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PITTSBURGH: THE Style CITY

| Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Long gone are the days when Pittsburgh was veiled in black soot and industrial practicality. Today, individual style and inspired looks fill the streets as Pittsburghers use the city as their runway. Pittsburgh Fashion Week will bring cutting-edge designs and innovative talent to town the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, with a showcase that's sure to blast the last bit of rust off the city's reputation.

Fanfare asked five of the city's fashion and beauty experts to define their favorite trends for fall 2010. They share their style tips and shopping advice, and the trends are brought to life by riveting looks found in some of our favorite Pittsburgh shops and boutiques.

1. BROCADE BRAVADO

Ambiance's Trend Notes: 1950s fashion is back, with all the glamour and even more gusto. When putting together a look, don't be afraid to wear the pants — they're more versatile than reaching for a dress every day. Women seem to have developed a fear of pants that aren't denim, but there's a reason that Brigitte Bardot's cigarette pants and tee-look is timeless. Vintage finds like these from Ambiance create an inspired retro look, but overdoing it can make it look as if you've just stepped out of your grandmother's closet. To bring the look into this decade, pick one great piece and let it make a statement.

AMBIANCE

Your Stylist: Pittsburghers are the source of the high style at Ambiance's three locations. The collection of new and consigned designer clothing, accessories and home furnishings changes daily as new consignments arrive, and an in-the-know sales staff helps shoppers create a distinctive look. Even more stylish — the proceeds go directly to the Bethlehem Haven, which helps homeless women become self-sufficient. Shop in Lawrenceville, 412-697-0773, Regent Square 412-243-5523 or Oakmont 412-828-1946.

2. CUT IT OUT

ModStylists' Trend Notes: When wearing this season's sexy cut-out trend, glam it up with one statement piece and tone it down everywhere else. A major part of the trend is in the detailing of the dress, with interesting back cut-outs and ties. For just a hint of the trend, try a simple flat like our "Funk Sisters Shoes" or rev it up with the "Red Carpet Roll Out Wedges." Either way, have fun with this fashion fad!

MODCLOTH

Your Stylist: ModCloth.com is a vintage-inspired re-retailer based in Pittsburgh and founded by two Carnegie Mellon grads. The site's collection of indie clothing attracts more than a million visitors each month, and the styles are shipped worldwide. A team of ModSylists offers customers customized fashion advice from head to toe — they styled this eye-catching look just for Fanfare!

3. FOLLOW SUIT

Tom's Trend Notes: The suit is back and was seen on runways from New York City to Europe. Those large-notched lapels and wide-bottomed pants that looked just right on models might not always work at the office, so go for timeless appeal and quality. To keep it modern and classic, look for two-button jackets with notch lapels and trousers with no pleats. Find top-notch tailoring in blazers, blouses and even vests. The must-have is the menswear-inspired blouse designed with feminine touches like patch pockets, French cuffs, tonal silk or a bit of ruffle.

4. VA-VA VELVET

Miyoshi's Trend Notes: The soft, directional texture of velvet can add a pop of color to anyone's skin tone when the sun is nowhere to be found and one of Pittsburgh's five shades of gray casts the sky. Stepping out in the touchable fabric from head to toe makes a trafficstopping statement. Velvet accessories glow in gorgeous jewel tones — adding a scarf, handbag, headband or footwear to an ensemble will polish it with pure style.

5. THE COLORS OF FALL

Katherine's tend Notes: One of fall's most exciting beauty trends is bold color. From hot red-orange lips to dramatic eyes and bold blush, colorful make-up is back. When using hues that make a statement, pick one feature to play up and keep the rest simple. FOR BOLD EYES: Try a fierce metallic, a military green, a vivid violet or intense, smoky black. Pair with flesh-toned lips and cheeks. FOR LIPS: Berry, blazing red and bold brick shades look modern right now. Make sure to apply color neatly around the lip line. Goes best with neutral eye shadow like a matte taupe and black defined lashes. FOR BOLD CHEEKS: Try a reddish cream blush such as NARS Turkish Red. Dab and blend onto apples of cheeks to achieve a fashionable flush.

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