It’s only been a day since the first Style Week Pittsburgh wrapped up five days of fashion-focused events at venues across the city. But director Wadria Taylor already is brainstorming ideas for next time.
“I am very happy with how the event was received by guests who attended, by the retailers and the designers who were involved,” said Ms. Taylor, who also heads Style and Steel event planning. “I really have been getting rave reviews. Pittsburgh is definitely ready for more events like this.”
The opening fashion show at Perle in Market Square attracted more than 150 people, she said. The “DECADES” retrospective fashion show at CAVO nightclub and the “Superwomen in Heels” style awards at Pittsburgh Winery, both in the Strip District, also had strong turnouts.
One of the strengths of the inaugural outing, she said, was the connections people were able to make with other members of the local fashion scene. Events provided ample time for guests to mingle over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to each evening’s main attraction.
Ms. Taylor also strived to select venues in a mix of locales that people might not necessarily equate with fashion.
“I will be replicating that concept of showcasing sophisticated, chic venues,” she said.
At future Style Weeks, Ms. Taylor wants to expand the outreach to get more boutiques and designers to participate.
“We had people who really wanted to be involved, but it was [difficult with] their time frame,” she said. “Next year definitely we’ll have more time to make the proper outreach that we need to do.”
Smoothing and speeding up the planning process are other goals, with hopes of having a Style Week multiple times each year, perhaps timed with different seasons.
“I think we really need to focus on what we have here and just bring that out more,” Ms. Taylor said. “Right now we’re experiencing a wave and a shift. [Pittsburgh] can become more cosmopolitan, and we need more events to help advance that.”
Photos: Above, models wear eco-friendly apparel by Pittsburgh-based designer Lana Neumeyer at the Style Week Pittsburgh red carpet launch Wednesday at Perle in Market Square. Above right, designer Lana Neumeyer with Style Week Pittsburgh director Wadria Taylor at the red carpet launch. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette