Stylish men take hold of center stage at Pittsburgh's Fashion Week

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Presentation is everything.

Whether it's the way food is expertly displayed on a plate or how a model is dressed impeccably on the runway.

Kevin Watson will demonstrate both.

The executive chef at Savoy in the Strip District is one of the celebrity models at the “Rediscover ManStyle” Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District. It's the second day of the fourth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week. Watson will be a fashion plate with a serving plate when he walks the runway in a Calvin Klein suit, carrying a platter of food.

“I am happy to be a part of fashion week,” says Watson, who has modeled in the past. “Food is fashion. It's important how it looks and, of course, how it tastes. The first thing our customers see is how it looks before they take one bite.”

Watson will join WPXI-TV news anchor Vince Sims, KDKA-TV news anchor Rick Dayton and former Pittsburgh Penguin Rick Tocchet onstage. The celebrity models will wear clothing from Macy's. There will be 18 models who have been invited to express their individual style through wearing their own clothing.

This will be fashion week's first show at the winery. The space was attractive to the event's executive director Miyoshi Anderson with its bold red and black walls and wine barrels, as well as the overall ambiance of the space in the wine cellar.

“I am so excited about our men's show,” Anderson says. “We have some wonderful celebrities, and the male models in this show will offer a variety of individual styles. It's about going back and re-discovering what's already in your closet. You will see the look of everyday men who will show how to dress in style.”

Pittsburgh Winery owner and wine-maker Tim Gaber says he enjoys hosting events that are different and that might introduce the rather new establishment to people who haven't been there.

“I like to do unconventional things so I felt it was a good partnership, Gaber says. “It should be a fun evening.”

Watson agrees.

“Sometimes, I need to get out of the chef's jacket,” says Watson, who has ideas to design a creative clothing line of chef's jackets. “This is awesome that Pittsburgh has its own fashion week. Pittsburgh has so much to offer. It's one of the most livable cities because of its great sports teams and a wonderful cultural district and top universities and medical facilities and amazing dining. We have it all, and fashion plays an integral part in that. Just like some people savor a good meal, which takes time to create, fashionable individuals appreciate the look of a well-dressed model which also takes time to put together just the right look.”

The event benefits Capacity Developers, a non-profit organization that provides service and of support to help individuals and families realize economic stability, self-reliance and well being.

Project Pop Up: Fashion

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is teaming up with Pittsburgh Fashion Week for a day of Project Pop Up: Fashion. This market will feature nine retailers to showcase the diverse and exciting fashion offerings available Downtown.

Participating retailers include All Flavorz, Boutique 208, Boutique La Passaralle, Larrimor's, Macy's and Serendipity.

“Project Pop Up: Fashion is the perfect way to highlight the outstanding range of fashion purveyors in Downtown Pittsburgh,” says Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership president and CEO. “From established national brands like Macy's, to nationally known trend setters like Serendipity and relative newcomer, Boutique La Passarelle, we have a wide range of fashion tastes Downtown and look forward to showcasing them.”

Pittsburgh Fashion Week executive director Miyoshi Anderson says it's the perfect collaboration. She views this event as a platform to expose the fashion industry in Pittsburgh that has been cultivated over the past four years.

“We love to try new things and view this as the perfect opportunity to grow our customers,” says Tom Michael, president of Larrimor's.

“We are looking forward to a fun event and the opportunity to be in Market Square will all of the fashionable Pittsburghers,” says Joe Hladiuk, vice president and store manager of Macy's Downtown.

Fashion truck retailers Broke Little Rich Girl, Style Truck and The Vintage Valet will be joining the event. The Vintage Valet specializes in contemporary apparel with a vintage flair. Style Truck carries many American-made and fair-trade pieces, while Broke Little Rich Girl's inventory features selections from designers in Pittsburgh and other cities.

Dress for Success will be on-site collecting donations of professional clothing and accessories.


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