Style Week’s Intern Takes on Teen Vogue

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.

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            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!

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            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.”

Shine on,

Elana Pappas

 

 

Meet the “10 to Watch in 2017”

Meet the “10 to Watch in 2017”

dsd_6634Last 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:

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Miyah Knight, Model

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Tori Mistick, Lifestyle Blogger

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Councilwoman Marita Garrett

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Mars Jackson, Rapper

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Melissa Frost, Owner of Frost Finery

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LoRen Knight, Singer

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Kelly Frost, VP of Inspiring Lives Magazine (in the middle)

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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!

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Diane Withrow and Lisa Wagner Freeman

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Fashion designer Leesa Kassler is flanked by models Tesha Lovelace and Jenny Lou who are wearing her designs.

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Brazilian fashion designer Lana Neumeyer shown with one of her creations.

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Darieth Chisholm and friends

 

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Guests loved the Mary Kay samples from consultant Teri Walters

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Hanover Designs

Many thanks to Larrimor’s for sponsoring Swag Bags for the event and Ray Feather Photography for capturing some beautiful moments.

Happy Holidays!

Meet the Nominees – STYLIST 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 – STYLIST OF THE YEAR


Aire Plichta Reese

2f6af2a0-5418-4383-b981-70858baa4f37A graduate of The Fashion School at Kent State with 10 years of experience in the Fashion Industry beginning with an internship at Chanel and ranging from product development work with Macy’s private label brands, where I gained a strong understanding of fabric and production, to ModCloth’s dedicated in-house PR team, I am an energetic and enthusiastic Fashion Marketing professional with a passion for trend forecasting, product placement, media relations, partnerships and celebrity/entertainment outreach.  Outside of my normal 9-5, I am an experienced personal stylist working with clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, for their Steelers Style Fashion Show. I can also be found blogging at sparkleeveryday.tumblr.com & athletichic.com and as a board member at WearWoof.  My motto? “Life is too short to save your sparkles,sparkle every day!”


Christina Imberlina Stein

19984c9f-db78-446c-a927-7330c82c559ePersonal Stylist and Image consultant Christina (Stein) Imberlina has been bringing the world of fashion to her Pittsburgh clients for over four years. Christina’s work has been seen on billboards, magazines and local charity fashion shows. With her fresh approach to styling, Christina’s ability to simultaneously predict trends, and transcend them, has solidified her presence in an ever-changing industry.  To contact Christina for styling appointments or to view some of her work please visit her website at www.christinajstein.com , and you can find her on Instagram @stylebychristina


ccd402f7-5047-4eb9-bd18-9db899a8bf90Shawna Solomon

Owner Shawna Solomon originally started Exotic Hush as an online lingerie site in 2010. She started the business as a way to generate extra income but soon realized that she had a knack for sales. As the business and her love of fashion grew she added clothing and accessories. Exotic Hush Boutique opened its first brick and mortar
location in Pittsburgh in April 2015. The boutique offers a variety of choices for the discerning fashionista Offering clothing and accessories that will make heads turn and keep customers coming back. The boutique also offers fashion & wardrobe styling
services for customers headed out to a special event or for stylists to present to their clients. Styling clients such as Tina Campbell(Mary Mary) and recently styling local artist in the D.C, Cleveland and Atlanta area, she is building her Fashion Empire. Priding
herself on keeping up with the trends, Shawna makes sure each client is completely satisfied.  The Boutique, located on Pittsburgh’s Eastside of town is making its mark in Pittsburgh.
The boutique won the 2014 Bella Award for “Best Boutique” and is nominated ‘Best Boutique 2015” for StyleWeek Pgh. Exotic Hush graced the runway at Pittsburgh Fashion Week in 2014 and again in the 2015 show. In 2016 Shawna, took her fashion
and expertise on the road with the Hush Fashion Tour .Visit the store at 1849 Montier Street Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Online http://www.ExoticHush.com To book Shawna for styling
visit http://www.ShawnaSolomon.com


Niki Whittle

ee61d7ac-e599-44a8-889e-dcdb3553e50bNiki Whittle, is an established British personal stylist with over 10 years’ experience.  In 2014, she brought her Brit style to Pittsburgh, expanding her business and client base to cover both the UK and the USA.  She prides herself on providing a positive and life changing experience that rejuvenates client’s closets, style and confidence, whether that’s reinvigorating and unlocking the potential in their existing closet through a closet consultation, or building and developing their look through personal shopping.  Niki works with each client to discover and develop their unique style, arming them with the tools and knowledge needed to develop their personal style, look fantastic and feel confident, and insists on working independently from retailers to ensure she can provide honest, impartial advice in a friendly and pressure-free environment rather than being incentivised to do so.  She shares simple styling tips and down to earth shopping advice to help maximize your budget and closet on her style blog http://www.stylestudsandlace and is about to launch her first collection of luxury scarves http://www.nikiwhittledesigns.com.  To find out more about her Styling services, visit her website http://www.nikiwhittle.com


