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O N T HE C O V E R WRITERS Rachel Morgan, Natasha Roberts, Vicki Vernet, Sarah Holden, Amesh Adalja, MD, Cody Nicole Wiegand, Katherine Reel, Nicole Widdowson
Kelly Osbourne wears a dress from Maria Lucia Hohan, gloves from Maison Martin Margiela and a Alexis Bittar ring. Photography by April Hubal.
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To the Editor, I love the idea of dedicating an entire issue that focuses on men. I hope that MANIAC does this more often. One of my favorite pieces from this issue was Pittsburgh’s MANIAC Men. I loved reading up on our city’s most influential gentlemen. The Pastel Princess photos were on fire as well. It was one of my favorite fashion spreads you’ve had yet. Julianna | Shadyside
SOGNATORE SALON In the July/August issue, we failed to mention Sognatore in our coverage of MANIAC’s Annual White Party. Sognatore was one of the main sponsors of the White Party and provided all hairstyles for the fashion show. MANIAC regrets the omission. Sognatore is located at 1100 Liberty Ave # 1017 Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 391-1181.
CONTENTS September / October 2012
12/ UNDERCOVER Kelly Osbourne
22/ FEATURE Pittsburgh Power Women
28/ FEATURE Fendi Baguette
30/ ART Jeff Koons and Lisa Perry
32/ FASHION Working Women Wanted
43/ HEALTH West Nile
44/ SHOPS PAGE 44
Sleek, Metallic and Film Noir
46/ MUSIC Fun.
50/ TELEVISION Carly Steel
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52/ EVENTS Joe Manganiello at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh
56/ EVENTS Mattress Factory’s Annual Garden Party
60/ EVENTS Kiss me I’m Famous at Savoy
66/ FASHION Indian Summer
70/ BEAUTY Violet Femme
72/ JET-SET Ithaca, Greece
76/ FEATURE Cremation Funeral Care
78/ GUIDE Women-Owned Businesses
84/ MANIAC DRINKS Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh Cocktails
TA K E A B I G G E R B I T E OU T TA L I F E
When it comes to all our Maniac readers out there, we have to admit one of our favorite groups has to be the power women – the strong, creative, entrepreneurial and powerful ladies who give the boys a run for their money. In this issue, we portray every different kind of power woman out there – the businesswomen, Hollywood heavy hitters who just happen to be female, women who have overcome huge obstacles in their life and made it to the other side changed and wanting to make a difference. Did we mention that all these women are fabulous in their own right? They don’t just run the world, they run it wearing do-die-for heels and an equally enviable outfit. When it comes to bad girls gone good, who better for our cover star then the violet-haired Kelly Osbourne? We at MANIAC couldn’t have been more excited to interview such a controversial star – from her notorious mouth to shifting hair colors (lilac being the newest, and our personal favorite,) to discussing fashion of both the ‘Do’ and ‘Don’t’ variety on E!’s Fashion Police, Kelly is a true Maniac in every sense of the word. At the shoot in L.A., our cover star donned couture pieces by Rebecca Minkoff, Chanel and Valentino and sounded off on everything from her famous family to Twitter bullies to her new love Matthew Mosshart. She even brought her very own Maniac Mutt to the shoot – her rescue Pomeranian Sid. We learned many new things about our newest cover star, but one thing stood out above all else– this is one punk rock kid all grown up. This is the new, ladylike Kelly Osbourne. And we couldn’t love it more. But Kelly wasn’t the only woman of power we interviewed. In honor of the issue, we profiled seven leading ladies, all natives to Pittsburgh. Our Women of Power feature perfectly represents everything this issue is about; and these ladies are making a big difference in their hometown and loving every minute. Big news in the fashion world came in the form of the iconic Fendi Baguette’s 15th anniversary this year. This ‘It’ bag first found fame on Sex and the City (another icon in its own right, but that’s another story,) and has since found fame on the arm of nearly every A-lister in Hollywood. We explored the bag’s origin, just why is has acquired such overarching fame and what it really means to be an ‘It’ bag–and everything that comes along with it. In honor of the working woman, we featured a red-hot fashion spread showcasing the career woman and her (very necessary) fashion-forward attire, including designs by Etienne Aigner, Gianvito Rossi, Dieppa Restrepo, Daniella Kallmeyer and the like. After all, these pumps were made for walkin’. Add in an exclusive interview with the newest it band Fun. (period necessary, according to the band,) a few haute Maniac events and even a violet-themed beauty article in honor of Ms. Osbourne, and this makes for one issue MANAIC couldn’t be happier about. And in the meantime, we encourage every Maniac to take a page out of Kelly Osbourne’s book – do what you love and be who you are (purple hair and all) and everything else, to put it simply, doesn’t matter. Love,
Rachel Morgan Editor
Pictured above April Hubal and Rachel Morgan with Kelly Osbourne
UNDERCOVER Maria Lucia Hohan purple dress Ruthie Davis nude pumps Chanel cuff MCL earrings
KELLY OSBOURNE Has Arrived
B Y R A C H E L M O RG A N
P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y A P R I L H U BA L
Kelly Osbourne shows up on location to the MANIAC cover shoot in LA, she’s wearing a studded trucker’s cap, black, menswearinspired flats and a floaty white tunic adorned with a rubber pin of Karl Lagerfeld’s head, shimmering white ponytail and all. She’s carrying a Chanel hatbox and has a fluffy black Pomeranian in tow – Sid, we later learn. She greets us, warning of a lilac hair color that “wasn’t quite right yet.” But we at MANIAC think it’s nothing less than kick ass. The lilac hair has become just as much Kelly’s trademark as her Black Sabbath rocker dad Ozzy Osbourne, her reality star fame or her fashion prowess. We can think of another star with a penchant for hair color –there’s a billboard in LA that shows an illustration of Katy Perry in full costume, complete with lilac hair. Kelly must have seen it too, and much to her chagrin, Perry’s hair color was changed from her signature blue to lilac. “Come on Katy, we’ve been doing this since we were 18!” Kelly says, the first glimpse into her trademark, candid way of speaking that is 1) usually laced with expletives, 2) usually gets her in trouble and 3) makes her one of the most ‘real’ celebs we’ve ever met. Kelly has become a powerhouse all on her own when it comes to her mouthy role on E!’s Fashion Police, dissecting the Do’s and Don’t’s of the fashion world alongside Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos and Joan Rivers. The tomboyish, Doc Marten-wearing kid on The Osbournes has morphed before our eyes into a fashion powerhouse who occasionally dons Chanel, Valentino and the like. Through her role on Fashion Police, Kelly’s had a bit of time to cultivate her own style, describing herself as “the girliest tomboy fashionista you’ll ever meet.” She plays up this fashion sense at the shoot, donning pieces by Rebecca Minkoff, Chanel, Ruthie Davis, Alexis Bittar and one leather and lace Valentino creation, which I die over, in a Rachel Zoe kinda way. Kelly, however, cites Helmut Lang as her go to brand. Do we love her most on Fashion Police because we relate to her transformation into a Valentino-clad angel? Or because she’s as shocking now as the teenager she once was on camera? Of her role on Fashion Police, Kelly puts it simply. “I know I am one of the luckiest girls in the world,” she says. We think so, too. Anyone who attends supermodel and fashion icon Kate Moss’ wedding and walks the runway at Fashion Week’s Heatherette show is one to envy, if you ask us. 14
But her role on Fashion Police isn’t as simple as it seems. Considering the barbs the cast directs at fellow celebs, we know there must be backlash. So celebs actually do get upset when they make the show’s Don’t list? “Um, yeah, they do,” Kelly says. “I’ve never had anyone come up to me and say, ‘Why did you say that?’ I’ve just been accused of saying things the others on the show have said. I’m just the easiest; no one is going to go after Joan!” While we at MANIAC can’t argue with that (who would go against Joan?) It seems to us that the only girl who can pull off the purple hair is also the girl everyone loves to hate. But Kelly still holds on to her humble fashion roots, evident by her nervousness while wearing the aforementioned Valentino. “Get this the f--- off my body before I ruin it,” she says, walking around set stiffly as if the dress itself will split at any moment. Seeing her diminutive frame, it doesn’t seem likely. But Fashion Police isn’t the only project the teenage rebel all grown up has taken on. She’s been on Dancing with the Stars, has released two musical albums – and done various musical collaborations and covers, including a duet with her dad of Black Sabbath’s Changes – was the face of Madonna’s Material Girl line for Fall 2011, and most recently, had a cameo appearance on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. With all she’s done – T.V., music, fashion, on-air hosting, we at MANIAC have to wonder – just why isn’t she bigger? She’s famous, sure. But she’s yet to achieve her big break, the one propelling her to superstardom, transcending her past forays into reality T.V., failed fashion lines, trips to rehab. At the shoot, she even mentions being bumped from the February cover of Lovecat magazine in lieu of indie music phenom Lana Del Rey. “You guys aren’t going to do that to me, are you?” she asks, in a moment of rare insecurity. “I’m really on the cover, right?” Perhaps her familial role of caretaker has something to do with her stalled fame. Her dad famously suffered from substance abuse and had a near fatal all-terrain vehicle accident in 2003; Sharon battled–and survived– colon cancer in 2002. “I’ve lived with my mom almost dying of cancer, and I was in the hospital with her for over two years,” Kelly says. “And my dad’s addiction, my high life, and when he had his [accident] and almost died, I stayed in the hospital by his bedside for 14 days. When he came home from the hospital, I slept on the floor by his bed for two months. We had a full routine, had a special shower built. I had to put a swimsuit on, he had to put a swimsuit on, and I’d brush his teeth, wash his hair. I’m probably one of the only girls who can say I’ve wiped both of my parent’s asses.” And now, with Jack’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis earlier this year, it seems her family has another challenge to deal with. Kelly, who is famously close to her brother, was still in the process of digesting the news when taking a flight weeks after the diagnosis. She, to put it simply, lost it. “I had a moment,” she says. “It hit me on an airplane. It was a moment of weakness and I just couldn’t take it. I had a bad day; I’m not even f---ing sorry.” It seems Kelly is susceptible to the same emotional moments as the rest of us. The difference? When she does it, it’s caught on camera. Yet she admits that it “comes with the territory.” Since then, she’s in a better place. “Now I know more about [MS,] and now I know it isn’t a death sentence,” she says. Kelly is the girl you can’t help rooting for – and we at MANIAC were nothing less than thrilled when she announced her relationship with chef Matthew Mosshart via social media earlier this year. The
