Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fashion Is in the Pink in Robinson

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fashion Is in the Pink in Robinson

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Sometimes it seems that the extent of Pittsburgh fashion amounts to "Should I wear my Steelers jersey or my Penguins jersey tonight?"

There is SO much more, and it will be gloriously displayed tonight on the runway at The Mall at Robinson as part of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, an event started three years ago by local model Miyoshi Anderson.

"There were fashion shows in Pittsburgh, but it wasn't being done at this level," said Ms. Anderson, who serves as executive director. "I worked in a lot of them as a model. But as the economy turned, there was less and less work.

"The catalyst for this was New York Fashion Week. I looked at it and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to have a fashion week here in Pittsburgh?' That would give more work to models. And then it just branched out from there."

The week of fashion-oriented events already has had an impact.

"When we get the chance to talk to local designers and retailers, they mention the growth they see and the exposure they're getting," Ms. Anderson said. "There are even new businesses that have started, using this platform for exposure. We've seen growth in the industry and the artistry.

"There has always been fashion in our city, even if it's been understated and conservative. In the past decade, however, we've seen more and more of the younger generation definitely taking note of trends and elements they can incorporate into their wardrobe.

"Fashion is an extension of art. You may not always understand it."

That explains some of the shoes women wear nowadays.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week began Monday and continues tonight with the "Fifty Shades of Pink Fashion Show," presenting clothing and accessories from the stores in The Mall at Robinson. KDKA-TV's Kristine Sorensen will be serving as emcee. The event begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $10, with the proceeds benefiting Susan G. …

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