Macy's shows how to create individual style during Pittsburgh's Fashion Week

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 8:54 p.m.

A walkway between women's clothing departments on the fourth floor of Macy's became a runway.

The Downtown department store hosted “Classic Fall Fashions for the Pittsburgh Professional” on Sept. 25 as part of the fourth-annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

More than 120 guests were treated to a lineup of fall clothing and accessories. The styles were divided into four scenes ---casual Friday, day to evening, professional and date night. An additional segment showcased five student designers from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Their collections are on display in Macy's windows for three weeks.

Outfits for the women included casual looks such as a graphic T-shirt, military jacket and skinny jeans and a distressed denim jacket, maroon tank and floral printed jeggings.

Men's casual looks included an Aztec print button-down shirt, green polo shirt and a pair of taupe jeans and a quilted varsity jacket, graphic T-shirt and maroon jeans.

For a professional look female models showcased a red dress and trench coat with leather arms, a boucle textured skirt and sleeveless geometric cowl neck blouse. Herringbone and tweed were part of the runway looks.

Men's professional styles shown in a slim fit navy suit and a charcoal gray suit.

Date night for women included a black and white motorcycle jacket with white jeans, a mixed media black skirt and belted sweater and an animal print top and pant. For the guys, Macy's suggested a metallic blue blazer, black dress shirt, slim fit pant and skinny tie.

Day to evening for the women showed a floral dress and motorcycle jacket, and embellished sheer blouse and a skinny pant and a geometric print dress.

Designers featured included Tommy Hilfiger, Bar III, I.N.C., Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors.

Five student designers each showcased one outfit. Laura Hillman designed a red paisley pant and tunic while Alison Bailey featured a resort wear high-low dress. Caitlyn Riegal created a boucle top and wrap skirt and Sammi Parrish hand-dyed a crochet sweater dress. Finishing off this segment was Christina Knieriem's two-piece bridal gown.

“I thought it was a fantastic show,” said Joe Hladiuk, general manager of Macy's Downtown. “The turnout was great and I had customers come up to me and say they didn't realize all the brands we carry, but they do now because they saw them on the runway. There was a lot of good feedback about how the customers liked to see how we style a look and what works well together.”

Macy's has been involved in past fashion week events partnering with other stores, but this was the store's first show by itself.

“As usual, Macy's has put on another fabulous show and we at Pittsburgh Fashion Week are happy to be in partnership with them,” said Miyoshi Anderson, Fashion Week executive director. “They did an awesome job and the turnout was so good they had to add more chairs.”

Anderson says being able to see the different looks in each scene was more than just showing the fashions. It was about what items are on trend and how to put a look together.

“You can start with a basic dress or top and pants and add a leather or fur – real or faux –vest and add some flair to the outfit,” Anderson said. “It was an outstanding show. You could tell by the crowd's reaction. They had fun and enjoyed seeing all the models walk the runway in such great fall fashions.

“These fashion students also showed wonderful designs,” she said. “These designers are our future and I applaud Macy's for allowing them to showcase their collections.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-320-7889.

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