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NYFW Beauty: Pastels, free-hand nail art here to stay for spring 2015

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NEW YORK -- Pastels are popping up all over the runway for spring/summer 2015, so why should nail polish colors for next year be any different?

For the Rolando Santana runway show, Zoya created a tri-color nail art look (called "the side part") using light green, baby blue and lavender that channeled the designer's inspiration for the collection, the artist Rothko.

Models' nails were painted with polishes that matched the Pantone colors of the clothes. But anyone can do the look at home with other polishes.

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Here are some DIY tips for how to remake the look:

1.) Pick the polishes. (If using Zoya polishes, go with Neely, Marley and Blu.)

2.) Polish the entire nail baby blue.

3.) Go back over the outer third of the nail with the light green shade.

4.) Connect the colors with a thin stripe of lavender.

5.) Apply the look to all nails or just one or two as accents.

6.) Enjoy runway-ready nails at home!

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Sheena Trivedi makes runway debut

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NEW YORK -- The Steelers had a winning day on Sunday, and so did Pittsburgh native and fashion designer Sheena Trivedi (below right), who was ready to talk about football and her beloved black and gold team after a seamless runway show debut at New York Fashion Week.

SheenaTrivedi hedIn past seasons, she opted for presentations where models were positioned on pedestals or stood about the room as guests roamed about them and studied the styles they're dressed in. This time they were ushered up to the 12th floor of a studio near the Garment District for the runway show. The space was clean, sleek and lined with windows, allowing for the city's rivers and skyline to serve as the event's backdrop.

For Ms. Trivedi's spring/summer 2015 collection, called "Lovers of Today," she paid tribute to love (inspired by her own recent wedding) with men and women's wear that married softer styles with her signature edgy aesthetic. Materials ranged from fine chiffon to feather details and mixed Eastern fabrications with Western silhouettes -- a nod to the designer's roots in America and in India.

A thunderbolt pattern theme was key throughout the collection. Ms. Trivedi says love hit her like a thunderbolt -- and the collection seemed to be a hit with the crowd.

Read the recent Post-Gazette profile of the designer, and check out photos from the runway show. (Both by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Backstage with hairstylist Philip Pelusi

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh was well represented backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday night, thanks to hairstylist and product artist -- and Bloomfield native -- Philip Pelusi of Philip Pelusi Salons and his team of stylists, several of whom he brought with him from his home city.

Once again Mr. Pelusi collaborated with designer Kati Stern to come up with a hairstyle for models in the runway show for her collection, Venexiana.

The hairdo was dubbed "Opposite Attraction" because it combined crimped hair with smooth strands. It even can be attempted at home, Mr. Pelusi said, by pulling half of the hair into a pony tail and leaving the rest down. Then crimp the bottom pieces and twist it all into a low bun on a diagonal near the nape of the neck.

To prep models' locks for the look, he used products from his Tela Beauty Organics and P2x2 product lines. Key products from Tela: a "dri" shampoo and hair healer (considered a BB cream for the hair).

Mr. Pelusi's influence has been reaching beyond the runway. His Tela Beauty Organics line is now sold on beauty websites in the United Kingdom and Germany, and his team is in the process of bringing Tela products to all Philip Pelusi Salons.

Photos: (Above) From left Jeffrey Reitz, Philip Pelusi, Lisa Krszal and Sam Canavan. Mr. Pelusi and the creative directors from Pittsburgh posed for press photos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Below) The "Opposite Attraction" hairstyle in the works, followed by the final look. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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NY Fashion Week: What I Wore ... Part I

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NEW YORK -- At New York Fashion Week, the style show continues off the catwalks and on the streets where fashion enthusiasts try to put their best fashion foot forward for passersby and paparazzi who populate Lincoln Center's plaza all week.

What I wore ... Part I

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Because my first day at this season's Fashion Week featured primarily night events, I decided to go with a look that channeled a Saturday night out on the town sensibility. The little black dress with faux leather and rhinestone details is from Express, while the strappy black zip-up stilettos are by Nine West. 


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I dressed up the simple dress with big, bold accessories. (It is New York Fashion Week, after all!) The leopard-print claw is from Rite Aid, sunglasses and chain necklace are from Francesca's, ring is from Pier 1 Imports and the gold-and-black cuff is from Serendipity accessories, Downtown.

 

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Trend alert! Four trends to watch at New York Fashion Week

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Whether you're following New York Fashion Week from the catwalk or your couch, here are some of the trends to be on the look out for during the week.

According to fashion forecasters at WGSN, a trend analysis and research group, there are four categories of clothes that are expected to dominate style for next spring and summer.

Feminine fashions brought to life through tinted pastels, empire waistlines and lots of light laces that can be mixed effortlessly with other fabrics like cotton could be popular, says Lizzy Bowring, WGSN's head of catwalks. Meanwhile designers also likely will infuse their fashions with androgynous elements executed in fresh ways.

Nods to styles of past decades, particularly the 1940s-1970s, will have their moment on the runway, alongside the continuation of sports-influenced apparel that has been important in recent seasons.

When it comes to color, purple is leading the pack. Expect to see it in a range of shades from soft lavenders to deep indigo.

Photo: Masculine meets feminine on the runway at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Courtesy of OPI, which styled the models' nails for the show.

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