Pittsburgh Fashion Week comes to a close today with the annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductions at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.
In addition to the honorees, another woman of the hour is Miyoshi Anderson, Pittsburgh Fashion Week's founder and director. She is responsible for overseeing the week's festivities and leading the way when looking ahead to next year. A former dancer and model, she created the annual event four years ago to help bring more work and networking opportunities to the area for Pittsburgh-based models, designers and stylists.
My favorite part about Pittsburgh Fashion Week is ... everything. But if I had to pick one, being at the Fashion Hall of Fame reminds me that this is what brought us through the week. The luncheon solidifies it.
My favorite part about Pittsburgh Fashion Week is ... keeping the full week organized. Now that we are four years in, we've got a handle on it. It is like organizing seven weddings in one week.
One of my proudest moments at Pittsburgh Fashion Week has been ... accomplishing the inaugural week and watching the fashion industry wake up from being dormant.
My Fashion Week survival tip is ... praying. It keeps me at peace.
If I could feature any designer from any place at Pittsburgh Fashion Week, it would be ... many designers we would like to highlight. We would bring back Zang Toi. Being a high-profile designer he took a chance on a new company. Most of all, he helped make our first year top notch and almost effortless.
My three wardrobe must-haves are ... my very own creation, a peplum belt. It is an accessory that can be added to just about anything: shorts, a dress, slacks, jeans. [Other must-haves are] my latest lip color, pale pink with a light gloss, and my large crystal stud earrings.
To me, fashion is ... a painter's paint palette. You never know what you can create until you step into your closet.
Anything special planned for the fifth anniversary you can give a hint about now? The creative minds are always firing. Nothing can be revealed at this point. We plan to always bring something we never have before, whether it's a new concept, new partnership or new locations.