It was fashion at its finest on Friday night when Steelers’ players and their families hit the runway at Rock Steelers Style 2019: ‘Take the Stage’, the team’s annual fashion show held at Stage AE.
The players showed off all the latest fashions, from game day attire, to western wear, to formal wear as they took the stage by storm.
“For sure this is fun,” said James Conner, one of the shows co-captains along with Joe Haden. “Just to be one of the captains is pretty cool. You get a chance to show some style. I had to look in the closet and see what I had to pull out and look good.
“Usually every time your team is together it’s for practice or a game. This is a much lighter, fun event. You get to see the guys in a different setting, everyone brings their families. It’s fun to see.”
The electric evening, presented by Neighborhood Ford Store, Peoples Gas, PNC Bank, UPMC and EMBRACE Pittsburgh, kicked off with ‘green football field’ carpet arrivals. Guests were also able to take in the beauty of the style lounge, enjoying culinary delights while perusing all of the latest Steelers fashions from the Steelers Pro Shop.
The show, which was chaired by Art and Greta Rooney and Mike and Kiya Tomlin, put fashion at the forefront, but there is a lot more meaning to it. All proceeds benefited the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center, two charities that have a long relationship with the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers take the stage supporting the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center
For the players, being able to mix fashion and giving back to the community is the perfect combination.
“I enjoy clothes. My wife does. My kids do,” said Haden. “I love it. I love dressing. I love fashion. This is something that is right up my alley. And we are doing it for two great charities. You can kill two birds with one stone. That is the goal. That is having fun and looking out for good causes. This is something special. It’s 1000% about helping others.”
The players certainly didn’t disappoint with their fashion sense.
“Growing up I always liked clothes, liked looking nice,” said Haden. “I liked people putting stuff together. I feel like I have a good eye for putting stuff together. It’s amazing to be out there showing our style, having everyone together, all of the families together for a good cause, for a good time. To be able to relax. Football is tough. To have everyone in a spot where we are able to have a good time with each other’s families is always a good thing.”
With WDVE Radio host Bill Crawford, who wore a custom suit by Pittsburgh designer David Alan, as the emcee, the laughs were plentiful and the fashion on point.
The show got underway with a familiar look, players sporting their Nike game jerseys on the runway, while having fun as they took the stage to songs they handpicked.
“I love it. We have them pick their own music to walk to,” said Greta Rooney. “Each player gives us a song. When they come out, they are a little more relaxed, it shows their style, their personality. It’s fun to see how they transform off the field.”
It was the ladies who wowed everyone next with designs from Kiya Tomlin’s Game Day collection and Kiya Tomlin Work/Shop collection. Player’s wives and significant others, as well as professional models, showed that you can be stylish and comfortable all at the same time.
“I am excited to show my collection with the Steelers and for it to benefit the charities and raise money,” said Kiya Tomlin. “We did a mix of our current season, and then gave it a Steelers mix, a game day mix.
“I was excited to dress the wives. My whole collection is inspired by women such as them, multitasking, do it all behind the scenes. They live a similar lifestyle that I do, where we do a lot of the behind the scenes work and occasionally we have to show up for things. I am excited to dress the women who inspire my collection.”
The SNU Style Lounge, hosted by former QB Charlie Batch and Heather Abraham of KDKA, kicked off the Rock Steelers Style event at Stage AE on Friday, October 4, 2019
The show went old school for a bit, honoring the 40th Anniversary of Super Bowl XIV with Lynn Swann and John Stallworth taking center stage in their jerseys, which were then auctioned off and the winner was able to have them personally signed.
The fashion scene headed in another direction with the Steelers’ Western Style theme getting the crowd going. With Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ playing, cowboy hats and boots were the choice of many.
It was the kids who were in the spotlight next, modeling fashions from Outstuff and as always stealing the show.
And what would a show be, without entertainment. The highlight hands down was an epic lip sync battle between Zack Banner and Terrell Edmunds.
Banner lip synced to ‘Flashdance What a Feeling,’ from the movie Flashdance that was filmed in Pittsburgh.
“It hits home,” said Banner. “It’s Pittsburgh.”
And he added, “I am the 2019 version of Shaquille O’Neal.”
Banner killed it by winning the battle, hitting on every move of the classic song, from the singing, to the dancing to the clothing. His night was complete when he won the 'Swag Award.'
Photos from the red carpet at Take the Stage: Rock Steelers Style 2019
Edmunds did his thing as well, lip syncing to the Temptations classic, 'My Girl,' with the rest of the 'Temptations' joining him, including Trey Edmunds, Kam Kelly and Tevin Jones. And it was perfection, from the lip syncing to the dance moves.
“I sing all of the time in the car,” said Edmunds. “When it’s a high note, I always tune myself and it looks like it’s me. Hopefully I am good. It’s fun. It’s exciting.”
Pittsburgh rapper Frzy, who won an Emmy for Sweater Sessions, a hip-hop tribute to Fred Rogers, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ performed in a scene dedicated to the iconic Rogers. Other performers throughout the night included the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and University of Pittsburgh Dance Team, as well as the King Cobras of Pittsburgh, who Harley Tomlin performed with.
But again, fashion was the passion for the night, with styles ranging from the Steelers Pro Shop, to Moda to Macy’s, who dressed the team’s rookies for their walk down the runway. Players and their families closed it out with a formal scene in fashions to fit their taste.
“Athletes are really getting into fashion in every sport,” said Demetria Boccella, the show’s creative director. “You see these guys dressing to the nines. The Steelers show is one of the most popular style events in the NFL, so we have to step it up. We have to make sure the players are on point with their looks.”
And on point they were.