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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Baseball fashion, family-friendly fun and more

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Take me out to the ballgame -- in style!

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about some stylish ways to show off your sports pride, plus several family-friendly events happening across the city this weekend.

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Support strong for FGI Pittsburgh at first meeting as provisional chapter

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More than 60 people turned out Thursday evening at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, for the first general meeting since Pittsburgh was granted permission to establish a provisional chapter of Fashion Group International, a nonprofit that unites and promotes fashion communities across the globe.

Ideas for getting the group going were the night's discussion points, led by Stephanie Taylor (pictured above, at center), who heads the fashion retail management and fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ms. Taylor initiated last summer efforts to bring an FGI chapter back to the city. (One existed here about 20 years ago but fizzled out as the city's major retailers closed.)

She was inspired to try to rejuvenate the group locally based on a lack of a nucleus in Pittsburgh for fashion where everyone can come together and exchange ideas and network. FGI Miyoshi

"I know there's a lot of talent here in Pittsburgh fashion-wise, but I don't know who to connect with," she said she commonly heard. FGI Pittsburgh could help forge those connections.

Ms. Taylor will serve as director of the Pittsburgh chapter during its probationary period, which could last six months to a year. Janey Cink and Renee McCafferty also will serve on the board as public relations and social media directors. A co-director, membership coordinator, programming coordinator, financial coordinator, secretary and development coordinator still are being sought for the board of directors. 

To achieve permanent status, the Pittsburgh chapter has to put in place a solid board of directors and have at least 40 members attend meetings and events on a regular basis. FGI's headquarters in New York City will determine when Pittsburgh's chapter can move beyond provisional status.

At the meeting, attendees split into five discussion groups to brainstorm ideas for the fledgling group. Conversations covered ways to attract members, brand building, community events and how to create a presence on social media.

Those interested in applying for a position on the board of directors should email a letter of interest and resume to Stephanie Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 14. The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. May 29 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Learn more about membership at www.fgi.org.

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Discussion groups under way at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, on Thursday at a FGI Pittsburgh meeting. Above right, Miyoshi Anderson, founder and executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, leads a discussion group about member recruitment. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: National Fragrance Day, charity galas and Style Truck on the move

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Do you know what today is?

Besides being Friday, of course, it's National Fragrance Day, a time to explore the beauty world's bevy of sensational scents.

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk perfume picks, plus some of the parties taking place around Pittsburgh this weekend where you could wear some of them.

Do you have a favorite fragrance? Share it in the comment thread below, and be sure to tune in next Friday for the latest episode of Setting the SEEN.

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Fashion designer L'Wren Scott found dead in New York apartment

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While the fashion world remembers today Lee Alexander McQueen, a designer gone too soon as the result of suicide, the news of another loss has been reported.

Fashion designer L'Wren Scott (pictured above with partner Mick Jagger; Mike Segar/Reuters) was found dead in her New York apartment from an apparent suicide. More details about her death are below, as reported by Reuters:

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday from an apparent suicide, according to a law enforcement official.

Scott, 47, a former model whose timeless style, modern, classic and sexy fashions were favorites among A-List Hollywood stars such as Nicole Kidman, was found hanging from a scarf in her apartment in the morning.

Police confirmed that a female was found "unconscious and unresponsive" in an apartment building on 11th Avenue in Manhattan.

A spokesperson for Jagger said he is "completely shocked and devastated" by the news. The pair have been dating for several years.

Scott, who was raised in Utah, started her career as a fashion model in Paris before becoming a designer. Last year, she announced a deal to design a small collection for Banana Republic stores.

 

 

 

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It's #AlexanderMcQueenDay on Twitter

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While many are marking the luck of the Irish today, the fashion world is saluting the life of the late designer Lee Alexander McQueen (pictured above, courtesy of Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images). Alexander-McQueen-shoes

He died in February 2010, when he was found hanging in his London home. It was ruled a suicide. McQueen would have turned 45 years old today.

In recent days, fashion fans have taken to Twitter to encourage people to commemorate the late designer's birthday by using the hashtag #AlexanderMcQueenDay. The goal: get the phrase trending on social media so his birthday won't be forgotten. His legacy and designs never will be.

Photo above right: Shoes from Alexander McQueen spring-summer 2010 ready-to-wear fashion show. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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