Fashion FYI: 'The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection' has plenty of treasures

| Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

“The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection” (Smithsonian Books, $12.95) highlights the treasures from one of the National Museum of American History's most popular exhibits. Written by Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Amy Pastan, it features all of the beautiful gowns and intricate tableware and invitations featured in the “First Ladies” exhibit, as well as many other treasures too rare or fragile to be put on public display. The book tells the story of each remarkable woman and how she made the role her own by taking on responsibilities relevant to her own life. Details:

Carry all

The fourth-annual WISH 99.7 FM Purse Party to benefit Animal Friends is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 28 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, South Side. Peruse an extensive selection of luxury handbags for auction. Tickets are $15. Details:

Model search

Style Week Pittsburgh is hosting a model search from 3 to 5 p.m. May 31 at the Alloy Studios in Friendship. Women and men, ages 21 and older, are invited. Professional experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Email your name, measurements and a photo. Details:


Jupe Boutique in the South Side is closing May 31. After eight years on Carson Street, the store is having an everything-must-go sale. It will close no later than May 31. The Jupe location on Butler Street in Lawrenceville remains open. Details: 412-432-7933 or

Designer search

Pittsburgh Fashion Week is having a meeting and audition for designers from 1 to 3 p.m. May 31 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. Bring two garments for review, which will be based on construction, fit and finish of seams, hemlines, zippers and buttons, quality, detail and originality. There will be another meeting and audition for student designers. Details:

Cover up

The website offers advice on cool coverup options for summer vacation:

T-shirt dress: You may be tempted to wear your boyfriend's favorite Harley-Davidson tee, but there are so many cute T-shirt dress options, that when paired with some cute sandals and a straw hat, can take you stylishly from the crashing waves to drinks in the bar.

Tank and baggy shorts: A staple you may already be rocking this season — the baggy short — transitions easily into the perfect bikini coverup. Any tomboy style will do — a rolled-up Army short, cutoffs, and elastic-waist lounge shorts. Just add an easy, loose tank and you are good to go.

Hippie dress: A loose and gauzy printed dress is a must-have for any beach-going girl, and looks perfectly romantic with a topknot and a tan.

Mens button-up: A soft, worn-in buttonup (we love white!) is a classic way to bring your inner preppy side to the beach. A pair of Birkenstocks and straw beach bag will give you a clean, classic and timeless look.

Harem pants: Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these loose-and-lovely pants are the perfect coverup for a bikini. Look for solid colors like black or white, or a printed pair, which can bring life to a basic black suit!

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