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FashionAFRICANA a light-hearted evening of creativity, culture

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What do nearly 80 children ages two through 13 on a runway look like?

On Saturday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside, it looked like a celebration of African culture and creativity at the first FashionAFRICANA kids runway show. The children, selected from an open casting call, modeled looks from Kiya Tomlin, THREEafrica, Adey Designs and Kelly Lane Designs. Some wore FashionAFRICANA-themed T-shirts with graphics by Karl Mullen. Actor and Pittsburgh native Bill Nunn served as the emcee.

Before the main event, the music of the Bleil Brothers Quintet and Sankofa Village for the Arts got the energy going. An African dance performance further lifted the crowd's spirits before the kids paraded down the catwalk.

During the fashion show, Gena y Calle Bomba performed. The packed audience applauded and cheered throughout as the mini models and some families took their turns on the runway.

Event organizer Demeatria Boccella founded FashionAFRICANA more than a decade ago as a way to highlight the beauty and culture of the African diaspora, which often is little viewed in mass media and fashion magazines. Ms. Boccella hopes to make the kids show an annual event.

See photos from the fashion show below. Information: fashionafricana.com (Photos by John Colombo)

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Style Week Pittsburgh runway recap

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Today marks the seventh and final day of the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh.

After a week of fashion-focused events at venues across the city, the festivities will culminate with an invitation-only brunch at a private residence on Mount Washington where influential figures from the city's fashion and business scene will meet to discuss how to continue to grow and evolve Pittsburgh's fashion community.

Some of the highlights from the week included two runway shows, beginning with the opening night event at The Priory Grand Hall, North Side, spotlighting looks from international designers Toya Taylor and recent Pittsburgh transplant Portia Brady. On Friday, models were dressed in fashions from Chemistry boutique in East Liberty, Mid-Atlantic Mercantile in Lawrenceville, Timeline plus fashions and the Style Truck and Broke Little Rich Girl mobile boutiques.

If you missed either show, or if you're in need of a recap, check out photos from both below.

Opening Night Runway Rewind (photos by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Fashions by Portia Brady

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Recap: Fashion in the Skies runway show (photos by John Colombo)

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Style Week Pittsburgh Day 6: Shop 'til you drop in Lawrenceville

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If Style Week Pittsburgh has put you in a shopping mood, you're in luck!

Day 6 of the seven-day affair is a boutique crawl in Lawrenceville. From noon-5 p.m., select stores along Butler Street will offer discounts and special activities.

Here are some of the places that are participating:

  • Phoenix Consignment boutique
  • Mid-Atlantic Mercantile
  • Boudoir Photography Studio and Lingerie Boutique
  • Style Truck

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Boutique fashions the focus of Day 5 at Style Week Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh fashionistas returned to the roof of the Uptown Ultra Lounge Friday for a runway show featuring fashions from some of the city's brick-and-mortar and mobile boutiques.

Models wore looks from Broke Little Rich Girl fashion truck, Style Truck, Chemistry boutique in East Liberty, Mid-Atlantic Mercantile in Lawrenceville and Timeline, a Pittsburgh-based brand that caters to plus sizes.

After the show, the runway became a dance floor where the approximately 50 guests grooved for the next couple hours.

What's you favorite Pittsburgh boutique? Check back this weekend for more runway photos, plus get the scoop on Saturday's boutique crawl in Lawrenceville.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: The wonderful world of weddings

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Wedding season is in full swing -- and Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I have caught the bridal bug!

In this week's "Setting the SEEN," we visit Glitter & Grit bridal boutique in Lawrenceville to learn about the latest trends for brides to be, hear about Hitchburgh artisan bridal fairs and -- of course! -- to try on some beautiful dresses. And stay tuned to the end of the show to get the scoop on this weekend's fashion and social events taking place across Pittsburgh.

To watch the video, click here or view it in the box below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

 

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