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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Yoga with a twist -- plus fashion and fun

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Get ready to get your zen on!

In this week's "Setting the SEEN," SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I preview this weekend's One Whirl Yoga Fest at Point State Park and take our downward dog to new heights with aerial yoga at Verve 360, Downtown.

Plus we add a jolt of style to our workout with colorful leggings by Pittsburgh-based brand Dona Jo Fitwear.

Click here to watch this week's episode or view it in the screen below. Until next time -- namaste!

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Fashion community gears up for Style Week Pittsburgh

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Local fashion insiders mixed and mingled at a Style Week Pittsburgh preview mixer Wednesday evening at Cultural's Elite salon and spa, Downtown.StyleWeek Proclamation

The intimate gathering gave media, stylists and others a glimpse of what to expect at the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh, Aug. 11-17. Among the highlights of the night was the announcement of a proclamation from Mayor Bill Peduto's office declaring the second week of August Style Week in the city of Pittsburgh. Style Week founder Wadria Taylor also was on site to greet guests and share insights into this year's festivities, which include an accessories show, fashion show, jewelry show, boutique crawl and networking brunch.

Nominees for this year's Style Awards also were announced. They are:

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Jazmin Jackson
Diana Misetic
Kiya Tomlin
Malcolm Williams

STYLE ICON OF THE YEAR
Harris Ferris
LaMont Jones
Leigh Solomon-Pugliano

TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR
Emmai Alaquiva
Bobby Fry
Nicole Manns
Fauna Solomon
Justin Strong

MODEL OF THE YEAR
Serena Bond
Adriana Gissendanner
Jarvis Powers
Jamar Scales

MOST STYLISH IN MEDIA
JoAnne Harrop
Susan Koeppen
Tori Mistick

HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR
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Philip Pelusi Salons
Pageboy Salon

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Keith Bloom
Ron Short
Krystyn Snyder

MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lyndsie Hinch
Bethany Montecalvo
Linda Webster

STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Nikole Aston
Jovon Higgins-Mitchell

MOST STYLISH ARTIST
Joy KMT
Darrell Kinsel

Photos: At top, guests mingle at the Style Week Pittsburgh mixer. At right, Wadria Taylor, right, accepts a proclamation from a representative of Mayor Bill Peduto's office declaring Aug. 11-17, 2014, Style Week in Pittsburgh. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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EMY MACK shoes spotlighted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

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EMY MACK shoes strutted out of the Steel City and onto the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which wrapped up on Monday in Miami.

The footwear brand by Emily Mack Jamison with showrooms in Shadyside and New York City was worn by models in the Luli Fama swimwear show. 

EMY MACK shoes are made in Italy and combine comfort with fashion-forward footwear. It made its Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York debut in February. Swim Week spotlights bathing suit trends for the following summer.

Shop the collection by appointment on Walnut Street or visit www.emymack.com. Check out scenes from the show in the social media posts below:

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Stylebook on TV: Plus-size style trends

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The plus-size women's clothing category has long been criticized for poor fit, quality and style sense. But things are improving -- call it some stylish steps in the right direction!

These new options were spotlighted this morning on KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today Live" show. Check it out here or in the video below, and read more about fresh looks for women with curves at post-gazette.com.

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Reflections: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 'Project Pop Up: Fashion'

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In a couple months I'll have been in Pittsburgh for five years. As a fashion writer, during that time I've heard my fair share of snide remarks regarding the city's allegedly sour style sense.

While the Steel City is no Big Apple, its fashion community has been rebounding in recent years and is now home to fledgling designers, beauty brands, fashion degree programs, a style week, a fashion week and the list goes on. Those who are involved in the evolving scene can vouch for its growth. Otherwise, many of these talents typically remain under the radar of most Pittsburghers.

On Friday in Market Square, a snapshot of Pittsburgh's fashion community was on display at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's "Project Pop Up: Fashion" event. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. passersby could browse accessories from Serendipity, vividly colored legwear by Identity Crisis, fine clothing from Larrimor's, graphic tees by DeadBuryDead and women's wear from Boutique la Passerelle, among other vendors. Three fashion trucks were parked at the spot, too.

A steady flow of foot traffic kept many vendors busy for the majority of the event. "It's great to meet you," "Where are you located?," "Can I have your business card?" and "So many cute things!" were among the phrases that filled the air. The energy was upbeat and inviting.

One of the common criticisms of the local fashion community is that it tends to be disjointed. What one group might be working on over here tends to go unnoticed by another group doing something similar in another part of the city. The pop-up fashion marketplace gave these vendors and designers a common place to meet -- and the public a chance to meet them. 

It was a fashionable Friday, indeed -- and Pittsburgh's fashion community, and the community at large, could benefit from more of them.

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Accessories, wigs and more from New York New York Fashion.


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A dress and scarves from Boutique la Passerelle. T-shirts by DeadBuryDead in the background.


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Legwear by Identity Crisis.

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