Galleria at Sunset to search for Henderson’s next chic stylist

Jeannie Mai, Nick Verreos join ranks of nationwide Project Style

HENDERSON, Nev. – Galleria at Sunset, along with 14 other shopping centers across the nation, are seeking entries for this year’s Project Style, an award-winning fashion competition that allows teens to show off their unique style. Winners in the competition will take home thousands of dollars in prizes. The grand prize winner will visit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City in 2013.

This year, fashion experts Jeannie Mai and Nick Verreos will visit centers to help find the next Project Style winner. Project Style is a fashion competition for boys and girls 13 years old and older. From now through August, the Galleria at Sunset – located at 1300 W. Sunset Road, just off Interstate 95 in Henderson – will select two trendsetters per round during a five-round contest to put these local trendsetters’ sense of style and fashion to the test. Each participant will be judged based on the outfit they assemble for the competition using fashions they find within the walls of the Galleria at Sunset.

Those interested can sign up by visiting the Galleria at Sunset’s website, Participants are judged on their overall style, personality and creativity represented by their entries, and two monthly semifinalists will be chosen to receive a $150 Galleria at Sunset gift card to purchase items to combine with one personal item for his or her wardrobe to create a trendsetting outfit.

The public will then vote online to determine which contestant will compete in the Project Style Live Style-off event in September. One winner will be named Henderson’s Top Trendsetter and receive a grand prize of $1,000. The national winner will be determined in October.

“Fashion is just another way for young people to express their creativity,” said Heather Valera, marketing director for the Galleria at Sunset. “This competition gives them a blank canvas to create and portray their style in a fun, interactive environment. It’s a great way for teens to stretch their creative muscles during the summer months. Hopefully, some future designers and fashion experts will come out of the Galleria at Sunset.”

The Galleria at Sunset joins 14 other Forest City properties across the country for Project Style 2012. In 2011, the International Council of Shopping Centers awarded Forest City with its Gold Maxi award, the highest presented for excellence in retail marketing programs.

“It’s exciting to see the originality and creativity of the customers who shop at our centers,” said Jane Lisy, senior vice president of marketing for Forest City Commercial Management, owner of the Galleria at Sunset. “We are delighted to provide a forum for these chic stylists to show off their trendsetting ideas, built around items they find at the fashion retailers within our shopping centers.”

Other participating shopping centers include:

  • Antelope Valley Mall, Palmdale, Calif.
  • Promenade Bolingbrook, Bolingbrook, Ill.
  • Boulevard Mall, Amherst, NY
  • Charleston Town Center, Charleston, WV
  • Orchard Town Center, Westminster, Colo.
  • Westchester’s Ridge Hill, Yonkers, NY
  • The Mall at Robinson, Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Short Pump Town Center, Richmond, Va.
  • Southlands, Aurora, Colo.
  • South Bay Galleria, Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Shops at Tanforan, San Bruno, Calif.
  • Promenade at Temecula, Temecula, Calif.
  • Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • The Shops at Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

The Galleria at Sunset opened in 1996 and is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It features premiere retailers such as Coach, bebe, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Gymboree, Buckle,Abercrombie&Fitch,Victoria’s Secret, Brookstone and more and is also home to the Galleria Library. Owned and operated by Forest City Enterprises, the 1,051,000-square-foot complex is the only enclosed mall in Henderson – one of the fastest growing cities in theUnited States. In addition to retail, the Galleria at Sunset boasts two full service and 12 fast food restaurants.

For more information on the Galleria at Sunset visit or contact the mall’s information center at 702-434-0202.