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UNDERCOVER Ruthie Davis black spikes Rebecca Minkoff dress Chanel necklace Vintage belt (stylistâ€™s own)
UNDERCOVER announcement was well coordinated by Kelly – and came nearly a year after the two became a couple. “When you’re in a relationship with the world and your boyfriend, it’s difficult,” she says. “All of a sudden, you’re Kelly Osbourne’s boyfriend, you lose your identity,” she says. “I just wanted to get to know him before the world stepped in.” Mosshart is a chef, something that Kelly,
the studio to take smoke breaks, once wearing a silky leopard robe then donning a shimmering purple-gray Maria Lucia Hohan gown, one she initially balked at putting on. The reason? She slammed it on Fashion Police. She tells MANIAC and her stylist that she can’t put it on or else she’ll look like a complete hypocrite. In the end, she gave in, and the results were nothing less than stunning. Taking a drag on her cigarette, she throws the tail of the gauzy purple gown over her shoulder so her fluffy rescue Pomeranian won’t pee on it. This is so very Kelly. One minute she’s perfectly poised with immaculate posture and very British accent in place; the next, she’s taking a drag on a cigarette, letting out an expletiveridden, usually completely true rant about the mean comments she receives on Twitter or the first (and wildly inappropriate) photographer who ever did a shoot with her and spanked her ass. She even sounds off on the famed photographer Terry Richardson, a shutterbug known for his rumored inappropriate conduct on shoots. Richardson, who has shot everyone from Kate Moss to campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, allegedly engages in all kinds of messed up behavior on set – ‘tampon tea’ being the most prominent rumor. Kelly tells us she actually prefers female photographers, probably for that very reason. In fact, after she wears the very unKelly-like Maria Lucia Hohan gown on set, she tells MANIAC: “No one’s ever made me feel as ladylike as you did in that dress.”
The more we realize to stop seeking perfection, the happier we will be.
(who has struggled with her weight for years and now maintains a 50-pound weight loss) doesn’t think is a big deal. Others can’t seem to let it go. “The newest thing people are asking is ‘How does she stay thin with a boyfriend who’s a chef?’” Kelly says. “And I’m like, ‘F--- you.’ It’s not like he’s making me Big Macs.” As of press time, the two were still happily ensconced in coupledom. Kelly, it seems, is a perfect bundle of contradictions–– a couture-loving heavy metal scion, a recovering addict who drinks, a former hot mess all grown up, donning enviable designer gowns and speaking articulately in an interview. She’s the girl the public can’t help but watch, whether to praise or criticize. She’s the girl that we love to love and love to hate. But it seems that after everything, Kelly Osbourne has finally found some peace. “The more we realize to stop seeking perfection, the happier we will be, because there is no person who is perfect,” she says. “There is always going to be someone who’s smarter than you, always going to be someone who’s prettier than you, always going to be someone who has something you want. The grass is always greener on the other side. Love what you have, not what someone else has.” Throughout the interview and shoot, the lilac-haired cover star sneaks outside
UNDERCOVER Maria Lucia Hohan black strapless dress Vintage belt (stylistâ€™s own) Maison Martin Margiela gloves Ruthie Davis pumps Alexis Bittar ringÂ
UNDERCOVER Ruthie Davis black spikes Rebecca Minkoff dress Chanel necklace Vintage belt (stylistâ€™s own)
UNDERCOVER Maria Lucia Hohan creme dress Vintage belt (stylistâ€™s own) Ruthie Davis pumps MCL pink enamel cuff Asos gold spike bangles Alexis Bittar gold cuff Isharya ring
UNDERCOVER Valentino dress Ruthie Davis black spike pumps MCL ringsÂ
We Maniacs are always on the lookout for women kicking ass and taking names. These lovely ladies are our picks for this yearâ€™s list of Pittsburgh power women. B Y R A C H E L M O RG A N
Pictured from left to right: Julia Belechak Jenn Lementowski Kristy Picard Tall Cathy Deb Docherty Alicia Kozakiewicz Kellee Maize
Julia Belechak Company: Miss Universe Organization Role: Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Biggest Achievement: Winning the title of Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Biggest Challenge: Learning how to say no to people. Many times, Iâ€™ll get asked to do multiple appearances in one weekend that will conflict with one another. I hate to disappoint people, so saying no to doing an appearance has been one of the biggest challenges I have had to face during my reign. Favorite Thing about Pittsburgh: The pride Pittsburghers have for their city. Secret to Success: Goal setting. I always make sure I set a clear and distinct goal for myself, and then I do everything in my power to achieve that goal. What Makes You a Woman of Power: As Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, I have been given the opportunity to participate in community service throughout the state. From speaking to underprivileged children about the importance of education to helping children with disabilities, I think my age has helped me become a woman of power. Since I am only 18, I feel children find me more relatable than older adults. Visit https:// www.facebook.com/MissPennsylvaniaTeenUSA or follow her on Twitter @juliabelechak for more info on Julia and her reign. 23
Jenn Lementowski Company: Reflect Boutique Role/position in company: Co-owner, buyer, marketing, bookkeeper, sales, merchandising, PR Biggest achievement to date: We have been extremely blessed over the past two years. We’ve been open in our Settlers Ridge location for nearly two years and we recently opened a second location in Uniontown. This is such a great achievement in itself and we couldn’t be more thankful for all the support we have gotten. Another of our biggest achievements was when we were nominated for Women of the Year through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2011. Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: Opening a business brings on so many challenges: building awareness, bringing customers into the store and [performing] everyday functions to keep a business operating, especially in these hard economical times. It can sometimes be difficult to not become discouraged. Kristy and I also are both young, and sometimes people question how we could be the owners. We may not have the experience that other business owners have, but we have the charisma and passion to chase after our goals and become successful. Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is a city that is full
Kristy Picard Company: Reflect Boutique Role/position in company: Co-owner–buyer, merchandiser, sales, marketing and graphic designer Biggest achievement to date: Being a storeowner at such a young age (24,) a lot of people thought we couldn’t do it or it wouldn’t last. We currently have two stores, one in Robinson Township (Settlers Ridge,) and one in downtown Uniontown and will be doing online sales next month! Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: Getting our name out and letting people know who we are and what we carry. A lot of people still don’t know about us, but this comes from any new business. It takes time. Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is a small market, but a great city with growth and stability. It’s not the fashion capital of the world, but being a person in the fashion industry I can definitely see the growth of fashion. Now that there are more boutiques here, uniqueness is more available! Your secret to success: Faith. You have to believe in yourself. Not everything always goes according to plan, but in the end you always end up where you need to be. Things didn’t go smoothly for us [when we first started,] but with patience and dedication we made it happen. What makes you a women of power? A women of power? I’m not sure about all of that! I think whenever you are blessed to be doing what you want, you need to give back. My business partner Jenn [Lementowski] and I try to do as much around the city as we can, whether it’s charity fashion shows, influencing people to go after their dreams or making donations to local causes. It’s so important to give back and that’s what’s powerful to me. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/ reflectapparelpittsburgh. Reflect Boutique is located at 1920 Settlers Ridge Center Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205, 412-787-2749; and 5 East Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401, 724-550-4040. Online sales coming soon. 24
of opportunities and that is constantly growing. It is definitely not the fashion city of the world, but as more people become involved in the fashion industry, I see great room for improvement. Your secret to success: Never give up! We face obstacles everyday of our lives, and it is important to not let these obstacles stay in our way. My greatest source of success comes from other people’s negativity. I like to prove to people that if you really work hard, fight for what you want, and strive to reach your goals, no obstacles will stand in your way. What makes you a women of power? To me, being a women of power means having the characteristics of being strong-minded, dedicated, passionate, supportive, and encouraging. When Kristy and I opened Reflect, our main purpose was to help the city of Pittsburgh and those living here. We strive to help build up Pittsburgh’s economy and hope to inspire young entrepreneurs to chase after their dreams. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/reflectapparelpittsburgh. Reflect Boutique is located at 1920 Settlers Ridge Center Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205, 412-787-2749; and 5 East Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401, 724-550-4040. Online sales coming soon.
