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.


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.”

Shine on,

Elana Pappas



“10 to Watch in 2017”

“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:


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



Guests loved the Mary Kay samples from consultant Teri Walters


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!

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!

#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.


#iamstyle #styleweekpgh



Blogger Feature: Meet “Fast Fashionista”


Meet Emily S. Kilgore, the style maven behind Fast Fashionista, a fashion and lifestyle blog devoted to giving fashion advice, beauty tips, recipes, and everything in between to readers.

Define your style?

I would describe my style as glam and classic. Very feminine.

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

For the ladies, you need to start with great base, exquisite lingerie. Next, I love a bright skirt, black top, and leopard pumps. Don’t forget a fun clutch and a scarf to complete the look.

For the guys, a nice pair of pants, a crisp button up shirt, and I’m a huge fan of suspenders. Also, every man should have a perfect pair of black dress shoes. If he has the confidence, he can finish the look with a fedora.

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

I think that the amazing thing about Pittsburgh style is that it’s constantly evolving. There are no rules. It seems that everyone makes his or her own unique style and I love that. Pittsburgh really is a melting pot.

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?


Who is your celebrity style crush?

Olivia Palermo. Her style is polished and always on point. To me, she can do no wrong.

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

I really like to shop local. Boutiques are my favorite because they usually have more unique things. I love Lex & Lynne and e.b. PEPPER.

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

After a sweet message from a long time friend comparing my fashion trends on Facebook to Cosmo Magazine I started exploring fashion blogs and I thought why not start one and see where it takes me. I try to make my blog a little different by incorporating “Fast Tips” into each post to keep my readers coming back to learn something new.

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

I’m all about red nails and lips. My go to is Rouge Coco 444- Gabrielle by Chanel.

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

A higher waist pant, lingerie inspired looks, and fringe.

What is your favorite accessory?

Shoes!! I’ve had a love obsession with them for as long as I can remember. Once I remember going into my older sisters bedroom to try on her heels. I’ll never forget that   feeling! My Mom love shoes too, I guess you can say I inherited it!

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

Always be yourself and stay true to what you love. Keep up with trends but don’t become them. There have been a lot of times in my life that I was told to “dumb down” my look to fit in. I’m not okay with that for me or anyone else. You should always do your own thing when it comes to personal style because if you don’t like yourself then no one else will either. Self love all the way.


Blogger Feature: “Yes, Wear That!”

IMG_5164Kimberly Allera – Yes, Wear That!

Recently, we decided to do a special feature on Pittsburgh-based fashion and lifestyle Bloggers and Kimberly Allera, the mastermind behind the fashion blog Yes, Wear That! is first up. Check out her thoughts about fashion, trends, and more!

Define your style?

“I think this is a difficult question for most people to answer because often our style is a collection of things. I love following trends, but as I get older I know that it makes more sense to invest in timeless, quality pieces. I think your style can change with your mood and what’s on your “to do list” for the day. There are days I thrown on leggings and sneakers because I know I have a ton to get done! There are other days when a classic pencil dress, heels, and bright lipstick are needed to get that confidence boost to go out and conquer the world.”

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

“For a woman, I think you can’t go wrong with the perfect pair of fitted jeans paired with a chic blouse or tank under a blazer. Top it off with heels and a clutch (you don’t want to start off with too much baggage). If it’s summer, I say rock a cute sundress and sandals. For guys, I think a great pair of dark denim with a button-up. If it’s a cooler time of year, I think blazers are great. I’m a sucker for a guy in a baseball hat, but wouldn’t recommend it for a first date outfit.”

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

“I think there’s a pretty big style evolution going on in Pittsburgh right now. I think it’s due in large part to the many awesome boutiques popping up in and around the city. I also think events like Style Week bring attention to fashion and style in Pittsburgh. I think people are feeling braver, more confident. They are more willing to step outside of their style comfort zones and try something new and a little bit different. I think the city is totally embracing it – which is great to see!”

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?


Who is your celebrity style crush?

“I’m not sure who my “style crush” would be because I take inspiration from a lot of people. I think for high fashion, Olivia Palermo has incredible style and I can’t imagine having access to her closet. I love seeing pics of celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, and Mila Kunis – they do the effortless casual thing so well.”

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

“I’ll be honest, I shop online a lot. Like probably way too much. It’s just so easy and convenient! However, with all of the new boutiques taking over Pittsburgh, I have found a lot of new favorite places this past year. No. 14 in Lawrenceville, Kristi Boutique in Aspinwall and Rosewood in Sewickley are some of my faves! If you love cute mugs, decorative prints and other fun items, check out the Sweet Water Décor website – the owner is also from Sewickley.”

