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Style Week Pittsburgh: Street style edition

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The apparel and accessories featured at Style Week Pittsburgh aren't the only things with a solid sense of style. Those in attendance also have been putting their most fashionable foot forward.

On accessories night on Tuesday, here are some of the footwear and accessories that stood out.

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Vanessa Fellers' accessories and hairpiece create an air of regality.


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Style Week Pittsburgh founder/CEO Wadria Taylor wears beaded drop earrings from a local boutique.


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Danielle Getty sporting shoes from Guilty Soles.

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Ruby Brewer-Watkins keeping it classy with Kelsey and Ryane jewelry dressing up a simple black ensemble.


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Stylist/designer Lataja Sims with an ear cuff she created.


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Pretty peep-toed polka dot shoes on Leigh Solomon Pugliano.

Want to see more street style? Style Week Pittsburgh continues this evening with a jewelry showcase at Macy's, Downtown. It's free and open to the public.

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Accessories galore at Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2

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On Day 2 of Style Week Pittsburgh, the specialty kitchen and bath store Luxe in East Liberty was transformed into three floors of fashion fun for the public to browse for free. The night's accessories trunk show was co-presented by the Fashion Group International Pittsburgh provisional chapter.

Before stepping inside, guests were greeted by Pittsburgh mobile boutiques the Style Truck and Vintage Valet. Inside the Luxe Indigo Square showroom, resident chef Anthony cooked up small bites and vendors showed off a range of unique accessories. Meanwhile, models roamed the room showing off designs by Kiya Tomlin and handbags from Sandra Cadavid. Male models posed in a shower display sporting briefs and boxers from Trim Pittsburgh, the men's underwear boutique in East Liberty. Neighboring Chemistry boutique had a selection of its scarves and women's wear on site for a significant discount for shoppers.

A couple doors down Ms. Tomlin welcomed people into her studio for miniature sweet treats and cheese and crackers, consultations and a chance to shop her ready-to-wear line of sweatshirt dresses, pants, colorful print tops and more.

The energy was upbeat and the stream of people inside Luxe was steady for much of the three-hour event. Although a seemingly unusual choice for a fashion event, Luxe turned out to be a refreshing choice. Having three levels within the store helped spread the displays -- and the crowd -- out and added a nice flow to the event. And the colorful displays of tile samples that dotted the walls made for great backdrops for snapping photos!

See some of the sites from the accessories trunk show below.

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Bangles from Chloe + Isabel. (chloeandisabel.com)


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Jewelry from direct sales brand Chloe + Isabel.


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Browsing selections from Chemistry boutique at a pop-up on the lower level of Luxe.


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Heart pendant made from twisted nails on a chainmaille necklace by Nautilus Creations (nautiluscreations.wix.com). It's paired with a sunburst necklace from the same brand.


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A selection of bracelets by local designer Nautilus Creations.


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Models wearing pieces by Kiya Tomlin. Handbag from Sandra Cadavid collection.

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Pittsburgh-based brands to know spotted at Style Week Pittsburgh

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In addition to runway shows, Style Week Pittsburgh strives to spotlight accessory and jewelry brands that call the city their headquarters.

A couple of them featured so far this week included Sandra Cadavid handbags and jewelry and Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures. 

Sandra Cadavid handbags are made in Colombia, the designer Sandra Reiman's home country. At the Style Week Pittsburgh kick-off event she showed off handbag styles from the new collection (pictured below). Shop the brand at www.sandracadavid.com.

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Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures displayed its handmade pieces created with eco-friendly, upcycled materials and are light in weight. Check out designs below, or visit www.nicolettejewelrysculptures.com.

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Need more of an accessories fix? Day 2 of Style Week Pittsburgh includes an accessories trunk show at LUXE on Broad Street in East Liberty from 6-9 p.m. It's free and open to the public. Information: www.styleweekpittsburgh.com.

 

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Style Week Pittsburgh kicks off in grand style at The Priory Grand Hall

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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.

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Fashion designer Toya Taylor brings collection from Caribbean to Style Week Pittsburgh

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Style Week Pittsburgh is expanding its borders for its second annual outing to include designers from beyond the city, too.

Meet Toya Taylor, an aspiring fashion designer from Kingston, Jamaica. Her women's wear looks will be featured in the kick-off runway event tonight at The Priory Grand Hall, North Side.

Get to know the designer, her goals and how she infuses her collections with island flavor.

What's your impression of Pittsburgh?

There is a culture of fashion that is waiting to be tapped into. I also love the architecture. I’ve seen beautiful brick work homes and gorgeous buildings. The winter is BRUTAL though.

What inspires you as a designer?

Being that I’m from a Caribbean island and surrounded by nature, I’m inspired by the beauty in that. To be able to find elements and textures of various trees, colors reminiscent of the water -- makes my ability to create clothing pretty easy.

I would describe my design style as ... clean lines, sophistication and timeless silhouettes, always given a hard edge. Of course, my island spice background plays a significant role with the use of bold prints and bright colors.

My must-have fashion item is ... a blazer. I love the multi-functionality of it.

My advice for aspiring designers is ... to just go for it and see it through. This will never feel like work if you’re truly passionate about it. Don’t be crippled by the fear of being judged.

In five years I'd like to ... be a household name in fashion, not only in Jamaica but internationally. You have to dream big, and I want to have my own design studio and boutique within this timeframe and also begin a menswear brand. Ultimately, I want to build the Toya Taylor lifestyle brand.

A lookbook of her designs will be available during Style Week Pittsburgh. (Some designs featured in the photos, courtesy of the designer.) She also can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for custom and ready-to-wear orders.

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