Monday, March 5, 2018

Highmark Presents 2018 "Lights! Glamour! Action!

Nearly 700 guests walked the red carpet for the 18th Annual  "Lights! Glamour! Action!" Lining the runway, a new concept for the event, an evening gown design competition.   Each designer displayed their creation and described their inspiration, use of materials, and use of the RATED PGH logo.  Designer included Lisa Marie Bruno, Eva Dixon, Gabriela Droz, Joshua Hodgson, Leesa Kassler, Kelly Long, Gerald Love, Brooke Mordaunt, Stephanie Moye, Bradford Mumpower, Christianna Murray, and Johnathon Robinson.  When the votes were tallied, Brooke Mordaunts gown, modeled by Heather Hubara won the vote.

The evening gown competition was just a small part of this amazing event.  Private tents housed the VIP and sponsors in comfort as they watch the 90th Annual Academy Awards.  Food stations throughout the venue featured short rib sliders, stuffed chicken, and spinach artichoke arancini. For the sweet tooth, models walked the room with clear umbrellas full of cotton candy.

Event planners Shari Zatman and Theresa Kaufman have been executing this event for the past three years and have turned it into the highlight of the Pittsburgh social scene, where everyone has fun.

This event is the major fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Film Office, created in 1990 to respond to the increase in film production in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hundred of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs in the film industry have been promoted by the Pittsburgh Film Office, adding to our local economy.

Stephanie Moye's design modeled by Dana Quinn

Gabrielle Droz design, inspired by the Queen of Hearts

Eva Dixon's amazing evening gown

Christianna Murray's design featuring the Film Office T-shirt transformed into a beautiful bell sleeve

Bradford Mumpower's delightful maze of Pittsburgh 

Hope Marie modeling Leesa Kassler's stunning evening gown creation with a skirt fabricated of 9 yards of organza and a hand created and beaded leather flower accent

Gerald Love's hand painted gown inspired by Spring

Heather Habura modeling Brooke Mordaunt's hand beaded gown, the nights AWARD WINNER!

Joshua Hodgson designed this on trend look of chiffon

Kelly Long's vintage inspired red carpet design

Shari Zatman, standing still long enough for a picture!
With fellow judge and friend Lana Neumeyer


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pittsburgh Film Office "Lights, Glamour, Action!" Runway Fashion Competition

One of the most anticipated events of the year, is fast approaching, The Pittsburgh Film Office "Lights, Glamour, Action!" will take place on Oscar night, Sunday, March 4th, at the David L. Lawrence Convention center.

Sporting the longest red carpet, (actually 2 feet long than the red carpet at the Academy Award), the regal entrance is just the start. Area designers participated in an evening gown design contest, with the finished product on display for the event's guests to judge.   Each designer incorporated the logo "Rated PGH" in their designer.    A panel of fashion industry insiders including Lana Neumeyer, Suzanne Mauro, Michelle Reid, and myself, will also participate in the judging of the gown competition.

Without giving too much away, I would love to share a few pictures of the preliminary viewing, we were privilege to preview!
Check back on Monday, March 5th, for the full story!
To purchase tickets visit:  Pittsburgh Film Office

Eva Dixon Design!  The entire dress will be revealed on Sunday

Heather Hubara in a Brooke Mordaunt design,

Dana Quinn wearing Stephanie Renee Moye

Leesa Kassler design, full details, including photos of the 9 yards of fabric used to create the flowing skirt will be revealed Sunday, March 4 at "Lights, Glamour, Action!"


Thursday, February 1, 2018


Stella McCartney Handbags priced from $1200

Designers used to flaunt the label, “Genuine Leather”.  Handbags and shoes were considered inferior if they were not crafted out of animal skin. However, in our evolving society, consumers are conscious of the suffering that occurs in order to produce a fashionable garment. New, innovative developments in textile technology mimic the look and feel of leather.  MuSkin, is a new type of vegan leather is being produced using the caps of mushrooms.  With a nontoxic tanning process, the final product is water repellent, more breathable than leather and unlike many of the previous vegan leathers, biodegradable.

Design houses like Stella McCartney, established in 2001, offer high end couture clothing, shoes and handbags, all designed and manufactured without the use of animal skins.  Not only is the line committed to ending animal cruelty, it also points out the environmental hazard of the tanning industry.  Using toxic chemicals to tan leather hides including chrome, a known carcinogen, critically high levels of lead, formaldehyde and cyanide, which are known to cause fatal illness and cancer  to nearby residents of the tanning facilities.McCartney’s luxury designs come at a premium price, with the average handbag just around $1200, and a Black “Suede” Pump priced at $755.

Big Buddha bags are animal-friendly, stylish and priced at around $100. Available in a variety of colors and styles, these bags are a great vegan choice.
Through technology animal cruelty is no longer necessary to achieve a luxurious, fashionable garment. With 375 million vegetarians worldwide, and the development of quality  textile alternatives to leather, the vegan fashion progression is here to stay.

Other designers and retailers have followed the fashion progression offering lower cost alternatives Vaute Couture (Houte couture with a V for Vegan), is an independent fashion house by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. She dedicated herself to creating a line taking animals out of the the “fashion equation”, using recyclable and recycled vegan fabrics.

Big Buddha Bag Priced at $42
Stella McCartney Black "Suede" Pump $775
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