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Pittsburgh Gears Up for 2nd Annual Fashion Week

23 Sep

The second annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week is coming up! Mark your calendars for fashion, fun, and fabulosity, Pittsburgh-style!

The opening extravaganza will kick off this Monday, September 26th, 2011, and will feature sushi and pre-show martinis. The kickoff event is Doncaster: Under the Tent at Market Square and will be followed by champagne and dessert.

Tuesday the 27th will be the “ManStyle” Fashion Show at Heinz History Center, with Wednesday featuring the “Radiant in Red” Fashion Show at Robinson Mall. That event will benefit the American Heart Association and will include a “Defining a Decade” theme.

Friday, Sept. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 1 will be  all-day, back-to-back runway shows AND a vendor fair at the Clarion Hotel in Green Tree. Sunday wraps up Pittsburgh Fashion Week with the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Omni.

Designers featured at Friday and Saturday’s runway shows include: Gwendolyn Kiste, Tammy Jackson, Marquis Clancy, Elaine Healy, Armani Noir, Angie Yau, Brian David, Cary D. Heard, Golden Skyy, Judy’s Originals, the Fur Vault at Macy’s, students for Inside Out, Petite Plus Perfection, Diane Dube Lindenblade, Leslie Harris, Eco Chic, Serra Altenbaugh, Debra Weiss, and Faith N’ Khaos.

Vendors present will include: Traci Lynn Jewelry, Miche Bags, 3rd Charm 4 Luck, Ice & Elegance, Dead Bury Dead, Siplada, Brush Footwear, Extra Impressions, Stella & Dot, Sofiya Mozley, Glam Earth, TriMi Tank, Pittsburgh Fashion Magazine, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Vitaminwater, Tommy Hilfiger, MBK Photography, and Models & Talent International.

Hope to see you all there supporting wonderful fashions and up-and-coming designers in Pittsburgh!

 

Event Tonight! Flawless Fashions at WHIM!

8 Apr

Tonight, Pittsburgh, there is a fashion event not to be missed, so mark your calendars and pick out an outfit for this fun Friday night occasion.

Sponsored by Veev Vodka and Diana Rua Media, “Flawless Fashion and All That Jazz” will showcase new Pittsburgh fashion boutique, Flawless Fashions, with hair and Dior makeup being done by Contempo Artistries, one of the area’s hottest salons!

Flawless Fashions boutique will show off a sampling of their new hip and trendy Spring looks, including their signature one of a kind accessories.

This sure-to-excite fashion show will feature not only models in fabulous new styles, but also unique dance presentations in the Burlesque and Cabaret styles.

Dress to impress, and, if you’re underage, sorry! Guests need to be 21+ with valid ID.

The event is to be held at WHIM Night Club, with doors opening at 9pm. They’re bringing the “wow” factor with this one, and will be sure not to disappoint!

(see original post at http://www.maniacexchange.com/blog)

 

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!