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Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Sarah Sindler poses in a Oscar de la Renta organza black dress ($48), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sarah Sindler poses in a Oscar de la Renta organza black dress ($48), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Jennifer Honig models a purple velvet coat ($40), that will be available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jennifer Honig models a purple velvet coat ($40), that will be available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - (from left) Carole Bailey models an Escada skirt suit ($200), Escada zebra print blouse ($50) and Fendi handbag ($300); Jennifer Honig wears a St. John jacket ($80), Oscar de la Renta leather pants ($34), Guess black patent leather shoes ($28); and Mindy Schwartz Hedges models an Escada skirt suit ($100), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>(from left) Carole Bailey models an Escada skirt suit ($200), Escada zebra print blouse ($50) and Fendi handbag ($300); Jennifer Honig wears a St. John jacket ($80), Oscar de la Renta leather pants ($34), Guess black patent leather shoes ($28); and Mindy Schwartz Hedges models an Escada skirt suit ($100), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Carole Bailey models a Burberry fur collar coat ($250), available at the annua NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Carole Bailey models a Burberry fur collar coat ($250), available at the annua NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Morgan Hawkins Drain models a Missoni peacoat ($140), Naughty Monkey shoes ($16) and Shiraleah handbag ($40) and Mindy Schwartz Hedges wears a Marvin Richards coat ($30), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Morgan Hawkins Drain models a Missoni peacoat ($140), Naughty Monkey shoes ($16) and Shiraleah handbag ($40) and Mindy Schwartz Hedges wears a Marvin Richards coat ($30), all available at the annual  NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Sandy Alexander wears a faux fur vest with scarf ($40), cashmere sweater ($22) and Theory leather pants that are new at $410 and available for $80 at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sandy Alexander wears a faux fur vest with scarf ($40), cashmere sweater ($22) and Theory leather pants that are new at $410 and available for $80 at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Lindsay Ossler models Juicy Couture jeans ($18), PS2SY Polk Collection jacket ($24), French Connection shirt ($28) and Dooney & Bourke handbag ($60), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Lindsay Ossler models Juicy Couture jeans ($18), PS2SY Polk Collection jacket ($24), French Connection shirt ($28) and Dooney & Bourke handbag ($60), all available at  the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Linda Wills models a Rinascimento skirt suit ($40) and Vera Wang shoes ($40), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Linda Wills models a Rinascimento skirt suit ($40) and Vera Wang shoes ($40), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Carole Bailey models a new Missoni top that was $710 and will be available for $80 at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Carole Bailey models a new Missoni top that was $710 and will be available for $80 at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Jennifer Honig models a purple velvet coat ($40), that will be available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jennifer Honig models a purple velvet coat ($40), that will be available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Linda Wills is modeling a Nicole Miller dress ($150) and Vera Wang shoes ($40), available at the annual Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Linda Wills is modeling a Nicole Miller dress ($150) and Vera Wang shoes ($40), available at the annual Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - (from bottom) Sandy Alexander is in a Burberry trench coat ($80), Jackie Dixon models a St. John short coat ($200), Requirement pants ($14) and Stuart Weitzman shoes ($50), and Sarah Sindler wears an Isabella's journey coat ($28), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>(from bottom) Sandy Alexander is in a Burberry trench coat ($80), Jackie Dixon models a St. John short coat ($200), Requirement pants ($14) and Stuart Weitzman shoes ($50), and Sarah Sindler wears an Isabella's journey coat ($28), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Sarah Sindler models a Samuel Dong jacket ($50), Rag & Bone jeans ($28), Roberto Collina top ($30) and Tod's shoes ($60) available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sarah Sindler models a Samuel Dong jacket ($50), Rag & Bone jeans ($28), Roberto Collina top ($30) and Tod's shoes ($60) available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - (from left) Stacie Moss poses in a Cynthia Steffe dress with metal detail that is new at $395 but will be available for $60; and Lindsay Ossler models a blue sparkle dress ($38), both for the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review   </em></div>(from left) Stacie Moss poses in a Cynthia Steffe dress with metal detail that is new at $395 but will be available for $60; and Lindsay Ossler models a blue sparkle dress ($38), both for the annual NCJW  Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Morgan Hawkins Drain wears a JMBY cardigan wrap that is new for $398 but will be available for $90, a St. John skirt ($40), Desmo handbag ($24) and Cole Haan shoes ($70) for the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Morgan Hawkins Drain wears a JMBY cardigan wrap that is new for $398 but will be available for $90, a St. John skirt ($40),  Desmo handbag ($24) and Cole Haan shoes ($70) for the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Grayson Honig models a Justice dress ($8) while sister Samantha sports a Jenny & Me red taffeta dress ($10) and shrug ($8), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Grayson Honig models a Justice dress ($8) while sister Samantha sports a Jenny & Me red taffeta dress ($10) and shrug ($8), available at the annual NCJW Designer Days.  Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - (Middle) Jennifer Honig wears a Chico's shirt ($10), Tahari tan suede jacket ($80), Rag & Bone black jeans ($40) and Cole Haan boots ($38), while daughter Grayson (left) sports a purple print dress ($8)and daughter Samantha models a pair of Gap orange corduroy pants ($6) and white sweater ($8), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>(Middle) Jennifer Honig wears a Chico's shirt ($10),  Tahari  tan suede jacket ($80), Rag & Bone black jeans ($40) and Cole Haan boots ($38), while daughter Grayson (left) sports a purple print dress ($8)and daughter Samantha models a pair of Gap orange  corduroy pants ($6) and white sweater ($8), all available at the annual NCJW Designer Days. Sunday, October 21, 2012.

