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NYFW backstage beauty: Nail art tricks to try at home

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NEW YORK – Clothes won’t be all that's splashed with color and intricate patterns come next spring.  Nail designs that emphasize the “art” in “nail art” will be having a moment, too.

Backstage at the Nicole Miller spring/summer 2017 runway show, nail technicians free-handedly painted cross patterns (pictured above) in sage green (Ireland) and sherbet orange (Arizona) by Zoya on models’ nails. The look was created to complement the vibrant prints and rich colors in the designer’s Panama-themed collection.

But don’t be intimated by playful nail prints like these, said lead manicurist Holly Falcone. In this case, get the look at home with the following steps:

1.) Paint a cross in Ireland (or another color of your choosing) in the middle of the nail

2.) Leave a space and trace each edge of the cross with a contrasting color

3.) Fill in the space along the outer edge with the original color so that it matches the first cross

4.) Voila – you should end up with something that looks like an artsy maze

 

NEW YORK – Clothes won’t be the only thing splashed with color and intricate patterns come next spring.  Nail designs that emphasize the “art” in “nail art” will be having a moment.

Backstage at the Nicole Miller spring/summer 2017 runway show, nail technicians freehandedly painted cross patterns in sage green (Ireland) and sherbet orange (Arizona) by Zoya on models’ nails. The look was created to complement the vibrant prints and rich colors in the designer’s Panama-themed collection.

But don’t be intimated by playful nail prints like these, said lead manicurist Holly Falcone. In this case, get the look at home with the following steps:

1.)    Paint a cross in Ireland (or another color of your choosing) in the middle of the nail

2.)    Leave a space and trace each edge of the cross with a contrasting color

3.)    Fill in the space along the outer edge with the original color so that it matches the first cross

4.)    Voila – you should end up with something that looks like an artsy maze

 

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Runway recap: Banana Republic's spring 2017 collection (and how you can shop it now)

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NEW YORK -- Spring 2017 was in bloom over the weekend at Banana Republic's New York Fashion Week presentation. But there's no need to wait until then to take home some of the looks.

The retailer is one of the latest to opt for a see now/buy now format, a trend that has a number of brands this season hoping to turn heightened social media exposure during New York Fashion Week into immediate sales. (Typically, collections premiered during the September fashion week aren't available for several months.)

Fifteen of the pieces -- including shirt dresses, a fringe sweatshirt, a cropped moto jacket and a couple of Italian suede shoulder bags -- went on sale at BananaRepublic.com and Banana Republic's Flatiron store in New York City following the event. They were curated by brand style ambassador Olivia Palermo.

The rest of the collection stayed true to fashion week tradition and will hit stores early next year in time for spring. Inspired by the colors and landscapes of India, expect checkered suiting and separates, unassuming paisley prints, sophisticated-yet-wearable textures and neutrals punched up with pops of color.

(Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Runway recap: Scenes from the Tommy Hilfiger #TommyNow runway show

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NEW YORK -- The chaos and pageantry of New York Fashion Week have been likened to a carnival. This time, it featured a real one, courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger.

On Friday, the designer transformed part of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan into Tommy Pier, complete with rides, festival foods, arcade games and, of course, a star-studded runway show. 

This event like none other celebrated the label's first see now/buy now collection and the debut of TommyXGigi, a collaborative capsule collection with supermodel Gigi Hadid. Pieces seen on the runway are available now at Tommy.com and in stores. 

Check out scenes from the carnival below. If you're in New York City today, stop by Tommy Pier, which will be open to the public all day. (Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger)

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New York Fashion Week kicks off with Bill Cunningham tribute

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The first day of New York Fashion Week typically is buzzing with fevered fashion excitement. This time, however, Day 1 was missing something special.

This month's New York Fashion Week, which kicked off Thursday at venues across the city, marked the first since legendary street-style photographer Bill Cunningham died in June following a stroke. He was 87.

For years, he'd chronicled the streets of New York City, especially during fashion week, with his 35-millimeter camera. No matter the weather or the time of day, he could be spotted outside the venues standing unassumingly among the throngs of other photographers. Other times, he'd be seen seated at a runway show in the first or second row, flanked by designer-clad celebrities and editors who made his signature blue jacket and khaki pants appear all the more modest.

As a tribute to his legacy in fashion and photography, photographers (pictured above via Instagram) covering shows Thursday morning at The Dock inside Skylight at Moynihan Station near Penn Station were given blue jackets reminiscent of Mr. Cunningham's to wear. They were designed by show sponsors IMG, along with Villency Design Group.

"Though he's no longer with us, Bill Cunningham's legacy lives on. We see his influences every day on the streets of New York, and we miss him," SVP and IMG Fashion managing director Catherine Bennett said in a statement. "As New York Fashion Week kicks off, we acknowledge this incredible man through the individuals who will carry on his passion for life and love of fashion."

READ MORE: Remembering Bill Cunningham

 

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Things to do this week, Aug. 22-28, in Pittsburgh fashion

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Style Week Pittsburgh is over, but there are still plenty of fashion events to check out this week across Pittsburgh. Here's a sampling of some of them ...

First annual Make Me Over fashion extravaganza: Enjoy a night of food, fun and fashions in support of the Black College Tour. Two winners will receive makeovers. Plus, there will be a runway show spotlighting designs by Cary D. Heard, along with Starr Thomas, Tyler Kirkland and Leesa Kassler. It's 7-11 p.m. Saturday at 184 Washington Place, Uptown. Tickets: $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP at www.cdhlabel.com or 412-512-6130 and 412-977-1136.

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East sale: New and gently worn items for maternity through teens will be for sale, much of it 50 to 90 percent off retail price. Consignors will earn 60 percent of the sales of their items, or 70 percent if they volunteer during the event.

The sale at Monroeville Convention Center runs 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday ($3 admission; kids are free), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (free admission) and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (free admission), when many items will be marked half price. Information: pittsburgheast.jbfsale.com.

Cut & Sew Studio junior fashion show, pop-up gallery talk at The Frick Pittsburgh: As part of the museum's Summer Fridays at The Frick series, fifth-grade students through high school seniors will use shoes from the "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" exhibition as inspiration for their designs, which they'll present during the event. It's 5-9 p.m. Friday at the museum in Point Breeze.

At 7:30 p.m. in The Frick Art Museum galleries, Karin Legato, owner of the former fashion boutique Emphatics, will discuss her background in fashion and the upcoming Emphatics exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, which will display pieces from the boutiques extensive designer archives.

Information: www.thefrickpittsburgh.com or 412-371-0600.

Style Spotlight: Lana Neumeyer at Adda Coffee & Tea House: In celebration of the Rio Olympics this month, see a fashion presentation by Pittsburgh-based designer Lana Neumeyer, a native of Brazil, from 6-9 p.m. Friday at 200 South Highland Ave., Shadyside. Information: www.addacoffeehouse.com.

Celia Grace trunk show at Glitter & Grit bridal boutique: Browse vintage-inspired fair-trade bridal wear. Dresses are designed to be not only elegant and stylish but also eco-friendly. See the line by appointment through Sunday at 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Contact www.glitterandgritpgh.com or 412-781-2375 to schedule an appointment.

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni trunk show at Larrimor's: Shop eco-friendly, wrinkle-free designs made in Italy that combine stretch jersey materials with striking lean lines. Available in sizes 2 through 16. Customizations are available withing four weeks. Stop by One PNC Plaza, Downtown, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

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