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Fashion FYI: Piranesi trunk show, Sweet show and American Girl fashions

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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 9:01 p.m.

Piranesi trunk show

Kathy Kane Collections store will have a Piranesi trunk show featuring diamonds, rubies and emeralds from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Parkview East Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. Details: 412-999-6501 or

Sweet show

Eye Kandy Boutique in Harmony is hosting a fashion show from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit Rosie Hope, a charity founded by 11-year-old Charlee Dawson, who raises money each Christmas to buy presents for local families in need. Tickets are $10; $5 in advance. VIP seating is $20. Details: 724-822-1790

American Girl fashions

The Junior League of Pittsburgh presents five American Girl fashion shows at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pittsburgh Field Club, Fox Chapel. About 130 local models will present authentic American Girl fashions that resemble what the popular characters might have worn. Tickets are $45. Limited tickets are available. Details: 412-584-7992 or

It's in the jeans

CurvyBehind Jeans presents “Loving Your Curves” holiday fashion show at 5 p.m. Saturday at Monroeville Mall's food court at the grand opening of the store. Admission is free. Details: 412-996-4663 or

Fashion finalist

Pittsburgh resident Marquis Clancy, a student in the bachelor of science Fashion Design department at the Art Institute of Indianapolis is in the eighth-annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. Clancy is one of 19 finalists from across North America who will compete in the fur-free fashion design competition sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institute.

Cool vs. Cruel challenges fashion students at art institutes to creatively re-interpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMaxazria and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Each finalist receives a cash prize in addition to being entered into the national competition. The winner will be announced later this month.


Shopping tips

With Black Friday on Nov. 23 and the holiday shopping season upon us, Allure magazine offers tips to shop at outlets. Gina Pell, chief creative officer at, a video-based shopping site, says discovering a great designer piece at an outlet takes strategy.

Don't be fooled: A lot of brands make clothes specifically for outlets. In many cases, you're not getting a bargain — and you may be getting lower quality. Most of the high-end designer outlets such as Prada, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, get overstock: the real thing, just steeply discounted for a quick sale.

Know your stuff: The more familiar you are with a brand, the more likely you are to spot a true deal.

Time your visit: The end of the week is the ideal time to shop, because new merchandise often arrives on Thursdays or Fridays. The worst time is Saturdays or Sundays after 1 p.m., when crowds pour in.

Aim high: Big-ticket items, like evening gowns, coats and anything made from expensive or unusual materials, get the deepest price slashes.

Dig deep: If you have the patience for it, sift through the bargain bins.

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