ASPIRING FASHION DESIGNER JIMI URQUIAGA IS NAMED LAS VEGAS’ BEST NEW DESIGNER DURING FASHION’S NIGHT OUT AT THE FORUM SHOPS
There’s a new name in fashion in Las Vegas and it’s Jimi Urquiaga. The 20-year-old aspiring fashion designer was awarded the first-ever title of Las Vegas’ Best New Designer by Caesars Palace headline entertainer Matt Goss at a special fashion show held during Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops.
Designer Frankie Ortiz was 1st runner up and local student Mikayla Marrujo was named 2nd runner up in the unprecedented, month-long online search and public voting period that culminated in a special fashion show featuring the top three finalists at the premiere retail shopping destination.
“What an amazing feeling,” said Urquiaga. “It is really satisfying to know that my hard work and dedication really paid off. It feels great to be named Las Vegas’ Best New Designer.”
In addition to winning bragging rights and having his fashion featured on the runway, Urquiaga also takes home a $500 shopping spree from The Forum Shops and an opportunity to spend a “Day in the Life” with Vegas Magazine editor Abby Tegnelia. In honor of Fashion’s Night Out and the search, The Forum Shops also provided the Art Institute of Las Vegas with a scholarship.
In addition to the naming of Las Vegas’ Best New Designer, Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops was a magical evening of hourly fashion shows featuring 25 specialty retail partners, exceptional in-store events, product demonstrations, parties, giveaways and special restaurant offerings. Further creating a distinctly celebratory vibe for Fashion’s Night Out, special lounge areas, photo booths and entertainment were offered throughout the retail destination.
This year, more than 80 retailers and restaurants at The Forum Shops participated in the global celebration of shopping.
ABOUT THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS
The Forum Shops at Caesars opened 283,000 square feet in May 1992 to immediate success. An August 1997 expansion to 500,000 square feet continued the momentum. The third phase of The Forum Shops’ growth was a three-level expansion extending from the existing retail, dining and entertainment icon to the famed Las Vegas Strip adding 175,000 square feet, with completion October 2004. A grand pedestrian plaza entrance on Las Vegas Boulevard further validates The Forum Shops as one of the finest luxury shopping streets in the world. The Forum Shops is recognized for its unique combination of top retail, dining, entertainment, excellent location and exciting ambiance featuring 150 specialty shops and 15 restaurants. Additional information may be accessed at www.forumshops.com.
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ABOUT FASHION’S NIGHT OUT
Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On September 8, 2011, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and over 100 cities nationwide to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. In the United States, the program is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. For more information visit www.fashionsnightout.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@fnonyc, #FNO)
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS ANNOUNCES TOP THREE FINALISTS IN THEIR SEARCH FOR LAS VEGAS’ BEST NEW DESIGNER
Awarding of Las Vegas’ Best New Designer Hosted By Caesars Palace
Headliner Matt Goss, Fashion Shows, Parties, Entertainment & In-Store
Events All Part of Fashion’s Night Out Global Celebration of Shopping on
Thursday, September 8
After a month-long online search and public voting period which saw thousands of people casting their votes for the soon-to-be-named Las Vegas’ Best Designer, the Top 3 Finalists have been selected, and they are Las Vegas’ very own: Mikayla Marruja, Frankie Ortiz and Jimi Urquiaga.
FASHION BRIEFS AND FORUM FIRSTS…
THE FORUM SHOPS SEARCHES FOR LAS VEGAS’ BEST NEW DESIGNER: This year, The Forum Shops at Caesars promises to make Fashion’s Night Out special for one lucky aspiring fashion designer from Southern Nevada. In conjunction with the yearly event taking place on September 8, 2011, The Forum Shops at Caesars is currently searching to discover what could become tomorrow’s next big fashion icon. Partnering with The Art Institute of Las Vegas, interested designers from Southern Nevada can apply exclusively at The Forum Shops Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ForumShops.
The application allows for budding designers to share their story, as well as upload a video and/or photos which they can use to vie for the top spot. Whether designing couture or denim, sportswear or retro-tees, all designers are encouraged to apply (rules and criteria will be available on application).
