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Fashion Island®, Irvine Spectrum Center® And The Market Place Celebrate O.C. Style

Now in its eighth year, Style Week OC showcases notable brands and local emerging designers from Orange County’s best retailers

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., August 2015 – Style Week OC returns to Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place Sept. 10 through Sept. 19 with fashion shows, in-store parties and trend presentations to celebrate the best in O.C. style.

“Style Week OC is a great way to showcase the talented designers we have right here in Southern California, in addition to all the exciting trends for fall from our collection of retailers,” said Easther Liu, Chief Marketing Officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties.  “We’re honored to host this great event for the eighth year and to be able to bring the community together to enjoy the art and craft of fashion.”

On Thursday, Sept.10, O.C.’s only Neiman Marcus kicks off the weeklong series of stylish events at Fashion Island with its own runway show at 11:30 a.m. featuring fall’s hottest trends from its collection of designer brands. Later that evening, Riviera Magazine will host its “Women of Style” party at Fashion Island to fete Orange County’s most fashionable women, with a repeat of the Neiman Marcus runway presentation. The Fashion Island Contemporary Show on Friday, Sept.11 will feature the season’s most coveted looks from participating retailers such as Neiman Marcus CUSP, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Joie, Rebecca Taylor and Vince Camuto.

Headlining events for Style Week OC include the two crowd-pleasing runway design competitions at 7 p.m. at Fashion Island on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, both of which will be hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Nick Verreos. Presenting sponsor Celebrity Cruises has challenged graduate designers from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) to create innovative resort-wear that evokes “Modern Luxury.”

“Celebrity Cruises is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of Style Week OC for the second year,” said Cynthia Rose, regional marketing manager for Celebrity Cruises. “Our brand is perfectly aligned with the innovative art and design that these shows present and the FIDM students seem truly inspired to have our onboard ‘Modern Luxury’ spaces and enticing cruise destinations as their muse this year.”

To celebrate Irvine Spectrum Center’s 20th anniversary this year, the Surf and Action Sports Showcase salutes 20 years of style from iconic O.C. fashion brands carried at Tilly’s, ActiveRide and more – with a unique runway presentation on Friday, Sept.18.

The Market Place showcases its top looks for fall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 when “Saturday Style” returns.  Customers will be eligible to win a $1,000 shopping spree by visiting at least two out of five store parties with informal modeling and light refreshments at  Charming Charlie’s, LOFT, Off Broadway, Stein Mart and White House Black Market.

The Spectrum Collection Show will wrap up Style Week OC 2015 at Irvine Spectrum Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept.19. Participating retailers in the runway show include: Nordstrom, Macy’s, bebe, Francesca’s Collections, Kaitlyn, Max Studio, Tommy Bahama, White House Black Market and Windsor.

All events, unless otherwise noted, will be open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The eighth annual Style Week Orange County continues the tradition that Irvine Spectrum Center launched in 2008 to showcase local emerging designers, notable style makers and fashion brands in Orange County. Past events have featured appearances by acclaimed designer Rachel Roy, celebrity personality Mario Lopez and celebrity designer and Orange County native Lauren Conrad.

For more information on Style Week Orange County and a complete list of events, please visit StyleWeekOC.com.

About Fashion Island As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. With 15 million visitors a year, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed, resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean. Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, Ella Moss, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage. Fashion Island also features acclaimed restaurants such as Sushi Roku, FIG & OLIVE, Red O by Rick Bayless, CUCINA enoteca, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen and R+D Kitchen. For more information, please visit ShopFashionIsland.com.

About The Market Place One of Southern California’s most popular shopping centers, The Market Place is a 165-acre regional lifestyle shopping center known for offering the best-in-class in a variety of retail categories, including electronics, home furnishings and décor, sporting goods and more. Conveniently located off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, the center straddles the cities of Irvine and Tustin. The Market Place features more than 120 stores and notable restaurants, including Best Buy, Target, Orange County’s largest REI, the country’s largest See’s Candies, Famous Dave’s BBQ, TAPS Fish Market & Brewery, Taco Rosa, G Burger, Bonefish Grill, Veggie Grill, Class 302 Café and Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill. For more information, please visit ShopTheMarketPlace.com.

About Irvine Spectrum Center Irvine Spectrum Center, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is one of Southern California’s most popular entertainment and lifestyle destinations, visited by more than 17 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, along with more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Orange County’s most popular movie theater, a 6,400-seat, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 with an IMAX screen. Recent additions include: CREAM, Pressed Juicery, Yogurtland, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, TLT Food, LYFE Kitchen, Pho Saigon Pearl and Sports Authority. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com.

About Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent.

About FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries. Known as a one of the top fashion design schools, FIDM is also a leading graphic design school and digital media college. Visit fidm.edu for more information.