Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Every time I am in NY, especially during Fashion Week, I cannot live without "The Daily" . Ok, to be honest , I cannot live without several things in New York, "The Daily" just happens to be up there! I wanted to thank the lovely--and fashionably investigative staff--for naming my little ol' blog as a "Link of The Day". I will try to live up to that honor .
Friday, May 26, 2006
Sorry for not posting something for a week or so but it has been a little hectic here in Los Angeles for me (Hectic in a good way). I am nearing the end of the Spring Quarter and had lots of Midterms and papers to grade, plus I am cutting orders for my line, Nikolaki and meeting with people regarding various future projects. I also somehow sneaked in a session with a great photographer, Johnny Nicoloro to take some new “Head Shots” for me. Yes, headshots, a clothing designer in 2006 now has to have headshots. We live in a crazy world! Amongst all this, I did find time to take a little break last Sunday and experience Madonna’s “Confessions” concert Debut in Los Angeles at The Forum. Year’s ago, I had designed and made some outfits for Madonna’s iconic backup Diva, Niki Harris. She was the sweetest, kindest person, opening her home to me for fittings, and “dishing” about the Industry. This is the closest “Six Degrees of Separation” that I got to Mrs. Ritchie. I expected to be entertained, shocked and to work up a sweat (I am a Madonna fan, for the last, well, 15 years!)and I was. The beginning, with the “W” magazine photo-video montage by photographer Steven Klein, and the whole Jean-Paul Gaultier/Hermes-meets-S & M Horse-riding costumes was one of my favorite sections of the whole concert. I especially loved the dancers and their saddle accessories on their shoulders and their horse-trotting inspired choreography. It was both innovative and sexy. She did several costume changes, going from velvet knickers-clad Madonna-on-a-cross with thorned crown to boot, to her ode to John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever” white 3-piece Disco suit. I have to say, however, that there were moments in the whole concert where she could have “gone further” in terms of costume. I expected a little bit more in that department, and especially knowing Jean-Paul Gaultier was collaborating with her. His most recent Haute Couture collections have been breathtaking visions of the ultimate design. Several seasons ago he paid homage to Africa by designing silk and leather bustiers based on African Tribal masks as well as chiffon gowns reminiscent of Garden parties in pre-colonial Kenya. Just stunning. A parade of these gowns would have fit perfectly in the section of the concert where photos of African children were splashed on the big screen. In my “fantasy” Madonna concert this would have juxtaposed the horror of these photos with the blinding beauty of these dresses all standing on her concert-stage-runway. Most recently , his collection was inspired by Grecian beauties, with one particularly stunning red “bubble” gown that I could have just imagined Madonna come out on stage in. But in the end, I enjoyed the visual journey the concert put me through. If I had the money, or the connections, I would have seen it again.
Thursday, May 18, 2006

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I first met actress/model and former Miss Universe, Brook Lee at the Los Angeles GLAAD Awards Gala. We instantly hit it off. Not only was she beautiful, she had an amazingly warm personality—rare in this town, especially for gorgeous girls like her. Before we knew it, I was slapping her hand as in a “High Five” and she was finishing my sentences with “OKAAAY!” What cemented our relationship was when she told me that Ali Landry (actress and former “Doritos Girl”) had crowned her when she became Miss USA. I designed the very same gown Ali wore to crown Brook Lee. Let’s just say it was fate that we would meet.
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Ali Landry and the Gown I designed for her when she gave up her Miss USA Title
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Brook told me she was flying off to New York to attend the launch of “Universal Beauty”, a book on the trade secrets of former and current Miss Universes. About 10 former Miss Universes would be in attendance, along with all of this year's 50 Miss USA contestants and “The Donald” himself. She was instructed to wear either black, gold or red. She called up my studio and we had a meeting. I designed a sexy one-shouldered silk charmeuse dress in Fire Red which fit her perfectly. When she returned, she came bearing gifts including a signed copy of the book plus her actual “Miss Universe 1997” sash. Well, I just about died, if you can only imagine. She warned me that if I slept with it, to be careful of the rhinestone crystals scratching my Duvet! Her sash is now draped on one of my forms and looks perfect with my gowns (and I have secretly worn it when no one is looking!). *sorry for the grainy photos, if I find better ones I will replace these.
Monday, May 15, 2006
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As Madonna says: "I Love NEW YORK!"

