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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Emy Mack Shoes strut down the runway

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- It's been a good year so far for Emy Mack Shoes, the made-in-Italy brand with Pittsburgh ties by Emily Mack Jamison (pictured above).

The chic shoes made their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut in February, followed by an appearance on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami (more commonly known as Swim Week). Emy Mack Shoes also soaked up some sun this summer in the Hamptons, where they were featured in a pop-up shop and is steadily attracting a clientele of celebrities and everyday women alike.

For the third time this year, Emy Mack was back on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway, this time at Lincoln Center in the David Tlale spring/summer show. Sleek styles of heels (some with a spritz of sparkle or an iridescent sheen) complemented the designer's sophisticated, feminine fashions. The show even included an extra touch of star power with a special appearance on the catwalk from male supermodel Tyson Beckford (pictured in the second photo below).

Check out some of the Emy Mack Shoes from the show in the photos. Like what you see? You can shop the collection at emymack.com and at its showroom on Walnut Street in Shadyside. (A full list of Emy Mack retailers is on the brand's website.)

Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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NYFW Beauty: Pastels, free-hand nail art here to stay for spring 2015

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NEW YORK -- Pastels are popping up all over the runway for spring/summer 2015, so why should nail polish colors for next year be any different?

For the Rolando Santana runway show, Zoya created a tri-color nail art look (called "the side part") using light green, baby blue and lavender that channeled the designer's inspiration for the collection, the artist Rothko.

Models' nails were painted with polishes that matched the Pantone colors of the clothes. But anyone can do the look at home with other polishes.

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Here are some DIY tips for how to remake the look:

1.) Pick the polishes. (If using Zoya polishes, go with Neely, Marley and Blu.)

2.) Polish the entire nail baby blue.

3.) Go back over the outer third of the nail with the light green shade.

4.) Connect the colors with a thin stripe of lavender.

5.) Apply the look to all nails or just one or two as accents.

6.) Enjoy runway-ready nails at home!

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Sheena Trivedi makes runway debut

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- The Steelers had a winning day on Sunday, and so did Pittsburgh native and fashion designer Sheena Trivedi (below right), who was ready to talk about football and her beloved black and gold team after a seamless runway show debut at New York Fashion Week.

SheenaTrivedi hedIn past seasons, she opted for presentations where models were positioned on pedestals or stood about the room as guests roamed about them and studied the styles they're dressed in. This time they were ushered up to the 12th floor of a studio near the Garment District for the runway show. The space was clean, sleek and lined with windows, allowing for the city's rivers and skyline to serve as the event's backdrop.

For Ms. Trivedi's spring/summer 2015 collection, called "Lovers of Today," she paid tribute to love (inspired by her own recent wedding) with men and women's wear that married softer styles with her signature edgy aesthetic. Materials ranged from fine chiffon to feather details and mixed Eastern fabrications with Western silhouettes -- a nod to the designer's roots in America and in India.

A thunderbolt pattern theme was key throughout the collection. Ms. Trivedi says love hit her like a thunderbolt -- and the collection seemed to be a hit with the crowd.

Read the recent Post-Gazette profile of the designer, and check out photos from the runway show. (Both by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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A garden tour of Italy: Arrival in Venice

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Venice is the only city in the world with more bridges than Pittsburgh, and I think I might have crossed most of them in the first two hours exploring the city. It's really not fair to judge a city after 26 hours on the road and a few hours sleep. Venice is a one of a kind beauty no doubt, but the Grand Canal is clogged with tourists and vendors trying to make a buck. Pigeons do battle on outdoor restaurant tables, trying to scavenge what scraps are left.

But in 10 minutes you can be exploring the quiet, narrow side streets discovering the real feel of the city. It's a wonderful place to get lost as you can always find your way back since the city is surrounded by water. You'll get a close look at that water if you walk the stone streets while being hypnotized by your smart phone. A path can end where a canal begins.

There's not much room to garden, but Venetians find a way.

Balconies and window boxes are full of life. Succulents trail down almost within reach and little annuals punctuate ancient architecture.

As I walked along a deserted alley, I came across a fenced in courtyard, in the center was something the stunned me, a giant pomegranate tree with ripe fruit.

The tourists will always be a part of Venice, but the heart of the city lays inside its labyrinth of crisscrossing lanes, streets and alleys.

The bed will fee good tonight and I'm looking forward to seeing Venice in a new light. We'll be exploring the city with Mariagrazia Dammicco, author of Venetian Gardens. I can't wait to pick her brain.

 

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Above: This little stone walkway lead right to a canal. Don't stare at your phone in Venice, look at the beauty of this ancient city.

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Stunned to see this tree filled with ripe Pomegranates.

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Window boxed are filled with succulents all over the city.

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It was so strange to see this little pot of sweet allysum locked up on a windowsill. I wondered who cared for it and why it was there.

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Venice Looking up-Almost every street is filled with window boxes.

(Top image: Window boxes are filled with pretty flowers as the gondola makes a turn in Venice. Doug Oster photos/Post-Gazette)

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Backstage with hairstylist Philip Pelusi

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh was well represented backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday night, thanks to hairstylist and product artist -- and Bloomfield native -- Philip Pelusi of Philip Pelusi Salons and his team of stylists, several of whom he brought with him from his home city.

Once again Mr. Pelusi collaborated with designer Kati Stern to come up with a hairstyle for models in the runway show for her collection, Venexiana.

The hairdo was dubbed "Opposite Attraction" because it combined crimped hair with smooth strands. It even can be attempted at home, Mr. Pelusi said, by pulling half of the hair into a pony tail and leaving the rest down. Then crimp the bottom pieces and twist it all into a low bun on a diagonal near the nape of the neck.

To prep models' locks for the look, he used products from his Tela Beauty Organics and P2x2 product lines. Key products from Tela: a "dri" shampoo and hair healer (considered a BB cream for the hair).

Mr. Pelusi's influence has been reaching beyond the runway. His Tela Beauty Organics line is now sold on beauty websites in the United Kingdom and Germany, and his team is in the process of bringing Tela products to all Philip Pelusi Salons.

Photos: (Above) From left Jeffrey Reitz, Philip Pelusi, Lisa Krszal and Sam Canavan. Mr. Pelusi and the creative directors from Pittsburgh posed for press photos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Below) The "Opposite Attraction" hairstyle in the works, followed by the final look. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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