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FashionAFRICANA debuts clothing line at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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For 14 years, FashionAFRICANA has strived to broaden the standard of beauty through fashion and the arts. This year, it did it with the debut of a ready-to-wear fashion line, a collaboration between FashionAFRICANA, Pittsburgh-based designer Diana Misetic, leading African handmade fabric company Mariama Fashion Production and the There Is No Limit Foundation, a non-profit that provides educational and employment opportunities to women in Africa.

The Pittsburgh fashion community got its first glimpse of the collection on Friday at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh's Hall of Sculpture in Oakland.

The event got off to a fashionably late start -- but the fashions were worth the wait. Models sauntered around the cavernous hall to classical music performed by the Duke Quintet and wore colorful, tastefully tie-dye dresses. The soft hues were beautiful, and the silhouettes (belted and paneled dresses, for instance) were modern and flattering. Adding to the showmanship of it all were exquisite headdresses blooming with oversized florals by Pittsburgh-based milliner Gina Mazzotta. The goal is to turn the clothes into a mass-produced collection that the public can purchase.

After the fashion show, guests were treated to a dance performance by Kizomba Feeling Pittsburgh, which was rich with palpable sensuality.

The evening also recognized women who exemplify the mission of FashionAFRICANA through their lives and careers in fashion. This year's honorary chairs were Pittsburgh-based fashion designer Kiya Tomlin and Mariama Mounir Camara-Petrolawicz, founder of Mariama Fashion Production and co-founder of There Is No Limit Foundation.

FashionAFRICANA is produced by founder Demeatria Boccella, along with co-producer Darnell L. McLaurin

Photos: Above, models wearing pieces from the debut collection and members of the FashionAFRICANA team pose for a post-show picture. Below, models wear dresses from the debut FashionAFRICANA clothing line and headdresses by Gina Mazzotta.

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Drum roll, please ... Pantone releases fall 2015 color report

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NEW YORK -- Earthy neutrals and bold statement colors are expected to be style staples come fall, experts at Pantone say.

Timed with New York Fashion Week, the color forecaster released its fall report outlining what hues it predicts will be prominent for the season for men and women's fashions.

The palette includes dried herb, desert sage, stormy weather blue, oak buff, biscay bay teal, reflecting pond (a cool blue), cadmium orange, cashmere rose, amethyst orchid and marsala, the Pantone color of the year for 2015.

The mix of shades is meant to "reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural," Pantone says.

See the full report at www.pantone.com.

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NYFW via Pittsburgh: Art Institute grad Romina Vairo makes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh pride was alive and well inside the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night as one of its own showed a collection on the runway.

Romina Vairo, 23, of Pleasant Hills was one of a dozen students and recent grads of Art Institute schools across the country selected to share some of their designs in The Art Institutes runway show.

Check out the video below to hear Ms. Vairo talk backstage before the show about the experience, nerves and what it means for her to be part of Fashion Week! (And check the Stylebook blog later for more from the event!)

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NYFW runway recap: Family, food + fashion with Rachel Zoe

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NEW YORK -- When people think of fashion shows, sometimes there's an image of hierarchical seating charts and only a few seconds to soak up designs as the models whisk by wearing them. Meanwhile, the designer waits behind the scenes just to emerge for a few seconds at the end of the show.

At Rachel Zoe's unveiling of her Fall 2015 collection on Tuesday, guests were invited into a bright, intimate space to sip drinks, munch on macaroons and browse her '60s-inspired collection as the designer worked the room and her pint-sized son, Skyler, danced about delighting onlookers.

"This season I decided to move away from bohemia," the designer said in the collection notes. "The collection is a contemporary take on mod fashion."

She pulled influences from such fashion icons of the era as Twiggy and Penelope Tree. The results: black-and-white pieces, fur and feather details, metallic silver evening wear and a tailored suit wallpapered in leopard print, to name a few. It all had a definite mod-British feel, while still feeling modern and fresh.

Photos: Above, fashion designer Rachel Zoe, left, tells her son to smile for the camera. Below, looks from the Rachel Zoe Fall 2015 collection. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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Runway recap: J.Crew unveils fall collection for men and women at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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NEW YORK — Come fall, it will be easy to beat the cold-weather blues with brilliant colors, a dose of bling and swoon-worthy accessories for women and some cozy casual pieces for men.

That's what the brand featured Tuesday morning at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week inside the tents at Lincoln Center. Some standouts for women were separates drenched in sequins of varying shades and sizes, an embellished button-down top, strong statement outerwear and playful mixing of colors, prints and fabrics. For the jumpsuit girl, J.Crew offered an off-white tuxedo-style one. And those shoes  there were ones with sparkles, fringe, animal prints and more!

The J. Crew man can expect a relaxed style for fall, with jogger pants, textured turtleneck sweaters, a little plaid and several nice jackets. Colors  from everyday wear to slim suits — were heavy on camel, navy, charcoal, light rust and varieties of green.

Follow PG style editor Sara Bauknecht on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG. Photos by Sara Bauknecht.

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