Celebrity Cruises Announced as Official Red Carpet Sponsor of OC Fashion Week®

 For Immediate Release:

Contact: Ingrid@ocfashionweek.com



Monarch Beach, CA (February 26, 2019) — OC Fashion Week® (OCFW), a leading trade show for the who’s who of luxury fashion and design in California, will kick off its 14th season on Saturday, March 23, 2019 with an Opening Day runway fashion design competition featuring seven top-emerging fashion designers from New York to OC. As the official Red Carpet sponsor, Celebrity Cruises® rolls out the Red Carpet for an A-list crowd as Front-Row guests await a line-up of 5-star collections.

Kathryn Marino, CEO of OC Fashion Week says, “OC Fashion Week is an international trade show for emerging fashion designers, retail entrepreneurs, small and large business owners as well as digital retail startups. OCFW’s mission is to dedicate its support for fashion designers and the retail business and its advocacy for fashion tourism in the luxury market of Orange County, California. Orange County’s luxury apparel sales are currently 37 billion dollars, and continue to supersede retail sales of neighboring markets and even some of the Top five leading fashion capitals.”

OCFW will be hosted at a new event venue on March 23, with an all-new designer competition presented by Celebrity Cruises. Av Irvine, known as OC's hottest destination for events, will host the Opening Day runway catwalk, which will feature a lineup of leading fashion designers for a one-of-a-kind Cruise Collection competition. AV Irvine will be transformed into one of the show's longest catwalk events with a capacity of up to 800. 

The cruise wear theme for the designers is  based on Celebrity Cruises’ new luxury Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Flora ships and is titled “Celebrity Cruises Luxury Collection,” using this design inspiration video. The emerging designers from New York to Orange County who will compete in this unique event include Dawn Sunflower, Jonathan Jimenez, Jamielle Rankine-Kirlew, Vanessa Lozada, Stefanie Alvarado, Melissa Pellone, and Egypt Ufele, who will face-off with their unique takes on cruise wear, which best captures the ships’ inspirational lifestyle and adventurous spirit during the luxury cruise line’s inaugural emerging-designer competition. The runway show will open with a special performance by Dark Rabbit Dance wear by Rowan Burke.

The winning designer of the “Celebrity Cruises Luxury Collection” will receive a Celebrity Cruises trophy, an Alaskan cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises, and receive an opportunity to showcase in the Athens Xclusive Designer’s Week showcase in Greece this Fall.  

“We’re excited to embrace some of the country’s emerging designers,” said Cynthia Rose Ponzi, Celebrity Cruises’ Regional Marketing Manager. “In the past, our fashion competitions have focused solely on student designers, but this is a first-time for us to take leading designers’ work to a whole new level commensurate with the launch of our latest Celebrity Edge ship. We are honored to kick off such a great catwalk event. It's an exciting time to be innovative.” 

Celebrity Cruises is the Red Carpet sponsor for all of this season’s OCFW events, with a focus on its fashionably responsible programs for Sustainability, Wellness, Arts and Music. Each day features a tribute donation to a different charity for Daily Fast Pass holders. OCFW Fast Passes are daily tickets valued at $150.00 that allow for daily access to coveted front-row seats from March 23-27. 

This is the first year a different charity ticket is available with 50 percent of the Daily Fast Pass proceeds being donated to a charity highlighted each day of OCFW. General Admission is available to the public for $35.00 for a One-Day Ticket. 

OCFW will spotlight charities with a themed event each day beginning with The Moveable Feast, a tribute to Working Wardrobes - the nonprofit charity that recycles with a clothing drive Runway on Sunday March 24 aboard the Destiny Yacht in Newport harbor; Ocean's 8 tribute for Susan G. Komen at Pelican Hill on March 25; The Bower's Museum featuring the Exhibition of Guo Pei and Avant-Garde Designers Tribute to the Arts on March 26; and a Casino Gala and tribute to music inspired by the Symphony aboard Electra Cruises.

For more information, visit ocfashionweek.com and click here for tickets. 
About OC Fashion Week® 
has the unique distinction of representing the luxury retail market of California as an International trade show for emerging talent in fashion design, beauty, blogging, retail and e-commerce,  its recent international partnerships with organizations from Hong Kong to Athens, Greece has deemed it a fashion destination landmark for international commerce and exchange advocating for fashion tourism for local retailers and support for emerging designer talent. For ticket information visit ocfashionweek.com Models will have hair and makeup done by world-renowned Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy with makeup presented by Sephora South Coast Plaza. Lashes will be provided by Official Lash Sponsor Amazing Lash Studios Rancho Santa, Brea, Tustin, Bella Terra, Los Olivos, Crossroads, Costa Mesa.

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' 13 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents incredible Cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel advisor.