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Pittsburgh native Alex Catarinella covers fashion for new Yahoo Style

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While lots of fashion lovers are swooning over the latest styles from afar, Pittsburgh native Alex Catarinella, 27, is seeing them up close as a freelance fashion writer in New York City.

Since graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2009, he's contributed to such print and Web publications as Style.com and Elle and regularly rubs elbows with the fabulous and fashionable at events such as New York Fashion Week and even New Zealand Fashion Week. His latest endeavor: contributing writer to the new Yahoo Style endeavor by editor in chief Joe Zee.

"Writing was always my thing. I was so obsessed with musical theater and choir so I thought that's what I was going to do. Then writing came back to me," he says.

An internship at Paper magazine set him back on the path to a writing career.

"I love meeting new people and connecting with them and hopefully building relationships," he says.

At the latest New York Fashion Week, writing assignments took him to the launch of Britney Spears' lingerie line, Harper's Bazaar's ICONS party and an interview with model Cara Delevingne about her collaboration with Mulberry.

When he's not dishing about fashion, he's brainstorming ideas for a book ("I really want to get a book deal," he says) and helping out friend and English recording artist Natalia Kills with her music career.

For more from Alex, check out yahoo.com/style

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This week in Pittsburgh society+society: Hot parties and a live New York Fashion Week report

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Greetings from the Big Apple!

SettingSEEN NYFWIn this week's "Setting the SEEN," style editor Sara Bauknecht reports from inside the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and shares with SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga fashion trends she can try at some of Pittsburgh's hot parties this weekend.

Sara also catches up with Pittsburghers hairstylist/product artists Philip Pelusi, fashion designer Sheena Trivedi and shoe designer Emily "Emy Mack" Jamison of Emy Mack Shoes, who all took part in Fashion Week.

Watch it all here or in the video box below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

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Models 'take the plunge' in Betsey Johnson's 'Prenup' fashion show at NYFW

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NEW YORK -- You knew Betsey Johnson had something unique in store for her runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week when the invitation was a pouch of rice.

For her spring collection, she sent drag queens, "Real Housewives" and models down the catwalk (or, the aisle, in this case) in a wedding-themed show. Transgender model Isis King and Sharon Needles (a Pittsburgher!) from "RuPaul's Drag Race" also were among the models.

In true Betsey style, there was lots of color, ruffles, over-the-top accessories and slapstick style. Lingerie in pretty pastels, floral baby doll pieces and a tuxedo-style body suit also paraded down the runway.

While it was lots of light-hearted fun, it carried an undertone of commentary about marriage in today's society, with references to same-sex weddings and traditions in other cultures that kept it all from feeling cliche.

Besides Fashion Week, Ms. Johnson is gearing up for her turn as a celebrity on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and closed the show with her partner for the program, professional dancer Tony Dovolani, and her signature catwalk cartwheel and split.

Photos: Dan Lecca

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Pittsburgh-based fashion designer Kiya Tomlin to be featured on 'Entertainment Tonight'

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Designers showing their collections at New York Fashion Week aren't the only ones in the spotlight.

Pittsburgh-based fashion designer Kiya Tomlin will be featured at 7:30 p.m. tonight on television show "Entertainment Tonight."

A crew stopped by her studio in East Liberty to film (pictured above via Instagram). The segment will include looks from her "Uptown Sweats" collection, paired with footwear from Emy Mack Shoes (which is having a strong week in its own right with an appearance on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week).

Ms. Tomlin specializes in customizeable apparel but recently has been expanding her reach into the ready-to-wear world with "comfy-chic" pieces, such as her signature sweatshirt dress.

Find when and on what channel "Entertainment Tonight" airs in your community here.

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Pantone announces top colors for spring 2015

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NEW YORK -- What will be the top colors for spring 2015? Step outside and look around!

Color experts at Pantone took a cue from nature when compiling the list of hues that will be hot come early next year. In line with what's been trending on the runways of New York Fashion Week, soft cool colors punctuated with warmer tones will be the popular palette.

"There is a growing movement to step out and create 'quiet zones' to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still." Pantone states in its announcement. "Color choices follow the same minimalistic 'en plein air' theme."

Here are Pantone's picks:

-Aquamarine

-Scuba blue

-Lucite green

-Classic blue

-Toasted almond

-Strawberry ice

-Tangerine

-Custard

-Marsala

-Glacier gray

See more at pantone.com.

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