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Guides list hotspots, hidden gems of New York, Paris

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
“Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris”
Abrams Books
“Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris”
“Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York”
Abrams Books
“Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York”

In the “Fashion Insiders' Guide to New York” (Abrams, $24.95) and “Fashion Insiders Guide to Paris,” (Abrams, $24.95), Vogue correspondent Carole Sabas offers her take on hotspots, classic haunts and hidden gems of two of the world's greatest fashion destinations. A former Parisian living in New York, she was often approached by friends and colleagues looking for the best places for a good facial, an early morning yoga and quick drinks with friends. Details:

Fall forward collection

Diana Misetic's fashion studio and boutique on Ivy Street in Shadyside is hosting a fall/winter 2013 collection preview and cocktail party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 11. There will be a silent auction of fashion, art and flowers. All proceeds will benefit the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. The event is free. Details: 412-363-6442 or

Fit for the cure

Join the battle against breast cancer with Fit For the Cure at a participating Macy's. Receive a complimentary bra fitting in Wacoal or b.tempt'd intimate apparel. For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece of b.tempt'd bra purchased. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at these Macy's locations: May 15 at The Mall at Robinson; May 16 at Monroeville Mall; May 17 at South Hills Village. Details: 412-787-9777 or 412-858-3700 or 412-854-6809 or

Pay it Mom-Ward

Henne Jewelers in Shadyside is sponsoring a hunt through Mother's Day for gifts wrapped in the store's signature packaging. Gifts ranging from earrings to bracelets are hidden throughout Pittsburgh with tags that include a “Pay It Mom-Ward” note. Clues are posted on the store's Facebook page. Each time a recipient posts about where a gift was found, a donation will be given to Bethlehem Haven, which helps women by providing a variety of emergency shelter, medical care and employment services. Details: www.

‘Versailles 73' on DVD

“Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution” is available on DVD. The cost is $24.99. Directed, written and produced by Deborah Riley Draper, this film follows the iconic fashion face-off at the Palace of Versailles on Nov. 28, 1973 between five prominent American designers and five prolific French designers. Details:

Michael Kors' principles

Michael Kors offers his rules of fashion in Allure magazine:

Hemlines: “The super-short skirts should be left to the young or the tennis court. As you age, it's more important to consider balance: If you're showing your legs, show less on top.”

Cleavage: “It's great to show off your best points, but still — leave a bit to the imagination.”

Prints: “I don't think you can tell a women who feels like a million dollars when she puts on a bold, graphic print that she should stop wearing it just because she's hit a certain age. Wear what makes you feel beautiful.”

Color: “The colors that suited you when you were 30 will still suit you when you're 70. Your skin tone and hair and eye color are the real question, not your age.”

Fit: “Your clothes should look as if they were made just for you. Forget the size tags and get to a tailor. If you wear skinny jeans and you're fit, stay true to your style. And no matter your age, skip the pieces that make you fidget, whether it's a shoe you can't walk in or a hemline you have to keep pulling down.”

Jewelry: “This is the best way to shake up your look at any age. If you feel less comfortable showing skin, bold jewelry and strong accessories are great ways to play the fashion game.”

Trends: “Avoid anything that doesn't feel relevant to your style, but always evolve, or you'll look stuck in the past.”

— Staff reports

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