October 22, 2016

Hot! TWEET THIS: Charlotte Russe Style-off Party and Competition

This past Wednesday, the youthful and affordable brand that is Charlotte Russe, invited 20 bloggers/writers from several new-media publications to the first ever Charlotte Russe Project Mannequin Style-off competition.  The contestants came from all over the country to compete in the fun event that was live-streamed for everyone to see.  The event in addition to being a fashion competition, was also a party to preview the new collection.  With the packed house of self-described fashion fiends – is no wonder the 24th Street Loft located in Chelsea, was a mad-house of fashionistas scouring the temporary Charlotte Russe showroom looking for items to add to their shopping list.  And, of course fierce competitors looking for the perfect dress to get them closer to the prize – bragging rights and an iPad.

Host Derek Warburton, from DerekLovesShopping.com got the competition started. We spotted some excited contestants ready for the challenge while others didn’t share the same enthusiasm and were noticeable nervous of what’s was to come. Derek, with his easy going  demeanor seemed to easy the fears of some.

The style-off was simple – the fashionistas were told that they had to create a completely polished look using (of course) Charlotte Russe merchandise.  For design inspiration, each person had to create a look from a set of pre-determined special occasions.  No two contestants had the same “special occasion,” theme or style idea.  Derek, the evening’s MC’s, gave the contestants their task and then they had to create a look using the design inspiration.  Special occasion, inspiration included a first date, meeting an ex-boyfriend, “I think I am going to get engage today,” going to a rock concert, blind date, job interview, and so on.  After receiving the instructions, each participant  had 20 minutes to style an outfit and dress the mannequin, all the while the cameras were rolling.  And, it was a mad-dash to find the perfect accessory, shoe, scarf and dress among the anxious stylists.  After the 20 minutes were up, each personality had explain the decision for the ensemble.

Representative from Teen Vogue, BettyConfidential.com, The Glamazon Diaries.com, Lela Luxe, SheFinds, and many more competed.  And, now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite look on the Charlotte Russe website. Your vote will help someone win a brand new 32-gig iPad.  Check out the site on August 8th  to see who wins.  While, I would have loved to compete win the iPad, I am consoled by the gifts from that I received which included a free pair of jeans, some accessories and a cute tote.


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