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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Backstage with hairstylist Philip Pelusi

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh was well represented backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday night, thanks to hairstylist and product artist -- and Bloomfield native -- Philip Pelusi of Philip Pelusi Salons and his team of stylists, several of whom he brought with him from his home city.

Once again Mr. Pelusi collaborated with designer Kati Stern to come up with a hairstyle for models in the runway show for her collection, Venexiana.

The hairdo was dubbed "Opposite Attraction" because it combined crimped hair with smooth strands. It even can be attempted at home, Mr. Pelusi said, by pulling half of the hair into a pony tail and leaving the rest down. Then crimp the bottom pieces and twist it all into a low bun on a diagonal near the nape of the neck.

To prep models' locks for the look, he used products from his Tela Beauty Organics and P2x2 product lines. Key products from Tela: a "dri" shampoo and hair healer (considered a BB cream for the hair).

Mr. Pelusi's influence has been reaching beyond the runway. His Tela Beauty Organics line is now sold on beauty websites in the United Kingdom and Germany, and his team is in the process of bringing Tela products to all Philip Pelusi Salons.

Photos: (Above) From left Jeffrey Reitz, Philip Pelusi, Lisa Krszal and Sam Canavan. Mr. Pelusi and the creative directors from Pittsburgh posed for press photos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Below) The "Opposite Attraction" hairstyle in the works, followed by the final look. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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NY Fashion Week: What I Wore ... Part I

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

NEW YORK -- At New York Fashion Week, the style show continues off the catwalks and on the streets where fashion enthusiasts try to put their best fashion foot forward for passersby and paparazzi who populate Lincoln Center's plaza all week.

What I wore ... Part I

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Because my first day at this season's Fashion Week featured primarily night events, I decided to go with a look that channeled a Saturday night out on the town sensibility. The little black dress with faux leather and rhinestone details is from Express, while the strappy black zip-up stilettos are by Nine West. 


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I dressed up the simple dress with big, bold accessories. (It is New York Fashion Week, after all!) The leopard-print claw is from Rite Aid, sunglasses and chain necklace are from Francesca's, ring is from Pier 1 Imports and the gold-and-black cuff is from Serendipity accessories, Downtown.

 

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Trend alert! Four trends to watch at New York Fashion Week

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Whether you're following New York Fashion Week from the catwalk or your couch, here are some of the trends to be on the look out for during the week.

According to fashion forecasters at WGSN, a trend analysis and research group, there are four categories of clothes that are expected to dominate style for next spring and summer.

Feminine fashions brought to life through tinted pastels, empire waistlines and lots of light laces that can be mixed effortlessly with other fabrics like cotton could be popular, says Lizzy Bowring, WGSN's head of catwalks. Meanwhile designers also likely will infuse their fashions with androgynous elements executed in fresh ways.

Nods to styles of past decades, particularly the 1940s-1970s, will have their moment on the runway, alongside the continuation of sports-influenced apparel that has been important in recent seasons.

When it comes to color, purple is leading the pack. Expect to see it in a range of shades from soft lavenders to deep indigo.

Photo: Masculine meets feminine on the runway at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Courtesy of OPI, which styled the models' nails for the show.

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Coming up in Pittsburgh style+society: Party at the Pier, plus ModCloth fashion tips

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Get ready to get your glam on!

In this week's "Setting the SEEN," Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I get the inside scoop on RiverLife's upcoming Party at the Pier: Gold and Glam event at the Rivers Casino riverfront.

Need help sprucing up your style with some sparkle? ModCloth has created wardrobe inspiration boards for the event and styled us for the day! Stay tuned to the credits for more fashion and social happenings in Pittsburgh this weekend.

Like the ModCloth pieces featured in this week's episode? Check out the links below to purchase what I wore.

Watch it all here or in the box below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Fashion show, shopping spree at Carabella Oakmont

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When fashion meets philanthropy, you can't be out of style!

In this week's "Setting the SEEN," Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht preview the "Do You Believe in Magic?" fashion show that will be held this evening at Carabella Oakmont to support the Alzheimer's Association.
 
The event will include cocktails and catwalks and a unique shopping spree prize that brings new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop!" (Aside: In 30 seconds, I managed to layer on more than $1,100 in merchandise during the shopping spree challenge!) Stay tuned to the end of the show to get the scoop on other fashion and social events taking place this weekend across Pittsburgh.
 
Click here to watch this week's video or view it in the box below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

 

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