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Briefs: Clinton Kelly coming to Ross Park Mall

| Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

Clinton Kelly, host of "What Not to Wear" and author of a new book, "Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else" (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.95) will be at Macy's in Ross Park Mall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He will host a fashion tutorial and runway show in the women's department, showcasing chic fall trends and wardrobe essentials for sizes 14W and up. One lucky guest will receive a $500 shopping spree with Kelly as her personal stylist. Standing room only.

Details: 800-836-1782.

Paloma Picasso mines mosaics for inspiration

If everything in the worlds of art and design has already been done, Paloma Picasso's trick is making people think it's new again.

Picasso, the daughter of Pablo Picasso and a longtime jewelry designer, recently launched her newest collection for Tiffany & Co. based on mosaic techniques that are centuries old.

"I have no objection to going back and looking at old catalogs or old photographs," she says. "Jewelry is about timelessness. A piece of jewelry is here to stay much longer than a dress or gown. You want it to look good, fresh and modern today but you also want it to look good 30 or 300 years down the line."

The collection is called Zellige, highlighting geometric motifs made from colorful tiles. The idea came to her while restoring a tile fountain at her home in Marrakech, Morocco.

She'll go so far as to say that jewelry-making is an artistic craft but Picasso won't call it "art."

"Jewelry and art are not made for the same purpose. ... Jewelry is artistic and it's a creation but it is not art. Art has no purpose except to be what it is, jewelry has the purpose of being worn and has to be pleasing, has to feel good," she says. "Jewelry has a magical quality to some people, it's a talisman for some people, and you receive it at a special moment or as a special reward.

"A lot of emotion is attached to jewelry. It's meant to be part of someone's life, not to stand on its own."

Fashion Now

Ross Park Mall presents Fashion Now Saturday from noon-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Events are free and feature a variety of high-energy fashion shows and beauty presentations from the mall's hottest retailers at the Nordstrom Court. Models will strut down the runway in fresh fall looks from Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penney and other stores. There will be interactive cosmetics and skincare demonstrations from noon-4 p.m. throughout the mall.

Ross Park is the fifth stop on Simon's Fashion Now tour, which will visit six states. Dress for Success Pittsburgh will hold a suit drive from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court of gently used ladies business suits, professional clothing, shoes and accessories. Clothing should clean and on hangers.

Details: Online or 412-369-4401.

Holiday Fashion Fantasy

The fourth annual Holiday Fashion Fantasy is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. The Winter Wonderland is a festive holiday fashion show of men's, women's and children's clothing from casual to formal war. Proceeds benefit the Westmoreland Cultural Trust programs and operations. Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door.

Details: 724-836-1123.

Trunk shows

• The semi-annual bridal veil and headpiece trunk show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Clarissa Boutique & Parker Button on the South Side. Try on beautiful and unique headpieces and veils. Receive a 15-percent discount on orders placed during the trunk show.

Details: 412-432-3299 or online .

• The Due Fratelli and Miss Mak trunk show is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Lucy in Oakmont. Due Fratelli and Miss Mak manufacture fine Italian leather handbags, wallets and belts. Design your own handbag, wallet or belt. Choose from a variety of shapes, leather compositions and straps. Strap lengths also can be customized.

Details: 412-820-2410.

Bag it

The 7th annual Salvation Army Garbage Bag Gala is 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Fox Chapel Racquet Club. Fashion a dress from a garbage bag and donate what would have been spent on a designer dress to The Salvation Army's Family Caring Center. Reservations preferred. Sponsorship levels: Handi $50-$99; Glad $100-$149; Hefty $150 or more.

Details: 412-394-4801.

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