Fashion FYI: Pliner trunk shows coming to Footloose locations

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Footloose is having Donald J. Pliner trunk shows from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 13 at its Shadyside location and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its Galleria store in Mt. Lebanon. Meet the designer's representative and check out shoe trends. Details: 412-687-3663 or 412-531-9663

Purse event sold out

The fourth-annual Bags, Bellinis & Brunch, a fundraiser on April 14 at the Herberman Conference Center for the Satchels of Caring Foundation, is sold out. Details:

Taste and style

Tanger Outlets in Washington County is having a two-day event filled with food, fashion and fun on April 13 and 14. Gourmet food trucks will be on site, and a marketplace will be set up with artisans catering to handcrafted food theme products from the I Made It! Market from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Creative events will be available for children from 1 to 3 p.m. both days and spring fashion shows will be at 1:30 and 4 p.m. April 13. Details: 724-225-8435 or

Mini Designer Days

The National Council of Jewish Women's Mini Designer Days is from noon to 4 p.m. April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 and noon to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Home Consignment store in Swissvale. Show for designer-label clothing and accessories such as DKNY, Derek Lam, Escada and Dolce & Gabbana. Details: 412-271-3274

Fill a bag sale

Dress for Success Pittsburgh is having a fill a bag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 to 17 at the Warner Center, Downtown. For $20, you can fill a bag with women's clothing. Proceeds support women in need of interview or work clothing. Details: 412-201-4204

We've got spirit

“Untold” is the 26th annual fashion show hosted by the SPIRIT campus minority organization planned for 8 p.m. April 13 at the University Center Rangos Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show will blend stories and sayings from famous Americans with fashion. Tickets are $10, $20 for VIP. Part of the proceeds benefit Arts Greenhouse, a hip-hop music-education program for Pittsburgh teens. Details:

Prom contest

Century III Mall in West Mifflin is hosting a contest where students and friends and family can nominate their school to win extra cash for their prom via a texting program. Prize is $500 to enhance the school's prom. Details:

Leather and denim trunk shows

Larrimor's is having J Brand and Will Leather Goods trunk shows from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 at its One PNC location, Downtown. J Brand is known for its premium denim jeans. Will Leather Goods offers a collection of bags, belts and leather accessories. Details: 412-471-5727 or

How to be devastating

These style lessons come from designer Donatella Versace in InStyle magazine:

Rely on what feels special: “Looking safe is never chic. It's ordinary. Instead, you owe it to yourself to discover what allows you to be yourself, whether it's indulging in a leather bag that speaks to you, or playing up — rather than hiding — what others deem a flaw. Done skillfully and with a positive attitude, highlighting the very thing that sets you apart from others is what will make you striking and unique.”

Find silhouettes that celebrate your body: “I have never met a woman, no matter how beautiful, who isn't insecure about her body, so my designs are body-conscious in ways that complement female curves. What matters first is to use fabrics and proportions that make a women feel secure and noticed. I love lightweight wool crepe, shiny jersey, and satin, all of which let you cut clothes close to the body without clinging. Jersey is so forgiving — and it's the easiest material to wear.”

Accentuate your waist: “Seriously! I like to show it off because it's the key to defining your shape. Make the shoulders wider and you waist appears narrower. Raise the midline a little and your hips look longer.”

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