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REFLECT Apparel L.A. Affair Summer Fashion Show – Coming Soon!

8 Jul

Saturday, July 6th, 2011, join REFLECT Apparel at Diesel Club Lounge for their “L.A. Affair” Summer Fashion Show. Produced by the DYOB Group, this Fashion Show is one not to miss!! With fashions by Reflect Boutique, hair and makeup by Philip Pelusi, Geno Levi Salon, and Danis Hair Loft, and music by DJ Tweak and Choze, this is one event not to miss!

Held at Diesel Club Lounge, the event is open to all ages, and is $5 at the door. The doors open at 6:30, with the fashion show beginning at 7:30. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bracco Education Trust.

Front Row Monthly will be in attendance; additionally, Everything Pittsburgh, What’s Clicking, and Wedding Clickers will be on hand, distributing vouchers, and in addition to the awesome fashions, you’ll be treated to seeing jewelry from Stella & Dot and Simply Chic.

Dress to impress, and see you there!

 

Style Guru Tim Gunn Talks Fashion, Project Runway, and Personal Style

8 Apr
Tim Gunn, Pittsburgh

Tim Gunn, Pittsburgh

Style guru Tim Gunn – best-selling author, Liz Claiborne brands chief creative officer, and fashion consultant – is best known for hosting the hit TV show, Project Runway, but last weekend, he gave Pittsburghers some advice on style at a fashion show featuring looks from Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Juicy Couture.

What are Tim’s all-time tips and advice for spring?

* Mixing patterns is hot right now…but be sure to do it correctly. Keep your patterns in the same color family, and make sure that they are distinct enough from one another.

* Cropped pants – they aren’t for everyone! With very little exception, people with shorter legs should probably stay away from cropped or “capri” pants as they often cut you off at the calf or ankle, making the legs appear even shorter.

* Own a classic button-down collared white shirt.

* A bright-colored, bold jacket (think: bright pink!) can be a perfect accessory this time of year, whether you pair it with jeans, a tee, and boat shoes, or a dress fit for cocktail hour.

* Bare midriffs: almost always a no-no, according to Mr. Gunn. (Though some may disagree: peekaboo cut-outs in the midriff region have been showing up on some of our favorite fashionistas! It can be done tastefully, however, and doesn’t have to be a throwback to Britney Spears circa 1999.)

* Dress for your body type, and your style. Gunn isn’t a big fan of “trends” and advises sticking to classic staples that work best for you.

Trends shown on the runway included Navajo-inspired prints, the aforementioned pattern-mixing, pineapples and bright colors

Me, Tim Gunn, Shyala

Me, Tim Gunn, Shyala

from Kate Spade, bohemian looks from Lucky, and whimsical pieces from Juicy Couture. Gunn also dished on some behind-the-scenes dirt on Project Runway – from Gretchen and Kenley’s off-air antics to (jokingly) accusing Heidi Klum of smoking crack due to some of her choices….but his best takeaway of the day was twofold: “be yourself” and, just as importantly, “BE NICE!”

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

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)

 

Lindsay Lohan: A Fashionista’s Day In Court

13 Feb

Maybe we’re all just immune to hearing about Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes, but lately media reports have seemed to have their priorities out-of-order. Intead of talking about this damaged girl’s audacious behavior and her derailing off the road to redemption, everyone and their brother seems focused on the (admittedly hot) white dress that she wore in court.

Sure, she is being charged with stealing a $2,500 necklace. But the focus is on the (now sold-out natiowide) $575 Kimberley Ovitz white mini-dress and $320 Chanel sunglasses that she wore to court.

Was the skintight white dress inappropriate? Or, was she trying to ooze innocence and class?

Whatever. Once a Lohan, always a Lohan – at least she looked fabulous, and knows how to make an entrace…appropraite or not.

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!