Fashion FYI: Destination XL in Ross; Tanger Outlets sidewalk sale; Larrimor's trunk show

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

New big and tall men's store opens in Ross

Destination XL, a retailer of big and tall men's apparel, opened a second store in Pittsburgh at 4801 McKnight Road, Ross, joining the other one in Robinson. According to the Census Bureau, about 50 percent of U.S. adult men have a waist of 40 inches or more. The store offers more than 100 brands with selections ranging from private labels to luxury brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Robert Graham. Sizes start at 40; shoe sizes range from 10 to 16 in widths 4E. There are 69 stores in 26 states.


Sidewalk sale

Tanger Outlets in Washington County is having a sidewalk sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2. Coupons are available online. Details:

Trunk shows

Larrimor's, Downtown, is having a Hickey Freeman trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and an Allen Edmonds trunk show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 to 7. Hickey Freeman is known for quality suits in elegant fabrics. Allen Edmonds is classic American footwear made from premium leather. Details: 412-471-5727 or

Sample sale

Crossroads Boutique/Cattiva in Greensburg is having an Alberto Makali trunk show and sample sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. All tops, jackets, sweaters, dresses and faux furs will be on sale. Details: 724-832-8900 or

Showcase it

RAW Pittsburgh's eighth artist showcase called Translations is at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Cavo in the Strip District. The featured runway shows include classic looks gone edgy and geometric called “Nomel” by Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Erica Ersik, street wear by Frequently Fly and luxury printed fabrics by Nina VanSuch.

Raw Artists Pittsburgh is part of a national arts organization for artists, by artists that highlights local talent in film, fashion, music, art, performing art, hair, makeup, photography and accessories.

Black and white

The seventh annual Labor Day weekend Black & White party is at 10 p.m. Sept. 1 at Whim in Station Square, South Side. It is presented by Money Motivated Entertainment. Attendees are invited to wear black and white, but it's not required. Cover charge is $20. Details:

Spiral setter

Allure magazine gives five reasons curls fall flat:

Wrong prep product: Oily serums, thick styling creams and leave-in conditioners are the enemies of fine or bone-straight hair. “They make the hair go stringy. You need a styling product that encourages the curl and holds the set,” says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York salon in New York, who suggests mousse. “It thickens the cuticles and alters the texture slightly, so hair responds better to heat.”

Slapdash application: The best time to apply curl products is when hair is dripping wet — water helps distribute it evenly from roots to tips, so curls dry uniformly. “If you only hit the surface layers, the underside is going to be all fuzzy,” Garren says.

Tepid curling iron: Adequate heat makes the difference between soft, shapely curls and sad, droopy ones. Thick or coarse hair requires higher temperatures (try 350 degrees), while thin strands respond to a lower setting (less than 300 degrees). To avoid excess damage, never top 400 degrees and prep with a heat-protective spray.

Missed a spot: Curling the sections underneath bolsters the ones on top. “If you have fine hair, you have to curl the whole head with a small iron to get it to wave,” Garren says. Try the Sultra The Bombshell Plum Nouveau 1-Inch Curling Iron.

Challenging the weather gods: “If it's humid and rainy out, don't even bother curling your hair,” Garren says. “Hair will turn half curly, half not — whatever part hits the rain will go dead, and you'll look unkempt.”

— Staff reports

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