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:
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!
Fashion designer Leesa Kassler is flanked by models Tesha Lovelace and Jenny Lou who are wearing her designs.
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.
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. at Revel + Roost.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Debbie Stinedurf – Fashion Fairy Dust
A few tidbits about me:
I’m the self-proclaimed queen of mixing casual and dressy.
I’ve never met two (or more) prints that I didn’t think I could mix.
I have more graphic tees than any one person should own…the same goes for boyfriend jeans and statement necklaces.
I believe the addition of a “third piece” is what makes an outfit special.
I can’t live without coffee.
Nor can I live without dogs. I have 4 and would have 100 if my husband would agree to it.
I love 80’s music and will sing Def Leppard, The Bangles and Cheap Trick songs at the top of my lungs in the car.
I’m obsessed with anything Apocalypse related~movies, books, t.v. shows. Yes, I have a strange and twisted mind.
I do all of my own photography for the blog.
I’m also obsessed with the weather and track storms like a maniac.
Tori Mistick – WearWagRepeat
On WearWagRepeat.com Tori blogs about creating a more beautiful life with dogs. Inspired by her two chocolate labs, Lola and Lucy, Tori loves to experiment with dog friendly recipes, and work on DIY projects around her home. Each month, she hosts the Girl’s Best Friend Link Party for style bloggers and their dogs, which gets participation from around the country. In addition to blogging, Tori works as a social media consultant for local retailers and is the Coordinator of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce.
Emily Kilgore – Fast Fashionista
Kimberly Allera – Yes! Wear That
Being a creative at heart, it was a natural choice for Kimberly to study fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she honed her skills in merchandising, store management, and visual displays. Over the past several years, she developed a love for wedding and event planning and obtained her MBA degree with a concentration in Sports, Art, and Entertainment. Kimberly believes that her background in fashion translates perfectly into events where an eye for design, color, and style is so important. Having planned weddings, corporate conferences, non-profit fundraisers, and other social gatherings, Kimberly is well-versed in what it takes to pull off a memorable event. She began her blog, Yes, Wear That! as a way to explore her love for writing and fashion and showcase some of her event work. She loves being able to promote Pittsburgh’s growing fashion scene. She’s mom to a rescue pup and if she finds spare time, loves to read, exercise, and try new restaurants!
Lisa Freeman – Style Examiner Pittsburgh
A life long Pittsburgh resident, Lisa Wagner-Freeman began her career in fashion modeling for Gimbels, Joseph Hornes, and Carl Herrmann Inc. At 17 She became a sales associate at Carl Herrmanns, with a professional relationship that has lasted to present. Lisa’s diverse fashion background includes management positions at Cache, Lillie Rubin,and Chanel Cosmetics. She was also the evening wear specialist at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bridal Specialist at Bridal Beginning. Ms. Freeman is being honored this year with an induction into the Pittsburgh Fashion Week Hall of Fame, for her contribution to fashion in Pittsburgh.
Zoë Namey – Zoë With Love
Ashley Pletcher – Afternoon Espresso: A Life and Style Blog
Ashley is the curator and founder of Afternoon Espresso, a lifestyle blog powered by coffee that focuses on fashion, travel, beauty, home decor, and a monthly cupcake creation. As a graduate of Business Administration in Accounting, Ashley is able to combine her love for fashion and creativity with her business insight. Afternoon Espresso aims to inspire daily readers with affordable, wearable fashion trends, beauty products, and travel adventures. When Ashley is not blogging she enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, Wrigley and Bentley.
Chancelor Humphrey – Keep Pittsburgh Dope
Pittsburgh is gaining national attention for its arts and culture scene, and locals like Foo Conner, the man behind Jekko, is playing a major role in highlighting the people, brands, and happenings that are establishing Pittsburgh’s identify as a vibrant city to live, work, and play. Check out our recent interview with Conner!
What is Jekko?
Jekko is a new media outlet like Buzzfeed or Vice that just so happens to be based in Pittsburgh. It started as an experiment. I wanted to see if photography could drive a magazine today. After covering 1,000 events, Jekko has become a national platform that promotes arts, culture, and technology. All things Pittsburgh leads in. Our main audience is female millennials. 60% of readers are females and half of them are under 34.
Where are you from?
I am originally from West Virginia but Pittsburgh is my home.
What do you like about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has an open door to be creative. That makes it the perfect launch platform for ideas. And if you don’t know how to do something, there’s always a neighbor willing to help.
When people ask “What do you do?”, how do you respond?
I say that I’m a social entrepreneur. It has the right activism mindset for me. This means I work on businesses that find solutions to social problems. It also speaks to the seven-year-old me and gives me a wonderful excuse to explore everything.
How do you define your style?
Relaxed and quirky.
Where do you shop?
For the right thing, right now, I go to EONS in Shadyside. For adventure, I do this thrift shop run on Tuesdays. It takes about an hour and a half. I start at the Salvation Army and Goodwill in South Side, and then I head to the Red, White, and Blue. Do this once a month and you’ll build a fantastic wardrobe.
What’s your favorite date outfit?
I prefer something classic to start. Vintage fashion that fits exquisitely well. Then accessory nuances, like a pocket watch or unusual necklace.
How would you describe Pittsburgh style?
Coming into itself. Traditionally Pittsburgh has imported culture, now we’re defining our own style.
One word to describe Pittsburgh style?
What makes Jekko different?
We are authentic. We show up. We aren’t afraid to cover the worst.
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