NEW YORK -- Crowds were ushered to the roof of the Empire Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side Saturday night for the first look at Sheena Trivedi's collection of edgy-meets-exotic men and women's wear.
For her fourth show at New York Fashion Week, Ms. Trivedi, a former Pittsburgh resident who now lives in New York, presented a black-heavy collection called "Kids of Bengal" that creatively wove in texture, patterns, leathers and mirror and fringe details. Models wore tribal-inspired makeup, and jewelry draped across their heads, hands (pictured at right) and necks became their armor. Fashions also reflected influences of the multiculturalism from her upbringing. (Growing up, her family exposed her to Indian culture and the Hindi language through annual trips to India.)
Life isn't a fairy tale, Ms. Trivedi said, so fashion should embrace and reflect its less simplistic side, too. The show attracted buyers from overseas, as well as domestic press and friends and family.
Despite her growing reputation on the international fashion scene, Ms. Trivedi hasn't lost touch with her Pittsburgh roots. She gushed about her love for the Steelers, even belting out a few lines from "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa during our interview. By her side through the night was her sister -- and Ms. Trivedi made sure I knew she was born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.
(Photos of "Kids of Bengal" fashions by Sheena Trivedi. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)