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Pittsburgh Fashion Week seeks nominees for fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductions

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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For the fifth consecutive year, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will cap events with the induction of new members into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame.

The public is invited to nominate people with ties to Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty communities to be considered for induction. To make a nomination, people are asked to submit the following:

  • The name of the nominee
  • An explanation of why he/she deserves to be inducted
  • Contact information for the nominee

Send the information by March 21 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to Pittsburgh Fashion Week, P.O. Box 17947, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235.

Nominees will be evaluated based on the longevity and degree of impact they had on Pittsburgh's fashion and/or beauty scenes. They can be residents of the city or people who now live elsewhere but have Pittsburgh roots. Five to eight nominees will be recognized at Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

For the second year, the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame also will honor an up-and-coming member of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty industry with the "Exceptional Artist Award."

Honorees will be announced in the spring and inducted at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn on Sept. 28.

Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com

Photo: Some of the 2013 Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductees, from left Tom Julian, Jacqueline Capatolla (Exceptional Artist Awardee), Jean Bryant and Debbie Norrell. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

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Taking in the sights of London Fashion Week while stateside

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The fashion world knows no rest. Need convincing? Many just wrapped up the eight-day marathon of New York Fashion Week and are already overseas taking in the shows of London Fashion Week.

If you don't have the invites (or the stamina) to join them, there is still plenty to see from home. Here are some digital resources worth bookmarking:

*London Fashion Week's website: For a full list of shows and the chance to stream some of them, visit www.londonfashionweek.co.uk. Get the scoop on who's showing when and where, sponsors, showrooms and more.

*Style.com: This website is a fashion fan's best friend. It compiles a calendar of shows for Fashion Weeks across the globe, as well as slideshows featuring every look from runway shows and brief reviews of collections.

* Go-to Twitter, Instagram accounts: @LondonFashionWk is the event's Twitter account and shares photos from the runway, updates on events and more. The British Fashion Council's Instagram account @BritishFashionCouncil is another handy resource.

London Fashion Week kicked off Friday and ends Tuesday. Next up: Milan Fashion Week. What are your favorite sites for taking in overseas fashion shows from home?

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Pittsburgh approved to set up provisional chapter of Fashion Group International

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Pittsburgh's budding fashion scene is about to get a shot in the arm that could propel its reputation on the national, or even international, front.

The city has been approved to start a provisional chapter of Fashion Group International, a nonprofit that helps unite and promote fashion insiders from around the world. The group would serve as a unifying force for the Pittsburgh fashion scene and a network through which events could be held and professional connections could be established. Membership also would give Pittsburgh a common ground through which to communicate with fashion communities in other cities that belong to Fashion Group International.

About 20 years ago Pittsburgh had a Fashion Group International chapter. However, its leadership was rooted in the major department stores in the city at the time, and when they went under so did the group.

Under the direction of Stephanie Taylor, department chair for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's fashion retail management and fashion design programs, exploratory meetings have been held since July to gauge local interest in reviving a Fashion Group International chapter. The city had to submit to Fashion Group International's headquarters in New York City information highlighting Pittsburgh as a diverse fashion market, a viability statement listing some of the city's regular fashion events and a letter of intent requesting provisional status.

In the next year if Pittsburgh continues to prove its fashion, beauty and retail communities are viable enough to support Fashion Group International, it will then become a full-fledged chapter. Ms. Taylor will serve as regional director for the initial year.

The next public meeting will be 6-7:30 p.m. March 27 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. Email Ms. Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.fgi.org to learn more.

 

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So long until next time New York ... it's been real (snowy)

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NEW YORK -- Another New York Fashion Week has come to an end.

It saw it's ups (stunning fashions from some of the world's top designers). It had it's downs (a foot of snow, rain and tiny ice balls that smacked pedestrians in the face while walking outside). It had it's so-so moments (the mixed reviews to changes made to the tents at Lincoln Center, home to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week). 

Now industry elite are headed off to shows overseas in such fashion epicenters as Paris and Milan in the coming weeks. 

Overall trends were wearable, with cozy chic sweaters, boyish silhouettes, dark earthy hues and neutrals, all-over sequins and hints of winter pastels being among some of them. For the most part, many seem as though they'll be able to make the successful transition from the runway to retail.

Before Stylebook signs off from the Big Apple, here's a sampling of some of the Twitter moments from the final days of New York Fashion Week:

 

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Backstage beauty tips and tricks from Zang Toi at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- No one does drop-dead-gorgeous glamour quite like Malaysian designer Zang Toi. (It's the only fashion show I've ever been to that each season people clap for the clothes during the show.)

For his fall/winter 2014 collection, Mr. Toi was inspired by Shanghai 1930s and translated the theme into sexy-yet-sophisticated gray executive-style suits for women and glorious black and emerald gowns encrusted with crystals, plus a few things for men.

Experts from Zoya nail polish, Rene Furterer hair products and Dea Terra Italia, a new skincare line yet to hit the market in the U.S., helped bring the look together.

The Nails
Zoya created a trio of custom colors based on fabric swatches from Mr. Toi's collection. They included Peony Princess (brilliant jade), Shanghainese Songstress (opium) and Art Deco Goddess (onyx). Nail technicians created two manicure looks for the show: a two-toned style featuring a half moon in Art Deco Goddess at the base of the nail and Peony Princess at the top and all-onyx nails with a sprinkling of .6 millimeter hex sequins. 

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The Hair
The hairstyle channeled the drama and air of danger of Shanghai in the '30s, said celebrity hairstylist Eiji Yamane (pictured below). Models' hair was pulled back into a chignon, and Mr. Yamane clipped in pre-set hair pieces to add some wave to the look. Rene Furterer's Vegetal Styling Wax was used to control hair and give the wave extra shine. A spritz of Glossing Spray provided even more sheen, and the style was set with Rene Furterer's Vegetal Finishing Spray.

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The Skin
To give models' faces a porcelain glow, their skin was prepped with a facial using yet-to-be-released domestically products from Dea Terra Italia. Ingredients are harvested from plants and fruits across Italy, beginning with the white truffle of Alba. Products are free from parabens, mineral oils and petrolates and relax and refresh skin. 

The facials allowed models' makeup to be applied more smoothly and rejuvenated their skin after days of wearing heavy makeup for fashion shows.

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