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Fashion Island®, Irvine Spectrum Center® And The Market Place® Celebrate Style Week Orange County 2014

Now in its seventh year, Style Week OC showcases local emerging designers and notable brands from Orange County’s best retailers. Celebrity Cruises is the event’s first cruise line presenting sponsor and has challenged FIDM students to create evening and resort wear designs inspired by Modern Luxury

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., August 2014 – Style Week Orange County returns to Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place September 10 through September 20 with fashion shows, in-store parties and trend presentations to celebrate the best in O.C. style.

On Saturday, 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 contemporary designer brands.

Headlining events include the crowd-pleasing runway design competition at 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 13. This year, presenting sponsor Celebrity Cruises has challenged students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) to create resort-wear gowns that evoke “Modern Luxury.” “FABULOUS!,” the theme for FIDM’s annual Fashion Museum gala, will be a private, ticketed benefit that same evening with a private VIP reception area and seating for the runway shows, with bites and beverages from select Fashion Island restaurants as well as a silent auction.

Retailer events and runway shows will be free and open to the public for viewing; tickets to the FABULOUS! FIDM benefit gala at Fashion Island on Sept. 13 will be available for $110 or $200 for a package of two tickets and will include VIP access and seating to the runway shows with light fare and refreshments from select restaurants. Proceeds will benefit the FIDM Museum Fashion Council and their planned acquisition of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. For further information and to purchase tickets, please call: 949.244.7977.

“Style Week O.C. 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 Stacie Ellis, senior director of marketing for Irvine Company Retail Properties.  “We’re honored to host this great event for the seventh year and to be able to bring the community together to enjoy the art and craft of fashion.”

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, several stores at The Market Place including White House Black Market and Stein Mart will feature trend presentations. Shoppers that day can also enter-to-win a $1,000 shopping spree.

To wrap up Style Week O.C. 2014, Project Runway star and celebrity designer Nick Verreos will return to host the Spectrum Collection Show at Irvine Spectrum Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept.20. During the runway show, FIDM students will present resort wear inspired by Celebrity Cruises’ exotic destinations as part of the Celebrity Cruises Design Competition.

The seventh 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, or follow http://twitter.com/FashionIsland and http://twitter.com/IrvineSpectrum.

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, C. Wonder, Ella Moss, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage. Fashion Island also features acclaimed restaurants such as FIG & OLIVE, Red O by Rick Bayless, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen, R D Kitchen and soon to open, CUCINA enoteca and Sushi Roku. For more information, please visit ShopFashionIsland.com.

About Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine Spectrum Center is Southern California’s preeminent entertainment and lifestyle destination, visited by more than 17 million people each year.  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, 21-screen movie theater with an IMAX screen. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.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, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, the largest See’s Candies in the U.S., REI, Pieology, Bonefish Grill, G Burger and soon to open, TAPS Fish House and Bondi Grill House. For more information, please visit ShopTheMarketPlace.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’ 11 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.