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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Fashion week auditions

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Calling all Pittsburgh-based designers and models! Seeking something to do this Saturday afternoon? Check out this week's "Setting the SEEN" video for suggestions.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week and Style Week Pittsburgh are holding auditions for their respective events. Plus, SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga has the scoop on this week's top parties and charity events.

Check it out in the video below. Until next time, we'll be seeing you!

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FGI Pittsburgh announces inaugural board members for provisional chapter

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The latest Fashion Group International Pittsburgh meeting on Thursday attracted a standing room only crowd to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown.

The highlight of the public gathering was the announcement of the group's first board FGImembers. They are: Stephanie Taylor (president), Marissa Zimmerman (secretary), Miyoshi Anderson (membership), Alexis Macklin (treasurer/fundraiser), Vanessa Fellers (programming), Jane Cink and Renee McCafferty (social media) and Wadria Taylor (public relations).

The board members' terms will run about a year to a year and a half. Candidates still are being sought and considered for the roles of co-director to the president and a student membership director. Interested candidates should email a resume to Ms. Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The board brainstormed with attendees suggestions for the fledgling group's short-term goals. Events that spotlight Pittsburgh's fashion and art talents, such as a panel discussion or a mixer, were popular ideas. The last half hour of the meeting was devoted to a fashion speed round in which the floor was open to guests to introduce themselves and share information about their work.

To apply for membership, visit fgi.org. Applications submitted online will be forwarded to the Pittsburgh board members, who will review applicants at their monthly meetings. If approved, they are shared with Fashion Group International's headquarters in New York to review. The initial application fee is $30.

Fashion Group International is a global non-profit that supports and connects fashion insiders from across the globe. Pittsburgh was granted provisional chapter status earlier in the year. If the city proves that it's fashion community is viable enough to support the group, within six months to a year the local group could become a full-fledged chapter.

The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. June 26. Information and questions regarding FGI Pittsburgh can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , @FGIPittsburgh on Twitter and on Facebook.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Fashion and fun at The Warhol

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The Andy Warhol Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded gala and the opening of a new exhibit, "Warhol and Halston: Silver and Suede."

"Setting the SEEN" got a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit and some scoop on the party. Check it out in the video below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

 

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Sandra Cadavid post-NYC update, fall accessories preview

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A welcome home trunk show was held last week at the Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room, Downtown, in honor of Pittsburgh-based designer Sandra Reiman (pictured at right), who recently returned from showing pieces from her handbag collection Sandra Cadavid at Henri Bendel in New York City.

Twice each year designers from across the globe vie for a chance to showcase their collections at the upscale fashion retailer's flagship SandraCadavid 120location in midtown Manhattan. On these biannual designer days, in just a few hours the store easily sees about 1,000 designers, from which only about 20 are selected from a trunk show. Ms. Reiman was one of them.

The brand surpassed the store's expectation for trunk show sales after the first day of the three-day engagement, Ms. Reiman said. Historically, collections that perform well could be invited back for future engagements or even carried in the flagship store. But while Ms. Reiman was en route to New York, she heard the news that Henri Bendel's parent company, L Brands, announced that the flagship would no longer carry third-party vendors, making an opportunity to have her line carried there unlikely.

"It took the wind out of my sails," Ms. Reiman said. Nevertheless, she and business partner Yu-Ling Cheng made some good connections at the trunk show.

At Proper Pittsburgh, handbags and jewelry were on display for guests to browse. Bags are made by hand in Ms. Reiman's native country of Colombia. The jewelry on site included potential pieces for upcoming collections, which emphasized airy sophistication with clean, thin shapes. Also new were leather zipper wallets in rich colors with ample slots for organizing money and credit cards inside.

For more on the Sandra Cadavid collection, visit www.sandracadavid.com.

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Potential earrings for an upcoming Sandra Cadavid jewelry collection.


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A horseshoe necklace, a new piece by Sandra Cadavid.


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Handbags from the Sandra Cadavid collection.


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New Sandra Cadavid wallets.

(Photos: Headshot by Natalie Morris. Collection photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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ICYMI: Head-turning fashions from the Met Gala

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Forget about award season! The red carpet at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York City is a visual feast for designer fashion.

This year's event followed a ceremony earlier in the day that opened the new Anna Wintour Costume Center, with Michelle Obama on hand to cut the ribbon. Then it was party on for the star-studded guest list, which had the chance to get a first look at the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" exhibit.

Here are some of Stylebook's fashion favorites and fails of the night:

Best dressed

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Karolina Kurkova stunned in this voluminous masterpiece by Marchesa.


The look we most wanted to like -- but just couldn't

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Fashion loves Lupita Nyong'o. But on social media last night the consensus was that we wanted to love this green tribal-esque Prada look, too -- but it couldn't be done. Not this time. It was perhaps her first fashion flop. It felt too risky for the glamorous Met Gala, where Lupita could have topped the best dressed list in something more elegant.

Fabulous in floral

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Emmy Rossum's fashion sense was in full bloom with this wallpaper print Carolina Herrera gown. Bold -- but not overdone.


Sexiest couple

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Beyonce -- we have four words: Sheer black Givenchy -- wow! This beaded gown with plunging neckline and birdcage headpiece mixed mystery with sex appeal in all the right ways. (And hubby Jay Z didn't look too shabby himself.)


Cropped and chic

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Crop tops were trending on the red carpet. Some showed a sliver of skin and paired the peek-a-boo top with a matching or slightly off-color floor-length skirt. Rihanna and Gabrielle Union dared to bare more belly with tops that cut just below the bust line. Who wore it best: Emma Stone scored with this Thakoon look.

Uh-oh ...

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Oh, Katie Holmes. What happened? Ironically, one of the best and the worst dresses of the night were by the same designer -- Marchesa. This gown overwhelms Katie, and the loosely curled locks don't help. This style of dress might look OK on Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" but not at the Met Gala.


Golden girl

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Lea Michele glistened in gold metallic. Enough said!


When bigger isn't better ...

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Some had an issue with the "Oscar de la Renta" signature across the back of Sarah Jessica Parker's ballgown. But let's forget about that for a minute and talk hair. Hers was too much. It aged her. A simple slicked-back chignon, straight pony or loose waves would have suited her better.


Men making a statement

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Keeping with the crop top trend, Neil Patrick Harris (right) and partner David Burtka wore cropped tuxedo jackets with tails and ankle-skimming pants. Makeup added more intrigue to the look. For an awards show, don't think it would fly. But something about it felt right for the Met Gala.


Woman of the hour

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour -- need we say more?

(Photos courtesy of the Associated Press/Invision)


 



 

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