Day 3 of Style Week Pittsburgh was no ordinary fashion show. Instead, it was a cool dance party/concert/pop-up shop in the gym of the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in East Liberty that attracted so many hip-looking people that even Brooklyn would be envious.
There were unique brands to discover and designers to meet all night. Here's a recap of some of the highlights:
1.) Pittsburgh is home to a burgeoning street wear scene
As a style editor, I know the city is home to several street wear brands and stores such as Daily Bread PA, Social Status and Blasfome, but it turns out that there are lots more. About a dozen Pittsburgh-grown street wear and vintage brands, including Native 412, Astronaut Kartel, Taste and Killigraphy, had pop-up displays at the event.
2.) Body paint = fashion
For the fashion show, models skipped the designer apparel for body art. Artist Sarah Zeffiro decorated models' bodies in colorful abstract designs for a fresh way of thinking about fashion.
3.) Makeovers can make a difference
During the event, makeovers by Studio RAW in the North Hills were revealed. But what made this moment extra special was that the recipients were people who identify as transgender or gender fluid. It was an empowering sight as the crowd cheered and applauded for the men and women debuting their refreshed looks with confidence and big smiles.
4.) Pittsburgh's musical talents run deep
Keeping a party energized for nearly four hours is no easy feat. Style Week Pittsburgh pulled it off with a fun lineup of DJs and bands curated by farESH Brand and Straightforward Consulting.
5.) The East End is the place to be on a Saturday night
Anyone who still thinks of Pittsburgh as a sleepy steel town hasn't been to the East End on a Saturday night lately. From the dance floor to the lobby bar and Whitfield restaurant, the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh was packed with people mingling late into the night, which only further fueled the energy of Style Week Pittsburgh.