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Guess what shoe brand Kerry Washington loves? (Hint: It's from Pittsburgh)

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Who doesn't like to take to social media to dish about their favorites of the moment?

Actress Kerry Washington is no exception. The "Scandal" star recently posted on Instagram that she's been wearing more flats lately while she awaits the due date of her baby and shared a photo (featured above) of one of her top pairs.

The black rhinestoned flats that Ms. Washington declares "chic" are by Pittsburgh-based shoe brand EMY MACK. The collection by Emily Mack Jamison is made in Italy and has been featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

If you want to check out the line for yourself, stop by the EMY MACK showroom at 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside, at 6:30 p.m. for a kick-off to spring/summer shopping party. For the month of April, the Pittsburgh-based luxe loungewear brand byLangley will have a pop-up shop in the same building and also will be taking part in the event. 

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Now you can shop looks right off the runway (literally)

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Often times fashionistas have to wait a few months before they can shop the looks featured on the runways of Fashion Week. 

But times are changing. 

In time for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney, Australia, IMG Fashion -- a global leader in fashion show production -- has announced an e-commerce shop where people across the world can purchase pieces as they come down the catwalk.

The debut of the MBFW Boutique (pictured above) represents a shift in the retail world to a "see now, buy now" mentality.

"The initiative helps convert consumer interest into commercial outcomes for our designers and provides an added value and measurable benefit of staging their MBFW show," says IMG Fashion events and properties senior vice president and managing director Catherine Bennett.

To shop select looks from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia, visit MBFashionWeek.com. Tweet the word SHOPTHERUNWAY to @MBFWBoutique or text the phrase to +61-471-645-503 are other ways to shop.  

 

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So many Pittsburgh fashion events, so little time (and space)

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Lately it seems like each week the Stylebook column in Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Magazine section keeps getting longer.

The good news: This means there's more to do in Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty scene. On the other hand, unfortunately sometimes there's not enough space in the newspaper to feature all of the fashionable fun. 

So here are some more fashion events for the week ahead across Pittsburgh ...

 

Rickie Freeman, Teri Jon trunk show at Lintons, the Waterfront: Shop gowns suitable for destination weddings and other special occasions at 146 West Bridge St. It's 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: www.lintonswaterfront.com or 412-461-2600.

Style Truck benefit fashion show for Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania
: Support the Lupus Foundation at a brunch and fashion show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen, 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. Fashions featured will be provided by Style Truck.

Information: www.lupuspa.org.

Goodwill holds “Spring Into Fashion” photo contest: Show off your style on Facebook for the chance to win a 15-minute shopping spree at the Goodwill store in Cranberry, courtesy of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. To enter, shop at any Goodwill location and create a spring outfit in one of four categories: posh prom, tea time, funky flannel or wear to work. Post one photo to www.facebook.com/goodwillswpa and include in the caption which items were purchased at Goodwill and what inspired the spring look.

People can vote for their favorite outfit on Facebook, and judges will pick winners for each category from the entries with the most votes. Second-place winners will receive a $25 gift card to Goodwill and a goodie bag, and third place will get a $25 Goodwill gift card. The last day to participate is April 20, and the winners will be announced the next day.

Asbury Fine Hats spring sale hours: The hat boutique at 1505 Asbury Place, Squirrel Hill, will be open 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday for a spring sale. Fashion, casual hats and fascinators are available. Additional hours available by appointment.

Information: Asbury Fine Hats on Facebook or 412-651-8229.

Trunk show at Brooks Brothers, Downtown: A special-order specialist will be in the store at 600 Smithfield St. through Saturday. Discounts will be offered. Schedule an appointment at 412-471-2300. Walk-ins are welcome.

Information: www.brooksbrothers.com.

Heart of the Earth grand opening celebration: The former site of the Shadyside Mining Co., 738 Copeland St., now has a new name, Heart of the Earth Shadyside, and owner — former manager and jewelry designer Grace Betancourt Jones. Shadyside Mining Co. rocks and natural history pieces are still in the space.

The changes will be commemorated with an opening event with jazz and refreshments on Thursday. Information: Heart of the Earth Shadyside on Facebook or 412-688-8088.

Fashions for him featured at Larrimor’s, Downtown: Suits by Hickey Freeman — known for elegant fabrics and comfort — will be at One PNC Plaza 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Complete his look with American-made footwear, designed with premium leathers and cork-fused soles, by Allen Edmonds, which will be in the store Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

Trunk show at Littles Shoes, Squirrel Hill: Shop the latest looks from Munro shoes Friday and Saturday at 5850 Forbes Ave. Information: www.littlesshoes.com or 412-521-3530.

SCHEE shoes spring cleaning online sample sale: The fashion-forward shoe line headquartered in Cranberry is making room for new styles with a month-long spring cleaning sale. Visit www.whoisschee.com to shop the collection at significant savings.

 

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Shopping in Shadyside, 1920s-themed parties and cake

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If spring has you in the mood for boutique shopping, you're in luck. In this week's Setting the SEEN Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about a new pop-up shop on Walnut St. specializing in luxe loungewear. Natalie also highlights some of the weekend's hot events, and I give a glimpse at a debut bridal event on Sunday on the North Side.

For the whole scoop check out the video below -- and have a great weekend!

 

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Trend spotting at Fashion for the Wild at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

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Fashion was out in full force Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's first Fashion for the Wild benefit event.

Influential fashionistas from across Pittsburgh were present, either displaying their designs at vendor booths, modeling or showing off their collections in a fashion show emceed by Sally Wiggin and David Conrad.

The aquarium where the event was held was filled with fashion eye candy. Here are some of the top trends spotted during the night:

Colorful prints: Collections by Lana Neumeyer, Tidal Cool Creations and Jazmin Jackson were peppered with eye-catching prints in bright colors. Ms. Jackson dabbled a lot in blacks and golds (references to Pittsburgh perhaps?), while Ms. Neumeyer's designs brought the flavor of her native country of Brazil with bold florals in warm hues. 

Cozy chic: Kiya Tomlin's sweatshirt dresses prove comfort and chicness can combine. Super soft fabrics in a few colors and cuts allow ladies to find a look that suits their style.

A sprinkle of sparkle: The table of sparkly accessories from Sabika's spring/summer line attracted a lot of attention as women gathered around to try on the Swarovski pieces in rich shades of blue, pale pink and silver.

Statement scarves: Never mind those who say scarves are just for winter. Wraps in seasonal shades or floral prints and stripes, like those from Carabella boutique in Oakmont, are a simple way to switch up a look.

Bold cuffs: Arm cuffs etched with creative designs were among the offerings from luxe handbag and jewelry designer Sandra Cadavid.

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 clutchClassic envelope clutches by Sandra Cadavid.

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