Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Why buy off the Rack? When You Can Have an Original Design!

Bradford Mumpower has gained fame as an up and coming designer, not only in Pittsburgh, but in New York Fashion Week, and Boston. His Pittsburgh Spring/Summer collection show, was presented to a nearly sold out crowd at the Ace Hotel earlier this year. 

His designs are creative and inventive, without being over the top.  When one watches his Spring collection, you imagine yourself in his designs.  Priced at $48- $350 they are an affordable luxury. With  impeccable attention to detail, the hems are finished, the seams flawless, and each zipper is centered meticulously to create a flawless end product. 

Brad chronicles his design process live in a series of videos he offers on his Facebook page.  Showing his inspiration and the actual construction of his designs in a hands on manner. 

His use of bold prints and sleek silhouettes, result in easy to wear, fun, flirty designs.  (I am especially fond of the fringe! ) The designs are also flattering to any figure type, as he recognizes all women are not a size 0.  His fashions "honor all figures", and his inspiration is drawn from the prints and textiles he hand selects to create his clothing line "Bradford Mumpower". 

Cropped Jacket with Exposed Zipper $248  Pants: Exposed side zipper $198 Sizes XS-XL

Little Black Fringe Dress $228 sizes XS-XL (my personal favorite!)

Little Pink Fringe Dress $228 sizes XS-XL

Pleated Swing Dress with Zipper Strap  $368 sizes XS-XL

A Bradford Mumpower design from 2014 modeled by Amber Nitsche


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Song of Thrones, A Night at the Opera House

The Pittsburgh Opera House was the setting for this year's fashion show "Song of Thrones" to benefit the Pittsburgh Opera.

Capturing the drama of the epic "Game of Thrones" and the pageantry of the Pittsburgh Opera, the fashion show was a visual delight.  Elaborate costumes from the Opera's costume vault, were modeled by Opera Resident Artist, who also offered a sampling of their amazing talent.

Designs by Diana Misetic, were modeled by Daugherty Talent models, with looks ranging form simple elegance to fantasy creations.  Each of Ms. Misetic's  designs are available for purchase at her Shadyside studio, The Little Black Dress.

Following the success of last year's fashion show, Michele Fabrizi, Chair of the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors and President of MARC USA, delivered an astounding masterpiece.
Michele Fabrizi, Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors Chair Person with Barbara Israel

Janet Groom, Pittsburgh Ballet  Costume Designer with Melanie Crockard

Roxana Barad, MD. The picture does not due this outfit justice, just beautiful!

Cecile Elias

Diana Misetic, Designer/ The Little Black Dress Shadyside

Tess and Justie of Studio BOOTH, who did the hair and makeup for the event

Diana Misetic Design

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Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists


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

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