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VIDEO DIARY: Trend spotting at New York Fashion Week Men's Day 1

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NEW YORK -- The first New York Fashion Week: Men's began Monday with a showcase of looks from emerging menswear designers. Here's what we saw ...

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Diverse styles take the spotlight at New York Men's Day

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NEW YORK -- There was grunge and urban and hipster. A little athleisure, retro and boho, too. Plus, some classic suits and overcoats reimagined in all-over camo or paired with chunky sneakers for a luxe casual vibe ... and this was all just during Day 1 of New York Fashion Week: Men's.

New York City's first-ever fashion week devoted to all-things menswear kicked off Monday at Industria Superstudios in the Meatpacking District with New York Men's Day, a showcase spotlighting about a dozen emerging design talents.

With the spirit of this week being a celebration of all that men's style is and can be, the men's day lineup was the ideal appetizer for the dozens of runway shows and presentations by veteran brands that will unfold across the city throughout the week. There was a little something for every sartorial taste, plus enough of it to whet appetites for seeing more menswear diversity in the days to come.

Check out some photos from Day 1 of New York Fashion Week: Men's below ... (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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New York Fashion Week: Men's Day 1: Q&A with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb

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It's a been a long time coming -- a fashion week in New York City devoted to all-things menswear.

But this week the vision of New York Fashion Week: Men's gets under way. In advance of the four-day fashion affair, Stylebook caught up with Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which is overseeing Manhattan's inaugural men's fashion week.

Why now to hold the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's?

This is a perfect time to launch New York Fashion Week: Men's. American menswear has never been stronger or more creative. The design talent is diverse from tailored to street to swim, which allows for a strong and compelling fashion showcase.


What has the response been like from the industry?

The response from the entire industry has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. From early on, we have had invaluable support across the board, including major menswear designers, executives from top retailers and editors from key men's magazines.


About how many designers are participating? And what did the application process entail?

Over 40 designers will participate in the inaugural season of NYFW: Men's. The open application process began at the end of May. It allowed us to curate a broad spectrum of designers, including established to emerging talent.


What was the thinking behind the location for New York Fashion Week: Men's?

We wanted a location that was quintessentially New York. As a former terminal for the High Line, Skylight Clarkson Sq. embodied the spirit of New York and New York Fashion Week: Men's.


What's the hope or vision for New York Fashion Week: Men's moving forward? Is there a desire to make it an annual or bi-annual event?

New York Fashion Week: Men's will take place twice a year, with the fall 2016 shows scheduled for January 28-31. We hope that as we shine more spotlight on American menswear talent, the sector will grow accordingly and so will NYFW: Men's.

Photo: Steven Kolb, right, with fashion designer John Varvatos, who will close the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's on Thursday night. Courtesy of John Varvatos

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Downtown accessories boutique Serendipity to relocate to Tanger Outlets

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After 12 years Downtown, Serendipity accessories boutique is relocating next month to Tanger Outlets.

The boutique, owned by husband-and-wife pair Pete and Kimberly Coppola, has been on the first level of Two PPG Place in Market Square since 2009, but impending construction plans in the building forced the couple to rethink their future.

They were offered another location on the opposite side of PPG Place, across the street from PPG Plaza and Wintergarden, but they declined due to concerns of a lack of foot traffic on that side of the building, Ms. Coppola said.

During the store's time Downtown -- first at One Oxford Centre before migrating to Market Square -- the owners said retail has been slow to grow, compared to Downtown's emerging dining scene. Construction projects, street closures during events in Market Square and limited on-street parking have made it a challenge at times to attract more customers.

Nevertheless, Serendipity has had a successful run Downtown, the couple said. Being street level at Market Square has helped draw passersby inside to shop, and annual events such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Light Up Night are booms for business. Looking ahead to the shop's next steps, though, the owners want to be part of a "retail destination" like Tanger Outlets, Ms. Coppola said. Being at the outlets also could open up opportunities for franchising in the future should Serendipity decide to pursue that route, Mr. Coppola added.

A moving sale at the Downtown location begins Wednesday. The owners plan to vacate their current space by the end of the month and hope to be open at Tanger Outlets by the second week of August. The new store and stockroom will be about triple the size of the Downtown location, Ms. Coppola said, and will carry a mix of on-trend jewelry, handbags, hats and other accessories curated by the owners.

To read more about the history of Serendipity, click HERE.

Photo: Serendipity owners Kimberly and Pete Coppola inside their Downtown accessories boutique in 2013, the 10th anniversary of the store. Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette

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Gina Mazzotta Millinery opens Downtown design studio

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Pittsburgh-based milliner Gina Mazzotta (above) has opened a design studio Downtown inside the Diamond Building at 100 Fifth Avenue.

Invited guests got a first look inside at a recent open house. The space is intimate and well lit with views of Pittsburgh's city streets. The space will serve as Ms. Mazzotta's work room, as well as a place where she can meet with clients who want to shop her ready-to-wear collections or create their own custom piece.

At the open house, guests also got a sneak peek at Ms. Mazzotta's fall/winter ready-to-wear hat collection. While Ms. Mazzotta is known for her elaborate designs worn by Pittsburgh's movers and shakers at social events such as the annual Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Hat Luncheon, these new hats were made with everyday wear in mind, Ms. Mazzotta said. The collection includes lined headbands, fresh takes on winter toboggans done in an Italian merino wool knit and other classic silhouettes in neutral hues.

Studio hours are by appointment. Information: www.ginamazzotta.com. (Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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