Pittsburgh Fashion Week returned to Highmark Stadium near Station Square on Thursday for a night of impressive women's fashion.
The five designers -- V to V Custom Fit Clothing by Robin Whitmer, Leslie Harris, Glenda Bonds: 5.0 Sisterhood, Lorette Pendergrast: Lorette's Fashions and Tammy Jackson: Saani Mac -- all showcased looks that easily could be whisked from the runway to the real world. They catered to the everyday woman with figure-flattering silhouettes, practical prints and color schemes (largely neutrals with the occasional pop of cobalt blue or turquoise) that are on trend.
Among the standout looks was a pair of pants hand embellished with crystals (pictured below) by Ms. Jackson that closed the night to great applause. Ms. Bonds' collection designed with clothes for women 50 years and older in mind was another highlight with timeless pieces that prove strong style doesn't have to waiver with age.
Keeping with the "model mayhem" angle of this year's Fashion Week, each designer's showcase featured another fresh crop of models. More than 340 models will take part in Pittsburgh Fashion Week this season with no model walking in more than one show. Hair and makeup was styled by Nikki Thomas, Ashley Canada and Sherva MMO (Make Me Over).
Shows once again were well attended, with few empty seats in the front row and audience members staying engaged through the end. Throughout the night guests had the chance to shop jewelry, clothes and more at the Fashion Avenue market place on the lower level.
Pittsburgh Fashion Week picks back up at 5:30 p.m. today with the last day of the Fashion Avenue market place and another designer showcase at 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium. Tickets: ticketmaster.com. Information: pittsburghfashionweek.com.
V to V Custom Clothing by Robin Whitmer
Glenda Bonds: 5.0 Sisterhood
Lorette Pendergrast: Lorette's Fashions
Tammy Jackson: Saani Mac