It was a day of FASHION shows, festive FOOD & DRINK, and exclusive SHOPPING privileges in celebration of The Colonnade’s new luxury outlet stores at the Sawgrass.
Hosted by celebrity guest
Co-host of E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police
and Event Chairs
Jen Klaassens, V.P. Wasie Foundation
Belkys Nerey, WSVN News Anchor
SUNRISE, FL (July 25, 2013) – The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion: An Indulgence in Shopping, Mojitos and More celebrated the property’s most recent luxury expansion by combining exclusive designer brands with incredible shopping incentives, dining and live entertainment. Celebrity stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos made a fashion statement as the guest host of this premier event.
As the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States, Sawgrass Mills is already home to some of the most coveted brands in the world. The latest expansion of The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills has attracted an impressive collection of exclusive additions, including outlet locations from Armani, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Ippolita, Prada, Robert Graham, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Wolford. Sawgrass Mills will direct 100% of all ticket proceeds from this first-time event to support more than 25 local charitable organizations.*
George Kotsiopoulos, co-host of Fashion Police for E! Entertainment, is renowned for his fluency in fashion. As a consultant and stylist, Kotsiopoulos has worked with some of the hottest celebrities, socialites and CEOs, including Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Courtney Cox Arquette, Eva Mendez and Zooey Deschanel. He currently serves as Style Director for C magazine and formerly as a Market Editor and Producer at The New York Times Magazine, where he produced photo shoots all over the world. Kotsiopoulos has also made special appearances on E! News Daily, Style Star, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. In addition, WSVN Evening News Anchor Belky Nerey will add her local celebrity to The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion as the event co-chair and special guest. “Tour de Fashion is the perfect platform for us to showcase our unique brand of shopping with an impressive mix of luxury brands, including many that are only found at Sawgrass Mills in this market,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, regional director of marketing at Sawgrass Mills. “We are thrilled to have George as our special guest at this premier event, which only magnifies the prestige of our growing collection of exclusive designer stores.”
All guests at this stylish soiree enjoyed street-lined runway shows, refreshment stations, style trunk shows, as well as receive value-added shopping incentives, complimentary swag bags and more.
Couture VIP level guests were granted exclusive access to join George Kotsiopoulos for a special meet and greet and lunch reception. During the experience, George Kotsiopoulos hosted a special presentation which recognized a select group of “Role Models” – leading South Florida men and women who support important causes to help build a stronger community.
Sponsors of The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion include Ocean Drive Magazine, City & Shore Magazine and WSVN 7.
*Tour de Fashion Charity Participants: Angel’s Pediatric Heart House ARC Broward Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Broward Healthy Start Coalition Broward Public Library Foundation Children’s Opportunity Group Covenant House Deliver the Dream Early Learning Coalition of Broward County Encore Connect at Impact Broward The Girl Choir of South Florida HANDY Henderson Behavioral Health Jack & Jill Children’s Center Auxiliary JL Charity for Exceptional Youth Kappa Delta FTL / WPB Marine Industry Cares Foundation Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Neighbors 4 Neighbors Overtown Youth Center Poverello Pride Center Rebuilding Together Tomorrow’s Rainbow Unicorn Children’s Foundation Urban League of Broward County Velocity Boca Raton Inc. Women’s International Film & Arts Festival For more information about The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ Tour de Fashion, please call (954) 233-0878 or us on Facebook (
About Sawgrass Mills
Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 350 name-brand outlet and off-price retail stores, plus two major food courts, seven full-service restaurants and entertainment venues such as GAMEROOM and Sawgrass 23 Stadium & IMAX. The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills and The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills enhance the center’s popularity with outdoor dining and shopping. Millions of visitors annually enjoy stores such as Coach Factory Store, Gap Outlet, GUESS Factory Store, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Kate Spade New York, LACOSTE Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Prada, Theory Outlet, Tory Burch, PUMA Outlet, plus anchor stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store.
Sawgrass Mills is located at 12801 West Sunrise Blvd in Sunrise, Fla. at the crossroads of West Sunrise Boulevard and Flamingo Road, just 15 minutes west of Fort Lauderdale and approximately 35 minutes from Miami and Palm Beach. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants, movie theaters and bars enjoy later hours. For more information on Sawgrass Mills, please call (954) 846-2350 or visit Sawgrass Mills also may be found on Facebook ( and on Twitter @ShopSawgrass.