NEW YORK -- Fashion is more than just a hobby for Kaitlyn and Arianna Costanzo, 21-year-old twins from Fox Chapel. It's a career goal and a passion.
They're both fashion bloggers (Kaitlyn's site is The Layered Lineup and Arianna's blog is Flawed Paradise). Plus, this past summer they interned for the Brooklyn-based jewelry band K/LLER Collection. They also study public relations and advertising at Point Park University.
But one of their biggest breaks to date is being tapped by the shopping website and app Polyvore to attend New York Fashion Week as community correspondents, who go behind the scenes and attend shows and report on them for the website's fashion followers.
Stylebook caught up with the twins as they headed to the Big Apple.
What was your reaction to being invited to New York Fashion Week?
Kaitlyn: It's always been a dream, so it's pretty exciting.
What do you hope to take away from the experience?
Arianna: We both just want to grow ourselves. Being in Pittsburgh, we don't have as many opportunities in the fashion industry.
Has being in Pittsburgh made it challenging for you to break into the fashion industry?
Kaitlyn: I think it's been a little difficult. I've always been slightly afraid to fully express myself fashion-wise. There definitely are some people in Pittsburgh who are fashionable. Some people look at you the wrong way if you're wearing something that's different other than a sports jersey.
So how would you describe your personal style?
Kaitlyn: Edgy, but calm and cool. I really look up to designer Saint Laurent.
Arianna: My biggest inspiration ever since I was young was Alexander McQueen.
Where's your favorite place to shop in Pittsburgh?
Kaitlyn and Arianna: Ross Park Mall
What's your fashion dream job?
Kaitlyn: I would love to either possibly be a stylist because I've always looked up to Rachel Zoe, or just be able to work under or in the company of a high-fashion brand.
Arianna: I agree. Or eventually having something of my own.
Photos: From left, Arianna and Kaitlyn Costanzo. Courtesy of Polyvore.