Tall Cathy Company: 96.1 Kiss Pittsburgh, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Role/position in company: On-Air Personality and Assistant Music Director Biggest achievement to date: Being on the radio in my hometown. I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am and to do what I do every day. Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: Trying to stand out in a typically male dominated industry Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: No doubt, the people Your secret to success: Conan O’Brien said it best, “If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen” What makes you a women of power? I laugh a lot and try not to take things too seriously. I’ve found that confidence comes with a positive attitude. To learn more about Tall Cathy, visit http://www.961kiss.com/ pages/tallcathy.html.
Deb Docherty Company: Docherty Model & Talent Agency (with offices in Pittsburgh and Cleveland) Role/position in company: Founder and President Biggest achievement to date: There have been several accomplishments I’m proud of, but most notable is that we’ll be celebrating the agency’s 25th anniversary this year. So much has happened, from growing the business to watching our talent excel in film, television and print. I’m looking forward to what’s next for the company as we continue to evolve. Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: More than 10 years ago,
Company: The Alicia Project Role/position in company: President and Founder Biggest achievement to date: Certainly, it is the passage of my namesake, Alicia’s Law, in Virginia and Texas. I am excited that concerned legislators are now working to implement this law here in Pennsylvania. Alicia’s Law funds the ICACs, the multidisciplinary Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. It was this group of specially trained law enforcement who rescued me from the vicious Internet predator who, in 2002, lured me from my Pittsburgh home and held my 13-year-old self captive in his basement dungeon. Currently, our government funds the ICAC’s at a level allowing investigation of less than 2 percent of the hundreds of thousands of known Internet predators who are trafficking in sadistic crime scene images of child pornography. Alicia’s Law supplies the additional dedicated stream of state funding necessary to rescue these abused, enslaved and trafficked children. It is my dearest wish to extend this child protection into all 50 states. Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: To raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of Internet predation in an era of hypersexualization, especially that of children. All too often, I find that not only the general public, but also, surprisingly, law enforcement and legislators, fail to discern the distinct line which separates adult erotica and child pornography, which are truly crime scene images of brutalized children. Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: As a small big city, feeding every facet of your soul, we offer everything from the arts to delicious cuisine. Good times and good friends are easy to find in Pittsburgh! Your secret to success: In a word: family. When those dark nights threatened to engulf me, they surrounded me with light, love and laughter. There have always been caring hands to catch me when I fell. As far as they were concerned, failure was never a possibility. What makes you a women of power? I have always believed that the true power of women lies in their ability to empower others through shared experience. Whether a government conference or a small classroom, it is my story – my testimony – that rings true. When a young girl pulls me aside after an Alicia Project Internet Safety and Awareness presentation to confide that she is in an online relationship with an older man whom she was intending to meet IRL (in real life) but has now changed her mind, that’s power! The power to save lives. To learn more, visit www. facebook.com/AliciaProject
Company: Näkturnal Role/position in company: I am one of the owners, the unofficial company therapist, and a rapper/singer/songwriter/dancer. Biggest achievement to date: As far as business, I would say co-creating a thriving integrative marketing firm with some of my favorite females on the planet for going on seven years now, is the biggest achievement. In terms of projects, the highlights are our blog www.nakyouout. com, the hundreds of events we have planned, our consistent work with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in promoting their shows, our SEO and sponsorship work with Verve Wellness and our partnership with Pittsburgh Brewing Company (@drinkironcity) in creating the Iron City Sound Platform. In terms of music, we are nearing 1 million downloads and we have almost 3 million collective views on YouTube and about 150,000 followers and fans on social media. This is all exciting, given I am independent. We are now offering our services to other musicians; I am like the happy guinea pig. Biggest challenge in your professional role thus far: Overcoming my ego and that of others to see that, at the end of the day, everyone just wants to be right, be helpful, please others and do the best they can. When you can step beyond that, and unconditionally accept yourself and everyone for the perfection we really are, even with our inherent “faults” and just work hard and make it fun, the real creative magic begins. Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: It would have to be the amazing people. I have so many connections here with friends, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and activists that I love and am inspired by. I think this city is a place of power (even Mayan and Buddhist teachers agree), and I think it creates a culture of change makers. I feel blessed to live here. Your secret to success: Learn from and appreciate mistakes, create positivity no matter what, love everyone and everything you do. Work towards “being the change you wish to see,” everyday, on behalf of the whole planet. What makes you a women of power? I haven’t really put myself into this category before because I think all women (and men) have extraordinary power, it just manifests differently in each person. I suppose my power is the incorporation, into my music and business, of my wish to evolve, every moment, into a being of more love and my belief that I can help others do the same, so we can create a world that works for everyone, without exception. Check out www.nakturnal.net or www.kelleemaize. com/Owltribe.com or on Twitter at @nakturnal or @kelleemaize
we opened a second office in Cleveland. Expanding our services beyond Pittsburgh was a major move for the agency. Growing the Ohio market while maintaining our Pittsburgh market has been a rewarding challenge. Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Our city is a thriving hub for Hollywood and with the commonwealth recognizing our resources as a thriving industry the film and television tax credit is a favorable thing about having a talent agency in Pittsburgh. Your secret to success: I think for those who know me, my secret is no secret at all. My success comes from hard work, determination and a focus on what’s best for the company. At the end of the day the combination of these three things has worked for the continued success of the agency.
What makes you a women of power? My belief is that power can be pulled from within. Having the courage to follow my business instincts and by never giving up even when things are down is empowering for me as an entrepreneur—and a woman. Docherty Model & Talent Agency is located at 109 Market Street in Pittsburgh, 412-765-1400; and 2044 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, 216-522-1300. We provide talent for film, television, radio, theater, web, print and more. For details, including talent representation and to search our online database of talent, visit dochertyagency.com.
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Fendi Baguette Celebrating 15 years as a fashion icon BY VICKI VERNET P H O T O S C O U RT E S Y O F F E N D I .
