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Fashion briefs: Downtown Pittsburgh's Canadian Fur Co. to stay open

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Canadian Fur Co. owner Keith Rosenstock in the store’s showroom

Canadian Fur Co. Downtown, will remain open for at least the next two years after fourth-generation owner Keith Rosenstock and McKnight Property Management agreed to a lease extension. Rosenstock planned to retire and close the store Jan. 31. Canadian Fur Company sells Blackglama mink, Loro Piana by Dominic Bellissimo outerwear and Belle Faire knitted-fur accessories. The store also offers fur cleaning, repair and storage services.

Details: 412-471-1330 or

Sew & Sew

Sew & Sew offers classes to teach the art of adding high-tech display processes to fabrics for fashion designers, students and crafters. Located on Grand Boulevard in Monessen, the organization is offering monthly classes, beginning with integration of light, on Feb. 1; accessories with light on March 1; quilting and wall hanging on April 5 and doggie clothing on May 3. Later classes will introduce costume-making, dolls and holiday items. Hours will be 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Classes cost $60. Pre-registration is required.

Details: 610-463-8777

Fashion show

The Pittsburgh Global Connection presents Haute Connections, a night of networking and fashion from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at Perle in Market Square, Downtown. The runway will be filled with spring collections for business and casual attire styled by Christina Stein. The Pittsburgh Global Connection is a business and social organization. The event is free for Pittsburgh Global Connection members and first-time guests. Tickets are $25 for others.


Perfectly printed jeans

Instyle magazine says denim with patterns is on trend.

The trend: Just when you thought that color was the last word in jeans … here come the graphics. Choose from abstracts, botanicals, ikats, paisleys, polka dots, tapestry motifs and tiny geometrics.

The scale: For a sleek look, opt for a small repeating print on a dark background. If you want to stand out, try larger, random designs and light colors. Either way, stick with clean lines: ankle-length skinnies or straight-legs.

The vibe: Add a solid top, a denim jacket, and flats for a relaxed feel. Want more polish? Pair with a blazer, fitted sweater and booties.

Glamour magazine's top ideas

The best print in years: Whether you like florals or major art prints, the happy vibe of this spring's patterns is infectious. Wearing prints is fun, whether the prints are on a main piece or accent.

Mix 'n' match fun: Try polka dots and stripes or even zigzags worn with plaid — it's a fashion dare worth taking.

Calf-length everything: The past five years have been dominated by short lengths — it was the Kardashian era. But this season, mid-length skirts and pants rule. This length flatters the ankle.

Metallic mania: Metallics seem to be the new black — sophisticated, chic and very cool. Options are available at every price point. There's even metallic makeup.

Sporty stuff: This spring, the sporty look is back — from wet-suit-like pieces to chic track pants.

Fix a fashion or beauty disaster

Kim Castellano, founder of, offers her no-fail tricks in People Style Watch:

A run in your tights: “There's a better chance someone will have a mini hair spray than clear nail polish,” Castellano says. “Spray it on the run and let it dry.” If it's major, just ditch the tights.

Hair frizzes up: “Put a little bit of lotion on your hands and rub them together really well,” she says. “Smooth your hands over the flyaways.”

Red wine mouth: “Rinse your mouth with water and apply lip gloss,” she says. “Then gently wipe your teeth and lips using a paper towel in a circular motion.”

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