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Fashion FYI: Alexander McQueen book, Caesar Azzam ring, Mod model casting

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 8:53 p.m.
The Printemps ring by Caesar Azzam, of Caesar's Designs Fine Jewelry Creations, won an AGTA Spectrum Award in the evening wear category. Submitted
Italian designer Marco Bicego will present his latest jewelry collection from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Orr’s Jewelers in Squirrel Hill. Submitted
Earrings from Marco Bicego's Murano's collection Submitted


A ring designed by Caesar Azzam, owner of Caesar's Designs Fine Jewelry Creations in Shadyside, won a 2013 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Award in the evening-wear category. Set in 18K rose gold, the ring features a large, pink tourmaline surrounded by a ring of small, cultured pearls and oval-shaped green garnets. The ring — named Printemps (spring) — resembles blooming flowers. The AGTA awards honors, recognizes and promotes designers whose work utilizes natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls in finished fine jewelry design. Details: 412-621-0345 or

Casting call

Are you Mod model material?, an online shop for lovers of indie and vintage-inspired styles, is looking for fresh faces with a model call from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Luxx Salon, 1003 East Carson St., South Side. Send photos to Models must at least be 16 years old. Details:

Designer visit

Italian designer Marco Bicego will present his latest jewelry collection from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill. His pieces are inspired by the glassmaking village of Murano, located off the shore of Venice, Italy. The collection pays homage to the island's artisanship, architecture and vibrant color palette. Details: 412-421-6777

Handbag event

The Ladies Hospital Aid Society fall luncheon “One Handbag at a Time” is from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington. A silent auction will feature donated new and gently used designer handbags. Proceeds benefit the organization's Orchid Fund, established to help individuals with hair loss from medical conditions. Author Ian Knauer, former food editor of Gourmet and renowned chef, is the guest speaker. Tickets are $75. Details: 412-648-6106 or

Comedy night

“The Laugh Til It Helps” second annual comedy night is on Nov. 16 at Jeremiah's in Washington. The event helps benefit Dress for Success Pittsburgh's Washington branch. Tickets are $50. Doors open at 7 p.m. Details: 724-228-8327 or

Trunk show

I Made It! Market is having a trunk show from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Dozen Bake Shop, Butler St., Lawrenceville. The event features six Pittsburgh handmade artisans. Designers include Amber Coppings Design, My Salvation, Nina Ramone, Rachel's Cure by Design, Una Biologicals and Xmittens. Details:

The coolest beauty sites

People Style Watch says these websites for beauty products can help re-create a long-lost lipstick shade or score hard-to-find brands. Send in a dime-size sample of your favorite discontinued lipstick, shadow or concealer, and they'll make you two for about $60. Sign up to get daily beauty deal e-mails from sites like Living Social, Groupon and Gilt City. This sampling program lets you try five luxe beauty samples per month from brands like Ahava and Phyto Paris for $21. The e-commerce site for a Chicago-based apothecary, it has a collection of international beauty products from more than 40 countries.

— Staff reports

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