Fendi is celebrating a rather important milestone this year–the 15th anniversary of their most acclaimed handbag, The Baguette. To mark the event, the luxury Italian fashion house is reissuing six select styles of their beloved Baguette, as well as a new book commemorating said birthday, appropriately titled Fendi Baguette. The 125-page coffee table book, available for purchase in Fendi Boutiques, online and in select booksellers ($125,) is a creation fit for display, even for the most discerning of fashionistas. This colorful narrative within the book’s pages begins with a section marked by the compilation of the most beautiful Baguettes, all crafted out of a wide array of luxury materials, from exotic skins to cashmere. The second delves into the more artistic realm of ornate bags. And the last honors the elite artists who developed limited edition bags sold at auction and for various philanthropic initiatives. With more than 1,000 versions of the Fendi Baguette in existence, it’s no wonder that there is already talk of as second edition of the book. But back to the Baguette. Fendi began as a furrier and leather goods company in Italy in 1925, only to be joined two decades later by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld, the mastermind behind the classic double “F” logo. Lagerfeld would later take the helm as Fendi’s creative director, single handedly reinventing the brand by replacing its formerly used heavy, stiff materials and with sumptuous, soft and entirely more modern alternatives. But it was third generation heir to the Fendi throne Silvia Fendi who must be credited with the creation of the iconic Baguette. In 1997, she applied a concept similar to that of Lagerfeld’s (wearable, soft and luxurious styles) to the design of a new handbag, the Fendi Baguette. “The idea was to design a little bag, minimal, but the concept behind it is huge and rich,” Silvia says. Her faith in a novel idea that went against the grain, coupled with an adherence to quality standards helped garner the bag almost immediate success; spawning the first-ever waiting list for an accessory item, no small feat in itself. In 2000, the Fendi Baguette was presented with the Fashion Group International Accessories Award and forever will be revered as the first “It” bag, paving the way for future designers, collectors and loyal Fendi devotees. Let’s look back on 1997, birthday of our beloved Baguette. Bill Clinton was
inaugurated into his second term as President, Madeleine Albright became the first female secretary of state; James Cameron’s Titanic broke box office records and we mourned the loss of Princess Diana, Mother Teresa and Gianni Versace. Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker took to the streets of New York City as Carrie Bradshaw in the new HBO series Sex and the City. Her favorite companion on these urban strolls? None other than the Fendi Baguette. SJP helped propel the bag to superstardom, while the Baguette, in turn, provided incentive for other fashion houses to have their high end bags, shoes and styles appear on the HBO hit series. It seems fitting that the woman that helped drive the fame of one of the most iconic characters in television history and arguably the most iconic handbag in history would share a true affinity for the brand. Case in point: SJP lent her personal sentiment to the aforementioned Fendi Baguette book, a piece she so fittingly penned herself, honoring the “It” bag’s legacy. It seems everyone recalls their first coveted designer item. I remember receiving my first gift from Tiffany & Co., wrapped up perfectly in that Tiffany-blue box, tied with a crisp white satin ribbon. For just a moment, I was Audrey Hepburn. Other young women across the globe declared themselves to be a “Charlotte” or better yet, a “Carrie,” a role cemented, of course, with ownership of the Fendi Baguette. In commemoration of the bag’s 15th anniversary, six new editions of the bag will be released, each hand-picked by Silvia Fendi herself. The chosen six include the Baguette Gialla, a sumptuous beaded yellow creation; the Baguette Paglia, adorned with black flowers and beading; the Baguette Specchietti, inspired by the Baroque mirrors in Silvia’s mother’s home; the Rio De Janiero-inspired Baguette Tucano; the Baguette Zucca, boasting bright yellow blooms overlaying the classic Fendi monogram; and the Baguette Jeans, a denim version with a cheerful spray of colorful flowers. All boast the trademark slender shape of the Baguette, its signature texture and of course, a dose of fabulousness that can only be procured by owning an “It” bag. As Silvia Fendi says of the Baguette, it is meant “to be carried under your arm, near to your heart.” And so it seems that many still hold a special place in their hearts for the Fendi Baguette. Happy Birthday Fendi Baguette! Here’s to many more.
ART Lisa Perry’s newest collection is a whimsical take on one of our favorite artist’s most iconic pieces. From the Pink Panther to a delectable ice cream sundae, all fashioned into high-fashion garments, of course, we at MANIAC just can’t get enough. BY SARAH HOLDEN P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U RT E S Y L I S A P E R RY
Lisa Perry’s limited edition capsule collection inspired by Jeff Koons is not your typical collection. It’s a little more…shall we say, artsy? Perry’s newest collection – her third collaboration with artists – showcases some of Koons’ most iconic works: Loopy, Monkeys, Rabbit, Monkey Train and of course, Pink Panther. These well-known artworks found their way onto jackets, dresses, t-shirts and even served as the inspiration behind handbags and jewelry. But if you knew anything about Lisa Perry’s style, then an art-inspired collaboration should come as no surprise. Perry, a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, started designing in 2006. By 2007, Lisa Perry Style was born. A lover of 1960s and early ‘70s vintage and couture, Perry’s aesthetic is ruled by clean lines, geometric shapes and vibrant color – all served up with just a dash of whimsy. A modern take on the fashions of this era, the brand has since expanded to include distribution to retail giants such as Barneys in New York and Beverly Hills, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Harrod’s in London - and of course the Lisa Perry Boutique on New York’s Madison Avenue. Using contemporary art as inspiration is nothing new to Perry’s business model. In the past, she has made memorable pieces inspired by the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, in 2010 and 2011, respectively. But it seems a collaboration between Perry and Koons was written in the stars. Perry, whose designs are a timeless take on ‘60’s and ‘70s fashions, was inspired by Koons’ bright colors and imagery and pop art inspirations. They were, for lack of a better term, two peas in a pod. This collaboration was a bit different from her others, as Perry was able to actually collaborate with a live artist. In turn, Koons gave Perry access to his entire collection of artwork in order to create the collection.
Koons is no stranger to the spotlight himself. One of the most celebrated artists of his generation, his work is showcased in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Guggenheim. His style, like Perry’s, has a distinctly graphic feel, with bold colors and lines. The results are a true testament to Koons’ remarkable career, in the form of some seriously enviable fashion-forward pieces. And we at MANIAC would expect nothing less from a respected designer such as Perry. Take the Pink Panther dress, which boasts a sequined, simply adorable Pink Panther on the back of an otherwise simple white frock. Or another dress, inspired by the ice-cream portion of Koons’s 1999 oil painting Loopy, which takes the form of a perfectly delicious silk chiffon frock with an overdose of whimsy that even Katy Perry would appreciate. The Monkey Train dress uses one of Koons’s silkscreen Monkey Train paintings, and the only jacket in the collection has an image of Koons’s famous Rabbit sculpture, a stainless steel piece he created in 1986. The collection also boasts accessories and handbags. And like most art, you pay in spades for an original. Handbags and accessories start at $295; t-shirts, dresses and jackets will retail for $150-$4,500. The collection is available for purchase exclusively at the Lisa Perry Madison Avenue boutique located at 988 Madison Avenue and at www. lisaperrystyle.com. For availability, please contact the Madison Ave. boutique or call 212.334.1956. A portion of the collection’s first week of sales benefited The Koons Family Institute, a program that works with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. Founded by the Koons family, the institute helps conduct and commission research about the status of the worldwide exploitation of children and child protection legislation.
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THIS BITES WEST NILE VIRUS APPEARING “LIVE” IN ALLEGHENY COUNT Y While mosquitoes are a common nuisance in the summer months in this region, their presence can be a harbinger for a far more serious issue than the itch that remains after one takes a blood meal from a human. While most people are aware of the risks of mosquito bites in tropical locations that include the transmission of such diseases as dengue fever and malaria, a bite from an Allegheny County mosquito can—in the right circumstances—transmit the West Nile Virus.
In those that go on to develop neurologic/ brain disease, a week of fever will lead to more serious symptoms including: paralysis, seizures, abnormalities in eye movement, confusion, tremors and spasms. When those symptoms are present, hospitalization is necessary. Of those hospitalized with neurologic disease, 4-14 percent may die from the infection. Risk factors for severe cases include those with immune system problems, advanced age and pregnancy. There is not a standard treatment for this disease although some physicians may administer antibody products (IVIG) that may have some benefit. No vaccine is available.
IMPLICATIONS FOR ALLEGHENY COUNT Y Over the last 10 years, Allegheny County has been testing mosquitoes for the presence of the virus. This year, on May 18, a mosquito from Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood tested positive—the earliest positive sample since the testing program began. It is thought that an early start to spring weather this year is responsible for earlier mosquito activity. No human cases have occurred thus far.
ELIMINATE STANDING WATER OUT OF AFRICA West Nile virus is responsible for causing the illnesses West Nile Fever, which, in its most serious manifestation, can cause encephalitis (infection of the brain). The virus is transmitted via the bite of a specific type of mosquito of the Culex variety and was first isolated in the 1930s in Africa. It was soon shown to be transmitted between birds through mosquito bites. The virus was geographically restricted to the eastern hemisphere until 1999, when an outbreak occurred in New York City. The virus subsequently spread throughout the United States and in 2003, 10,000 cases occurred in this country. It remains unclear how the virus exactly made the transit to the United States, but likely routes include: a stowaway mosquito, bird migrations or an infected traveler who was subsequently bit by a mosquito in New York City.
