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Fashion briefs: Laced Apparel show coming to North Side

| Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Laced Apparel presents a fashion showcase, The Show 2k13, on July 14 at The New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. The show will feature clothing from Laced Apparel, Maw by Makayla Wray, Alicia Akrie, Brown Sugar, Ariebella Couture, Kid Rich, Cherish by Cherie, Phirivon, Taste, Sofiya Mosley, Taste, Unique Impressions and Windy's Boutique owned by Love and Hip Hop's Winter Ramos. VIP cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35; $50 for VIP and $75 for front-row VIP. Details: 412-304-2432 or www.newhazletttheater.org

Just beat it

Three Rivers Modeling Group presents “Beauty and the Beats — Summer Fashion Show” from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 13 at The Smart House on Mt. Washington. Models will walk a runway built over a swimming pool, wearing fashions provided by Three Rivers Boutique, including swimwear, dresses and corsets. Proceeds from the event will be applied to the “Fairy Tales Project,” benefiting the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The project provides models dressed as fairy-tale characters who visit children in the hospital. Tickets are $60; $90 for VIP. Details: www.3rmgroup.com

Indie craft market

I Made It! Market, the city's nomadic indie craft marketplace, will pop into SouthSide Works from 5 to 10 p.m. July 12, noon to 10 p.m. July 13 and noon to 5 p,.m. June 14 for the SouthSide Works “Exposed” Artists Market. Seventy local and regional artists will be set up throughout the weekend offering an eclectic mix of handmade items, including jewelry, hand-dyed clothing and accessories, handbags and natural bath-and-body products. Details: www.imadeitmarket.com

Rita Ora is new Material Girl face

Madonna and daughter Lola have unveiled their Material Girl line's fall 2013 marketing campaign, starring Rita Ora.

For the back-to-school season, the British singer, 22, takes to the streets of London in her debut ads for the brand. She hits all of jolly old England's hot spots including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and a double-decker bus.

“To be handpicked by Madonna and her incredibly cool daughter Lola is the largest of all compliments,” says Ora in a release about the new campaign. “Material Girl means fashion, it means confidence. It means belief, inspiration and the freedom to really express yourself.”

Ora joins past brand spokeswomen Georgia May Jagger and Kelly Osbourne as the face of the junior brand, available at Macy's and macys.com.

What to wear in the heat of summer

Sunscreen is a must, but Marie Claire magazine advises there are other protective measures:

Skip the V-necks: “They expose the chest, an area very sensitive to sun damage,” says Dr. Karyn Grossman, a dermatologist in New York City and Santa Monica, Calif. She suggests breathable athletic shirts with extra-long sleeves and “thumbies,” openings to stick thumbs through.

Upgrade your cover-up: For beach or pool days, you need the right fabric. White cotton T-shirts have a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor, fabric's equivalent to SPF) of only about five to seven, says Jennifer Annett, integrated marketing manager for Coolibar, a protective clothing company based in Minneapolis (coolibar.com). Instead, look for a cover-up with a UPF 50, like Parasol's dresses (parasolsun.com) or the stylish tunics and cardigans from Mott 50 (mott50.com).

Treat your fabrics: For a budget alternative, Grossman suggests throwing long-sleeve crewneck tees in the washer with SunGuard ($2), which gives clothes a UPF 30 coating that lasts through 20 washings.

Top it off: “I love the sun, but I am covered head-to-toe when I'm out there,” says skincare guru and former model Josie Maran. She even designed a chic sun hat that meets her needs. Josie Maran Maid in the Shade Kit is$49 at qvc.com.

Stash a scarf for your lap: Keep one handy in case you are in the sun unexpectedly. You can get age spots on your thighs if you're not careful.

Pick smart shades: The eye area is often the first place to show aging, says Grossman. And UV-light exposure is linked to cataracts and macular degeneration, which can cause blindness,” says Dr. Richard A. Norden, medical director of Norden Laser Eye Associates in Ridgewood, N.J. Choose large frames or wrap-arounds with UV-protective lenses.

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