Pittsburgh Fashion Week's final night at Highmark Stadium looked a lot like its first -- a packed house.
Few seats were left empty while a few dozen people squeezed in to stand behind the rows of chairs to view the work of five designers: DebrAnn Weiss & Co., Allison Elizabeth Designs, Bradford Mumpower, Zeina Lou Designs: High & Tight Swimwear and Xalter Zaughn.
The evening opened with a twist -- and a flip. Acrobats and dancers jumped, turned and did back handsprings down the runway in between models in the DebrAnn Weiss show, which featured formal and everyday apparel created from natural fibers with an emphasis on Alpaca and organic cottons. The show closed with a couple guest models, including Shellie Hipsky, this year's Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame exceptional artist awardee.
Two designers spotlighted swimwear: Allison Elizabeth Designs and Zeina Lou Designs. The latter caters to women who crave a little extra coverage (while still wanting to feel sexy and in style) with higher-waisted bikini bottoms and tops that provide more support.
A pair of male designers rounded out the lineup. Mr. Mumpower played with bold prints and vintage-inspired silhouettes for his wonderfully wearable pieces. Xalter Zaughn largely stuck to grays and creams and clean lines for the brand's looks for men and women.
Jacqueline's Salon styled models for the night. Adding to the excitement, a casting director from the upcoming film "The Last Witch Hunter" was in the audience scouting models.
This was the first year for Pittsburgh Fashion Week to hold multiple days' events at a single venue.
"It's been helpful being at one venue," founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson said earlier in the week. "I feel content."
Pittsburgh Fashion Week resumes for Day 6 at 7 p.m. at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, with the "Back to Basics" student designer showcase. Tickets: showclix.com.
DebrAnn Weiss & Co.
Allison Elizabeth Designs
Zeina Lou Designs