Anybody who really knows me knows that Project Runway is my crack.
So, when I was trolling the Lifetime TV's Project Runway blog, I noticed this post, and naturally I "HAD TO" attend.
Meet Season 1 Winner Jay McCarroll at Hamilton Mall
The original "Project Runway" champ, Jay McCarroll, has been named Fashion Ambassador for Hamilton Mall, the largest indoor mall in all of Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey.
Jay will help the mall celebrate an extensive redesign and redevelopment program with a number of special events, including a back-to-school themed "Battle of the Runways" in August. He'll be designing a special T-shirt for the mall, as well as writing an interactive column for their monthly newsletter. And he's kicking it all off with ameet and greet this Friday, June 28, at Never Too Spoiled, the mall's exclusive carrier of Jay's design.
"This is an awesome opportunity for me," Jay says. "I am really looking forward to being a part of the mall's expansion and in taking the mall's image to the next level. It really is going to be a special shopping destination for the area."
For more info on how to meet Jay, check out shophamilton.com.
My curiosity was further piqued when I saw this post:
Jay McCarroll, with his dog Vernon and his collection of 1960s hairdo portraits he found at a vintage shop in South Philly. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
"People give [Project winner] Christian Siriano grief for his deal with Payless, but he's making money," McCarroll said. "[Project judge] Michael Kors? His designs only see so much action on Fifth Avenue, but I bet he sells tons more at T.J. Maxx or Marshall's. I would love to have my work in Sears or Target. That's where my customers are." Read Full Story at Philly.com
So.... I had the pleasure of attending:
Battle of the Runways
August 15, 2013: 5 - 9 PM
Don't Miss the Fashion Event of the Year!
Hosted by Season 1 Project Runway Winner Jay McCarroll
Three FREE runway fashion shows featuring the hottest looks for fall from Aeropostale, Buckle, Charlotte Russe, Delia's, G by GUESS, Gymboree, JCP and JCPenney Salon, Littman Jewelers, Macy's, Nail Pro, Never Too Spoiled, New York & Company, Vera Bradley Accessories from Norman's Hallmark, PacSun, Shoe Sense, Sears and Lands' End at Sears, Tilly's, and Wet Seal.
Here was the schedule of events:
5:00pm-5:45pm: Red Carpet Club Registration/Jay McCarroll Meet & Greet
5:45pm-6:45pm: Battle of the Runways Fashion Show #1 (Center Court Stage)
5:45pm-7:45pm: Free Face Painting by Facetival (Customer Service Stage)
7:00pm-7:30pm: SoJO 104.9 Design Contest (Center Court Stage)
7:45pm-8:30pm: Battle of the Runways Fashion Show #2 (JCP Stage)
8:30pm-9:00pm: Second Jay McCarroll Meet & Greet (JCP Stage)
Here's the line for the first meet and greet with Jay. Sadly, I did not make it up to see him this time, due to time constraints.
So, off to the show.
These are photos of the Jay McCarroll Collection, which is being sold at Never Too Spoiled's location at the Hamilton Mall
Last last part of the fashion show was SoJo1049's Battle of the Runways Fashion Challenge
Here's their write-up of their challenge:
We’re throwing down an unconventional fashion challenge! Hamilton Mall‘s ‘Battle of the Runways’ style event is coming up August 15th hosted by Project Runway season 1 winner and newly named Hamilton Mall fashion ambassador Jay McCarroll!
So we want you to create a garment crafted solely of clothing retailer shopping bags and SoJO plastic banners! It can be a dress, it can be separates, just MAKE IT WORK!
How to enter to win: Sketch your design and upload it below before August 4th. Our 10 favorite ideas will earn you the right to have your design walk during ‘Battle of the Runways’ at Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing!
The winning designer will win the Grand Prize–a $200 gift card to shop Hamilton Mall, plus you’ll be Jay McCarroll’s special guest and sit with him front row at the Philadelphia Incubator Fashion Show this September!
Think back to Project Runway‘s Dylan’s Candy Bar challenge when the designers were asked to create a garment using candy and candy wrappers…that is your inspiration for our fashion challenge! But YOUR unconventional materials will be shopping bags! The more Hamilton Mall store logos you incorporate into your design, the better your chance of winning!
All designs must include Hamilton Mall store logos, for a list of stores CLICK HERE, and the SoJO 104.9 logo.
**Muslin, cheese cloth, or pattern-making material may be used as a foundation for creating your design, but fabric will not be permitted.
It’s your chance to show off your talents to a Project Runway champion and to all of South Jersey! Deadline is August 4th!
**SoJO plastic banners are available for pick up Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 950 Tilton Road in Nortfield, NJ 08225.
I took photos:
After the runway show was over, I went back to the meet and greet area, so I could be first in line for the second meet and greet session. I was NOT going to miss out on meeting Jay.
I asked him to sign my Project Runway book:
The cast photo:
We spoke for about 15 minutes about how much I enjoyed his season, and how much I am impressed with his current work. He signed the promotional photo they had:
We also spoke about what I like to do: upcycling, and also about a possible product line I can do, using his fabric scraps. I have ideas!!!!
Thank you, Jay McCarroll and the Hamilton Mall, you made my day, and my year!