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New York Fashion Week Day 4 recap in tweets

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Rest assured, fashion fans. There were no streakers strutting down the catwalk like yesterday on Day 4 of New York Fashion Week. Instead, there were more big shows by big-named designers. Donna Karan featured average people, as well as models, to showcase her latest collection, while Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her signature wrap dress with a glitzy, confetti-filled fashion show.

Here are scenes from these and more events of Day 4, as told on Twitter:

 

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Pittsburgh native and fashion designer Sheena Trivedi talks Steelers, style at New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Crowds were ushered to the roof of the Empire Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side Saturday night for the first look at Sheena Trivedi's collection of edgy-meets-exotic men and women's wear.

For her fourth show at New York Fashion Week, Ms. Trivedi, a former Pittsburgh resident who now lives in New York, presented a black-heavy collection called "Kids of Bengal" that creatively wove in texture, patterns, leathers and mirror and fringe details. Models wore tribal-inspired makeup, and jewelry draped across their heads, hands (pictured at right) and necks became their armor. Fashions also reflected influences of the multiculturalism from her upbringing. (Growing up, her family exposed her to Indian culture and the Hindi language through annual trips to India.) Trivedi 160

Life isn't a fairy tale, Ms. Trivedi said, so fashion should embrace and reflect its less simplistic side, too. The show attracted buyers from overseas, as well as domestic press and friends and family.

Despite her growing reputation on the international fashion scene, Ms. Trivedi hasn't lost touch with her Pittsburgh roots. She gushed about her love for the Steelers, even belting out a few lines from "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa during our interview. By her side through the night was her sister -- and Ms. Trivedi made sure I knew she was born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.

(Photos of "Kids of Bengal" fashions by Sheena Trivedi. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Backstage with Pittsburgh native and hair stylist Philip Pelusi at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was buzzing with Pittsburgh connections Saturday night, thanks to Philip Pelusi (pictured above doing an interview) and his team of stylists. 

Mr. Pelusi, a native of Bloomfield who has hair salons in Pittsburgh and New York, was on the scene to style hair for the Venexiana runway show. With him was a team of stylists from his salons, some of whom work in Pittsburgh.

For Venexiana's signature glamour-girl-with-some-edge style of gowns, Mr. Pelusi planned a braided updo incorporating synthetic hair and rhinestoned hair clips. He dubbed the style "the coquette," he said, and used styling agents from his product lines to complete the look. 

Mr. Pelusi has collaborated with Venexiana designer Kati Stern for several seasons, and his styles are key in helping the vision for the collection come to life, Ms. Stern told media.

Below are some more scenes from backstage (photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette):

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Choreographed chaos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as models have their hair and makeup done before the Venexiana runway show.


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Stylists with Mr. Pelusi prepare a model's hair for the runway.


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Mr. Pelusi and Venexiana designer Ms. Stern do an interview with Fashion News Live.


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A model takes a selfie as stylists add braids into her hair.


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A model has her makeup applied.


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Mr. Pelusi with stylists from Pittsburgh.


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The finished hair creation, complete with rhinestoned crown clips.

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New York Fashion Week: What I wore ... Part I

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

One of the most common questions people ask me about covering New York Fashion Week is what do I wear. After six seasons of attending the so-called "Super Bowl of style," the outfits I select for the week typically fall into at least one of the following categories: a.) it's stylish b.) it's comfortable (well, for the most part) c.) it's something I feel good in d.) it's something I don't often get the chance to wear.

Overall, pretty much anything goes at New York Fashion Week. I've seen about every color of hair, cat ears, men in gowns, women in tuxes, etc. New York Fashion Week style is about owning your personal style. It's a confident personality that pulls any ensemble together.

On Saturday, my first day attending the shows this season, I wanted an outfit that channeled the feeling of a night out on the town because I was going to several evening shows. I also had some interviews with designers and stylists, so a look that married professionalism with style was a must.

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Black and gold sparkle stretch dress, H&M: This dress is comfortable, figure flattering and something I don't wear very often. As a result, it has a special factor that's appropriate for New York Fashion Week.


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Gold ring necklace, Macy's; statement ring, Banana Republic; gold ring bracelet with rhinestone-studded angel wings, Victoria's Secret; gold dangle earrings, J.C. Penney: Bold gold accessories accentuated the gold glitter in the dress and kept the look polished and poised.

 

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Anne Klein gold-studded, black suede pumps, Zappos.com: It's tough for me to find pumps that not only fit well but also are moderately comfortable. Despite the high heel, these shoes accomplish both and, once again, carried the gold hue from head to toe. (And when I did need to dash from show to show, I slipped into a pair of flats.)

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New York Fashion Week Day 3 recap in tweets

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Three days down, five to go at New York Fashion Week. The day was bustling with industry big names, including Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Herve Leger, Mara Hoffman and Monique Lhuillier. From them we saw bleached brows, flowing capes, funky braids, striking embellishments and so much more that kept fashion fans all a Twitter.

Things got bizarre when a streaker wearing a crown, jockstrap and trench coat took to the runway during the Prabal Gurung show. According to The New York Times, the man was Vitaly Sediuk, who disrupted the Grammy's last year and the Screen Actors Guild red carpet last month. He was quickly escorted from the runway, and no charges were filed against him.

"And then, as if nothing had happened, it was back to the clothes," The New York Times reported.

Here's a recap of the day's highlights, according to those who were there to tweet about them:

 

 

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