One day down, six more to go.
The second annual Style Week Pittsburgh kicked off Monday night at The Priory Grand Hall on the North Side with a vendor presentation and fashion show, which morphed into a dance party by the end of the event.
This year is all about quality, said founder and director Wadria Taylor. Everything -- from picking the participants to setting up photos around the venue -- was done with intention.
And it showed. Upon arrival, guests were invited to browse tables of Pittsburgh-based brands and designers, including Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures and Sandra Cadavid handbags and jewelry.
The main event was a runway show spotlighting the pattern-rich pieces by Toya Taylor of Kingston, Jamaica and the vintage-inspired, black-and-white dominant dress collection by recent Pittsburgh transplant Portia Brady, formerly of Dublin, Ireland. They complemented each other well: Ms. Taylor's designs played more with color, texture/fabric mixing and blocking and various silhouettes while Ms. Brady kept it classic (some slender dresses, neutrals, a douse of sparkle).
The models looked poised and polished, thanks to training by Jaylee Lemon of ReFined Culture. Models who knew how to walk well kept the emphasis on the clothes -- not on their walking flaws. (That's not always the case.)
There was a bit of a lull between the first and second runway shows, but the crowd of about 60 or so didn't seem to mind. Many got up from their seats and danced to the tunes DJ Selecta had on tap.
In all, the event was grand, like its venue. It showed tremendous growth and refinement from its inaugural kick-off a year ago at Perle in Market Square. The pacing of the evening, the vendors featured and the runway show direction all showed improvement and thoughtfulness.
Photos: Above, Style Week Pittsburgh founder and director Wadria Taylor, left, with Pittsburgh-based designer Lana Neumeyer show off their dresses, which were both made by Ms. Neumeyer. Below, fashions by Toya Taylor of Kingston, Jamaica (first two images) and Portia Brady, who recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Dublin, Ireland. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette
Check back later this afternoon for a photo recap from runway kick-off event, plus accessory sightings.