Meet Style Week’s Intern: Elana Pappas

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Hello, Everyone!

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.

Shine on,

Elana Pappas

2016 Style Awards Winners

Missed this year’s Style Awards? Here’s a recap of the nominees + winners from Style Week Pittsburgh Day 2 at Culture Restaurant.

2016 Style Awards
*Winners are in bold

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
James Houk
Jennifer Mendicino
Leesa Kassler
Eva Dixon
Malcolm Williams
Nisha Blackwell

SALON OF THE YEAR
Society Men’s Grooming Lounge
Brett James
Studio Booth
MCN Salon
Dreamz Hair Salon

STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Christina Imberlina Stein
Sonita ell
Aire Plichta Reese
Shawna Solomon
Niki Whittle

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Christian Diboko
Slow Danger — Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight

BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR
Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Vintage Valet
Boutique la Passarelle
EONS Fashion Antique
Worth New York showroom by Bear Brandegee
Lex & Lynne
Shop 412
Little Black Dress by Diana Misetic
Three Rivers Vintage
Kindred Spirits Boutique
Juju
Social Status

BEST INDIVIDUAL STYLE
Binay Geathers
Amanda Bossi
Rebecca Whitlinger
Marian McCann
Suzanne Mauro
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
Danielle Mock
Kourtney Leech
Dee Dee Malloy

Get the full scoop via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Makers and Music #IAMSTYLE Edition

13699964_555750847930165_5551775754178369058_n-1Join 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:
Sean Beauford
Tara Fay Coleman
James Houk
DS Kinsel
Gina Maria Mazzotta
David Pugliano
Ayesha Scott
Emily Skopov
Leigh Solomon Pugliano
Sarah Zeffiro

Photographed by: Juan Carlos Silva

Entertainment Provided By:
DJ illeso
Two Tall Twins

Social Status Boutique – East Liberty Location
5929 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Meet the Nominees – DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vote HERE


DESIGNER OF THE YEAR


James Houk

a55aaaf0-9a1f-43d6-a008-768205512ba8James Houk is a fashion designer, illustrator and painter who studied at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA James achieved a distinguished military career as a member of the U.S. Army’s Special Reaction Team (SRT) Counter-Terrorism/Hostage Rescue Team based at Fort Meade in Maryland. The SRT is an elite anti-terrorism team trained in highly specialized, tactical law enforcement and helicopter operations. He and his team also assisted in the protection of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, recently even receiving a personal note of thanks from President Bush. Following his Military service James returned to his life long passion, boxing and martial arts, becoming a professional boxer and kick boxer.
After great success at American Eagle James branched out into private label work, designing for companies such as J.Crew and Bobby Jones. This work with Bobby Jones lead to another career ascension as their parent company Hickey Freeman, took an interest in James and introduced him to designing finely tailored clothing for men. After this education in fabrics, fit and patterns James broadened his scope of work to include fine shirts, jackets and pants. In 2000 after his private label success James decided to venture forward with his own company and brand. He took this first brand named after his Pittsburgh neighborhood Brookline and sold it to the first store he approached.. Barneys New York. This began a years long partnership with Barneys that continues until today. He has worked with celebrities from Beyonce to Lady Gaga. He has appeared in many television as
well as published interviews and editorials. He has had major success on the fashion runway culminating in his 2014 show at Union Station in Los Angeles receiving rave reviews from fashion experts in the LA Times. James and his family; his wife Kathleen, daughter Caitlin and sons Christopher and Conner look forward to continuing to promote their home, the greatest place in the World, PITTSBURGH, PA.


Leesa Kassler

leesaLeesa made a decision late in life to follow her and attend “The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was President & Vice President of Fashion Club thru 2011-2014. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society for academic achievement.

Leesa’s motto had always been work hard & the rest will follow and that is what she has done.

As design teacher to Pittsburgh Community Youth Invasion at the Andy Warhol Museum. Leesa has participated in local featured Runway Shows such as, Habitat for Humanity, 50 Shades of Pink, Earth Day and has been chosen to design a dress for the Mrs. PA Pageant in Philadelphia this year.

Leesa’s future plans is to continue designing & create the second manufacturing plant here in Pittsburgh and in the state as well. This will in hence create jobs for the city and expand to the city that fashion is here in Pittsburgh.

You can check out Leesa’s designs opening night in Pittsburgh for “Style Week” this August where she will be featuring 2 designs from the he 1920’s and three from the 1960’s

Leesa has also been invited to feature her design in the Young Designer Awards in New York & London this fall. An award given to new upcoming designers who are making a impact. She is also nominated for Designer of the Year for Style Week Pittsburgh.

Leesa is just getting started with many accomplishments and we look forward to seeing what she brings to the City of Pittsburgh in the future.


