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A trio of trendy fashion trucks will roll up outside Bella Sera April 5 for a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fashion show sponsored by Canonsburg Business and Professional Women.
Designed to attract a broader audience, the fashion show will skip the traditional runway and, instead, will feature strolling fashions from Macy’s as well as the three Pittsburgh boutique trucks. This “rolling mall” includes the Style Truck, Roadie Fashion Truck and Vintage Valet.
According to Kathleen Smith, event chairwoman of Canonsburg BPW, the fashion trucks feature clothing and accessories that might not be found in regular department stores, such as boutique jackets, designer shawls, vintage jewelry and hats.
“Many work with small designers or small manufacturers. You’re really seeing products you won’t see anywhere else,” she said.
This different take on a traditional event has helped invigorate the 35-member club, which wanted to create a profitable event to benefit the Fresh Start program at Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Last fall, the club learned about the Fresh Start program, which provides transitional housing, group therapy and other support for women committed to stepping out of a domestic violence cycle.
“The goal is to try and get people in a place where they can provide for themselves and their family,” said Michelle Robinson-Ritter, executive director of Domestic Violence Services.
While Canonsburg BPW has been supportive of DVS and made contributions to women’s shelters, it wanted to make a substantial contribution so it could provide a grant designated for a woman in the Fresh Start program.
“We saw it as a way to make a lasting change in a woman’s life,” Smith said.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for shopping, socializing at the Bellini bar, music, coffee, fruit and cheese.
Outside, adjacent to Bella Sera’s patio and pond, the fashion trucks will be parked. Style Truck owner and driver Jackee Ging said her products focus on busy women, with many of her items being either American made or Fair Trade.
Ging started her business two years ago during the holiday market in Pittsburgh’s Market Square.
“It’s catching on,” she said. “At first, people didn’t understand the concept. But now people are coming to us and asking to get involved.”
In addition, the fashion show will feature a gourmet brunch. There will be a presentation of fashions by Macy’s, and a representative of Domestic Violence Services will speak about Fresh Start.
There also will be basket raffles, a raffle for a small Tiffany item and a vendor fair.
Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased from any Canonsburg BPW member or by calling 724-746-1210.
Just in time for Pittsburgh Fashion Week, there's a new mobile boutique on the block.
Earlier this month, Marissa Zimmerman, 31, of Monongahela took her shop on wheels, the Vintage Valet, out for its inaugural spin at the Perryopolis Flea Market. Fashionistas will be able to find it out and about during Fashion Week, including Tuesday at the pop-up fashion display in Market Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"I've always loved fashion," Ms. Zimmerman said. Plus, she likes to travel, so she decided to combine the two. She came up with the idea about a year ago while a student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying fashion and retail management.
"I just started looking on the Internet and realized, my gosh there are lots of these elsewhere, such as California, New York and Texas," she said.
Since early summer, three others have cropped up in Pittsburgh: Roadie, Style Truck and Broke Little Rich Girl. Ms. Zimmerman's truck offers contemporary women's clothing with a vintage twist, so expect to find lots of crocheted looks, lace, pleats and floral prints. About half of the apparel is made in America. Pieces range from about $20 to $55.
"So far, people really like it," Ms. Zimmerman said. "They look inside and say, 'Am I supposed to go in?' It's exciting to see people's reactions."
To learn more, visit thevintagevalet.com.
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Day 2 of Pittsburgh Fashion Week took fashionistas from bargain hunting at lunch hour in Market Square to wining and styling for the annual "ManStyle" show at the Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District.
If you missed any of the fashionable fun, Post-Gazette photographers Bob Donaldson and Julia Rendlemen were on the scene. See their photographs below.
Day 3 of Pittsburgh Fashion Week continues at 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of Macy's, Downtown, where tips on fall fashions for Pittsburgh professionals will be shared.
PROJECT POP UP: FASHION, MARKET SQUARE
Vintage Valet fashion truck owner Marissa Zimmerman holds the mirror for
customer Pam Palmer to see the crocheted vest she's buying.
Lunchtime crowds browse the fashion truck displays.