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Fashion FYI: Handbag designer Falchi stops at Larrimor's

| Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media
Father and daughter designer duo Kate and Carlos Falchi with their line of handbags at Larrimor's in Downtown on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

New York-based, Brazilian-born handbag designer Carlos Falchi is renowned for his luxurious patchwork purses in exotic skins, including python, alligator and caiman. His pieces are sewn by hand from clutches to hobos.

Falchi and his daughter, Kate, will be at Larrimor's, at 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown, for a trunk show featuring their latest collection from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

“Having a wonderful handbag for a woman is so important because it is your friend,” Carlos Falchi says. “It's a continuation of your home because of the personal items you carry in it. You live in it.”

He began in business making hand-stitched leather clothing for musicians such as Patti Smith, Miles Davis, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Legendary retailer Geraldine Stutz of Henri Bendel encouraged Falchi to focus on handbags. Customers who have carried his purses include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sharon Stone, Tina Turner, Cate Blanchett, Mary J. Blige and Tina Fey.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Accessories Council of America and the Independent Handbag Designers of America. Several of his designs are in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Details: 412-471-5727 or

More trunk shows

• Bella Bridesmaids, located at 1752 N. Highland Road, Bethel Park, is having a Monique Lhuillier trunk show by appointment Dec. 19 to 20. Details: 412-854-4422 or

• Glitter & Grit, a bridal shop at 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville, is having a Marisol Aparicio trunk show by appointment Dec. 12 to 14. Details: 412-781-2375 or


Allen Edmonds representative Rusty Ortiz will be at Gordon Shoes, located at 108 W. Bridge St., in the Waterfront in Homestead, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

Details: 412-464-1007 or

Smoky eyes

People StyleWatch offers tips on how to do a smoky eye. The makeup equivalent of a little black dress, it's super sexy and looks great on everyone. Celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin breaks it down with this detailed step-by-step.

Trace your eye's lower rim with black pencil liner, starting from the outer corner and drawing inward.

Line the upper lash line thickening the line as you go from your inner eye corner out. End with a small sideways V.

Apply black shadow over the liner with a stiff smudge brush. Blend toward your lid's center with circular motions.

Then use the smudge brush to apply matte-brown shadow to the outer half of your eyelid crease; soften the effect with a fluffy blending brush.

Sweep a shimmery brown shadow along the inner half of your lid with a flat brush and then on the bottom lash line with a smudge brush.

Dab a bit of shimmery champagne shadow on you eye's inner corner with a smudge brush. It'll provide a brightening final touch.

To finish, curl your lashes and apply a volumizing black mascara to both top and bottom lashes. Now, you're ready for a night out.

— Staff reports

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