MOST CASES ARE SYMPTOMLESS BUT SOME ARE DEADLY Although, West Nile Virus can cause devastating illness, the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic. Approximately 20 percent of infected patients develop a fever and less than 1 percent will develop brain disease. The chief symptoms of West Nile Fever include flulike symptoms that develop after about a week of infection such as: s Fevers s Muscle aches s Joint aches s Rash in about half the cases s Headache s Backache
Given that there is no vaccine, the chief means of combating West Nile Virus will be for individuals to take initiative to remove mosquito breeding sites on their properties and neighborhoods. Standing water in which mosquitoes lay eggs are the main culprit and are apparent all over the area. Bird baths, pots and old tires are common offenders. Spraying and larvacides are helpful to control mosquito populations but, unless breeding sites are eliminated, will only go so far. Additionally, an individual should avoid mosquito prone areas when possible and, if entering such areas, use mosquito repellent skin products. Dr. Adalja, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is a board certified infectious disease physician. Contact him at AmeshAA@aol.com 43
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FOREVER YOUNG MANIAC Magazine sits down with summer’s it band Fun. to pick their brains about everything from how music videos aren’t dead to maniacal eating postconcerts to what it’s really like to be the band behind summer’s unofficial anthem. I N T E RV I E W B Y N ATA S H A RO B E RT S P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y L I N D S E Y B Y R N E S A N D DA N I E L S I L B E RT
MANIAC Magazine landed a sit-down with one of the coolest bands around: Fun. You may know them as “the guys who sing the catchiest song ever,” but these talented friends are enjoying their reign on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, the first alternative song to top it since Coldplay in 2008. Before their sold-out June 15 concert at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Nate, Andrew and Jack shared their thoughts on superstardom, their upcoming European tour, and the driving forces behind their infectious sound. We Are Young is the 2012 summer anthem, and you guys are blowing up! Tell me, what are the main differences between your albums Aim and Ignite and Some Nights? 46
Jack: The big difference is [like] in a relationship: you have X amount of months to tell all your stories use all your jokes, and pull out all your tricks. And so, I think that was something that was subconsciously in our heads about looking in different directions and Some Nights, that was about being a little more calm and trying to go bigger by doing a little less, by trusting other people that when they hear it, they’ll understand it without us having to explain it. I think on Aim and Ignite, there was a lot of explaining. You guys have a very distinct style, even down to your band name, Fun., with a period. How would you describe your style?
Nate: We like the name fun because it felt like such a big word, but when you look at it, it’s three letters, very subdued. And the period happened [because] a Finnish death metal band had the name Fun and we thought that the period would be perfect. [The period] helps understate us. And we want to try and make everything as much about the music as possible and not be too suggestive or over the top. Speaking of the music, what producers are your favorite to work with? Nate: Well we were really lucky, everybody that we’ve worked with are all unbelievable people. For our first album, Steve McDonald gave us a little more free reign and was a great coach in the process. He’s just a really talented guy. And for the last album, we worked with a couple of Kanye West’s people, Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haney and it was just really cool to work with them because they came from a hip-hop background and with us being a rock band, it was amazing to see how they approached production; how they approached recording was really fascinating and inspiring. That was a big thing for this album, was being inspired by things that we didn’t know.
You mentioned that you worked with Kanye West’s people. Is that how you ended up working with Janelle Monáe on We Are Young? Nate: No, that was our producer Jeff. He was backstage at a Bruno Mars show working with Bruno, and he just played her the song. He was so excited about it and asked her if she would sing on it, we always wanted a female vocal right there, and we didn’t think we’d get someone like her. It’s cool to do a collaboration like that because I feel like a lot of collaborations these days are just labels just putting two people that are really cool together. And that’s just a
put faces to these sounds and visual ideas to the sounds, too. So there are still people working really hard. Like Lady Gaga for example, she makes short films [with her videos.] Or Kanye, who made the Runaway film, that was pretty intense. There are still people working really hard to make art. Nate: Yes, we’ve been really lucky with the people we’ve working with, especially for this album. The videos aren’t just following the lyrics. The lyrics are a story, and it’s almost a different visual interpretation of the song – that’s always the best way to approach a video. So what’s next up? You’re kicking off your European Tour in Amsterdam and playing in Australia in July. Nate: I don’t want to say we’re coasting right now, but we’re on a roll. We’re just having a great freaking time doing it. I think that a lot of the success that we’ve had afford us to bring out lights and do different cool things with production. And we’re just as in awe of those things as the people that come to the shows, so as long as we get to have those things and these new experiences.
MANIAC music Like we just played [Bonnaroo} last week and it was one of my favorite shows ever. I think it’s going to be awesome to play in Europe because we just spent three weeks doing promo there and so to go and finally play, [since] the album’s doing so well there. It’s nice to know that the world is a lot smaller than you think. What’s been your most MANIAC moment while you’ve been touring? Jack: It’s probably been related to food. Those are moment where I can speak for the three of us, we have no control. A pizza and something else and nine other things at 1 a.m. and you said you weren’t going to eat before bed. Ten minutes later, you’ve had 5,000 calories and don’t know what happened. I think that that sort of maniacal, unable to stop yourself thing happens to us late at night with gross food, like college students. Andrew: I always tell myself I deserve it. ‘I worked really hard today. It’s been a long day. I didn’t eat that much. I’m going to have like 12 pieces of pizza.’” Nate: Yea I finish the set and I’m like ‘you have to reward yourself for something.’ I’m on this massive, crazy trip and there’s really nothing left to do after the show than find as much food as possible. Jack: Sometimes we eat as hard as we play.
testament to Janelle because she only does the things that she is inspired by. Going back to production, your music videos are so complimentary to your songs, and so well thought out. Are you involved at all in the creative aspect of your music video production? Jack: I think that the “music videos are dead” thing is kind of untrue. We Are Young has been viewed 80 million times on YouTube and that’s just one website. Growing up in the ‘90s and being brought up with [both] an image with a song, I almost think of the video more than the song. It inspires us to make great videos and not be like “we have to make a video.” Andrew: The visual element as a part of what we’re trying to do is pretty strong and pretty important to us. And even though there’s no TRL, there are people who are hungry for that visual element that want to 47
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Most people would consider a job at Vogue or an exclusive interview with Richard Gere to happen at the height of their career. But for Carly Steel, she was just getting started. A combination drive for success and fear of failure has consistently served as Steel’s motivation. In a phone interview with MANIAC, she describes herself as “the duality of quality but also with a fun sensibility.” She added that the “misconception is that I’m really formal and conservative, but I like to be silly, play pranks and have fun.” With a hint of her British accent peeking through, she explained that her brand is “like a cheeky Grace Kelly—with a wink and a nod.” And what a brand it is. Currently a host for the TV Guide Network and EPIX News, Steel has quite a dossier of experience, from parts in He’s Just Not That Into You to Unstoppable with Denzel Washington to a former fashion position at Vogue to on-air hosting for E!Online and the Style Network. She’s acted in The Bold and the Beautiful and the CW’s hidden camera show H8R. As a regular host on the TV Guide Network, Steel covers awards shows, fashion, entertainment, movies and the like. She also covers the red carpet for Dick Clark Productions, covering awards shows like the American Music Awards, and red carpet coverage at the TV Guide Academy Awards with The Bachelor royalty Chris Harrison. Steel, it seems, has firmly established herself as one to watch. While she loves covering events for TV Guide Network, EPIX, Livestream and NowLive/NEP, she’s the first to admit that her job has its challenges. “My job as a host is to get the person to feel comfortable and to open up in the way they would with a friend,” she says. In order to prepare for the unpredictable nature of the job, Steel divulged that she in fact takes improv classes – just to keep her on her well-heeled toes. Speaking of footwear, Steel even has a shoe named after her, the “Carly” wedge by Aruna Seth. While we at MANIAC see this winsome Brit as a surefire woman of power, she balks at the idea. “As a Brit, we never like to talk ourselves up,” she says. Branding oneself in a positive way is something that can at times be difficult, she says. Speaking of brands, Steel is also a brand representative for luxury car company Audi. In true Renaissance woman form, Steel has embarked upon another venture – her blog, Scene Steeler, which, appropriately so, given Steel’s experience, “forecasts trends in
TELEVISION an entertainment and lifestyle forum.” Being fashion maniacs ourselves, we of course had to ask Steel for some of her predictions. Her take? Watch for “the flapper look as inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and the new season of Downtown Abbey.” As for up-and-coming Hollywood celebrities, she said to take note of Aaron Johnson in Anna Karenina and actress Sarah Gadon in Cosmopolis. For all the little Maniacs who want to break into the industry, Steel has sound advice. “Pursue your passion. Give it a shot.” This, according to Steel, requires “a combination of experience, discipline and luck.” Steel’s own good luck came in the form of none other than hosting royalty Giuliana Rancic of E! News. Steel was in New York at the time, working at her first job at Vogue (also worthy opportunity, if we do say so ourselves.) It was the day of the famed Met Ball and while in line at Starbucks, a then 20-year old Steel spotted Rancic (then DePandi) ahead of her in line – and subsequently debated
for five minutes or so as to say hello, as this is something that went against her British decorum. Steel did approach Rancic, who as expected, was nothing less than delightful, putting Steel in touch with an executive producer of E! News. Steel got the interview, got the job and began doing interviews for E! Online. This led to Steel’s first movie junket with the aforementioned Richard Gere. When it comes down to it, Steel just wants one thing. “I just want to entertain people,” she said, “make them laugh and give them a different viewpoint.” We say, mission accomplished. Connect with Carly Steel on Whosay.com, Twitter and Facebook, and look for her this fall on the red carpet, kicking off awards season at the Emmys.
