Recently, Style Week Pittsburgh’s intern, Elana Pappas was invited to the Teen Vogue magazine headquarters in New York City. Read about her experience…
“My Teen Vogue Experience”
On January 13, 2017 I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the Teen Vogue magazine headquarters in New York City. Being that I am an online fashion student for the Parsons and Teen Vogue program, the students had the privilege to be eligible for this event to learn and network with some of the industry’s best. As soon as I received my invitation to the event I knew this was the perfect opportunity to represent Style Week Pittsburgh in the best light, and I was beyond elated to do so.
Photo © Teen Vogue
Soon after a panel of editors entered the room and gave us all the most gracious greeting. I couldn’t believe I was in the same room with Teen Vogue’s editor and chief, Elaine Welteroth. We had the opportunity to have an open Q&A with the panel of editors. It was so insightful to hear their take on building your brand, how to showcase your aesthetic, enhancing your visual style, the best tips on using social media for your brand, and how to stay inspired. It was so enlightening and I definitely took notes to take back home. I also loved hearing about the editors talk about their favorite trends this past season, from 70s vibes to 90s grunge. It was amazing to think that all of the trends I had been following by reading through those glossy pages of a magazine were created by the people right in front of me in the very same room. Sharing Style Week with Teen Vogue’s editors was amazing, and it was even more amazing how many questions they had about it and wanted to learn more and stay connected with us. So I think it is safe to say Style Week Pittsburgh has been Teen Vogue approved! That’s right; Style Week Pittsburgh is ready to take over the globe!
Photo © Teen Vogue
The rest of the day was filled with exclusive activities. We had a conference with College Fashionista’s founder, Amy Levin on insightful tips for entrepreneurs. We also had an exclusive tour of Teen Vogue’s fashion closet where many celebrities and talents have been styled. My favorite part, though? Receiving styling tips from Teen Vogue accessories editor, Kirby Marzec for our very own Teen Vogue photoshoot! She gave us the best styling tips to keep in mind for a shoot, and we got to experiment with it firsthand by having a professional Teen Vogue photoshoot of our very own. Considering that I am an aspiring stylist, that was the most crucial part for me and I definitely got the ultimate photoshoot experience. Kirby’s advice was simple yet profound. She simply said to us, “Stay true to your aesthetic.” Then it was great to hear that she and I both shared the same love for moto jackets and anything in black. We were basically twining outfits, it was too cool.
Teen Vogue did an outstanding job providing us with great networking and hands-on experience. I truly couldn’t be more thankful for my experience at Teen Vogue and all of the connections that were made while representing Style Week Pittsburgh. Leaving Teen Vogue that day left me with great inspiration and the confidence I needed to keep pursuing my passion as fiercely as possible. In words of Teen Vogue’s editor Elaine Welteroth, “All you need to find is your inner girl power and you’re destined to slay.”
Last month, Style Week Pittsburgh held a Holiday Fashion Mixer at V Lounge to celebrate a fabulous year in fashion and to recognize 10 talents to watch in the new year. These individuals are making a lot of progress in their respective fields and we predict that 2017 is the year that they’re going to break out.
Meet the 10 to watch in 2017:
Miyah Knight, Model
Tori Mistick, Lifestyle Blogger
Councilwoman Marita Garrett
Mars Jackson, Rapper
Melissa Frost, Owner of Frost Finery
LoRen Knight, Singer
Kelly Frost, VP of Inspiring Lives Magazine (in the middle)
Michele Garris (on the right), Owner of Pure Skin Care Pittsburgh
Not pictured are Danielle Green who was recognized for launching Supreme Beauty Bar and Portia Foxx for her accomplishments in Broadcast Journalism. Check out more pictures from the event. Guests looked fabulous!
Diane Withrow and Lisa Wagner Freeman
Fashion designer Leesa Kassler is flanked by models Tesha Lovelace and Jenny Lou who are wearing her designs.
Brazilian fashion designer Lana Neumeyer shown with one of her creations.
Darieth Chisholm and friends
Many thanks to Larrimor’s for sponsoring Swag Bags for the event and Ray Feather Photography for capturing some beautiful moments.
