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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog: A Flurry of Events & a Fashion Preview

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Happy Friday! Here are some fun events to check out this weekend, a wrap-up on what you may have missed earlier this week, as well as a preview of the fun fashions ahead for fall!

 

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Beautiful moth emerges

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog moth openThis beautiful cecropia moth just emerged. Photos by Doug Oster

One of the fun things about being a garden writer is interviewing all the interesting people. I've known June Bernard for many years and used her on a source for this story on monarch butterflies.

I was trying to get the timing right to photograph a monarch chrysalis opening, but we could never make it happen.

I did get a female to photograph and when I returned it to June's home, she gave me a big plastic container with a cecropia and luna moth cocoons inside.

Since I was leaving for a fishing trip in just a few days, I had to take it with me to be sure I didn't miss the moth emerging. Well, that didn't happen, so then  a couple weeks later, I had another trip and took it with me with no luck.

Then I went out on the sun porch to sit and there was the cecropia moth had begun to emerge.

It's North America's biggest moth, and I think it's beautiful.

Judy told me to take it outside at dusk and let it crawl on a screen until it's ready to go. That's the plan tonight.

I hope the luna emerges next.

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FGI Pittsburgh proposes inaugural events at latest meeting

Written by Mila Sanina on .

FGI Pittsburgh board members

The provisional Pittsburgh chapter of Fashion Group International held its monthly meeting Thursday evening at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown.

Since the city is at the peak of summer vacation season, the turnout was only about 24 people, the lowest since FGI Pittsburgh started gathering. Stephanie Taylor, the chairwoman of the board, indicated that it's an aberration and noted that she is happy so far with how the chapter has been shaping up. The New York headquarters of FGI, which is tracking the Pittsburgh group's performance and will decide on its permanent standing, has been surprised at how engaged and active the Pittsburgh chapter has been, Ms. Taylor said.

FGIShe is hoping that the chapter will gain its permanent status by the end of the year.

"Everyone says there is no fashion in Pittsburgh, we have to prove them wrong," she said.

The agenda for the meeting included a discussion of membership and the formation of the aspiring fashion professionals committees, which will include fashion students and youth interested in fashion. The board emphasized the importance of attracting younger generations to help insure the Pittsburgh chapter's sustainability.

Vanessa Fellers, head of the programming committee, talked about plans to hold an event at the Heinz History Center in September, when the recently-closed Emphatics boutique, which for decades was a hub for high-end fashion in Pittsburgh, will exhibit its archival collection. She also hinted that FGI Pittsburgh might organize a mixer in September in its efforts to introduce itself to a wider audience across the city.

The board also talked about Style Week Pittsburgh as an opportunity for FGI Pittsburgh to connect with the fashion scene and recruit new members. Style Week will be August 11-17 at various venues throughout Pittsburgh. Style Week Pittsburgh founder Wadria Taylor is a member of the FGI Pittsburgh board.

Thirty minutes into the meeting, the board members and attendees broke into three committees to devise new ideas and advance future plans in programming, social media outreach/public relations and membership. The participants voiced an interest in having FGI Pittsburgh orchestrate events that are more neighborhood-oriented and invite speakers that represent fashion microcosms of Shadyside, Lawrenceville, East Liberty and other parts of Pittsburgh. Some members said they would like the group to have professional seminars and panel discussions on marketing trends, best practices in growing small business, blogging, etc.

Some more ideas: How about doing video blogs? Or featuring the "impeccably dressed" from various parties in Pittsburgh? What about engaging with the blogging community? Maybe doing interviews with Pittsburgh designers and "heavy hitters" and have a mentorship program for younger groups seeking careers in fashion?

The last part of the meeting featured a "fashion speed round," where attendees had an opportunity to introduce themselves and talk about fashion events in their communities, special promotions and/or their work.

The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. July 31 at Macy's, Downtown. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit www.fgi.org.

Photos: Above, FGI Pittsburgh board members address attendees. Below, board member Vanessa Fellers (standing) leads a discussion group. Mila Sanina/Post-Gazette

FGI Pittsburgh June 2014 meeting

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Want to dress like Olivia Pope from ABC's 'Scandal'? Soon you can ...

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

If you crave the kinds of clothes Kerry Washington’s character Olivia Pope wears on ABC’s drama “Scandal,” soon you’ll be able to include some in your closet.

Ms. Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo have teamed with Elliot Staples, head of design from The Limited, to develop a 42-piece fashion line inspired by the style of the show’s protagonist. The collection will be the first such collaboration between a national retailer and a network television program, its costume designer and lead actress.

Expect separates and outerwear infused with the powerful, feminine flavor fans of Ms. Pope’s fashions will recognize. Pieces will start at $49 and are expected to be available in stores and online at www.thelimited.com in late September.

Which of the looks below would you like to see incorporated into the collection? (Photos courtesy of Disney/ABC Television Group)

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Thrillers, fillers and spillers; Container gardening basics

Written by Doug Oster on .

Thriller BlogHere are some easy tips for planting containers. Photo by Doug Oster

Today on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live, I planted a container with Kristine Sorensen. The trick is to put a tall "thriller" in the middle, then "fillers" around that and "spillers" to soften the edges.

This is a great time to plant containers, the plants are all on sale. These cool varieties were from Hahn Nursery.

 

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