Las Vegas' Best New Designer Finalists Announced By The Forum Shops

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. 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.

Fashion’s Night Out 2011 Performed By GLEE For Vogue

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
The Forum Shops At Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Recognized as one of the finest luxury shopping destinations in the world, The Forum Shops at Caesars is making Fashion’s Night Out especially lucky for one of these aspiring local designers as they are awarded the first-ever title of Las Vegas’ Best New Designer by Caesars Palace headline entertainer Matt Goss live from the fashion runway on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The Top Three designers from the online competition that began in July will all be featured in a special fashion show taking place directly over The Forum Shops famed reflecting pool near the spiral escalator. The lucky winner will then be named by Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss. Following the fashion show, each of the Top Three designers will showcase their winning looks around the Festival Fountains throughout the night’s festivities.

The finalist’s style and vision range from funky with a classic twist to bold to trendy with a feminine flair each of the applicants have demonstrated that they deserve a spot in the Top Three. In addition to winning bragging rights and having their fashion featured on the runway, the winner will also take 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. The Forum Shops will also be providing the Art Institute of Las Vegas with a scholarship.

Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops promises a magical evening of fashion shows, exceptional in-store events, product demonstrations, parties, giveaways and special restaurant offerings. Further creating a distinctly celebratory vibe, special lounge areas, photo booths and entertainment can be discovered throughout the retail destination.

High fashion will also be in the house with several additional hourly fashion shows featuring more than 25 specialty retail partners. A specially designed runway has been created and will be placed over The Forum Shops famed reflecting pool; providing three floors of unique viewing areas. Informal modeling will also be featured in the area.

More than 75 retailers at The Forum Shops are participating including: Agent Provocateur, Anne Fontaine, Ann Taylor, Baccarat, Bally, Bettie Page, Brighton Collectibles, Brooks Brothers, Caché, Casa Fuente, Coach, Couture Collections, Custo Barcelona, David Yurman, De Beers, Dior Beauty, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Donald J Pliner, Elie Tahari, Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Eric Andrew Collection, Fendi, Fresh, Gap, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, GUESS, GUESS by Marciano, H & M, Hyde Park, Inglot, Intermix, James Perse, Jimmy Choo, John Varvatos, Juicy Couture, Judith Ripka, Kids Kastle, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lacoste, Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Marc Jacobs, Marshall Rousso, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Pandora, Reed Krakoff, Salvatore Ferragamo, Scoop NYC, Shooz at The Forum, Sony Style, Stuart Weitzman, St. John, Swarovski, Tadashi, Ted Baker London, Thomas Pink, Tod’s, Tommy Bahama, Tourneau Time Dome, Tumi, UGG Australia, Valentino, Vilebrequin and Y-3.

Additionally, several of The Forum Shops restaurants are participating with special food and drink offers including; BOA Steakhouse, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, The Palm LV, Planet Hollywood, P.J. Clarke’s, Spago, Sushi Roku and Trevi Italian Restaurant.

For an ongoing, updated comprehensive listing of all Fashion’s Night Out, go to

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

Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.

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