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Pittsburgh's Best Dressed 2013: The Ladies

John Altdorfer - Judy Linaburg during the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala, An Evening of Enchantment, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, October 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Judy Linaburg during the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala, An Evening of Enchantment, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, October 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review - Roseanne Wholey during the Pittsburgh Opera's New Years Eve Celebration at the Carnegie Museum on Monday, December 31, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review</em></div>Roseanne Wholey during the Pittsburgh Opera's New Years Eve Celebration at the Carnegie Museum on Monday, December 31, 2012.
- HISPANIC HERITAGE GALA: Anita Ibanez (pictured) was one of 250 attending the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Gala. The Hershey Company’s Bert Alfonso served as keynote, with board chairman Ron Alvarado, prexy Carmen Malloy and event chairwoman Kate Paine helping to round out the guest list. “I’m most excited about the scholarships we are able to give out this year,” Malloy said of the 17 awarded. The event was Oct. 18 at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel.
HISPANIC HERITAGE GALA: Anita Ibanez (pictured) was one of 250 attending the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Gala. The Hershey Company’s Bert Alfonso served as keynote, with board chairman Ron Alvarado, prexy Carmen Malloy and event chairwoman Kate Paine helping to round out the guest list. “I’m most excited about the scholarships we are able to give out this year,” Malloy said of the 17 awarded. The event was Oct. 18 at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel.
John Altdorfer - Janet Rader during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Janet Rader during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Monica Dua in a custom-made dress from New Delhi, India at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Monica Dua in a custom-made dress from New Delhi, India at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
John Altdorfer - Melanie Crockard during the Pointe in Time Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Nov. 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Melanie Crockard during the Pointe in Time Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Nov. 9, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Nikol Marks during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Nikol Marks during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
John Altdorfer - Elizabeth Kantz during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Elizabeth Kantz during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
John Altdorfer - Lisa Gaydos during the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala, An Evening of Enchantment, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, October 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Lisa Gaydos during the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala, An Evening of Enchantment, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, October 26, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Rose Romboski during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Rose Romboski during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Sydney Carver at Forces of Nature at Bakery Square, Friday, April 5, 2013. The event brought together four of Pittsburgh’s finest designers to create displays of Earth, Ice, Fire and Water.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sydney Carver at Forces of Nature at Bakery Square, Friday, April 5, 2013. The event brought together four of Pittsburgh’s finest designers to create displays of Earth, Ice, Fire and Water.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Mariah Klinefelter in a feathered headpiece at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Mariah Klinefelter in a feathered headpiece at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - Peggy McKnight at the Art in Bloom event.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Peggy McKnight at the Art in Bloom event.
John Altdorfer - Brooke Hohman during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Brooke Hohman during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - Breanna Bowes at the Mardi Gras galla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Breanna Bowes at the Mardi Gras galla.
John Altdorfer - Laurie Bly during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Laurie Bly during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - Lauren Ferrari at the Art in Bloom event.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Lauren Ferrari at the Art in Bloom event.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Kathy O'Brien at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Kathy O'Brien at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
John Altdorfer - Ruby Kang during the Pointe in Time Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Nov. 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Ruby Kang during the Pointe in Time Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Nov. 9, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Laura Drogowski during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Laura Drogowski during the JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Rainbow Gala at the Westin Hotel.
John Altdorfer - Debbie Norrell during the NEED 50th Anniversary Gala at the August Wilson Center, October 19, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Debbie Norrell during  the NEED 50th Anniversary Gala at the August Wilson Center, October 19, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Catherine Loevner at the fifteenth annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon at Schenley Park Overlook, Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Catherine Loevner at the fifteenth annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon at Schenley Park Overlook, Saturday.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Linda Valenzi in a white gown with metallic detailing at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Linda Valenzi in a white gown with metallic detailing at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
John Altdorfer - Kim McDonald during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Kim McDonald during the Hampton in the Heights fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Allegheny Country Club.
John Altdorfer - Ruby Jain during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Ruby Jain during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
John Altdorfer - Atiya Abdelmalik at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum during the Cannon Ball Gala to benefit programs that helps raise funds to provide valuable educational and U.S. military veteran programs, November 16, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Atiya Abdelmalik at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum during the Cannon Ball Gala to benefit programs that helps raise funds to provide valuable educational and U.S. military veteran programs, November 16, 2013.
- Renee Piatt during the Design Center Gala at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Nov. 2, 2013.
Renee Piatt during the Design Center Gala at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Nov. 2, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Susan Koeppen in a hot pink lace gown at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Susan Koeppen in a hot pink lace gown at the 2013 Pittsburgh Heart Ball at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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They came. We saw. All left with closet envy.

Causing their fair share of whiplash and second glances, the beauty brigade did themselves proud this year. Never the type to fade into the background, it was hard for the visual ambiance not to steal the show. From a new take on the tie 'n' tails to forgoing the LBD for a sassy hue, from our vantage point, 2013 proved to be a very good year, indeed.

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