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Runway: Clearing for Takeoff, Destination Fashion Oz – and Zang Toi International Designer Fashion Show Reviews – Some Thoughts on Pittsburgh Fashion Week

29 Sep

Pittsburgh’s Fashion Week is consuming my life this week, and, I’m 110% okay with that!

Monday’s inaugural Pittsburgh Fashion Week event, “Runway: Clearing for Takeoff, Destination Fashion Oz” delighted me… and slightly disappointed me.

Most (and I do say “most” and certainly not “all”) of the fashions rocked. However, the event had a little bit of…dare I say it…cheesiness going on. Cardboard gold party stars dangling like dollar-store decorations and actual park benches for media to sit on were one thing: but the confusing, trite, and just….BAD…opening monologue and overkill of the “Oz” theme were quite another.

That being said, it WAS the first-ever Fashion Week event held in Pittsburgh, and so things like a cheap-looking banner and slight feel of disorganization have to be overlooked.

Even despite these relatively small missteps, I give the overall event a B-grade!

I personally was intrigued by the costume-couture designs of MJ Whalen. The outfits were unique, beautifully made, and reminiscent of the late, GREAT Alexander McQueen. They were artsy and interesting, and brought to mind an idea of deconstructed Victorian Goth. From the lace, to the blinged-out gas masks, and candelabra ensemble, Lady Gaga would have been in fashion-heaven!  (WHAT raw-meat dress? THIS is Gaga-chic.)

Every designer had some definite hits, though. There were so many pieces coming down that runway that I wanted to own, including items from Jupe Boutique, Sugar, e.b. pepper, Kari Kramer’s iroNiece, and more! The dancers and musical performances were a nice added touch to the night’s event, and, despite my disdain for SOME of the “Oz” overkill, the ruby red shoes on the Jupe girls were, in my mind, a “hit!” 🙂

Overall, I’d say it was a success. It’s hard to have cohesion and harmony when featuring different lines by different designers at one event, which may have led to some of the feelings of “what’s going on” – especially when you’re trying to tie it all in to a not-so-relevant Oz theme. For the first night, at the first ever event, I say “good job” to all involved!

Tuesday’s event, which was held at the John Heinz History Center and featured the works of internationally-renowned designer Zang Toi, who is the so-called “headliner” of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, seemed much more organized, cohesive, and upscale. It’s no wonder – the guy’s a pro, and he killed it last night in Pittsburgh. His clothing is featured in the couture department at Nordstrom, he’s been around for 20 years, and all of his clothing is hand-made and unique. He’s dressed the likes of Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria, Ivana Trump, Heather Graham, Patti LaBelle, and more.

In addition to attending the esteemed Parsons School of Design, he’s won multiple awards and boasts a long list of personal and professional achievements and has put on fashion shows all over the world. Of course, I was excited to see his collection.

It didn’t disappoint. The looks were inspired by the Oscar-winning movie, Giant, and most had a fashion-forward Western/cowboy feel. Others were very fashion-forward takes of 1950’s housewife meets 1950’s glamour. His more casual ensembles were chic and elegant while still looking comfortable and wearable; and his skirts and gowns were luxe, well-made, with lots of billowy, flowing skirts and beautiful accents. Many had a floral motif, none disappointed. There were many surprises including a sexy backless black dress adorned with a pink bow, and an all-white take on menswear-for-the-ladies featuring a sheer top under a long white coat.

His collection, though not “shocking” by any means, was elegant and refined, showing a high level of taste. At first, I thought that the “cowboy” theme would be hokey. At first, it was. (But the male models WORKED those outfits and those abs, and the ladies ROCKED the “BIG” hair!)

However, after the show got going, each look transitioned perfectly into the next, resulting in different looks that somehow meshed together without being totally matchy-matchy….and isn’t that what a “good” collection should do?

I give last night’s event a solid A! Kudos to the Pittsburgh Fashion Week to really stepping it up with the House of Toi show. I’m glad that we left Oz and stepped into a more “grown up” era of fashion fun.

Please check out all of my Pgh Fashion Week photos on the Glitzburgh Facebook page by clicking here! Please note that my camera is NOT of the best quality  by ANY means – so, my apologies in advance! Approximately 7 of the shots are not mine – and I do give credit where credit is due!

