
Leigh Solomon-Pugliano


Fashion Industry Leader

Jaylee Lemon
Stephanie Taylor

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Style Week Pittsburgh: Caught on camera (and more scoop from Day 1)

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There was plenty to do and see Wednesday evening at the opening night of Style Week Pittsburgh, held for the first time at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

The fashionable festivities poured into the street outside the venue, where the Style Truck and Vintage Valet mobile boutiques were set up selling apparel and accessories to help fashionistas transition their wardrobes from summer to fall. The buzz continued by the door with a red carpet and step-and-repeat area where guests could pose for pictures before entering the lobby.20150812bwFashionMag10-9

Inside, a pre-party was under way with music, cocktails, a photo booth by TapSnap, a cosmetics table featuring Younique products and a station where people could get a henna tattoo.

Then came the main event -- the fashion showcase in the theater. Former Post-Gazette fashion editor LaMont Jones served as emcee for the night and welcomed to the stage fashions by four designers: Lana NeumeyerDiana Misetic and Jazmin Jackson (all of whom are based in Pittsburgh; pictured, at right, from left to right) and Toya Taylor, who is from Jamaica. The collections complemented each other well. From Ms. Misestic's more muted color palette and skilled feminine details to the vibrant prints presented by the other designers, each collection had a unique aesthetic.

After the show, the audience had a chance to learn more about the designers' backgrounds and approaches to their work in a Q&A moderated by Mr. Jones. The designers spoke candidly about their views on fashion, including what celebrity they'd like to design a red carpet look for if they had the chance. (Ms. Misetic: Brad Pitt, Ms. Neumeyer: Lady Gaga and Ms. Jackson: A woman with curves.) Style Week Pittsburgh founder and director Wadria Taylor (pictured, from left to right, with Kia Wormsley of City Style 412) and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's executive director Janera Solomon also addressed the crowd. 

Monica Mendez, executive director for Dress for Success Pittsburgh, shared a few words about why she was gracious to Style Week for being selected as its non-profit partner for 2015. 20150812bwFashionMag11-10

"Clothing means a lot to people. It shows everyone else who we are," Ms. Mendez said. "It's about fashion. It's about feeling good about yourself. That's why I like Style Week Pittsburgh."

A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success Pittsburgh to support its mission of outfitting women who are trying to enter (or renter) the workforce. 

After the show came the after party. DJ Selecta provided the beats as guests turned the lobby into a dance floor into the night.

Check out scenes from the opening event in the video above. Photography by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette.

Learn more about Style Week Pittsburgh HERE.

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