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Runway recap: Pittsburgh Fashion Week Day 5 spotlights student designers

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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The sixth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week came to a close Saturday night by focusing on the future -- the designers of the future, that is.

The student designers show has become a Pittsburgh Fashion Week tradition and once again took place in the gallery of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. To participate, students were required to complete a "Project Runway"-style audition process, said Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson, that involved multiple rounds of submitting garments for consideration.

This year's selected designers were Stephanie MoyeGerald Love and Nicole O'Brien, all students at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (pictured above from right to left; photo by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette).

Ms. Moye's collection capitalized on black and shades of pink and seemed to cater to the strong, confident woman, with looks for work and play. Mr. Love colored his clothes with an '80s vibe with vibrant paint splatter prints and his signature bow details. Ms. O'Brien said her designs were inspired by "the modern native" and used fabrics like neoprene and silk fringe to to give garments movement and flow.

Each designer had a clear voice that was conveyed through the clothes and how models were styled.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week was scheduled to hold its annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame luncheon today at the Omni William Penn hotel, but it was rescheduled for Oct. 25 at the Downtown hotel due to unforeseen circumstances, Ms. Anderson said.

Learn more about Pittsburgh Fashion Week here. To watch a video of the student designers discussing their collections in advance of the show, find it here(Photos below by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

STEPHANIE MOYE

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GERALD LOVE

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NICOLE O'BRIEN

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