Nisha Blackwell

URBANINN_2694Nisha Blackwell is a Pittsburgh native and Founder of Knotzland, a start up committed to sourcing and rescuing rare & high-quality fabrics around the city and constructing them into stylish upcycled accessories. The uniqueness lies in its commitment to crafting an ecosystem that brings artists, designers, organizations and customers into the sustainable fashion conversation. Starting this process on an ironing board in her living room she then pitched her way into the 3rd cycle of ThrillMill, and now has Manufacturing in a studio space in Homewood – Her journey is one of Niche discovery through necessity where she was given the basis and courage to take her venture to the next level- entrepreneurship. Along with being a Social Entrepreneur , she is also a lifetime resident of the East Side; specifically the Homewood Community. Upon finishing her degree at Edinboro University she moved back to Homewood in 2007 and has since spent a great amount of time serving the Pittsburgh community through platforms like Americorp, Strong Women Strong Girls and Gtech’s ReEnergize Pittsburgh program- advocating for the neighborhood’s economic equality and and bridging the divides in environmental justice. The knowledge and leadership gained from serving has not only enhanced her passion for community engagement, but allowed her to to develop an even more holistic view of the city that has allowed her to plant her feet where she has the most passion for change. She now uses her business to raise awareness in the importance of sustainability in the areas of community, environment and fashion.


Malcolm Williams

unnamedMalcolm Anthony Williams is the Founder and Fashion Designer of Willie Gee’s. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Williams founded the company in September 2006. As a company, his plans are to take each collection to the next global level and beyond. Willie Gee’s Designer Collection is an exquisite collection designed to outfit everyone’s style from everyday fashion to gowns and suits for Red Carpet events. Using the past to recreate the future in fashion has allowed Willie Gee’s to become the fashion house it is today. When designing my garments, I like to imagine this fantasy world; a world where everyone is beautifully dressed, and with absolute style and taste. In this world, my friends and I are living busy, yet amazing lives. We’re attending business meetings and dinners to continue our prosperity. We’re flying on jets around the world to be welcomed to red carpet premieres and galas. But most of all in this world, we are living our lives looking and being fabulous.

My motivations to sew are my parents and grandparents. It was my grandparents whom introduced sewing to me. Growing up my mother and my father were constantly working, so my grandparents helped raise me. I’ve learned from my parents that diligence and focus will pay off. And from my grandparents, I’ve learned sometimes sacrifice is needed in order for the family to thrive. They made me understand why my parents were working so hard and why they’ve sacrificed time out of their lives to help raise me. Their influences and characters have made me become the man I am today.
Fashion is my life. It is the air I breathe. It is the runaway that I walk on with every step that I take. It’s my work of art, which comes to life the moment it is dressed upon a person. I am a Fashionist. Cut me open and you’ll find veins of thread and muscles of fabric. I was born to sew. It is why I strive to become bigger and better every year. The real challenge is to not hinder myself, nor let the world’s criticism affect my visions. I am a self taught designer and I will continue to teach myself every technique of sewing that I can. Because with every designed being drawn and sewn, I am living my life fabulously.


Eva Dixon


Jennifer Mendicino


 

Meet the Nominees – SALON OF THE YEAR

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Vote HERE


Meet the Nominees – SALON OF THE YEAR


Society Men’s Grooming Lounge

Society_412At Society, we intend to create a sophisticated atmosphere where every man is a king. We will create an environment where Greater Pittsburgh’s top-caliber professionals and future leaders come to unwind and enjoy the comforts of our upscale lounge, cigar patio, and high-end grooming services.


Dreamz Hair Salon – Tenel Dorsey, Owner

e385019c-a1c0-422e-a6d1-b35f1d6e3d73Tenel Dorsey, born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh’s hill district where she began her talented journey. She started doing hair at age 9 and was able to sing since the day she was born. She attended McKelvey and Vann elementary schools. Her natural talents lead her to attend Rogers middle school for the creative and performing arts where her talents and creative abilities took flight. In her words, attending Rogers and Capa gave her the freedom to explore her creativity without a cap! Along with having her faith anchored at an early age, she was a member of Bethel AME Church, (Hill District) Second Baptist (Homestead) and today, an active partner at Greater Destiny World Outreach Church (Hazelwood) Being blessed with money making strategies, Tenel gained the courage to blaze a trail to start her own business at age 22. Go Divas Hair Salon and Ms Diva’s supplies in 2001 and after 2 years, relocating her empire back to Homestead where she lived back in 1993 and attended Steel Valley High School. Historical Homestead has always welcomed Tenel, her crafts and ideas with open arms and til this day, Dreamz Hair Salon and Barber Shop is still thriving and because of this community, its one of the top Salon/Barbers shops in our region. Tenel is the sole proprietress of Dreamz however, she’s built a whole team that was developed to master the art of delivering the newest innovative styles and techniques, build self esteem from behind their chairs, and empower women/men/youth in our communities. Tenel’s mission has always been to serve and she does just that! She’s been awarded a community service award from Park Place AME in 2014, she was featured on the front cover of the Soul Pitt Magazine for women in business for more then a decade, was awarded a community love award from the 2014 Bella Awards. She won the stylist/salon of the year award at the Flashing Lights hair show in 2009 and was presented an award from Mayor Bill Peduto on behalf of stop the violence Pittsburgh movement for outstanding work in our communities, just to name a few. Although Tenel’s most prominent talents are her leadership and entrepreneurial skills, her heart, authenticity and ability to give, outweighs any titles, awards or acknowledgements.


Brett James


Studio Booth


MCN Salon