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Fashion FYI: Aruna Seth shoe an Olympic show-stopper

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British luxury footwear designer Aruna Seth has designed a limited-edition Olympic style shoe for the games. Arunaseth.com

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Olympic footwear

British luxury footwear designer Aruna Seth has designed a limited-edition Olympic-style shoe for the games, which open today in London. The $5,500 show-stopping wedge heel is made of more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals and a design featuring the iconic Olympic rings.

Details: www.arunaseth.com

Sidewalk sale

The annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale begins Wednesday through Aug. 5. More than 35 retailers on Walnut Street will participate.

Details: 412-681-8188 or www.thinkshadyside.com

Put on your black dress

The SEXY Black Dress Party is from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet's Majestic at Station Square. The event is presented by Lil Scrappy from VH1's “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” Tickets start at $20.

Details: www.steelcitylive.com

Nina Garcia teams with J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney announced a partnership with Nina Garcia, fashion director of Marie Claire magazine, judge of Lifetime's fashion reality competition “Project Runway” and New York Times best-selling author. Garcia will bring her advice and trend inspiration to J.C. Penney as the company's resident-style voice and fashion collection curator.

Details: www.jcpenney.com

New line at Sears

Sears has developed a new collection called Metaphor, a ready-to-wear fashion line targeted towards young, fashion-conscious career women. The launch, scheduled for August, will include jackets, trousers, shirts and dresses. It will be complemented with footwear and jewelry. Pieces will be available in stores and online.

Details: www.sears.com

Flatter your figure

People Style Watch offers five figure-flattering tips from style expert Bridgette Raes:

Consider the fabric: Structured materials like wool or cotton create a smooth look that's more forgiving of any bumps or bulges. Pieces with anywhere between 1 and 2 percent Lycra will shape your figure without being overly snug.

Find your best fit: Body-skimming looks are the most flattering. Skip clothing that's too tight or requires a lot of tugging and adjusting. Pants with whiskering at the front or shirts that pull at the back are signs of a bad fit.

Think about proportion: Volume is great for camouflaging certain body parts — just be sure to offset breezier pieces with something tailored, like a flowy shirt with slim-fitting pants.

Use color and print strategically: Dark hues can help areas appear slimmer while bright shades and patterns play them up.

Finish with the right accessories: A streamlined pair of heels elongates legs. In a nude hue, they can also give the illusion of thinner calves and ankles.

— Staff and wire reports

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