Last but not least, I met a fan of Glitzburgh last night, who also happens to have a really cool name (also Ashley) and who has her OWN Pittsburgh Fashion blog called, “Where We Hang Our Pretty Things” – so check it out at http://a-dom.tumblr.com!

I won’t be attending tonight’s show (The PINK! Fashion Show at the John Heinz History Center) – but I should be at the rest of the events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – so look for more “Fashion Week” reports soon to come!

Pittsburgh’s Queen of Country – Meet Singer Kellie Lynne ~ Beautiful Inside and Out!

29 Jul

A few years back, I was at a local fair (in McDonald, PA, I believe) and a cute, blonde country singer who seemed close to my own age simply dazzled my girlfriends and I as she  hit the stage. Since then, I’d seen her a few times at events around town, and have definitely noticed her presence in the online world.

Apparently, I have not been the only one to notice hometown girl Kellie Lynne. She seems to have the makings of a true country superstar, and I am thrilled that she’s agreed to be my next Glitzburgh interviewee.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy! I’m sure that we’ll be seeing many more big things from Kellie Lynne in the very near future!

I’m proud to call her a fellow Pittsburgh gal! Read on to learn more about this beautiful, gifted, inspiring talent, and strong young woman.

~ Ashley B

Q: What part of Pittsburgh or the Pittsburgh area are you from?

*Lower Burrell, PA

Q: You should never ask a lady, but….how old are you?

*25

Q: When did you first discover your love for music?

*I discovered my love for music at a very young age! My parents tell me that I would always run around the house singing as much as I could whenever I was a toddler!! I still remember to this day singing in my room to an audience of stuffed animals with a hair brush as my microphone! I had a bunch of mirrors in my room so I would always watch myself in the mirror as I sang so that I could see what I was doing to work on my body language & performance!

Q: Do you write your own lyrics? What about your own music?

*I recently began writing my own lyrics. I found this to be a new love of mine. I used to be very shy & timid about sharing my lyrics with others, but after I started performing out a song that I wrote on my current CD, it’s really changed my view on sharing my music with everyone! I’ve had people tell me that the song that I wrote on the album is their favorite song on the CD & when I perform the song live, fans sing along! That gives me chills!!

Q: Have you played any local venues, and which ones?

*I’ve had a band for over 7 years, so yes, I’ve played a lot of local venues…too many too name!! Lol! My favorite Venue would have to be Saddle Ridge in Station Square! I had my CD Release party there back in September! It’s always a blast to play there because people go there to listen and dance to country music!

Q: What was your most recent show?

*My most recent show was in Conneaut Lake, PA at the Conneaut Lake Park. That was a fun show because it was outdoors right by the lake, so all of the boaters came up to watch the show. The weather wasnt the best part because it was very hot outside, but I did get to work a little bit on my tan…so I guess that was a plus! 🙂

Q: What has been your biggest show and/or appearance thus far? Locally, nationally?

*My biggest show Nationally was being on TV for, “Showtime At The Apollo” filmed in Harlem, NYC. To sing on the Apollo stage was such an honor for me!! I recieved a standing ovation from the audience which to this day is still something that means the world to me, because for “Showtime At The Apollo” the audience has the right to ‘boo’ you off of the stage!

*My biggest show Locally would be how the band was chosen to be the opening act for Loretta Lynn (twice!) I’ve had the chance to be the opening act & meet many Country artists, but when I met Loretta Lynn I was stuck in a dumb founded stare!! Loretta herself is such a musical legend and worked so hard to get what she deserved! Loretta is such a beautiful woman the whole way around!!!

Q: Who – and what- inspires you – any Pittsburgh people or aritsts?

*Honestly I can be inspired from a karaoke singer at a local bar to a famous musical artist that’s on the radio!! I believe that you learn and take notes from anyone who is musically inspired!! We/they all have the same drive and love as you!! Live and learn from all!

Q: What do you bring to your music that makes you stand out from other country singers?

*I feel that I bring a lot of energy to the table! If you come out to a show, you will never see me standing still! I love to have fun and put emotion behind my music! I’m also very ‘people’ driven! I love to stay in touch with my fans & meet as many new people as possible!!

Q: In which direction do you see yourself heading with your career?