My name is Elana Pappas and I am Style Week Pittsburgh‘s newest intern! I am a 22 year old fashion enthusiast with much eagerness to bring my creative visions onto the world wide stage of fashion. I am currently studying in Fashion Industry Essentials with Parsons and Teen Vogue, which is a very hands on program that grants me the opportunity to experiment with many different areas in the industry and network with creatives from around the globe. I hope to bring some fresh ideas to Style Week Pittsburgh while learning from some of Pittsburgh’s greatest entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to collaborating with Wadria and seeing our creative visions resonate into Style Week Pittsburgh 2017. It is going to be another great year in fashion!
Here are some my favorite things:
- My favorite thing about Pittsburgh are the friendly people.
- My favorite boutique in Pittsburgh is Rosewood located in Sewickley
- My hobbies are yoga, singing, nature walks, and photography
- My favorite color is cerulean blue
- My favorite kind of food is Thai
- My favorite shade of lipstick is Dashing Red by Marc Jacobs
- What I am looking forward to doing with Style Week/Style & Steel is collaborating with some of the city’s greatest entrepreneurs and learning from them.
- Favorite quote: “You never move forward if you play it safe.” –Alexander McQueen
- My future goals are to become a successful lifestyle blogger for women and have the opportunity to travel and make a positive change in the world.
2016 Style Awards
*Winners are in bold
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
SALON OF THE YEAR
Society Men’s Grooming Lounge
Dreamz Hair Salon
STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Christina Imberlina Stein
Aire Plichta Reese
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Slow Danger — Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight
BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR
Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Boutique la Passarelle
EONS Fashion Antique
Worth New York showroom by Bear Brandegee
Lex & Lynne
Little Black Dress by Diana Misetic
Three Rivers Vintage
Kindred Spirits Boutique
BEST INDIVIDUAL STYLE
Tara Fay Coleman
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Tamiah Bridgett — Diversame
Nate Mitchell — The Natural Choice
Gina Vensel — Easy Street Promotions
Gina Mazzotta — Gina Mazzotta Millinery
Martin Potoczny — LUXE Creative
Shellie Hipsky — Empowering & Inspiring Lives
Sophia Berman — Truust Lingerie
Darieth Chisolm — Hustle & Heart TV
Nicole Manns — Nikki’s Magic Wand
BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Debbie Stinedurf — Fashion Fairydust
Tori Mistick — Wear, Wag, Repeat
Emily Kilgore — Fast Fashionista
Kimberly Allera — Yes! Wear That
Lisa Freeman — Style Examiner Pittsburgh
Zoe Namey — Zoe with Love
Chancelor Humphrey — Keep Pittsburgh Dope
Foo Conner — Jekko
Ashley Pletcher — Afternoon Espresso: A Life and Style Blog
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Juan Carlos Silva
Mitchell Tommy Hall
Aretha Melanie Boyd
MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dee Dee Malloy
Get the full scoop via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Join Style Week Pittsburgh on Friday, July 22nd for a happy hour event in partnership with Makers and Music to celebrate the Entrepreneurs and Creatives selected for this years #IAMSTYLE campaign. As part of the Makers and Music series, we invite you to get to know these outstanding members of our community and learn more about what they do, why they do it and what they’re doing next.
Music • Food • Drinks
About Style Week Pittsburgh
Produced by Pittsburgh based Event Planning & Marketing Firm Style & Steel, LLC., Style Week Pittsburgh was created in 2013 to raise the profile of local creative entrepreneurs and fashion oriented brands. Returning for its 4th year, #styleweekpgh16 will be held from August 18th – 21st. Visit www.styleweekpittsburgh.com for additional information and to purchase tickets.
About Makers and Music
A series of events dedicated to providing a platform for the community to experience the work of local artists, makers and musicians. Founded by local entrepreneur and CEO of Straightforward Consulting, Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Makers and Music focuses on highlighting Pittsburgh’s creative community.
Makers and Music began as part of the Unblurred on Penn Avenue. In it’s second year, Makers and Music will move throughout the city turning unique locations into interactive creative spaces, and provide more business development and operational support to artists, musicians and makers in our city.
The 2016 #IAmStyle Collective Includes:
Tara Fay Coleman
Gina Maria Mazzotta
Leigh Solomon Pugliano
Photographed by: Juan Carlos Silva
Entertainment Provided By:
Two Tall Twins
Social Status Boutique – East Liberty Location
5929 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206