The much anticipated Style Week Pittsburgh 2015 recently took place Aug. 12-16. It was five days of fashion and fun, and where the local fashion community gathered to celebrate one another.
The weeklong celebration, presented by Style & Steel, commenced with a fashion show at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, followed by the 2015 Style Awards at Perlé in Market Square on Aug. 13. The special evening honored the region’s leading talent in the fashion and beauty industries. More than 150 people attended the presentation that celebrated the region’s trendsetting pioneers.
“It is important to recognize individuals and businesses who are leaders in their fields and who represent the best and brightest of what this region has to offer. To me, it is important that we encourage and honor them because what they do requires great courage and while they make it look easy, it certainly isn’t easy to do what they all do, day in day out,” said Wadria Taylor, Style & Steel proprietor and event organizer.
During the first hour of the event, the attendees had the opportunity to enjoy photos and network. The evening’s highlights were the presentation of the awards by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier, and a special performance from Jennifer Jameena.
Winners were recognized in nine different categories, they were: Designer of the Year, Boutique of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Model of the Year, Hair Stylist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Makeup Artist of the Year, Best Dressed, and Fashion Industry Leader. The winners were determined based upon their body of work and accomplishments.
“I’m grateful to have stepped out and did this on my own. It’s amazing what accomplishments can come forth from taking a leap of faith, and believing in your purpose. I would like to thank all the beautiful people for coming out, and supporting the Style Awards,” said Tara McKnight, winner of makeup artist of the year.
“I have only been in Pittsburgh a little over four years, and it’s an incredible and humbling feeling to know that people are recognizing my hard work,” said Stephanie Taylor, winner of Fashion Industry Leader.
Taylor said she created Style Week Pittsburgh because she saw so much uniqueness and beauty in the city that she decided to dedicate herself to enhancing its fashion community and bringing the old cultural expressive feeling of fashion back.
“Learning about Pittsburgh’s history helped me to see its potential,” Taylor said. “I learned about how Pittsburgh was once an arts and culture mecca; how at one time people from around the country would come here to shop; how diverse it once was.
All of these things helped me to see beyond what my eyes saw when I first arrived as a college student. Once I discovered that Pittsburgh’s fashion scene had a lot to offer, it occurred to me that more people should be aware of that. From boutiques, designers, to fashion trucks, Pittsburgh’s fashion scene is growing.”
A number of notable Pittsburgh companies contributed to Style Week. Sponsors included: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Community Development Corporation, Tap Snap, Commonwealth Press, WAMO, the New Pittsburgh Courier, Yelp and Juan Carlos Silva Photography.
“I’ve been to several events of Style Week over the past years, and this is my third year. To be nominated, and actually win; is incredible. It feels absolutely incredible, I feel so honored and flattered,” Bridgette Perdue said.
Award nominee Jaylee Lemon said, “It’s good to see all these fashion people in Pittsburgh, you really don’t get a chance to see this, this much. To be nominated is an honor, and being recognized as a fashion industry leader in Pittsburgh. With a background in fashion, as far as working in New York, and now to be recognized in my own city, is the best thing, but it’s also the hardest thing. During Style Week, I produced all the runway shows, and it was just a great time.”
2015 STYLE AWARD WINNERS:
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR—Renee Piatt
BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR—Style Truck Mobile Boutique
STYLIST OF THE YEAR—Christina Stein
MODEL OF THE YEAR—Nick Redondo
HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR—Studio RAW
ARTIST OF THE YEAR—Bridgette Perdue
MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR—Tara McKnight
BEST DRESSED—Leigh Solomon-Pugliano
FASHION INDUSTRY LEADER—Stephanie Taylor
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