Miss America Nina Davuluri

Jay Mccarroll
Internationally known fashion and textile designer Jay McCarroll, the original winner of the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, is bringing the South Jersey Shore’s ultimate Runway event to a whole new level this summer when he returns to square off against none other than MISS AMERICA 2014, Nina Davuluri as his co-host of BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY, a spectacular three-hour “Back to School” fashion event, Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton Mall, the area’s “super regional” shopping mall. McCarroll, Fashion Ambassador for Hamilton Mall, will co-host the event with Miss America from 5-8 p.m. The show will feature the hottest “Back to School” looks from your favorite Hamilton Mall stores: Sears, JC Penney, Macy’s, Aeropostale, Buckle, Delia’s, G by Guess, Gymboree, PacSun, Wet Seal with accessories by Littman Jewelers, Charlotte Russe, Nail Pro,Norman’s Hallmark-Vera Bradley accessories., and others The Barbizon Modeling agency is supplying models and coordinating the fashion show looks with participating merchants.

“This is a great event for all of South Jersey, to be able to bring high fashion and the glamour of the Miss America Pageant and Project Runway to the Jersey Shore’s greatest mall,” says McCarroll. “And for me, personally, it’s a dream come true to be working with Miss America. I’ve been watching the pageant since I was a kid and truth be told, I really think I’m going to be star-struck when I meet her. It’s such an honor. I’ve been practicing my waves and trying on different tiaras. I’m sure my inner Miss America is going to come out.”

New to this year’s event is The SOJO 104.9 Recycled Fashion Challenge, in which contestants on teams led by Miss America and Jay McCarroll, will be designing and constructing wearable items during the event. The winning team will get tickets to the final night of the Miss America Pageant and a Hamilton Mall gift card. Contestants can register by calling SOJO 104.9 at 1-800-586-1049.

Hamilton Mall will reward attendees who sign up for the Mall’s mobile message program, the Red Carpet Club, with an exclusive VIP pass to meet Jay McCarroll, a Swag Bag containing a Hamilton Mall T-shirt, and coupons and merchandise from various Hamilton Mall merchants.

The Philadelphia-based celebrity designer is in his second year of working with Hamilton Mall in conjunction with its “Making Waves” promotion to celebrate an extensive redevelopment project currently creating a fresh look, enhancing the overall ambience, and expanding the largest shopping mall within a 40-mile radius of Atlantic City.

BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY is just one of several major events McCarroll hosts for the Hamilton Mall. He also has designed a special T-shirt exclusively for Hamilton Mall, and is writing an interactive column, “Ask Jay,” in the mall’s monthly newsletter. More event announcements will be made in the coming months.

Fabric, color, pattern, and texture are among the great loves of McCarroll’s life. The greatest part of his job is manipulating those elements into functioning products for people to use and enjoy. He finds inspiration for his work in many different things, and always has been drawn to the vastness and beauty of nature. He also is fascinated by how other humans utilize nature so industriously.

“I love that Hamilton Mall has a very eclectic mix of shops,” says McCarroll, who also teaches at his alma mater, Philadelphia University, the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. “It offers an array of well-known international chain stores sharing the same space with some really great independent specialty shops. This makes for a very unique shopping experience. “

Kravco Company LLC, developer and manager of Hamilton Mall, is in the midst of an 82,000 square-foot redevelopment project, the most recent of which will be completed in August – Zona Fresca Mexican Grill, an award-winning casual Mexican dining experience. The Mall also has been repaved and newly expanded as part of the project.

“This is indeed a very inspiring time for the Hamilton Mall,” says McCarroll, who also studied at the London College of Fashion. “I fully understand the concept of growing a brand and as the brand grows, more and more thrilling opportunities present themselves. I am very much looking forward to that exhilarating growth. I have seen the expansion plans and all I can say is, ‘Wow!’ Hamilton Mall really is ‘Making Waves!’”

About Hamilton Mall

Hamilton Mall is located on the Black Horse Pike (Route 322) in Mays Landing, NJ, just minutes from shore points, Exit 12 off the Atlantic City Expressway. Hamilton Mall is a super regional mall anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears and has over 140 shops and services. For additional information on Hamilton Mall, visit

About Kravco

For more than half a century, Kravco Company has been a leading private real estate developer and property management company, one of the largest retail shopping center organizations in the United States and the largest in the Philadelphia area. Still based in King of Prussia, where a cornerstone of the company’s stability and achievement was the execution of the country’s largest mall development project, the current Kravco Company LLC executive and management team has managed, leased, developed and redeveloped over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate, primarily in the retail sector. Kravco continues to build on its excellent reputation among local, regional, and national tenants, and among its investment partners. Kravco is well positioned to capture retail real estate opportunities, with positive results for itself, its equity partners, investors, lenders, retailers and, most importantly, for the communities that are home to its properties. For additional information on Kravco, visit