Designers, boutiques take over the city for Pittsburgh Fashion Week

Forget New York, London and Paris — Pittsburgh Fashion Week is the place to preview upcoming Fall, Winter and Spring fashion.

The ‘Burgh’s week of fabulous fashion kicked off downtown Wednesday afternoon with Design Fest, a pop-up market showcasing independent boutiques, fashion influencers and up-and-coming designers from the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

The Wintergarden in PPG Place served as host to the market, which drew in fashion fans from across Western Pennsylvania.

Around 30 designers and boutique-owners set up shop at this year’s first event, and RabbleVID’s Hillary Maglin chatted with a few of them about their merchandise and experiences at Fashion Week so far.

Vintage to Vogue owner Cindy showed a couple of her favorite pieces available at her consignment and new clothing boutique, and talked about her first time at Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

One particularly unique shop at Design Fest was Magnolia on Main, which isn’t really a shop at all — but rather, a mobile fashion boutique. Owners Bernie and Kim, who were also first-time Fashion Weekers, showed off some popular items and explained what it means to be a fashion outlet on-the-go.

Stores like Larrimor’s, a Pittsburgh favorite located in PNC Plaza downtown, brought along their signature luxury flair at the market, boasting designer clothing, fragrances and accessories for both men and women. Manager Andrew pointed out a handful of brand new items for Fall.

Though most designers and boutique owners at Design Fest attended to boost company sales, some displayed their best looks in hopes of bringing attention to bigger issues. The Wight Elephant online boutique owner Victoria donates some of her store’s proceeds to “Save the Elephants” foundation in Africa. Victoria says that as a National American Miss title holder, charity is something that’s long been a part of her life, and because elephants are her favorite animals, The Wight Elephant became her perfect match.

Other popular designers and boutiques who made appearances at Design Fest included Satorious Designs, Gingercake, KLo Rebel Art, Teal Treasures, Too Many Sparkles and more. Check out the full list on Pittsburgh Fashion Week’s website.

Before the week comes to a close, PFW will hold trunk shows, networking receptions, panel discussions, fashion preview events and of course, a few fashion shows.