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Conga line on the catwalk at Youngstown native Nanette Lepore runway show

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NEW YORK — As the lights lowered in the Salon at Lincoln Center — the main hub for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — the voices of fashion insiders momentarily hushed to a soft hum. A bright burst of light extended down the runway and booming pop tunes broke the silence, cuing the start of Nanette Lepore’s spring 2015 show on Sunday evening.

Ms. Lepore (pictured above with her daughter, Violet), a native of Youngstown, Oh., presented a 27-look collection that was highly representative of her multifaceted namesake brand.

Donning wispy topknots and bright white eyeliner, models outfitted in carefree looks fit for a short spring sojourn playfully stomped down the runway.

Ensembles crafted from a mix of pastel paisley prints and thin nautical stripes set the tone for the show, while flexible fabrics transformed the seemingly structured silhouettes of the bright looks that followed. A blush sleeveless trench styled over a multi-layered slip dress stood out as a relaxed yet refined ensemble.

Off-the-shoulder looks and a smart silk jacket rounded out the first half of the show, while white dresses with cutout details served as a simple segue into the timeless black and white palette that dominated the final pieces of the collection. Embroidered caftans, printed pants and textured platform sandals in classic colors added to the show’s “getaway” feel and exemplified the collection's overall wearability.

As a remixed version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” played, Ms. Lepore joined the models in a conga line dance party on the catwalk that punctuated the final walk.

Photos courtesy of Maria Valentino

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Ralph Lauren makes models 'walk on water' at Polo preview

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Models sashaying down the catwalk sporting pieces from a designer’s latest collection -- that’s so cliche.

This season at New York Fashion Week designers are getting creative with fresh ways to show off their latest fashions. On Monday, designer Ralph Lauren attracted a mix of celebrities and fashion elite (Vogue editor Anna Wintour, supermodel Karlie Kloss, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, blogger Bryanboy and singer Ciara, to name a few) to the 72nd Street and Central Park West entrance to the park. Golf carts ushered guests to the park’s Cherry Hill lawn a few minutes away, where champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a string quartet greeted them.

Then: showtime! A fountain erupted in the lake, and the steady spray of water served as the screen upon which footage of models wearing the new Polo collection was projected. The “4D” effect, as the designer dubbed it, made them look like they were walking on water. Projections incorporated street scenes from across New York City as backdrops that kept the footage engaging and dynamic. When it all was done, a larger-than-life holograph of Ralph Lauren waved to the crowd, and guests were sent on their way with parting gifts of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.

The event also was a celebration of the grand opening of the first Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Photos: Holographs of models and designer Ralph Lauren (above) are projected onto a lake in Central Park. Courtesy of BFAnyc.com.

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Emy Mack Shoes strut down the runway

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- It's been a good year so far for Emy Mack Shoes, the made-in-Italy brand with Pittsburgh ties by Emily Mack Jamison (pictured above).

The chic shoes made their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut in February, followed by an appearance on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami (more commonly known as Swim Week). Emy Mack Shoes also soaked up some sun this summer in the Hamptons, where they were featured in a pop-up shop and is steadily attracting a clientele of celebrities and everyday women alike.

For the third time this year, Emy Mack was back on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway, this time at Lincoln Center in the David Tlale spring/summer show. Sleek styles of heels (some with a spritz of sparkle or an iridescent sheen) complemented the designer's sophisticated, feminine fashions. The show even included an extra touch of star power with a special appearance on the catwalk from male supermodel Tyson Beckford (pictured in the second photo below).

Check out some of the Emy Mack Shoes from the show in the photos. Like what you see? You can shop the collection at emymack.com and at its showroom on Walnut Street in Shadyside. (A full list of Emy Mack retailers is on the brand's website.)

Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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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

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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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.

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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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