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True Blood Star Joe Manganiello Parties with MANIAC at First-Ever Men’s Issue Launch Party B Y C O DY N I C O L E W I E G A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y S A R A H H O L D E N, B I L L S C H M I T T A N D K AT E LY N RO S E P E T R A I T I S
Hearts raced and jaws dropped when Pittsburgh native and True Blood star Joe Manganiello entered Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh for MANIAC’s first-ever Men’s Issue launch party. Hype for the July/August cover was unlike any other, and with Joe’s sexy stature gracing the cover, it came to no surprise. Anxious guests lined the red carpet awaiting entrance to Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, where Joe himself stopped to pose in front of some stylish Mini Coopers. Before the night fully began, Joe answered some burning questions from Pittsburgh press. Interviews and photo ops were conducted by KDKA/WPCW, WPXI, Kiss FM, Star 100.7, Yelp, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Ian Smith. Inside, people gathered around tabletops, devouring delectable dishes from Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh and sampling sweet treats from Priory Fine Pastries. Partygoers also sipped on beverages, including the signature drink of the night, the True Blood cocktail, one purely inspired by the hit HBO show. VIP attendees enjoyed bottles of I.C. Light Berry, courtesy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, as they awaited a meet-and-greet with the masculine 6’5 celeb, who also starred in this summer’s blockbuster hit Magic Mike. MANIAC fans and Trubies alike posed for photos with Joe in the VIP room. Some were even lucky enough to walk away with a signed copy of the issue. In honor of Manganiello’s werewolf alter ego on True Blood, Ice Creations carved an incredible werewolf ice sculpture; and Lee Terbosic brought the magic, performing card tricks that wowed the crowd. A silent auction was organized to benefit a charity that is dear to Manganiello’s heart—Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Donations poured in to help raise money. Donors that contributed items for the baskets included MCG Jazz, Ilori, Urban Dog, Reflect Apparel, Billy Jealousy, Southern Wine, Harmony Salon, EsSpa Kozmetika, Pamela Salai, Dr. Fitzgerald, Rollier’s Hardware, Nadia Salon, XShadyside, Spa Jema, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sabika Jewelry, Brush Footwear and Simple Sugars. With more than 350 attendees, the first ever Men’s Issue launch party was a success. Special thanks to Julian Vallozzi for collaborating with MANIAC in hosting this event and to Joe Manganiello for flying back to his hometown to help us celebrate in style. 52
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The Mattress Factory’s annual Garden Party was once again one hell of an event. The Urban Garden Party: Alice at the Factory was held on Friday, June 15 at the Mattress Factory Art Museum. The Alice in Wonderland-themed fête called for funky décor to the likes of psychedelic rabbit holes, oversized chess pieces and large screens that projected the classic Disney flick. About 1,300 guests attended the soirée, many of them devoted annual attendees. The proceeds from the party benefitted the Mattress Factory’s art museum, a unique and contemporary space that specializes in full-room installations. Prior to the event’s official kick-off, a VIP Pre-Party took place, where VIP ticket holders noshed on delicious dishes from All in Good Taste Productions and sipped on cocktails from Penn Brewery, Bossa Nova and Wigle Whiskey. Once the party officially kicked off at 7 p.m., guests made their way to the tented outdoor space, where they danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Zimmie and DJ Eli Escobar. With 40 restaurants and caterers donating food, drinks, and desserts, no one went home hungry from this bash. Audi Dealers of Pittsburgh and UPMC were the main sponsors for the Garden Party, which was chaired by Susan and Scott Lammie of UPMC Health Plan. The highly anticipated event went off without a hitch and was once again one of Pittsburgh’s must-attend events. While we at MANIAC can’t be sure what actually transpired down the rabbit hole, we know one thing: we can’t wait until next year. 57
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Savoy hosted the first of its weekly Wednesday “Kiss Me I’m Famous” Dinner Parties June 27, hosted by Kiss FM’s Tall Cathy and Willie Colon and DJ-ed by DJ Scottro. These luxe bashes are sure to become must-attend events. Savoy is partnering with 96.1 Kiss FM for each weekly event, hosting a dinner party from 6-8 p.m. and an after party in the lounge from 10 p.m. -12 a.m. afterward, where DJ Scottro will provide the music. Each dinner party will feature a special celebrity guest and are slated for each Wednesday until the end of the year. The dinner parties feature various specials, such as half-off appetizers, $6 martinis and $3 beer from 6-8 p.m. For those with a more refined taste, the specialty drinks are the Strawberry Lemonade “Tall Cathy Martini” and the Clique Vodka “The Good Life” Cocktail. The event is cosponsored by Savoy and Kiss FM. While we don’t know all the celebrity hosts just yet, one thing’s for sure – these events are sure to get you through your hump day in style.
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dedicate to being a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. He’s lost 40 pounds and feels better than ever. “I prefer to be called a spokesmodel, but I can’t contractually get them to agree to call me that,” Mathews joked. “[Losing weight] is so doable. I’ve always been an idiot when it comes to food, I don’t understand it. Jenny Craig armed me with the knowledge of how to eat and there are really no bad foods.” E! named Mathews one of the 30 most outrageous celebrities, but he insists he’s rather boring. “I get to do fancy things, but on a normal day to day basis I don’t want outrageous. I just want a nice life,” Mathews said. “Brunch, happy hour, staying home with my dogs and watching my DVR make me terribly happy.” Mathews’ guilty pleasures include Chopped on The Food Network and House Hunters on HGTV, although he said he watches anything related to food, real estate or design. And he thoroughly enjoys Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Modern Family. Mathews is currently touring the nation, speaking at colleges. He talks about his
success and encourages students to follow their dreams. “I tell kids it’s totally possible. It’s really hard, but if you do it, it’s worth it,” he said. The student government arranges to have Mathews speak at each school, which inevitability brings him back to his glory days. “I was at the University of Central Florida and joined the kids at the bar afterwards,” he said. “I bought everyone a round.” It’s no doubt that Mathews is going to be a constant in pop culture very soon. But how does he himself in the next five to 10 years? “Really in shape,” he said. “I’ll have a successful show, a baby or two and a pool. You know you made it when you get a pool. That’s the dream. I’ll lounge next to it with my really toned body.” Mathews resides in Los Angeles with his partner Salvador and his two dogs, Louise and Mijo. Follow him on his blog, helloross. com.
PINK PARTY WITH A PURPOSE Pittsburgh’s finest – dressed to impress in pink– came out in droves for the annual event. BY SARAH HOLDEN
The second annual Pink Party with a Purpose was once again the place to see and be seen – in pink, of course. Hosted at Villa Southside on Saturday, July 28, the fete benefitted the Pittsburgh chapter of The Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The event was organized and founded by Michele Garris. Encouraged attire for women was, of course, pink, while men were told to “dress to impress.” Inside, guests were treated with desserts and hors d’oeuvres, but the main event of the night was definitely the Chelsea’s of New York fashion show, a parade of long legs, high heels and of course, a plethora of pink. Designs by Glamour House, J. Valentine, Kamala Collection and Roma Costume were showcased at the fashion show, which was emceed by Frank Murgia, a Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest alumni. Another highlight of the night included a raffle prize giveaway, featuring donated items from Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Salon Vivace, Massage Envy, Macy’s and Chelsea’s of New York. com. Additional sponsors for the event included Chelsea’s of New York.com, Clique Vodka, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salon Vivace of Treesdale, and BarSmart.com.
