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.