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A store Pittsburgh needs: Meet Club Monaco

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NEW YORK -- It's time for Pittsburgh to join the club -- Club Monaco, that is. This Canadian retail concept with stores across the country is owned by Polo Ralph Lauren and specializes in mid-priced, high-end casual clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men. (In other words, think J. Crew or Banana Republic, but more relaxed and unexpected.)

Although there isn't a Club Monaco in Pittsburgh for now (Philadelphia is home to its only store in Pennsylvania), anyone can shop its latest collection online at ClubMonaco.com. Its spring collection was introduced at New York Fashion Week Friday night during a preview in the brand's global flagship store on Fifth Avenue.  VIP guests (including actress Drew Barrymore and Vogue's Grace Coddington) were treated to champs and light bites as they browsed the see now/buy now selections.

The collection's colorful patterns and peasant details were inspired by the documentary "Latcho Drom," which chronicles a family of travelers from Romania to India. A few highlights: ballet flats with scalloped edges, flowing boho skirts, unassuming ruffles and all kinds of cold-shoulder tops. For men: classic trenches, striped shirting and subtle pops of florals.

(Photos: Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Pittsburgh Fashion Forecast: 5 looks to love (and buy now) from NYFW

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NEW YORK -- At New York Fashion Week, many designers continue to experiment with mixing pieces that can be purchased now in with collections that won't be availalbe until future seasons.

At Kate Spade NY on Friday, the American fashion house previewed its Fall 2017 collection (hint: it's romantic and feminine, with the charm and character we've come to expect from the brand) at the Russian Tea Room in midtown Manhattan. However, there was a chance to satisfy an appetite for shopping with a see now/buy now Spring 2017 collection, featuring fashions inspired by the spirit and rich colors of Morocco. 

Here are five looks Stylebook loved. If you love them, too, check them out now at KateSpade.com or stop by the Kate Spade NY store at Ross Park Mall(Photos: Getty Images for Kate Spade NY)

1. MONKEY-SHAPED HANDBAG

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2. DARK DENIM DRESS WITH ROSE BLOOM ACCENT
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3. T-STRAP ROSE BLOOM SHOES

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4. CAMEL-SHAPED HANDBAG
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5. CAMEL-PRINT JACKET TRIMMED WITH TASSELS
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More scenes from NYFW

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Snow storms + stilettos: New York Fashion Week gets off to a wintry start

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Like the U.S. postal service, neither snow, nor rain ... nor gloom of night kept New York Fashion Week from kicking off Thursday, all the while a swift-moving storm buried the city in nearly a foot of snow

Nevertheless, the shows still went on, and by evening the streets and sidewalks were mostly clear, with mountains of slush lining curbs. 

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A snow storm during the February runway shows has become somewhat of a tradition. In recent years, at least one day of the week has been dogged by threatening weather. But it doesn't keep fashionistas from traipsing from show to show in their sharpest street-style looks!

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More good news: By the weekend, temperatures in the Big Apple are expected to reach 40 degrees! The marathon or runway shows and presentations, largely featuring looks for next fall and winter, continues through Thursday.

(Photos: New York Times wire + Instagram images)

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Fashion gets political: CFDA launches Planned Parenthood campaign at New York Fashion Week

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All eyes are on the fashion industry this week, with New York Fashion Week underway through Thursday -- and the industry is taking advantage of the extra attention to show its support for Planned Parenthood.

As one of his initial executive orders as president, Donald Trump took steps last month to defund International Planned Parenthood. In response, the Council of Fashion Designers of America -- the governing body for fashion designers in America -- wants to highlight the full scope of work the organization provides for families and women. Throughout Fashion Week, pink pins that read "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood" will be distributed to guests, and those taking part in the week's events are encouraged to wear them or share photos of them on Instagram. 

"Civic responsibility is an important CFDA pillar. Defunding Planned Parenthood will impact millions of Americans. We will raise awareness and support this fashion week and show that 'Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood,'” CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb said in a statement.

More than 40 designers and brands are participating, including Tracy Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung and Mara Hoffman

"We know that so many people stand with Planned Parenthood -- including designers and entertainers -- because they and their loved ones have relied on Planned Parenthood for health care, including life-saving care like cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment and sex education,” designer Ms. Reese, a CFDA board member, said. “Planned Parenthood is often the only option for this type of care in underserved communities. By creating a visually engaging and fashionable pin, we hope to create an organic social media movement promoting awareness and education.”

**READ MORE about the fashion industry's views on the Trump administration.** 

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