Designer Days

What: Clothing sale presented by National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section

When: Thursday through Nov. 11

Patron Party: “NCJW Playbill: A Checkout Line,” 6-9 p.m. Thursday; $40 in advance

Preview sale: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9, $20 at the door

Public sale: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Nov. 10, free

Half-price sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11, free. All merchandise is 50 percent off

Where: Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville

Details: 412-421-6118 or www.ncjwpgh.org

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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 9:03 p.m.
 

Designer fashions take center stage at the Monroeville Convention Center next week.

Gently worn — and new — designer clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children will be featured at the 42nd annual Designer Days, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section.

The annual four-day shopping event kicks off Thursday with a patron party called “NCJW Playbill: A Checkout Line.”

An all-star cast of high-end names includes Missoni, Fendi, Burberry, Armani, Rag & Bone, Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Theory, Lafayette 148, Michael Kors, Pucci and Oscar de la Renta. The shopping extravaganza's newest addition is an exclusive area of Escada and St. John items as part of the Designer Days Boutique.

This event offers fashionistas a chance to search for that designer dress, shirt, suit, shoe, handbag or piece of jewelry — and avoid designer prices.

Racks and racks of clothing and accessories will fill the 24,000 square feet of space at the convention center. Everything is labeled from sizes to item type so shoppers can browse easily and see how clothing looks in one of the large dressing-room areas.

“Shopping at Designer Days is a wonderful experience,” says customer Carole Bailey of Squirrel Hill. “It is pretty amazing what you can find there.”

Cast and crew of the event include members of the NCJW and supporters of the organization. Designer Kiya Tomlin is honorary chairwoman.

At the Patron Party, the night before the sale officially opens to the public, six outstanding volunteers will be honored. Those attending can enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, while browsing the latest fur styles from Carl Herrmann.

Customers say the event is successful every year because members of the planning committee inspect each piece before it is made available for sale. Even though items have been worn before, they don't look like it. No missing buttons or rips in the material are found here.

“We make sure to look at each piece carefully,” says Jennifer Honig, a council board member. “We are fortunate because most of the donations we receive are in good condition.”

Even though it's resale, Honig says, you can find pieces that are on trend, such as leather pants and skirts, skinny jeans, motorcycle jackets, vests, cocktail dresses, booties, oversize handbags and statement necklaces. You will find colors that are hot this fall, too, from burgundy and deep green to burnt orange and purple.

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the council. It raises money to support projects and advocacy aimed at helping women, children and families.

“Designer Days helps us help women and families in need,” says Mindy Schwartz Hedges, executive director of the organization. “Our mission is to help women achieve economic independence through our programs and services. Designer Days is a key source of these funds. This event would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers. They are wonderful, and we could not do it without them. We are thrilled to honor six of them at this year's patron event — ‘A Checkout Line.' ”

Drag queens will be in costumes at the patron soiree where attendees get first dibs on the 10,000-plus items.

The council also has locations where you can shop year-round. The Designer Days Boutique is an upscale women's consignment store in Squirrel Hill. NCJW Home Consignments, a furniture consignment store, and Thriftique are in Swissvale.

“Shopping at Designer Days is fun and exciting because you get to look at all the items, and you don't know what you will find,” says Linda Wills, manager of Designer Days Boutique and director of Designer Days and special events. “It is like looking for treasure. You also feel good, because you are shopping and helping a good cause.”

Designer Days allows people to buy designer brands they could have never imagined owning, Honig says.

“I have always wanted a Chanel suit. Designer Days could be the perfect opportunity to find that suit, which I would never pay full price for,” Honig says. “I have found so many wonderful deals over the years. The search for that one special piece is part of the fun. It's an event I look forward to every year.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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