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Celebrity Cruises had such a fun time being part of Style Week OC as one of its sponsors! A highlight was the fashion show at Irvine Spectrum on September 20 during which Celebrity Cruises hosted a design competition.

The Celebrity Cruises Design Competition partnered with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and four students from FIDM were selected to create resort wear inspired by “Modern Luxury” which Celebrity strives for onboard its ships and four different destinations.

The destinations were Galapagos, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. Each contestant was assigned one of the destinations.

During the Irvine Spectrum runway show for Style Week OC, the designs were modeled for the runway and a panel of four judges scored the designs. The judges were Julie Gallego, Orange County Fashion Writer; Allison Sylvester, General Manager of Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum; Marilys Ward, Regional Team Manager of Celebrity Cruises; and Nick Verreos, Project Runway, Under the Gunn Winning Mentor, Celebrity Designer and Red Carpet Expert.

First down the runway was a colorful outfit ideal for a warm Caribbean day by designer Luar. Next was Leetal Platt’s Galapagos-inspired design that featured a shirt reminiscent of sea turtles. Being strutted down the runway next was the all-white resort wear design for Alaska by Leonides Garcia. Vanessa Puccini’s emerald dress design with decadent accents inspired by Europe was modeled last.

The judges scores were tallied and designer Nick Verreos of Nikolai and Project Runway fame came out to announce the winner.

And the winner was…Leetal Platt for her Galapagos design! She was awarded $2,000 for winning the Celebrity Cruises Design Competition.

During the runway show, the gorgeous designs of Nikolaki were also displayed by models walking down the runway. There was also an Irvine Spectrum Runway Collection portion of the runway show where designs by various stores that can be found at Irvine Spectrum were modeled, ranging from the structured city style of Max Studio to the bohemian chic pieces of Kaitlyn.

Celebrity Cruises also had a booth set up at Irvine Spectrum before the runway show where we gave away gift bags and shared the fun and Modern Luxury that can be found on a Celebrity cruise.

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