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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.

jewelSparkly Swarovski jewelry by Sabika.

 clutchClassic envelope clutches by Sandra Cadavid.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Baseball fashion, family-friendly fun and more

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Take me out to the ballgame -- in style!

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about some stylish ways to show off your sports pride, plus several family-friendly events happening across the city this weekend.

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Support strong for FGI Pittsburgh at first meeting as provisional chapter

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More than 60 people turned out Thursday evening at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, for the first general meeting since Pittsburgh was granted permission to establish a provisional chapter of Fashion Group International, a nonprofit that unites and promotes fashion communities across the globe.

Ideas for getting the group going were the night's discussion points, led by Stephanie Taylor (pictured above, at center), who heads the fashion retail management and fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ms. Taylor initiated last summer efforts to bring an FGI chapter back to the city. (One existed here about 20 years ago but fizzled out as the city's major retailers closed.)

She was inspired to try to rejuvenate the group locally based on a lack of a nucleus in Pittsburgh for fashion where everyone can come together and exchange ideas and network. FGI Miyoshi

"I know there's a lot of talent here in Pittsburgh fashion-wise, but I don't know who to connect with," she said she commonly heard. FGI Pittsburgh could help forge those connections.

Ms. Taylor will serve as director of the Pittsburgh chapter during its probationary period, which could last six months to a year. Janey Cink and Renee McCafferty also will serve on the board as public relations and social media directors. A co-director, membership coordinator, programming coordinator, financial coordinator, secretary and development coordinator still are being sought for the board of directors. 

To achieve permanent status, the Pittsburgh chapter has to put in place a solid board of directors and have at least 40 members attend meetings and events on a regular basis. FGI's headquarters in New York City will determine when Pittsburgh's chapter can move beyond provisional status.

At the meeting, attendees split into five discussion groups to brainstorm ideas for the fledgling group. Conversations covered ways to attract members, brand building, community events and how to create a presence on social media.

Those interested in applying for a position on the board of directors should email a letter of interest and resume to Stephanie Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 14. The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. May 29 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Learn more about membership at www.fgi.org.

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Discussion groups under way at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, on Thursday at a FGI Pittsburgh meeting. Above right, Miyoshi Anderson, founder and executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, leads a discussion group about member recruitment. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: National Fragrance Day, charity galas and Style Truck on the move

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Do you know what today is?

Besides being Friday, of course, it's National Fragrance Day, a time to explore the beauty world's bevy of sensational scents.

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk perfume picks, plus some of the parties taking place around Pittsburgh this weekend where you could wear some of them.

Do you have a favorite fragrance? Share it in the comment thread below, and be sure to tune in next Friday for the latest episode of Setting the SEEN.

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