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Maniac Escape Take a break from your iPhone and endless stream of emails to visit the remote island of Ithaca, Greece.
etting wrapped up in your mundane routine of eat, sleep, work and repeat? We’re all guilty of daydreaming of leaving our everyday lives behind, if only for a little while, and frolicking in the golden sands of a remote land. While there are many tropically inclined beach vacations one can choose from, we at MANIAC turn to Ithaca, Greece. While its breathtaking landscapes and generous libations are something to envy, it’s the island’s remoteness that lures us in – after all, who doesn’t need to detach one’s hand from said iPhone and its ever-texting, typing, Instagramming and emailing and simply just relax? Ithaca, which originally gained infamy from Homer’s mythical tale starring the fictional hero Odysseus, is actually a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, one of the seven islands that make up the Ionian Islands. It’s a tiny bit of land, but 45 square miles. It’s also pretty remote – no direct flights for you here. Nope, travel the Ithaca is done solely by ferry. How quaint. Within Ithaca is the village of Vathy, both the island’s capital and our location of choice. A true comeback story if there ever was one, the neo-classically-inspired town was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1956, but upon walking down its charming streets, no one will ever be the wiser. Restaurants and tavernas line the waterside, white and blue umbrellas pay homage to the homeland, and the pavements are filled daily with Vathy’s eclectic community.
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MANIAC jet set SLEEP THE NIGHT AWAY And where should you stay on this bucolic island? Our pick is the Perantzada 1811 Art Hotel. A delectable boutique hotel located on Ithaca, against the shimmering blue green waters of the Mediterranean harbor, this is the perfect fit for the more art-inclined Maniacs, as the 12-room boutique hotel boasts work by contemporary designers such as Varner Panton, Tom Dixon, and the celebrated Philippe Starck, the Perantzada also displays work from Greek artists such as Nikos-Yiorgos Papoutsidis and Antonis Kyriakoulis. The rooms themselves are mostly white, as is the classic Greek way. However, bits of pop-culture inspired touches and artwork abound, making it as visually appearing as it is comfortable. The view isn’t half bad either, offering uninterrupted views of the village of Vathy. We picked Vathy for not only its size – it’s the largest village in Ithaca- but for the nightlife and population as well. After all, we know most Maniacs need to quench their taste for nightlife as well as relax on any given getaway. Vathy’s infrastructure, like most in Greece, revolves around a deep, sloping bay. Along the water are the village’s hotels, restaurants, tavernas and various other nightspots.
SOAK UP THE SUN But it wouldn’t be a proper vacation without some serious beach time. In addition to Vathy, Ithaca boasts a number of picturesque beaches, from the whitepebbled, well-developed Filiatro, the beach nearest to Vathy, to the further, but equally breathtaking Rachi, which sits on the northern side of Ithaca. Aetos is another popular beach, as it boasts Greece’s trademark crystal water, has pebbled sand, and is also ideal for those who choose to travel the high seas in style, as it’s perfect for yachts and even fishing boats. The beach at Frikes is a high season tourist favorite – and with good reason. The beach is not only beautiful but is both shaded and protected from the wind by Marmakas Mountain. At Frikes Beach, you can stay in a nearby hotel, eat at local taverna or even make a night of it, hitting up the several nightclubs located in the near vicinity. For those who prefer a less developed beach, Skinos Beach is a naturist’s paradise. Relatively noncommercial and unspoiled, the water boasts a dazzling greenish blue tint, and the beach is littered with pebbles and larger rocks. While we only recommend this beach to those with a flair for adventure – bringing your own supplies, food and drink is necessary, the shaded, unspoiled stretch of beach is worth every effort.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT Of course, a great vacation always includes an abundance of fabulous food and libations. Ithaca may be little, but its inhabitants know how to eat. As you wander the streets in search of a bite and a drink, be sure to check out these places fit for any maniac. When it comes to Greek food, there’s nothing better than a traditional Greek taverna. Enter O Nikos, what most hail as one of Vathy’s best. The menu consists of classic Greek dishes, as well as fresh fish, and al fresco dining can’t be beat. Dimitri’s Restaurant has one of the best views in all the island. And this Greek eatery doesn’t just rely on that; the menu boasts traditional Greek fare such as Tzagiki, feta cheese and spinach pies. Whatever you order at Dimitri’s, we can guarantee you this – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re in the mood for something a little more hole-in-the-wall, the family-run Zois Grill & Taverna is your spot. Also a plus – this eatery serves Mythos, a traditional Greek beer. Another must hit-spot is Odysseas, which offers food fit for the gods (much like its mythical namesake.) The menu for this seaside restaurant is also big on fresh fish and traditional Greek dishes, such as the much-beloved traditional Greek seafood as well as the much beloved moussaka.
DOLLA BILLS As all you maniacs know, no vacation would be complete without a little retail therapy. Ithaca doesn’t disappoint in this ear. If you’re into sparkly baubles (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) Amfitriti in Kioni sells jewelry of the gold, silver and the uniquely Greek variety. This boutique also features traditional Greek keepsakes (or souvenirs, if you will,) such as religious icons and handmade rugs. For the textile obsessed, Ithaca Embroideries in Vathy is a must-see. Sumptuous bedding and various other embroidery are sold here – and the look, doesn’t disappoint. For those more fashion-minded, Odysseia One of a Kind Clothing in Kioni is your spot. This boutique offers everything from gorgeous clothes to jewelry and accessories. Count us in. With the desire to break away from our ordinary routine of everyday life, Ithaca is the ultimate escape. It is a traveler’s utopia in a secluded little corner of the world. A place where you can eat, sleep, drink, repeat. And you don’t mind at all.
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It’s hard to lose a loved one. Danielle Andy Belusko understands this more than most, and believes that it’s important to treat each passing with care and comfort. Enter Cremation & Funeral Care, Belusko’s Peters Township-based business. Belusko brought on licensed funeral director Erin Hess to join her in the women-owned and operated business, one drastically different than most other in the area. Unlike most in the funeral business, both Hess and Belusko are first generation in the funeral care business. In addition, Belusko took on a decidedly more hospitality-based approach. Belusko, who is married with three children, has worked in funeral care for more than 20 years. The stunning brunette graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with a degree in Funeral Service Arts and Science and Robert Morris University with a business degree. MANIAC sits down with Belusko to talk about family, business, and how she’s revolutionizing the business.
FEATURE You and your family are really modernizing the funeral business - tell me the thinking behind your unique approach? My approach is to discover a more nurturing brand of funeral care. In life, we typically turn to our mothers, sisters, and wives for compassion and comfort, so it’s only natural to rely on women when we are going through difficult times or lose a loved one. We apply this same maternal approach to funeral and cremation services. We believe that the focus should be on celebrating the loving memories of the person with your family and friends, rather than the death of the person. We’ve turned funeral service into hospitality service. Tell me about what makes your business different. Oh my gosh, where do we start? For one, it’s in our name. We are putting emphasis on cremation. Cremation will be the first choice for most people in the future. Erin and I are not personally biased, and do not prefer one way or the other. However, it is what people want to do in 2012, and it is the future. And two, the facility was designed in order to facilitate people gathering together, starting with our Hospitality Suite. When you first walk in, our suite provides the comfort of sitting and enjoying Starbucks coffee and cookies. We also offer a café. Our goal is to offer a warm reception from front door to back door and the entire experience at Cremation & Funeral Care was planned with hospitality in mind. Families will be able to greet and visit with their friends and family in comfort. And thirdly, every industry has improved; shopping, restaurants, hotels – everything has gotten better. Why not funeral care? Tell me about your previous experience in the funeral business before opening your own. It was a traditional experience like most funeral homes, and that is how I realized that families are looking for more options and alternatives. They need more hospitality and compassion. Owning my own funeral home is the only way that I can practice what I believe, by providing a service to families and being responsible for their needs. I wanted to do things very differently and most of the industry would not tolerate change.