Recognized worldwide as one of the finest luxury shopping streets in the world, The Forum Shops at Caesars, is participating in this year’s global celebration of shopping with Fashion’s Night Out festivities on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. The stage is set for a night full of excitement, amazing fashion shows, one-of-a-kind in store events, product demonstrations, parties, giveaways, food, Las Vegas celebrities and entertainers – all at Las Vegas’ premiere retail destination, The Forum Shops.
The winner, along with select runners-up will be featured in an exciting fashion show and have their work highlighted inside the world-renowned shopping destination (which is home to the most famous brands in the world). The top designer will receive a $500 shopping spree to The Forum Shop at Caesars. The Forum Shops will also provide The Art Institute of Las Vegas with a $2,000 scholarship which will be dedicated to assist an aspiring designer.
FASCINATE, SEDUCE AND CHARM WITH JEWELRY FROM BACCART: Originally founded in the town of Baccarat in eastern France, the premiere retailer is world-renowned for fine crystal of incredible luxury and elegance. No exception, the new Fleurs de Psydelic rings for Dawn, Day and Night. This trio of colorful pleasers epitomizes grace and beauty.
JOHN VARVATOS TO SERVE AS CELEBRITY MENTOR ON NBC’S NEW REALITY COMPETITION SERIES “FASHION STAR”: Renowned American menswear designer John Varvatos is set to serve as a celebrity mentor on the highly-anticipated new reality competition series “Fashion Star.” The new NBC competition series will search for the next big brand in fashion. Varvatos joins newly-announced mentor; actress, author Nicole Richie, previously announced celebrity mentor Jessica Simpson and host Elle Macpherson. The series is designed not only to groom and discover America’s next popular brand, but through an exciting new format twist, it will allow viewers at home to buy the winning designs each week. The show will target real-time consumer feedback and interactivity and will span all categories of fashion from suits and dresses to lingerie, denim, bathing suits, accessories and more. One of the most well-known menswear fashion designers in the country, Varvatos will bring his trendsetting design skills and expertise to the contestants each week on NBC.
NIKE “KICKS OFF” NEW CONCEPT STORE INSIDE THE FORUM SHOPS: A parade of drummers, cheerleaders and nearly 200 local youth were on hand recently to join Nike for a Blitz The Strip grand reopening event. The procession kicked off on the famous Strip and made its way through the premiere retail destination before arriving at the new Nike store concept inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. The freshly revamped 30,000 square foot location offers the largest multi-category brand experience in the U.S. with innovative consumer experiences, market tailored product offerings, community resources and the introduction of team customization services. The store is only the fifth of its kind to open in the U.S. For the grand opening celebration, consumers also participated in the Redzone 360 Experience featuring NIKEiD, which provided the opportunity to star in a signature sport animation. After designing their own unique shoe on NIKEiD, consumers got the chance to style up like a pro and try out Nike footwear for their own personal touchdown highlight video shot in 360 degrees on a turf set up outside the store entrance.
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI: Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti’s hometown is famous for its great shoe manufacturing tradition. It’s no wonder the now world-renowned designer is heralded for his elegant footwear creations with sleek and innovative designs that are masterfully crafted. Zanotti’s early passion for music and his instinctive knack for art and fashion continue to be reflected in his distinctive shoe designs. With an eye on the past and on quality manufacturing tradition and an eye on the future with fashion trend-setting, Zanotti’s creations remain true to his original inspiration of art, music and fashion and can be found inside his new expanded location inside The Forum Shops at Caesars near the Festival Fountain.
FORUM FASHION FORWARD TIP: The peak of the summer heat and sun can wreak beauty havoc. Luckily, The Forum Shops has the solution for beating the heat during the final dog days of summer. Keep your eyes fashionably protected from the sun’s rays and glare with the Morgenthal Frederics collection at Davante. Available in a variety of styles, the unique eyewear collection provides a stylish safeguard for your eyes. For moist, kissable lips – Fresh is the destination for you. Keep your lips puckered and protected with Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Maintain a luminous, ultra-natural tan without the harm of the sun’s rays with Dior Bronze self-tanning line at Dior Beauty. Keep your skin moisturized with an easy one-step finish specially suited for the season, Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 is a light, tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 and other skin nourishing ingredients from MAC Cosmetics. Capture the scents of summer with the Peace, Love and Juicy summer set from Juicy Couture complete with Eau de Parfum spray, shower gel and body lotion.
