I was glad to sit with the media and get coverage of the “Hard Hats & High Heels Fashion Show” that took place on June 7th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event was a partnership to showcase the talent of the students of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, while benefitting the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. The show’s proceeds were allocated toward Habitat’s initiative to assist Veterans in the area (I’m always an advocate of fashion with a positive socioeconomic purpose). The show began with Kevin, a talented artist that painted throughout the entire show, creating an image of a voluptuous woman juxtaposed against a wooden background. The show consisted of a competition among the designers, each of which was allocated $50 to purchase materials from the Habitat’s store. The outcome: beautifully creative pieces constructed with everything from scrap metal and wire to curtains and sink drain pipes. The “Destruction Regeneration Collection” was the most extraordinary as I watched, so I was smiling when the designer was proclaimed the designer of the evening. Ms. Romina Vairo took design to a new level with out of the box creations that challenged creativity and functionality. Her designs were by far the most imaginative and runway-worthy, while still maintaining wearability. Ms. Vairo is in her first year of studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, after completing two years of fashion study in Florence, Italy. During her presentation, it was evident that she has had intense fashion training and has an eye for innovation. Ms. Vairo–well done love. Ms. Romina Vairo (second from left) with her models after the show.