ReFined Culture pres. PGH Designers in “The Compilation” Fashion Show

Published On July 24, 2015 | By Hannah Gloeckl | The Arts
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Photo Cred: Kathmandu Artifacts

Fittingly titled “The Compilation,” ReFined Culture, LLC looks to redefine and expand Pittsburgh’s fashion industry by showcasing some of the city’s top designers at their first Pittsburgh fashion show.

Started by mother-son duo, Dianne and Jaylee Lemon, in 2013, ReFined Culture, LLC aims to encourage Pittsburgh’s participation in the fashion industry through model coaching, runway production and personal image/style consulting. Before joining the local fashion scene, Jaylee spent seven years in New York City working within the fashion industry and expanding his own knowledge of industry standards. Together, the duo works to train both models and designers in creating productions that match up with industry levels. “I believe Pittsburgh has a sense of fashion, and what we’re doing is bringing the industry level to Pittsburgh, so people can keep their creativity at a more professional standard,” Jaylee said.

Bringing this collaboration to the stage,”The Compilation” partners ReFined Culture’s models with local designers such as Terry Jolo BrandsKathmandu Artifacts and Lana Neumeyer, as well as New York designer, Samina Mughal. The evening will also include a VIP cocktail hour before the show, a silent auction, and music by Pittsburgh string group Cello Fury throughout the show.

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Photo Cred: Lana Neumeyer

“What they’ll see are things that are [paired] together that normally wouldn’t be, that’s what a Compilation is… We have Terry Jolo who is the professional woman, and Samina Mughal who is the glam girl; Katmandu is very ethnic and brings styles from Nepal, and Lana is very vibrant. We’re also bringing them together with our well-trained models,” Dianne explained.

ReFined Culture also plans to continue collaborating with local designers by bringing back Envoi Boutique – an online boutique for emerging designers to showcase their work – by the end of 2015. “It takes a while to get in stores, and a long time to become a household name. But with the internet, it’s easier and faster to get your work out there,” Dianne said. While working with ReFined Culture, emerging designers will be taught industry standards in regards to production and image.

When asked what he wanted audience members to come away with at the end of the show, Jaylee said: “We want to let everyone know that no matter who you are, no matter your background, fashion is something you never grow out of.”

Check out the latest from Pittsburgh’s fashion scene at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel by purchasing tickets ($75 for VIPs, $35 for regular admission, and $20 for students) for “The Compilation” on July 31. The show begins at 8PM, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

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