Thursday, March 26, 2015
FIDM DEBUT 2015 L.A. Fashion Gala: Collage--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photos courtesy of ABImages/Alex J. Berliner

To finish my FIDM DEBUT 2015 blog recaps, it's time for last Saturday night's fabulous FIDM DEBUT 2015 Los Angeles Fashion Gala, a black tie fundraiser befitting the FIDM Scholarship Foundation. Both myself and my better half--David Paul--were invited to attend this wonderful runway show. The FIDM DEBUT Runway Show showcases designs by graduating students in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM's Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Programs as well as work from Interior Design and Textile Design Students. The show is the culmination of over 50 weeks of mentorship and thousands of studio hours featuring the "creme de la creme" of FIDM. 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Pic Collage Time: Nick Verreos MC'ing the FIDM DEBUT 2015 Runway Shows last Thursday and Friday, Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Last Thursday and Friday, I had the pleasure (and REALLY FUN time!) of MC'ing the FIDM DEBUT 2015 Runway ShowsFIDM's annual DEBUT Runway Show attracts nearly 10,000 people over three days and features designs by graduating students in FIDM's Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study programs, as well as work from Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design students. The extravaganza concludes on the third night with the DEBUT Runway Show & Gala, a scholarship fundraising event attended by industry notables, FIDM Alumni, and fashion celebrities.

Presenting...Nick Verreos! Making my Runway Stage entrance--with my NIKOLAKI and NV Nick Verreos EVINE Live-dressed models in tow--FIDM DEBUT 2015 Runway Show, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
 Nick Verreos at the "Celebrity Corner" Photo Taking Section--FIDM DEBUT 2015 Fashion Club Party, Barker Hangar Santa Monica

As part of this year's FIDM DEBUT Show (the BIG FIDM Graduate Runway "extravaganza" showcasing the designs of the top fashion, theater/costume, interior design graduates) prior to one of the shows, there's always the fun and fabulous Fashion Club Pre-Party!!! It is always held in a big tent adjacent to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, site of the FIDM DEBUT Show. The Fashion Club DEBUT Pre-Party is attended by hundreds of students from all over the country who are part of various Fashion Clubs at their respective high schools. I heard that this year's party had 800 guests. EIGHT HUNDRED!
Nick Verreos--FIDM Los Angeles Spring 2015 Open House 

Last week, as part of "FIDM DEBUT WEEK", I had the honor of MC'ing the FIDM DEBUT 2015 Spring Open House Panel Discussion at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Downtown L.A. campus and its adjacent Hope Park. The FIDM Open House is a way for high school students interested in following a career in fashion, visual communications, interior design or any of the many, many majors offered by FIDM, to visit the campus, take tours, meet graduates as well as faculty/instructors.

Hello FIDM Open House--Nick Verreos hosts the FIDM L.A. DEBUT Spring 2015 Open House

Hundreds of students visit from not just California but from many other states including Arizona, Texas, Washington and Nevada. Oh and, yes, the parents come along with the students for these Open House tours. As part of my duties as the Official Spokesperson for FIDM, I received the honor of hosting the Alumni/Current Student Panel Discussion which culminated the FIDM Open House campus events.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Crowned: Binibining Pilininas 2015/Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Photo Courtesy of Rappler.com

Three days ago, the 52nd edition of Binibining Pilipinas occurred at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Philippines. At the end of the pageant, contestant No. 10 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2015 and earned the title to represent her nation in this year's Miss Universe competition, wherever that will be.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
 Presenting Bloomingdale's: Nick Verreos Hosts "the Makeup Date"--Bloomingdale's Sherman Oaks Westfield Fashion Square 

This past weekend, I had the honor of hosting "The Makeup Date" event at Bloomingdale's Sherman Oaks. The Makeup Date is one of Bloomingdale's most popular in-store events, involving skin care, makeup and cosmetics. I was so happy to MC the event--which occurred on Saturday morning--and get the audience excited!
Nick Verreos "The Makeup Date" Host and the "The Makeup Date" stage--Bloomingdale's Sherman Oaks Westfield Fashion Square
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Galliano's Gals: Maison Margiela Fall-Winter 2015 by John Galliano

The Look: John Galliano is BACK! At least, this was the perception from the Fashion Glitterati crowd gathered to see Galliano's Paris Debut for Maison Margiela. According to Style.com, the applause kept coming...and coming...and coming...pleading the designer to take his bow. He didn't. Now, back to the collection: only 30 looks (only since normally, this is the Ready-to-Wear "runway land" of 60+ looks, at least!) were shown. It was a display of Galliano "muses" such as Blanche DuBois, Marchesa Casatis--using models hunched over, askew cray-cray makeup; and iconic raw-hemmed Margiela standards--seen on jackets, dresses, skirts.

Makeup and Shoes--Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015

Trends: Art Deco 1920's and 1970's; fur skirts; Cousin Itt shoes; "Blocked" heels; leather and chiffon combined; neon makeup; black lace.

Colors: Black, mustard yellow; Cabernet red; orange; highlighter yellow; gold.

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