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Fashion news: Tyra Banks to teach business class at Stanford

| Friday, August 26, 2016 3:57 p.m
In this Oct. 26, 2015 photo, Tyra Banks arrives at Media's Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Banks is trading the catwalk for the classroom. The former host of 'America's Next Top Model' and 'FABLife' will teach students at Stanford University in May 2017.

Tyra Banks to teach business class at Stanford

Tyra Banks is trading the catwalk for the classroom, the Associated Press reports. The former host of “America’s Next Top Model” and “FABLife” will teach students at Stanford University for two weeks in May. She will serve as a guest lecturer for a class on creating and protecting a personal brand.

The university says about 25 graduate students will receive instruction from the mogul and model on how to use media to showcase their business acumen and handle press exposure.

The class will culminate with the students sharing their personal brands to the public through video platforms.

Banks launched a beauty line in 2014.

Trunk shows

• MB Bride, 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg, will have a Vienna Gowns trunk show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3. Designer Jimme Huang will be available to offer advice on homecoming and prom dresses. Receive a 10 percent discount during show days. Details: 724-836-6626 or

• Larrimor’s, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown, will have Isaia and Di Bianco trunk shows from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3. Meet Isaia representative Brian Cook from the high-end menswear line and William White, representative for the DiBianco footwear collection. Details: 412-471-5727 or

Models needed

The Junior League of Pittsburgh invites girls to become models for the American Girl Fashion Show to be held Nov. 12 and 13 at South Hills Country Club, Whitehall. Model searches will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Learning Express Toys of Cranberry and Sept. 10 at Learning Express Toys of Mt. Lebanon. Participants should be at least 6 years old and fit sizes 6, 7 or 10.

The Junior League helps secure access to nutritious food for children living in households below the poverty line.

Details: 412-488-9270 or

It’s show time

House of Fashion Club at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh will host a free viewing of “The First Monday in May” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Downtown school’s first-floor gallery. The film provides a look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events. It follows the creation of “China: Through the Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser.

Details: 412-263-6600 or

Find the right one offers advice on how to find the best dress for your body type:

If you’re an hourglass: The goal is to accentuate your waist. Look for semi-fitted styles that softly follow your curves and show off your waistline, including wraps, fit-and-flared numbers, sheaths, belted shirt dresses and full dresses. Choose medium-weight knits and soft fabrics that drape well. Opt for a more open neckline for a slimming effect.

If you’re a rectangle: The goal is to encourage curves. Look for high necklines to boost your bust, and midriff-defining details (such as belts, draping and ruching) and body-skimming bias cuts to create curves. Not concerned with curves? A-lines and shifts are equally chic options.

If you’re a triangle: The goal is to balance proportions. Offset a heavier bottom with strapless or cut-out styles that broaden your shoulders. Wraps glide over full hips nicely too.

If you’re an inverted triangle: The goal is to pull focus away from your midsection. Look for dresses that do not accent the waistline, such as shifts and subtle A-lines. Basically boxy, generous shapes are your best bet. Do hike up the hemlines to show off your legs.

Timeless pieces lists pieces of jewelry that never go out of style:

Diamond studs: Simple post earrings (be they real diamonds or faux) are a daily go-to. Elegant and subtle, they go with everything.

Thin band rings you can wear alone or stacked: Dainty gold and silver bands are having quite the moment now, but you shouldn’t fear them as a fad. How we stack them might become dated, but not the chic, minimalist rings themselves.

High-shine statement earrings: There’s a time and a place for tiny studs, but sometimes you need a pair of in-your-face earrings that make a major statement. The best part is, you can rock these with that little black dress you’ve worn 36 times and everyone will be too busy complimenting your jewelry to notice the dress repeat. Just keep your earrings in the diamond or crystal color group so they have lasting power for years.

A gold chain that adds attitude: Say you’re wearing a simple black sweater and jeans or a plain sheath. The moment you slip on a gold chain? Next level. The length is important here: Too choker-y and you’ll look like an Instagram-famous teenager: too long and you’ll look like Mr. T. Try for something in the middle. Oh, and keep the rest of your look minimal; this necklace should be the loudest thing you’re wearing.

A classic watch: A sophisticated leather-banded watch says you mean business. Look for a size somewhere between oversized and dainty that’s slightly androgynous (Read: could’ve been passed down from your grandfather—or borrowed from your husband).

— Staff reports

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