Fashion FYI: Sabika's latest, Shop and walk, Wedding attire
The Winter 2016 Sabika jewelry collection was designed in the spirit of the company's 15th anniversary — 15 years of beauty. The Pittsburgh-based business creates rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that are hand-painted, handset, hand-soldered, hand-sewn, hand-polished and hand-finished and sold through consultants. The company has teamed with Swarovski to create the Sabika cut, a worldwide exclusive product that consists of 30 facets.
Gap is announcing its 10-year anniversary of becoming the founding apparel partner of (RED), the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, a for-benefit brand committed to ending AIDS in Africa.
Since 2006, Gap has raised $10 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has encouraged customers to support the cause through its (RED) partnership product.
To mark the anniversary, Gap is releasing a special collection of favorites, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts and tanks for men, women and children and onesies for babies, as well as a bomber jacket and denim pieces.
Bling It, a company based in Trafford, has been named as an official sponsor for the Ms. America Pageant. The custom rhinestone company designs apparel for any charity, sports team or event. Owner Tara Caruso will be designing the official T-shirt contestants will wear during rehearsals. The event will be Sept. 3 at the Curtis Theatre in Brea, Calif.
Shop and walk
The Sewickley Symphony Shop Walk will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Most stores in the area will be open. Attendees receive discounts at participating stores. The event is sponsored by Pittsburgh Symphony North and benefits the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $40, $60 if you want a buffet lunch from noon to 2 p.m. at Mambo Italia on Broad Street.
Details: 412-977-6670 or pittsburghsymphony.org
Meet the makers
Orr's Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, will host the designers of Vortic Watch Co., based in Fort Collins, Colo., from noon to 5 p.m. July 30. They create 3-D printed titanium timepieces. Vortic is launching the journeyman series watch on Kickstarter, and the Orr's stop is part of a national tour.
Details: 412-421-6777 or orrsrocks.com
MB Bride, 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg, will have a Bari Jay Maids showcase Aug. 5 through 7. Receive a 10 percent discount from the line during the event. Appointments suggested.
Details: 724-836-6626 or mbbride.com
Glitter & Grit bridal boutique, 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville, will have a Chantel Lauren trunk show Aug. 3 to 9 by appointment. This edgy collection is handmade in Chicago.
Details: 412-781-2375 or glitterandgritpgh.com
Rachel Tandon, a U.S.-based fashion designer for Rachel Allan, creates prom, homecoming, cocktail, social occasion, couture and pageant dresses. She offers guidelines on how to dress for a wedding.
It's not your special day: “These days, women have a lot of freedom and innumerable options available to them for wedding guest attire. The most important guideline for women is not to wear white, off-white or ivory. This is an old-school rule but it still applies, as you don't want to show up the bride on her special day,” Tandon says.
Informal weddings: For an informal wedding, a simple dress or fun two-piece short set is appropriate. An informal evening suggests a dress and allows for a lot of flexibility. You could wear a maxi dress and flat shoes, or a cocktail dress and heels.
Semi-formal weddings: For women, a semi-formal daytime or evening wedding suggests a cocktail dress and heels or dressy separates. For the evening, a little black dress is an excellent option.
Standing out: Be sure to stay away from too much bling. Wearing too much sparkle and sequins to a wedding is not flattering and may make you seem too flashy. It's OK to wear a dress embellished with sequins and pearls, but not an excessive amount that will take away from the beautiful bride. Of course, some styles are the perfect middle point.
It's not a nightclub: If you are going to break one of these rules, whatever you do, do not break this one. No one wants their guests to show up to their wedding looking like they are off to a night club. Keep it classy.
Black-tie and white-tie weddings: Black-tie optional means you can wear either a cocktail dress and heels or a gown. Trendsetters could even choose a jumpsuit and wide palazzo pant two-piece. At a black-tie wedding, you are required to wear a formal dress or cocktail attire. You can even bring out those sequins and beading. A white-tie affair is the dressiest of them all. Women should wear a long, floor-length gown and their best accessories.
The power of accessories: Use shoes, such as high-heel pumps or sandals, to work around how fancy you want to look. Other accessories, such as cross-body bags and jewelry, are fun to play with. If your outfit is too over-the-top, dress it down with more casual accessories.
— Staff reports
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