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Fashion FYI: Innovative event at Little E's

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Archie Carpenter
Suzanne Mauro, a stylist accredited by the Association of Image Consultants International and producer of “Style Everyday with Suz” on PCTV will be a guest at the Fashion Innovators for Men & Women event 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Little E’s Jazz & Blues Club, Downtown. Archie Carpenter

The Fashion Innovators for Men & Women event is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Little E's Jazz & Blues Club, Downtown. The event features interviews with personal style coach Angela Lynn, fashion designer Diana Misetic, the Style Truck's Jackee Ging and Suzanne Mauro, a stylist accredited by the Association of Image Consultants International and producer of “Style Everyday with Suz” on PCTV. Admission: $5. The event is part of a musical networking happy hour.

Details: 412-392-2217

An extended stay

The Linda Bucci boutique in Shadyside will remain open until Jan. 31. Retiring owner Linda Bucci is offering additional discounts to clear out merchandise. Some furnishings are still available. Hours will be FROM 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and by appointment.

Details: 412-683-1533

Alterations accepted

The ecoChic consignment shop in Robinson will have a seamstress available from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Most items will be ready in a week. Cash only.

Details: 412-788-0899 or www.ecochicrobinson.com

Style-setter

Actress Jessica Chastain's dressy, sophisticated look is timeless, yet so modern. Here are tips from her courtesy of People Style Watch magazine.

Go for feminine pieces: With flirty peplums and other delicate design details, classic dresses and skirts highlight a waist and create a polished feel.

Play with pattern and color: Lacy fabrics and deep jewel tones make a stunning statement and take simple silhouettes up a notch.

Choose eye-catching extras: Platform heels, vibrant jewelry and corset belts are cool and unexpected.

Polished dressing

Designer Michael Kors gives tips in InStyle magazine to achieve the art of polished dressing.

Glam up with black and gold: Designers can promote color all they want, but there is no way you are giving up black. The best way to brighten up this dark side is with a Midas touch. Why not go for a little black dress that has the glint built in (like one with metal grommets) or a tunic with a jeweled neckline? How about high-heeled booties with rows of studs or a stack of gilded cuffs?

Re-envision white: We're not talking rethinking a white shirt. Focus on smart, tailored pieces like a belted coatdress to invigorate your wardrobe. Don't settle for the creamy white that everyone wears in winter. I like bright, optic whites for every season. Yes, the former is so tasteful, but true white is sexy.

Play with fabulous extras: Women sometimes tell me they don't have a lot of time to plan outfits, so I have a solution: Build a cache of accessories that look expensive (whether they are or not) to grab whenever you're running out the door. Kors suggests plastic aviators, a gold-toned watch with pave crystals and studded leather pumps.

Believe in brights: For all those who never wear color, it's time to bust it out, Play with it. Enjoy it. Sapphire, emerald and orange are just a few. Find your eye-popper and try it in a flowy dress or a fitted pantsuit.

Choose a statement coat: Outerwear shouldn't be all-purpose or an afterthought. It should be memorable. I will never forget my mother reaching for her fur when she ran out for a pack of smokes. (When I was a kid, both were considered impossibly chic. Times have changed!) Today, there are so many versatile options, like a scarlet double-breasted coat with silver buttons that can look dressy or casual. A structured bag will accentuate the theme.

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