Pittsburgh Fashion Week proves it's a man's world
Tuesday was a guy's night out.
Men in tuxedos, sport coats and distressed jeans rocked the runway at the ManStyle show at the third annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
Every girl in the audience of 200 went crazy over these sharp dressed men, including executive director Miyoshi Anderson.
“They were all pretty hot. ... All of them,” said Miyoshi Anderson, executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week. “And I got to be backstage with all of them. Men's fashion is important and we women love to see our men look good, now don't we?”
Designers featured in the show included Suited 4 Work, Verdette, C. Brown Custom Clothiers and Larrimor's.
Suited 4 Work showed looks from office wear with suits to a more dress-down Friday casual look of a green-and-blue argyle sweater vest and a pair of peach pants.
Next up was Verdette which was very different. This line is considered more of a street chic motif. That was evident in its 15 looks from the “Survival Collection.” These South American, tribal artisan-inspired designer pieces are more form fitting and include details such as hand-stitching, print pants and distressed denim. Many of the models flexed their muscles at the end of the runway to the admiration of the audience.
“We like to be aggressive and authentic,” said Nate Myer, president of Verdette, a Bethel Park native, who travels the world for the brand. “This type of clothing is more form fitting, and for the people who like their bodies because it is form fitting.”
Custom clothing is growing more popular among men, which is a reason cousins Carly and Corey Brown started C. Brown Custom Clothiers. They chose 13 models of all sizes, including 6-foot-7-inch Elliott Branch of Monongahela, so handsome in a gray suit.
“It was a good experience,” he said of his first modeling opportunity. “I had fun.
The Browns added a little twist to the show by bringing out a female model in a gorgeous one-shoulder scarlet dress with a neck band and button detail.
They weren't alone in that idea. Verdette showed two female models as well.
The finale featured television personalities Vince Sims of WPXI, Andrew Stockey of WTAE and Rick Dayton of KDKA. They were outfitted by Larrimor's in high-end designers, such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Hickey Freeman. Prior to the anchors' appearance there was a music malfunction, so they walked without it. Stockey grabbed a microphone and asked the crowd to clap along as he went down the runway.
“Our celebrity models were phenomenal and so gracious,” said Anderson. “Even with that flaw, Andrew Stockey made it fun. He took the microphone and said let's do it. I appreciate what he, Vince and Rick did. That happens in fashion sometimes and the show must go on and they made sure it did.”
The event benefitted Capacity Developers, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps men who may be struggling get to a better place in life. One of the programs is Suited 4 Work, which helps these men prepare for a job interview or new employment by getting them a suit.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7889.