Fashion FYI: Pittsburgh Fashion Week executive introduces C.O.R.E.

| Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week executive director and founder Miyoshi Anderson this week introduced Pop Up Fashion C.O.R.E. via YouTube. C.O.R.E. stands for “create opportunity for real exposure.” In the coming months, Anderson will create short video segments based on interviews with fashion-industry experts. She will talk with makeup artists, media, designers, models, artisans and spectators about style to create additional interest in Fashion Week, which will celebrate its fifth year Sept. 22 to 28. Check Facebook and Twitter to follow Anderson's whereabouts.


Give Hunger the Boot extended

The third-annual Give Hunger the Boot event has been extended through Jan. 31. When shoppers donate any three non-perishable items for the Greater Community Food Bank, they will receive a $20 gift certificate, good toward regular price footwear purchase of $100 or more at Gordon Shoes in the Waterfront or any three New Balance Pittsburgh locations.

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Fashion events

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is hosting jewelry-making and “upcycle your style” events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at 805-807 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Jewelry making will be led by artist Olga Mihaylova and is for ages 15 and older. Participants will create a bracelet. The cost is $50 and includes materials. Mihaylova is nationally known for her intricate, handcrafted beadwork and specializes in unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Alison K. Babusci, an artist, professional storyteller, educator and arts-education specialist, will lead the “upcycle your style” workshop for students in sixth--to-eighth-grades. Participants should bring a few clothing items they have permission to transform, including two T-shirts and a pair of socks. The cost is $35. Reservations are recommended.

Details: 412-471-6079 or

Old and new

Shoppers can get a sneak peek into what's new for spring at Kizmit Boutique on Jan. 10 and 11 in Bridgeville. Also, winter merchandise will be up to 70 percent off.

Details: 412-221-5151 or

Winter wardrobe staples suggests these winter wardrobe staples:

A big, black wool coat or navy peacoat: Don't skimp on quality or thickness when it comes to your wear-with-everything coat. Opt for a neutral color — black or navy — as you may end up wearing this every day. Be sure it is roomy, as it needs to fit over many layers. Ideally, your coat should be able to work with dressier pieces, too, so a style in a nice wool or boucle would be best.

A lined Army or puffer jacket: Either of these is more casual and street-warrior like than the wool or peacoat. Be sure it is lined and cozy, as well as equipped with a hood and pockets.

Fashionable all-weather boots: The key to a happy winter is to have warm feet. A flat boot with a good tread and at least mid-calf high can get you from work to home, and to errands. A fully functional boot can help you brave any storm, and a day-to-day flat boot is handy, too.

Cashmere hat, mitten and scarf: There is a reason cashmere is considered luxurious and is often pricey. It is super-soft, warm and comforting. Invest in a hat, pair of mittens and a big scarf — in neutral colors — and wear with everything.

Leather pants: Fitted leather leggings can withstand cold winds and elevate every look.

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