So what exactly did you want to do differently? Everything. Erin and I personally go to the family’s home when somebody passes to make arrangements. We have Starbucks coffee, freshly brewed, cookies, and ice water with lemons. Our family suites, children’s rooms, and café are all places that provide families with their own comfortable space. Erin and I are professional women with Bachelor’s degrees and don’t feel the need to dress in a stuffy suit to look professional. Instead, we wear dressy casual attire which we feel helps to make the experience of a funeral home more comfortable. We are just normal people. Your facility is really beautiful - more akin to a spa or luxury hotel than a funeral home - why? We planned it that way! I am so in debt to McLaughlin Builders and Collaborate Design. They had my heart from day one and they understood my vision. I could not be happier with the way everything turned out. Tell me about working with Erin Hess are you two partners? How did you find each other? We worked together at Bogan Wolf Funeral Home in Bridgeville years ago, and
we connected immediately in not only our personalities but in they way we feel about people. Prior to when I opened, I reached out to her and asked her to come work with me. We both have the same focus–caring for families. You’re a female business owner - what have been the challenges of this? None! It’s been all positive feedback. The mortuary school has asked to visit because they have more than 65 percent women enrolled in the mortuary program. I think being a woman in this industry is natural and being a business owner means taking leadership. Change is positive and the industry as a whole is changing. Why do you do what you do? I have been asked that question a thousand times. I do what I do for the families. When I receive that thank you at the end, I know I have made it as pleasant as possible for the families. I take great pride simply by putting a smile on someone else’s face or making someone’s life easier.
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Amelia Roncone has been in the food industry ever since she was a young girl.
Dani’s Hair Loft is a stylish, posh salon that is easily every woman’s dream.
She worked behind concession stands as a child and at restaurants as she grew
Danielle Danzuso first opened the McKees Rocks salon in December 2008
older. When it was time to head off to college, Amelia attended Waynesburg
and has since remodeled the space, making it a warm, modern place to get
College and graduated with a nursing degree. But you won’t find her working long
pampered. The variety of services Dani’s Hair Loft provides goes way beyond
shifts at the hospital in scrubs. Instead she decided to pursue a different path
your basic haircut. You can enjoy getting your nails done, a spray tan, face and
and started her own catering business. In 2009 Amelia’s Elegant Catering was
body waxing, custom-blended facials, airbrush makeup, and even a massage
established and first focused on providing barbeque-style meals to those working
all under one roof. When it comes to hair, they do it all. From advanced hair
at oil and gas rigs. Word of the delicious food quickly spread and corporate leaders
cutting, to extensions, color, perms, and more, if you dream it, Dani’s Hair
became interested in the catering as well. As her business was expanding, so
Loft can do it. Perhaps what sets this salon apart from the rest even more is
was the menu. Whether you need food for an early morning soiree or a late night
the amount of education each employee receives. “I’m really big in education
celebration, you will find a variety of mouth-watering options for any time of day.
and advancing our knowledge,” Danielle says. Her staff is fully trained and
Amelia’s Elegant Catering offers breakfast and lunch menus, as well as warm
receives quarterly updated education. In September, Dani’s Hair Loft is
or chilled hors d’oeuvres. Hot meals from the grill are also on the menu, as is
hosting ‘Curls Night Out’ and invites you to join them September 20, when
various stations and samples. Amelia’s Elegant Catering continues to provide
Fox will be in the building shooting a commercial for the event. Free drinks
upscale, healthy meals for those in the field but now also caters for larger events
and appetizers will be served. Another perk—if you are reading this, you will
such as weddings, cocktail parties, graduations, and more. Amelia is also the
automatically receive 10% off next time you come into Dani’s Hair Loft. Even
General Manager for Specialty Oil Solutions and started her own nonprofit, Young
with all this, Danielle also co-owns a designated driver business in Pittsburgh
Professional Women in Energy.
called The Pear. Now that’s what we call impressive!
parents and grandparents grew up with fairytales showcasing women only as the dependent damsel in distress, and up until a few decades ago, women’s reality was just the same. We were taught to take care of the home and family while our husbands worked and handled the financial situations. But oh have the times changed. Women have made leaps and bounds since the days of June Cleaver, and are more independent now than ever. These women are not just managers, or executives, but strong, hardworking beings who followed their dreams and took the entrepreneurial plunge. Each has found success in what they love and their businesses are making a mark on the city of Pittsburgh.
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Square Café is a trendy, colorful spot located in the friendly neighborhood of
industry in one-way or another. She started working at makeup counters and
Edgewood. Upon walking in, you are greeted with warm smiles and welcoming
salons, but five years ago her dream came true when she opened her very own
employees. One of which is owner, Sherree Goldstein who first opened the
studio: Pittsburgh Makeup. The Delmont-based studio is warm and inviting,
café in May of 2003 with a business partner, but has been the soul owner
and the variety of products is endless. Pittsburgh Makeup provides everything
now for seven years. Seven days a week you can dine on delicious breakfast
from traditional makeup services, to airbrushing and even lessons for those
and lunch meals off their menu, which Sherree describes as “innovative” and
in need of some one-on-one, un-interrupted makeup advice. If you have an
“eclectic”. With options like Green Eggs and Ham, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes,
event and need assistance, Pittsburgh Makeup is happy to cater to you. Julie
and Philly Cheese Steak Omelets, the choices are both unique and tasty at
travels to various locations for weddings, commercial shoots, headshots,
this Regent Square hangout. The Veggie Overload Omelet is considered a best
photo-sessions, fashion shows, and more, allowing you to just sit back, relax,
seller and mass amounts of their house-roasted coffee is sold each day. “It’s
and enjoy the application process. “I love what I do for so many reasons and
our own blend,” Sheree says. Square Café’s lunch menu is available all day
feel like I’m in the business of making people beautiful and happy, which
and features different salads, wraps, and burgers. With about 10,000 guests
is truly rewarding,” Julie says. The self-proclaimed “makeup junkie” even
a month and a staff of 29, Sherree says they are really well supported by
co-created Ambush Pittsburgh, which gives deserving women in Pittsburgh
the neighborhood. “People come in and say they just love how it feels”. The
free makeovers through nominations that are sent in through the website. “I
friendly, fresh, and personable atmosphere makes it a spot that people just
particularly love doing charity events and giving back when I can,” Julie says.
want to keep coming back to. Sheree is a hardworking businesswoman who
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space. Jessica Proia first established Urban Escape in 2006 and has been
the University of Pittsburgh and says she didn’t know it at the time, but she’s
providing quality service to clients ever since. The soothing atmosphere, with
always been an event planner. After graduating, she continued to do so and
soft candlelight that fills the room it’s easy to slip into perfect calmness as
in 2008 started her own company: Style and Steel Event Planning. Now with
you lay atop the ultra-plush massage table. Jessica provides a number of top-
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for themselves. Their motto is “You name it, and we plan it with style” and
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well as more attention for my clients,” Jessica says. And she means it. Each
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CREATIVE VISIONS 68 West Maiden Street | Washington, PA | 15301 724.250.2909 | www.creativevisions.us Ever since she can remember, Amy Taylor has enjoyed bringing ideas to life, whether through supporting a vision for her company, promoting a new product or service or planning and coordinating an event. More than a decade ago, she took her ideas and made them a reality when she started her company, Creative Visions. Creative Visions is a full service and innovative multimedia company located in Washington, Penn., that first focused on video production. As time went on, the business expanded to provide a wide range of advertising and production services including but not limited to: website development, graphic design, print, media planning and buying, sales promotions, public relations, and duplication. Creative Visions has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Mylan and Consol Energy. They also represent The Washington Hospital as well as 25 of the hospitalâ€™s programs and 18 practices within the hospital. Creative Visions and its team members have won numerous awards over the years. In the past two years, they have been honored with nine Telly Awards and in this year alone have already received two Aster Awards. With such success, Amy decided to expand her company and create All Access with Amy. Need some fun plans for the weekend? All Access with Amy is here to lead you in the right direction. This primarily web based company promotes events, restaurants, charity fundraisers and any other exciting affair happening in and around Pittsburgh as well as other major metropolitan cities. Find All Access with Amy, visit her website at allaccesswithamy.com.
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MANIAC cocktails B Y C O DY N I C O L E W I E G A N D
MANIAC DRINKS Vallozzi’s isn’t just known for their food. In fact, their cocktails are top-notch as well. Our personal favorite? The refreshing and one of a kind Mixed Berry Mojito, a delectable mix of lime, blackberries, raspberries, mint, and rum, (of course.) For all you Maniacs who prefer to drink in solitude, here’s the recipe so you can craft your very own Mixed Berry Mojito.
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Muddle 2 lime wedges, 4 large mint sprigs, 2 blackberries, one raspberry, and a splash of simple syrup. Add ice, 1.5 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum. Shake well and pour into tall glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy!
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