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Style Week Pittsburgh unveils schedule of fashion-focused events

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The countdown is on to Style Week Pittsburgh, which will return for its third year of fashion-focused events to be held Aug. 12-16.

Wadria Taylor founded the annual event with a mission to bring to the city fashion shows and networking events that would spotlight designers, stylists, fashion photographers and other industry insiders from Pittsburgh and beyond the region.

Here's a preview of this year's events:

Aug. 12Opening night designer fashion show at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty -- Runway show featuring fashion designers from Pittsburgh and abroad. Plus there will be vendors, a beauty and grooming bar, food and cocktails, all capped off by a dance party. (6-11 p.m.; $25 per person)

Aug. 13Style Awards at Perle, Downtown -- For the third year, some of the Pittsburgh fashion scene's movers and shakers will be saluted during an awards ceremony. (6-9 p.m.; $25 per person)

Aug. 14Pinstripes & Pearls at LUXE Pittsburgh, East Liberty -- Check out the latest fashion trends for professional men and women, and enjoy a complimentary cocktail and refreshments. (6-9 p.m.; $15 per person)

Aug. 15Fashion block pop-up market at Market Square, Downtown -- Shop accessories, shoes, bow ties and more for men and women. Presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation. (1-4 p.m.; Free to the public)

Aug. 16Hat fashion show and brunch at location to be announced -- See a showcase of hats by Pittsburgh-based Gina Mazzotta Millinery (noon-3 p.m.; $45 invitation only)

A portion of the proceeds from this year's events will benefit Dress for Success Pittsburgh. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.styleweekpittsburgh.com.

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Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

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For the sixth year in a row, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will close in September with the inductions of the latest class of Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame honorees.

This year's inductees are: Emilio Cornacchione and Gino Chiodo, co-owners and principal stylists at Izzazu Salon, Spa and Serata; Lisa Wagner-Freeman, fashion consultant and style columnist; James Houk, fashion designer and owner of Jet Street Design; Ahmad Sandidge, owner of Sandidge Photography; and Ashley Boynes-Shuck, author and fashion blogger.

Once again, the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame will honor an artist on the rise. This year's exceptional artist award will go to Nicole Widdowson, a fashion stylist.

The honorees were selected based on nominations from the community and their impact on the region's fashion, style and beauty industries. They will be recognized at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn hotel, Downtown, on Sept. 27. Tickets will go on sale by July 7 for $70. Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.

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Runway recap: Fashion show marks opening of Kiya Tomlin/Sandra Cadavid retail space

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Beneath sunny skies on Saturday evening, Pittsburgh-based designers Kiya Tomlin of Uptown Sweats and Sandra Reiman (pictured above, right to left) of Sandra Cadavid handbags and jewelry marked the opening of their shared retail space in East Liberty with an outdoor runway show.

Models wore apparel from Ms. Tomlin's ready-to-wear line and accessories by Ms. Reiman. The boutique at 5983 Broad Street is open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Check out photos below from the event, or go to post-gazette.com for more on the flagship boutique and other Pittsburgh fashion headlines. Photos by Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette

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Fashion news headlines: A big name joins NYC's first Men's Fashion Week + a new home for NYFW

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The year of change for New York City's fashion week scene continues with another addition to the New York Fashion Week: Men's lineup ... and it's a big one!

Fashion designer John Varvatos announced that he will close the inaugural event (which is slated for July 13-16 at the Skylight Clarkson Sq. in SoHo) with a runway show for his spring 2016 collection.

"From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between [New York Fashion Week] and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned," he said in a media statement. "After eight years of showing in [New York], I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience. ...

"Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit, and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first-ever NYC menswear week."

Other designers already signed on include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Public School, Duckie Brown, Todd Snyder and Rag & Bone, among several others. The event is created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

 

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Meanwhile, the speculation for the new home for the bi-annual New York Fashion Week is over. The shows previewing trends for spring 2016 will be held Sept. 10-17 at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, the site of the historic James A. Farley post office at West 33rd Street, and the Skylight Clarkson Sq. (home to New York Fashion Week: Men's). The news was teased early this morning on social media.

The shows in February were the last to be situated beneath temporary tents at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The departure was prompted by a lawsuit filed by city park advocates arguing that the 2.4-acre Damrosch Park space where the tents are erected should no longer host private vendors and events. 

 

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WME | IMG acquires MADE Fashion Week

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The changes to the New York Fashion Week landscape just keep on coming!

The latest: WME | IMG has acquired MADE Fashion Week, which started in 2009 to support emerging designers. Each season, MADE Fashion Week holds about 30 runway shows and presentations at Milk Studios in downtown Manhattan during the bi-annual Fashion Week in New York City.

Under the acquisition, MADE Fashion Week will continue to operate as its own entity, with its leadership team overseeing day-to-day operations. It will align with WME | IMG and its resources in hopes of providing more opportunities for its designers and partners.

"MADE has been a platform that supports creative vanguards in fashion, music, technology and culture and makes their work possible," MADE Fashion Week founder Keith Baptista said in a press release. "As part of the WME | IMG family, MADE will expand its reach and remain on the front line of fostering new talent and encouraging bold new voices."

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week events spotlighting trends for spring 2016 will be Sept. 10-17.

Photo: A men's presentation at MADE Fashion Week in New York City. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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