Sonita Bell

1fdefbf1-8e75-4bdf-a9e4-02c80a413921Sonita’s was founded by Sonita Bell in 2005. Sonita’s vision for her company is to ensure that women of all sizes, cultures, and ethnicity’s feel beautiful and confident . Sonita studied Business Management at Point Park University and has been styling since 2010. She has used the skills she has learned to help make women look and feel their best. As a stylist she designs a classy , unique and edgy look to your wardrobe. Sonita hand picks each item and works with aspiring jewelry makers, including jewelry and apparel companies to ensure you have a personal touch. Sonita specializes in Styling. Photoshoot Design and Accessories.

Vote Now For the Style Awards!

cropped-style-week-2016-std.jpgThe 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.

Now here’s your chance to vote for the best in fashion, business, and the arts!  Voting ends Sunday July 17th!

Pittsburgh creatives show their #style

Remember a few weeks back when Style Week Pittsburgh launched its #iamstyle campaign where we featured some of Pittsburgh’s trailblazing creatives? Well! Guess What? The photos are now available for your viewing pleasure. Check out some of our faves!

Like Style Week Pittsburgh on Facebook to get event updates and don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 4th Annual Style Week Pittsburgh. Be a friend and tell a friend.

#IAMSTYLE Campaign

A few weeks back, Style Week Pittsburgh launched its #iamstyle campaign, which along with our mission for Style Week Pittsburgh, is to highlight the diverse people of Pittsburgh doing exceptional work to make our city better, impacting the region’s growth and sustainability.

Like Style Week Pittsburgh on Facebook to get first dibs on viewing photos from the #iamstyle campaign.

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Blogger Feature: “Afternoon Espresso”

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Ashley Pletcher’s fashion and lifestyle blog Afternoon Espresso, offers the perfect dose of style that is sure to satisfy any fashionista’s cravings. Get to know the beauty behind the brand!

Define your style?

My style depends so much on my mood and the day!  Generally speaking, I would say my style is chic and classic.  I tend to gravitate toward more feminine pieces with classic feel.  Occasionally I will even throw in an edgy piece like a leather jacket. 

What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?

The perfect outfit for a man is to keep it simple:  A white v neck tee, nice denim, and a pair of distressed leather boots- Clean and classic always makes a swoon-worthy look!  For a woman I love a classic blazer, tee shirt, distressed denim, and a cute pair of colored pumps for a pop! This look will never go out of style! 

In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?

I think Pittsburgh is such a stylish town!  There are always such a variety of styles just looking around any corner.  I think where Pittsburgh is evolving in fashion is certainly the fashion community.  From Style Week Pittsburgh, Style Social Pittsburgh, Fashion bloggers, and boutiques, everyone seems to really be working together and building a strong fashion community and I love it!      

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?

Eclectic 

Who is your celebrity style crush?

I adore Blake Lively!  She is so naturally beautiful and her style is always so classic and timeless.  

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

For local shops my favorites are No. 14 Boutique and Bronze Coconut!  No. 14 always has the best color palate to choose from and such unique pieces!  Bronze Coconut stocks up on the cutest little tees, stationary, Free People, and plus I can get my spray tans there!       

What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?

I actually started my blog because I was just in a slump of being unhappy with my career choice of accounting.  I needed more creativity flowing so Afternoon Espresso became my little pick me up!   Afternoon Espresso focuses on my personal style, but what makes it different is that I like to add my own spin with a cupcake of the month recipe, travel, and of course, coffee.  All of these things I just simply enjoy and are very much me!      

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

My all time favorite lipstick is Mac Lustre Soft Savour!  I line it with Make Up Forever C22, and top it with NARS Turkish Delight lip-gloss!! It’s the perfect combination of pink for everyday wear.  

What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?

For the Spring and Summer trends this year, I’m obsessing over bell sleeves, off the shoulder tops, midi skirts, and lots of stripes!  Also anything flirty will go!     

What is your favorite accessory?

My favorite accessory is definitely my two tone Michele Deco watch.  The square face makes it so unique and the two tones allow me to wear it with anything!  

What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?

Be yourself.  Choose items that match your personality.  I’m most comfortable with what I’m wearing when it feels like the clothing is me!