So when you hear Pittsburgh Fashion Week what do you think of? Despite the absurdity of those words strung together into one phrase, I think of bottom heavy women strutting down the runway in zip up hoodies, ill fitting jeans, a dirty t-shirt they've had since high school, flip flops and their greasy hair clipped to the back of their heads in a sloppy butterfly clip with a filthy Vera Bradley purse attached to their side.
The words "chic", "cute", "sexy" or even "fashionable" don't really come to mind. Despite that Pittsburgh Fashion Week is in its 4th year, and has been going on all week.
Its not at all like more famous fashion weeks like Paris, London, or New York. At most there is one event a day, with most of them not even being fashion shows. There are mostly networking events, vendor sales, and charity events. Snooze right? I mean how are you supposed to foster fashion in Pittsburgh when you only engage the bored housewives of rich men here? How about fashion shows by young designers? How about fashion exhibits in local boutiques? There are many ways to make it young, hip, exciting and fresh, that just not being done. We will never have anything like NYFW, unless we can get some of that Mercedes Benz money, but we can do more than this.
Well here is the schedule for PFW
Thursday Sept. 26 Tanger Outlet – Showcasing Fall Fashions
2nd Annual Pink Partini & Fashion Bash
Kristine Sorensen (the host of Pittsburgh Today Live) will Host The Event
Location: Tanger Outlet
Free for General Admission, $25 for Reserved Pink Seats Sold Out
Saturday Sept. 28 “BTB” Back-To-Back Runway Shows
Featuring Student Designers From The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Location: Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Sunday Sept. 29 Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Luncheon
Awarding Six Fashion Icons: Michael Barone, Jean Bryant, Tom Julian, Debbie Norrell, E.B. Pepper, Marianne Skiba. The Exceptional Artist Award: Jacqueline Capatolla
Performances by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre students
Location: Omni William Penn Hotel – Grand Ballroom
Registration at 11AM Doors Open at 11:30AM
Tickets - $65