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

“I was working at a job that was rather uninspiring and was really just looking for a creative outlet. I went to school for Fashion Merchandising and had worked in various retail roles in the past. I’ve always loved writing and I felt like starting a blog would be the perfect way to combine all of these interests. I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas to set my blog apart. I recently started a couple of new series “splurge vs. steal” and “Friday Favorites.” I also work in the events industry, so I use the blog as a place to showcase some of my wedding and events work and to also offer insider tips and advice on event planning. Finally, when I started the blog, I really wanted it to be about collaboration and highlighting other creative individuals and entrepreneurs in the city. I’ve profiled quite a few local businesses and plan to continue with this in the coming year.”

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

“I actually owe this discovery to my “birthday gift” from Sephora this year. The gift contained a Marc Jacobs eyeliner and lipstick. The girl helping me at Sephora said the lipstick is one of her favorites because it’s the perfect “not so pink” pink. It’s called “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and I would have to agree that the color is fantastic! I think it would really work with any skin tone.”

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

“I haven’t done much peaking at Spring trends yet (trying to control myself). Some of the highlights from runways I have seen are the shifting of lingerie styles into everyday wear – so feminine silks and slip dresses. The body part to bare seems to overwhelmingly be the shoulder. There are a ton of dress and top styles that are off the shoulder or have unique shoulder cut-outs. Ruffles and tiers will also be big for shirts, skirts, and dresses. I think color and prints always make a come-back for spring and summer as well.”

What is your favorite accessory?

“I think I would have to say sunglasses. I’ve had a pair for years that I should probably part with, but I can’t think about letting them go! When you find the perfect style for your face shape, it can change an entire look!”

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

“Don’t try too hard and don’t worry about what everyone else will think! Fashion is about creativity, self-expression, and putting your best foot forward! You can find sources of style inspiration everywhere, so try new things and see what works for you. As your style matures, you’ll be able to quickly know what will work for you and what won’t. And you don’t have to be locked into a specific style. Your style will grow and evolve with you.”

Follow Kimberly’s Blog Yes, Wear That!

Call for Nominations: 2016 Style Awards

Style Week Pittsburgh™ is seeking Nominations for the 2016 Style Awards. The Style Awards honors the leading women and men in fashion, business, and the arts for their outstanding accomplishments.

Style Week Pittsburgh’s Ambassadors and Board Members will select winners based on a number of criteria including the nominee’s merit, accomplishments, strength of nominations, and supplemental information submitted.

Please submit any supplemental documents such as resumes and portfolios to and include the nominee’s name in the subject header.

Submit your nominations here. Nominations end on May 31, 2016 and the winners will be announced at the 4th Annual Style Week Pittsburgh Style Awards.

Previous Style Awards honorees include Renee Piatt, Harris Ferris, Demeatria Boccella, Stephanie Taylor, Diana Misetic, Philip Pelusi Salons, Studio RAW, Vanessa German, Vanessa Doss, Jackee Ging, LaMont Jones, Bridgette Perdue, Leigh Solomon-Pugliano, and Debbie Norrell.

For more information, please visit and our page on Facebook.

New Cooking Show ‘Between the Eats’ will be LIVE at Style Week’s Brunch En Blanc

11745481_434283090076942_7983518825169204178_nHat lovers, foodies, and fashion enthusiasts will unite on August 16th at fieldwork contemporary gallery for the 3rd Annual Style Week Pittsburgh’s Brunch En Blanc. Guests are in for a chic hat presentation from Gina Mazzotta’s new Fall line whilst savoring a delectable brunch. Plus! Pittsburgh-based, trendy, new cooking show Between The Eats featuring Chef David Carmine, Executive Chef Andora Sewickley and Terri Dowd, creator of Parmesan Princess will be doing demos and tastings. White attire is encouraged. Only 30 tickets remain. Admission is $45. Purchase tickets here.

The Council of the City of Pittsburgh Proclaims Aug 12-16, 2015 as Style Week Pittsburgh

Today, Style Week Pittsburgh’s Founder Wadria Taylor, accepted a Proclamation from the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the 3rd Annual Style Week Pittsburgh. “Be it further resolved, that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby proclaim August 12-16, 2015 as “Style Week Pittsburgh,” the proclamation read.

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On Thursday, August 13th, the leading women and men in fashion, business, and the arts were honored at Perle’ for their accomplishments at Style Week Pittsburgh’s 2015 STYLE AWARDS.

Over 150 guests gathered for the event which was hosted by special guest MC, Debbie Norrell, Lifestyle Editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier and 2014 Style Awards “Best Dressed” winner. Guests were entertained with Belly Dancing from Jennifer Jameena and the event program included a section highlighting all nominees. It was a night to remember.



Renee Piatt


Style Truck Mobile Boutique


Christina Stein


Nick Redondo


Studio RAW


Bridgette Perdue


Tara McKnight


Leigh Solomon-Pugliano


Stephanie Taylor