DAD DESERVES THE BEST FOR FATHER’S DAY: What better way to show Dad you care than with a special gift from one of the many distinguished retailers at The Forum Shops? For the technology-savvy Dad, Longchamp offers an iPad case or laptop case in either cognac or black. Wine aficionados will surely love any one of the three different styles of Tip Top Bottle Stoppers from Baccarat. Thomas Pink has an amazing array of shirts, ties and accessories including eye-catching socks that are sure to turn heads. For the sporty Dad with a casually-stylish sense of fashion, Lacoste has the perfect outfit with lightweight trousers, a variety of woven shirts and fashionable matte leather belts. Or, help Dad start his day off the gentlemanly way with Tommy Bahama Vintage Paradise Shave Cream. This Father’s Day, show him that time is of the essence; Tourneau has numerous men’s watches that go with anything. Spice up Dad’s closet with trendy men’s fashions from Stash Clothing where you’ll find the latest styles from Rock Revival, Wet Cement, Affliction and many more.
M·A·C COSMETICS’ SURF’S UP: Grab your board and head to the shore! Or just head to MAC to kick off summer with M·A·C’s new Surf, Baby! Collection. To introduce the summer line, the widely-popular cosmetics giant is hosting an elaborate two-day event featuring music, makeovers and more on June 3rd and June 4th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lure of an endless summer starts at M·A·C with a colour and bronzing collection for beach bums and surf chicks. Stop by the surf shack during the kick-off event where surfer dudes show you how to stencil on surfboards, a “T” or anything you bring up. Bikini beach babes will strut their Surf, Baby! glow and DJs will be spinning the sounds of summer. Hang Ten! Guests can leave looking “beach ready” from M·A·C artists providing complimentary makeovers highlighting the M·A·C Surf, Baby! Collection.
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – JOHN VARVATOS: Music has long-inspired world-renowned menswear designer John Varvatos. How could it not? He grew up in Detroit – the music melting pot of America – where Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and punk melded together in unforgettable period of music history. At an early age John was exposed to defining musicians including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Detroit’s own MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and The Stooges. The creative spirit, electricity and edginess intrinsic in the personal style of these rock ‘n’ roll icons inspired John at an early age, and influenced the evolution of his eclectic sensibility. This season, the design icon continues his inspired men’s fashions with a true rock ‘n’ roll flair. The collection reflects the quality and attention to detail inherent in old world tailoring, while creating luxurious, comfortable clothing for a modern lifestyle. For Spring 2011, Varvatos fittingly chose musician Dave Matthews, lead vocalist and guitar player of the leading touring act of this millennium – the Dave Matthews Band, to feature in the ad campaign in support of the season’s collection.
MEET SPORTS LEGENDS AT FIELD OF DREAMS: NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is set to appear at Field of Dreams, the ultimate sports and memorabilia store. Catch the eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former Chicago Bear linebacker this month: June 2-5; 16-19; 23-26 and 30th.
FORUM FASHION FORWARD TIP: This month, make sure the men and boys in your life are beach and pool ready with fashionable and functional swimwear. For the finest in casual luxury, Vilebrequin gives new meaning to the term “like father, like son” with custom swimwear. Specializing in father-son matching swim trunks, Vilebrequin has the perfect beach and swimwear to keep the men and boys looking cool in the summer heat. For an Island-inspired look, there’s a variety of styles at Tommy Bahama – our pick, the Pineapple Hustle swim trunk by Tommy Bahama Relax. Sporty swimwear in plaid, stripes and colorful patterns for men and for boys can be found at H&M at The Forum Shops. For casual and classic All-American men’s swim wear, Abercrombie & Fitch has a variety of looks.