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#SettingtheSEEN: Baron Batch says #ArtIsNotDead

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

If you haven't checked out Studio AM in Homestead, put it on your "must do" list for fall. The artist, Baron Batch, works and lives in this space, and is not only building a huge following for his art, but of the events (including weekly brunch) that are being held there. Come check it out with us in this week's Setting the SEEN!

Until next time...we'll be seeing you!

Follow @NBSeen on Twitter and @NatalieBenci on Instagram to keep up with #wheresNataliePG

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Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2: Style Awards salute city's fashion influencers

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .


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Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2 brought with it a dose of deja vu. For the third annual Style Awards ceremony, the festivities returned to Perle in Market Square, where the first ever Style Week Pittsburgh event was held in 2013.

On Thursday night, a stylish crowd turned out to salute some of the contributors to Pittsburgh's fashion community, based on nominations by the public and Style Week's volunteer ambassadors. Debbie Norrell, lifestyles editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier, reprised her role as emcee for the night, which kicked off with a belly dance performance that got the crowd clapping along.

After the ceremony, people mixed and mingled over drinks and captured memories of the night on camera in front of the step-and-repeat banner. 

See a list of nominees and winners (in bold) below. Learn more about Style Week Pittsburgh HERE.

STYLE AWARDS 2015

Designer of the Year

Renee Piatt
Jazmin Jackson
Malcolm Williams


Boutique of the Year

Shop 412
Style Truck mobile boutique
Mid-Atlantic Mercantile
Style Exchange
Ujamma Collective
Exotic Hush boutique


Stylist of the Year

Christina Stein
House of Colour Pittsburgh


Model of the Year

Nick Redondo
Soigne Legacy
Sindel Barnes


Hair Stylist of the Year

Studio RAW
Mark Anthony's Hair Salon
Jacqueline Capatolla Salon
Dreamz Hair Salon
Tia Alib, Queen's Private Hair Studio


Artist of the Year

Sarah Zeffiro
Essence Houze
Bridgette Perdue
Krystyn B. Schneider
Anqwenique Wingfield


Makeup Artist of the Year

Tara McKnight
Brittney Webster


Best Dressed

Shellie Hipsky
Leigh Solomon-Pugliano


Fashion Industry Leader

Jaylee Lemon
Stephanie Taylor

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Style Week Pittsburgh: Caught on camera (and more scoop from Day 1)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

There was plenty to do and see Wednesday evening at the opening night of Style Week Pittsburgh, held for the first time at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

The fashionable festivities poured into the street outside the venue, where the Style Truck and Vintage Valet mobile boutiques were set up selling apparel and accessories to help fashionistas transition their wardrobes from summer to fall. The buzz continued by the door with a red carpet and step-and-repeat area where guests could pose for pictures before entering the lobby.20150812bwFashionMag10-9

Inside, a pre-party was under way with music, cocktails, a photo booth by TapSnap, a cosmetics table featuring Younique products and a station where people could get a henna tattoo.

Then came the main event -- the fashion showcase in the theater. Former Post-Gazette fashion editor LaMont Jones served as emcee for the night and welcomed to the stage fashions by four designers: Lana NeumeyerDiana Misetic and Jazmin Jackson (all of whom are based in Pittsburgh; pictured, at right, from left to right) and Toya Taylor, who is from Jamaica. The collections complemented each other well. From Ms. Misestic's more muted color palette and skilled feminine details to the vibrant prints presented by the other designers, each collection had a unique aesthetic.

After the show, the audience had a chance to learn more about the designers' backgrounds and approaches to their work in a Q&A moderated by Mr. Jones. The designers spoke candidly about their views on fashion, including what celebrity they'd like to design a red carpet look for if they had the chance. (Ms. Misetic: Brad Pitt, Ms. Neumeyer: Lady Gaga and Ms. Jackson: A woman with curves.) Style Week Pittsburgh founder and director Wadria Taylor (pictured, from left to right, with Kia Wormsley of City Style 412) and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's executive director Janera Solomon also addressed the crowd. 

Monica Mendez, executive director for Dress for Success Pittsburgh, shared a few words about why she was gracious to Style Week for being selected as its non-profit partner for 2015. 20150812bwFashionMag11-10

"Clothing means a lot to people. It shows everyone else who we are," Ms. Mendez said. "It's about fashion. It's about feeling good about yourself. That's why I like Style Week Pittsburgh."

A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success Pittsburgh to support its mission of outfitting women who are trying to enter (or renter) the workforce. 

After the show came the after party. DJ Selecta provided the beats as guests turned the lobby into a dance floor into the night.

Check out scenes from the opening event in the video above. Photography by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette.

Learn more about Style Week Pittsburgh HERE.

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Runway recap: Four designers dazzle crowd at Style Week Pittsburgh Day 1

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Style Week Pittsburgh kicked off its third year on Wednesday with a fashion showcase and party at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. While there was plenty to do and see (photo booth, fashion trucks, dance party, etc.), the main event was the fashion show.

This year's featured designers included Diana MiseticJazmin JacksonToya Taylor and Lana Neumeyer.

Check out the photos below to see some of their looks from the showcase. Plus -- don't forget! -- the fashion fun continues tonight. Click HERE to see what's on tap next. (Photography by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

 

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JAZMEEN by JAZMIN JACKSON

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TOYA TAYLOR COLLECTION

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LANA NEUMEYER

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Style Week Pittsburgh starts tonight! Here's what you need to know ...

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

'Tis the season for style in the City of Steel!

The third annual Style Week Pittsburgh kicks off tonight at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty with a fashion show featuring designs by Pittsburgh's own Diana Misetic, Lana Neumeyer and Jazmin Jackson, plus international designer Toya Taylor of Jamaica.

The fashion festivities continue through Sunday. Find out more about each event here or in the video above. Plus, be sure to keep checking www.post-gazette.com/Stylebook throughout the week; Stylebook will be on the scene at the events reporting on all of the stylish sights! Stay tuned ...

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