Stylebook: FGI Pittsburgh plans series of fashion events for 2015 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Get your datebooks ready, Pittsburgh fashionistas. There will be six new events to add to it in 2015, thanks to the city’s provisional chapter of Fashion Group International.

As part of the group’s bid to become a full-fledged chapter of the global fashion nonprofit, it must hold six successful fashion-focused events, board chairwoman Stephanie Taylor announced at the group’s latest general public meeting Thursday at Ross Park Mall. Dates and locations still are being set for the events, but the first three will be a panel talk with industry professionals from some of the region’s major retail corporations in February, a discussion with local boutique owners and a trend report in April, and a designer showcase in June. The board also is striving to book a major designer from New York City to be featured at one of the events — something the group would like to make an annual affair, Ms. Taylor said. Events will be open to FGI Pittsburgh members and the public but will be ticketed, with discounts for those who belong to the provisional chapter.

Moving forward, FGI Pittsburgh will no longer hold monthly public meetings as it shifts its focus to prepping for these events. Those meetings were held to familiarize the public with FGI and its goals, Ms. Taylor said, but now the events will replace the meetings as opportunities for the Pittsburgh fashion community to network. The board will continue to hold monthly meetings, and those who’ve been approved for membership can attend.

Twenty-three people have been approved so far for membership. The board’s goal is to have 40 paid, approved members by the end of the year. Those interested in learning more about FGI Pittsburgh or applying for membership can email or visit

More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front …

Michael Kors trunk show at Dress Circle: Preview the spring 2015 collection Monday and Tuesday during store hours at 738 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. Information: 412-681-7799.

Ladies’ Night Out fashion fundraiser: Support breast cancer programs and services at Butler Health System with a night of shopping with representatives from the Style Truck, Sabika, Mary Kay Cosmetics, My Shoe Girl, Premier Designs and more. There also will be music by Tobacco Road, a basket auction and fashion show. It’s 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Marshall. Tickets: $10 at and at the door.

Christian Dior STAR 2014 beauty event: Learn beauty tips and tricks from cosmetics experts Wednesday through Saturday at Macy’s at South Hills Village. A one-on-one consultation is free, or sign up for a VIP master session for $25. Learn more or schedule an appointment at 412-854-6889 (and mention “Pittsburgh fashion” for a special token).

Bras for the Cause at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh: As part of Hard Rock’s 15th annual PINKTOBER campaign, there will be a silent auction of pink and black bras autographed by celebrities who’ve visited Pittsburgh in the past year, including Cher, Bret Michaels, Pat Benatar and Heart. Some of Pittsburgh’s professional athletes such as Neil Walker and Ben Roethlisberger also signed bras for the cause. Funds will help the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, which raises breast cancer awareness among women younger than 40. It’s 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, Station Square. Tickets: $10 at

Salon Vivace fall hair and fashion benefit: See what’s trending for clothes, hair and beauty 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Salon Vivace, 642 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The event will include wine and appetizers from Bistro 19 and Aladdin’s Eatery and styling tips from J.Crew. The evening will benefit Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Information: 412-344-9707 or

“Shop ’Til You Drop” consignment bus tour: Spend a day browsing styles at local consignment shops on a bus tour that will take shoppers to four of them: Consignment Cottage in Moon (412-262-0833), Kindred Spirits in Pine (724-934-9422), Savvy Fox in Mt. Lebanon (412-343-1500) and Fashion Fix boutique (412-242-3499) in Regent Square. A guide from each store will travel along to coordinate games and giveaways. It’s 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets are $40, which includes store discounts, morning coffee or tea and pastries, a box lunch, drinks and wine, and chocolates. Deadline to register is Thursday. Sign up through any of the participating stores.

Trunk shows for her and him at Larrimor’s: British brand Barbour will be at One PNC Plaza, Downtown, with fashions for men and women Thursday through Saturday. The store also will welcome handcrafted men’s shoes from Magnanni and American-made belts from Torino. Trunk show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: 412-471-5727 or

The Crush: Pink Edition charity fashion show: Enjoy a DJ, live music and, of course, fabulous fashions to benefit Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. It’s 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty. Tickets: $10 at

For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the fashion blog Stylebook at To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, email


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