*Well, I decided this month that it is time to move to Nashville next month to take my career to the next level! I believe that I’ve gotten as far as I can living here in Pittsburgh. I cannot wait to be in the city where everyone is music driven! Nashvile….here I come!:)

Q: Which musical artists do you dream of someday working with?

*Too many to name!! I’d love to work with as many as I possibly could! I believe that you learn from every artist that you meet!I have a wide variety! Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and so on and so on!! 🙂

Q: What’s in store for you for the rest of the summer?

*The plan is to finish out my shows that I have booked for the summer & then start to pack to move to Nashville! Once I hit Nashville I’m ready to start a whole new life!

Q: What’s been your proudest moment so far?

*I believe that as I get older and more educated about the music business that I look back at everything that I’ve done with my career so far in Pittsburgh and smile! I couldnt be happier with everything that I’ve been able to accomplish between starting a band, touring, meeting fans, opening for major acts, being on TV, getting radio airplay, writing music, releasing cds, selling merchandise, and having supportive family, friends & fans.I’m such a lucky girl and I couldnt be more proud than to know that I’m going after my dream!

Q: Single or taken? Any celebrity crushes?

*Taken. but that doesnt mean that I wont talk to any guys! I’m very lucky to have such a supportive boyfriend who understands what my job is all about! He knows that it’s my job to talk to and meet new fans! I absolutely love to meet with and talk tonew fans & learn all about them!!:)

Q: What’s been the hardest part about your journey in ‘the industry’ thus far?

*There are a lot of hard things about being in ‘the industry!’ It all started 5 years ago whenever I got involved with a scam artist! There are so many out there that attack new artists in the business! In a wierd way, I guess that it made me a lot stronger and opened my eyes to the music world!

Also, in this business you always have got to be on top of your game! There’s always someone out there who is better than you and more hungry….and you always have to remind yourself of that! It could be very easy to give up in this business, but it’s nice to have the support and love of family members and friends to help you get through!:)

Lastly – please let all of “Glitzburgh” know where we can find you online!

*MySpace: www.myspace.com/kellielynne

*Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellielynnemusic

*Twitter: www.twitter.com/Kellie_Lynne or @Kellie_Lynne

*YouTube: www.youtube.com/kellielynnebandmusic

*Sonicbids Press Kit: www.sonicbids.com/kellielynne

Mom-to-Be Rumors: First Beyonce, now….Kristen Stewart? Pregnant and Engaged:

28 Mar

Attention Twihards: Unconfirmed Rumors —> Are R. Stew and K. Patz getting hitched? AND expecting?

Thursday night, I posted an entry about the circulating rumor that Beyonce and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first baby.

Now, the blogosphere is swirling with rumors of (yet another) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson engagement rumor, this time, due to the fact that, according to (the always mysterious) “sources” …”Kristen is definitely pregnant.”

Unlike the Beyonce and Jay-Z preggers-posts that were reported by some heavier hitters such as the New York Times and the Huffington Post, this one has not particularly come from any even somewhat-credible sources. But, alas, as of 24 hours ago, hundreds of blogs were reporting the two “Twilight” saga stars as getting hitched and popping out a little one!

Let’s hope if they do, that it smiles a little more than Kristen (who, by the way, has been looking STUNNING on the red carpet lately, and definitely does not look pregnant at all) and is a little less bashful than Pattinson.

What do you think … are they getting married? Having a baby? The engagement rumors would surprise me less if they turned out to be true. But, this was Kristen last week at the NYC premiere of her upcoming film, “The Runaways” … she doesn’t LOOK pregnant. (And might I add, her Emilio Pucci dress is DELICIOUS! I want! K.Stew is becoming a fashionista as of late! I dig it.)

Guess we’ll have to be on bump (and ring!) watch with these two…. I can’t say that I’d hate it. They are kind of perfect together.

Tidbit: Local Rap Artist Wiz Khalifa sells out show in NYC last night!

27 Mar

Pittsburgh Rap Artist Wiz Khalifa has been doing big things for a few years now, both locally and nationally. He started off here in Pittsburgh, his hometown, where he still lives and works, but just last night sold out a show at the mid-capacity, historic Irving Plaza in New York City.

To learn more about Wiz, follow him on twitter @RealWizKhalifa or check out his Wiki entry, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiz_Khalifa

Below is a Tweet Photo showing the line for last night’s performance wrapped around the building. Not bad for a Pittsburgh boy!