St. Barnabas Fashion Show

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By Reese Randall

Uptown Style – Chic, everyday style dominates this season with Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin.
For her latest fashion lookbook shoot—a photo collection of her urban line of reimagined sweat suits, Kiya Tomlin makes a fashion statement arriving to set wearing her Signature Dressin gray with a pair of white Nike classic sneakers. Her hair pinned up, with little to no makeup—Tomlin is set and ready for a full day of shooting. “Choosing to wear my Signature Dress was an easy decision. I knew I would be moving around a lot and lifting garments all day so that’s why I wore it. It’s a great dress for layering, because it’s a piece that works well indoor and outdoor, and our shoot had a little of both.” Tomlin was wearing a look that was comfortable, which is part of her creative mantra behind her line of inspired sweat suit designs for every woman on the go. “I feel great in representing what I do in a professional manner, while feeling comfortable in all aspects of my life.” Tomlin’s hectic life balancing her career and motherhood-on-the-move raising three kids with husband (Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin) doesn’t end there. Her drive to give back to the Pittsburgh community that embraced her 7 years ago when she and her family arrived here from Minnesota is infinite. Tomlin sits on the board of several organizations, including The Pittsburgh Promise, PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon, The Andy Warhol Museum, Steelers Nation Black & Gold Style Show and NCJW Designer Days. “Whenever someone asks me to do anything to help support a cause—if I’m available, I’m there,” says Tomlin who notes her regular contribution to various fashion shows and events including St. Barnabas Charities Annual Fashion Gala & Luncheon October 18. In response to learning that all proceeds from this event benefit St. Barnabas Free Care Fund which provides funding to patients of St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods and The Arbors at St. Barnabas who can’t afford to pay for their care, Tomlin is excited to show her designs on the catwalk and during an informal showing at the event’s special VIP Lunch portion. Tomlin adds, “I feel honored to use my specialty in fashion to give back to St. Barnabas and to support their mission in helping patients with their care.” “Glitz & Glam” Fashion Gala & Luncheon Sat., Oct. 18; 11a.m.-3p.m.; Kean Theatre at The Washington Place, 5847 Meridian Rd., Gibsonia; www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com.Reese Randall writes and styles a mix of fashion and lifestyle topics in a variety of regional and national magazines (www.reeserandall.com).Kiya Tomlin in a black leather ensemble says this about her new short hairstyle: “It’s liberating! I’m embracing what God gave me.” (Photos by Becky Thurner Braddock)