I confess, generally when I think of high fashion, it’s not JCPenney – but sort of like looking at an old friend and suddenly becomes super hot, making you realize how totally you were missing out, I had a similar experience earlier this week when I kicked off my Fashion Week festivities a few days early by checking out the JCPenney runway at the premier Espace in New York City.

The fashion showcase of its Spring 2009 exclusive designer collections included styles from exclusive brands nicole by Nicole Miller, Bisou Bisou by Michele Bohbot, ALLEN B. by Allen B. Schwartz, Fabulosity by Kimora Lee Simmons and I “Heart” Ronson by Charlotte Ronson.

It was a super-exciting locale, and I spotted some hot local (and not so local) celebs, such as the star of the newly released movie Push Djimon Hounsou; host of Univision’s top reality show Nuestra Belleza Latina Giselle Blondet; actress April Lee Hernandez known for her role in the acclaimed drama Freedom Writers, and the fabulous Lindsay Price from Lipstick Jungle.

The real star, however, was the clothes. This fabulous event brought together fashion, beauty, music and art and a mix of styles inspired in retro 70’s prints, revealing sheers, bohemian chic and the latest runway sensations. My favorite out of all came from the new I Heart Ronson line, shown at left – I love the 80s-esque look of pairing the ruffled skirt with the fitted menswear vest. There’s a great symmetry to it all. (And the entire outfit retails for well under $100!)

Another favorite of mine was from the nicole by Nicole Miller line – I was immediately drawn to the embroidered mesh top, and I thought it was extremely well pair with the white jeans – another hot look for the coming season.

Now, here’s the exciting news: I realize not all of us are lucky enough to attend the runways of Fashion Week – but that’s no reason not to feel like you had! One lucky reader will win an outfit right off the runways of this JCPenney fashion show – their choice of either of the two looks presented above.

To win, share your favorite fashion memory – have you ever been to a runway? Ever experience an especially amazing shopping experience? We’d love to hear about it! Deadline is February 26.

Images: JCPenney