Sunday, August 17, 2014
 Hello FIDM OC: Nick Verreos, FIDM OC Campus August 2014 Open House

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to sunny and gorgeous Orange County and making a "Special Appearance" at FIDM OC--located in Irvine California-- for their End-of-Summer August 2014 Open House. I always love visiting the OC and particular the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM OC Campus since everyone there is always SO sweet, welcoming and it gives me a PERFECT excuse to wear one of my favorite colors: PINK; since the predominant color on the loft-like campus is pink.
Red Robin Boys: Jason Rusk, Red Robin VP of Brand Transformation and Tim Gunn...VP of Mentoring

This past week's episode of Lifetime's Project Runway involved Red Robin (the main sponsor for Season 13) and creating "High Fashion" looks from used men's suits. What that had to do with Red Robin or it's famous "Gourmet Burgers" is beyond me but I was up to the task of suspending disbelief and just "going with the program".
Friday, August 15, 2014
 La Mas Bella: Genesis Maria Davila Perez, "Miss Mundo Puerto Rico 2014"(Miss World Puerto Rico 2014)

Two nights ago at the Theater of the School of Fine Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, a new Puerto Rican beauty queen was crowned. The "Miss World Puerto Rico" (Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico) titleholder for 2014 was announced and she was the stunning 5' 10 1/2" tall (1.79 M) Genesis Davila...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Look: Lauren Bacall

Yesterday, Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke at her longtime home in The Dakota overlooking Central Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The legendary film and stage actress was known for her sultry looks and deep husky voice. I also remember her as a Fashion Icon.

Midriff-Exposing Glamour: Lauren Bacall

Anytime I think of Muses that have inspired me and keep inspiring me as a fashion designer, Lauren Bacall is on the top of that list. She always exuded a strong, confidence and devilish sexy style yet you still knew, wherever she went, who was in control. I also have a short little story about my "Three Degrees of Separation" from the legendary Lauren Bacall, a little story about my father meeting with her at an airport lounge in Europe in the late 50's--it's pretty good, so for that you'll have to keep reading to the end of the blog...
Interview Fab: Nick Verreos and host Andrea Feczko--filming the "AXN Avenue" 2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet TV segment, FIDM Museum's "Designing Hollywood" Exhibition

Last month, I filmed a fun "Red Carpet Trends" segment at the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's "Designing Hollywood" Exhibition of Iconic Hollywood Costume Fashion Sketches, for a Japanese AXN Network...
Andrea Feczko and Nick Verreos--FIDM Museum's "Designing Hollywood" Exhjibition, AXN Avenue "Emmy's Red Carpet Predictions" segment

AXN Network wanted to do a segment on the "2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet Trends" and naturally I was happy to show them, using some of my NIKOLAKI Collection gowns.
Saturday, August 09, 2014

Tim Gunn and Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider--Episode 3 "Project Runway" Lifetime Networks

In this week's Season 13 "Project Runway" on Lifetime...the designers challenge was to be inspired by 1994 and create a look for 20 years in the future. The whole convoluted idea came about as a result of the fact that Marie Claire Magazine was having its 20th Anniversary of launching the U.S. Marie Claire. Tim Gunn and Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider announced the challenge to the designers with the backdrop of "vintage" Marie Claire Magazine covers featuring Supermodels like Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer. Now, speaking of Vintage, since this episode was "inspired" by 1994, it's time to show you what my look was back then:

Nick Verreos...1994

Caesar Haircut, Goatee, boxy Nehru Collared suit...yep--that's me 20 years ago! Along with my sister Rita and mom Raquel--we were about to attend one of my best girlfriend's weddings---Naturally the ensembles my sister and mommie are wearing are all my Custom one-of-a-kind designs (I also designed my girlfriend's wedding gown!)..."early" NIKOLAKI, you might say!
Monday, August 04, 2014

La Mas Bella: Miss Venezuela World 2014 Debora Menicucci

This past Saturday night were the finals of the Miss Venezuela Mundo 2014 beauty pageant. The pageant --in its second edition--is a separate Miss Venezuela pageant held specifically to crown the country's representative to the Miss World pageant. In the past, the Miss World representative from Venezuela would be crowned during the traditional Miss Venezuela pageant and would go to the 1st Runner-Up. But after the Miss World Organization told the Miss Venezuela Organization that they needed to have a separate pageant to send their Miss, the MVO obliged and created a elaborate 2nd pageant ...
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