Stylebook: Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame announces 2015 honorees – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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For the sixth year in a row, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will close in September with the inductions of the latest class of Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame honorees.

This year’s inductees are: Emilio Cornacchione and Gino Chiodo, co-owners and principal stylists at Izzazu Salon, Spa and Serata; Lisa Wagner-Freeman, fashion consultant and style columnist; James Houk, fashion designer and owner of Jet Street Design; Ahmad Sandidge, owner of Sandidge Photography; and Ashley Boynes-Shuck, author and fashion blogger.

Once again, the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame will honor an artist on the rise. This year’s exceptional artist award will go to Nicole Widdowson, a fashion stylist.

The honorees were selected based on nominations from the community and their impact on the region’s fashion, style and beauty industries. They will be recognized at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn hotel, Downtown, on Sept. 27. Tickets will go on sale by July 7 for $70. Information:

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Mother’s Day memories at Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown: From Wednesday through Friday, spend $25 or more on any retail purchase and receive a Mother’s Day gift. Receipts can be redeemed at Center Court on the lower level noon-2 p.m. daily. Limited to one gift per person while supplies last. Information:

Bangle bracelet trio for sale to support Austin’s Playroom: In time for Mother’s Day and graduation season, the Mario Lemieux Foundation collaborated with Rachel’s Cure by Design to create a bracelet set with charms symbolizing hope, love and, of course, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s $66 at Proceeds will benefit Austin’s Playroom, an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation that works to make playrooms in hospitals safe, cheerful and comfortable for children seeking medical attention and their families.

Fall trends, future of Pittsburgh fashion discussed at latest FGI Pittsburgh event: About 30 people, plus panelists and board members, turned out for the latest Fashion Group International Pittsburgh provisional chapter event — the second of five the group must successfully complete this year as part of its efforts to become a full-fledged chapter of the nonprofit that unites and promotes fashion communities across the globe. The event held Thursday in the Downtown Macy’s auditorium previewed trends for fall/winter 2015 with a video presentation of photos representing some of the standout ready-to-wear looks from the recent runway shows in New York City and Europe. A panel of local industry insiders from ModCloth, Boutique la Passerelle and Jen Rocket Sewing/Design Studio helped put the trends in perspective for mainstream fashion consumers. Panelists also led a spirited discussion of fashion in Pittsburgh and what the community needs to do to help bring its fashion talents to the forefront.

This year is a turning point for the local provisional chapter. After steady attendance at introductory meetings in 2014, turnout to paid events this year has been moderate. The group also needs to recruit 40 members as part of its prerequisite for permanent chapter status. To date, Pittsburgh’s provisional chapter has about a dozen paid, approved members, but several more are in the application and approval process, board members said. Those interested in membership are encouraged to contact To learn more about FGI and the benefits of bringing it to Pittsburgh, visit

For more from Post-Gazette style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the fashion blog Stylebook at To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, email

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