I just got back last night after my whirlwind trip! The Billion Dollar Babes event was, once again, a huge success and tons of fun. It was so great to meet some Project Runway fans and give them an opportunity to purchase some of my clothing. I was having a great time helping girls find the perfect piece from my collection that made them look and feel fabulous!! Daniel joined me Friday night at the VIP Preview Sale Hosted by Elle Magazine and we took a few pictures with Kate Nobelius who is one of the creators of Billion Dollar Babes and runs the PR firm Couch Nobelius. She is not only stunningly beautiful, but also a sweet heart and has been so supportive of me for the last 5 years!

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Having fun with Daniel!

Hangin' out and having fun

The next day I went to meet up with Emmett to say Hi and check out his new store. It is absolutely beautiful and he has done such a great job making it a perfect reflection of his great style and taste. When I walked in at around 3pm the store was packed with women enjoying Mother's Day and doing some shopping. We only had time for a quick Latte and conversation before I was off to catch my flight back to LA, but it was great to see him and his store doing so well.

Next up...Billion Dollar Babes in Los Angeles in June. I couldn't leave out all the West Coasters could I?!! More on that later. xoxoNick

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
EVENT DETAILS AGAIN IF YOU HAVEN’T YET RSVP’D Saturday, May 13 from 8am-6pm The Altman Building 135 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Aves) New York, NY 10011 Click HERE for directions CLICK HERE TO RSVP Remember, to expedite entry please print out your RSVP confirmation email. FIRST TIME AT THE SALE? Click HERE to visit our FAQs page to answer your most commonly asked questions.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Alright all you East-Coasters! It's time to get your shopping on!! I am, once again, involved in a great sale that is taking place in New York. It is called Billion Dollar Babes and is a fantastic event. There are some amazing bargains, plus they have an Open Bar!!! Here is your opportunity to get some Nick Verreos creations! Check out all the details below. This is an RSVP event, so make sure to sign up below to attend!! Everyone is welcome. New York event is on: Saturday, May 13, 2006 8am-6pm The Altman Building 135 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Aves) New York, NY 10011 You must be a registered user to RSVP for this event. Register here RSVPs close on Friday May 12th @ 4pm for this event Want to come earlier? Click_here to learn about our U.S. Membership Program. May NY designer roster includes... FOR THE BABES - up to 80% off: Alex Gaines Alice McCall Alvin Valley Anya Hindmarch BellBinetti Clothing + handbags Black Halo Camilla + Marc Coco Kliks Cynthia Rowley Diane Medak Generra Georgina Goodman Geren Ford Grey Ant Groovygirl Ingwa Melero Isabella Fiore James Jeans Jenny Packham Jessica Elliot JohnsonKale Laila Azhar LefullL'or Designs Mabel Chong Mara Hoffman Michelle Mason Mimi Turner Handbags Mona and Holly Mon Petit Oiseau Nicola Finetti Nick Verreos/Nikolaki Oliver Peoples Paul Smith Eyewear Petro Zillia Samantha Treacy S ingle /Dress/Kaya di Koko Thickskin Tree Tocca Toast Tulula Under Uyen-Uyen Designs Vicki Lynn Vivienne Westwood Wendy Hil William B Zimmermann AND FOR THE BLOKES - up to 80% off WHOLESALE on: BC Ethic Dita Eisbar Energie Freshjive Grey Ant GSUS Howe Joe's Jeans Oliver Peoples Romain Kapadia Saa Z Designs Serfontaine Teenage Millionaire Thickskin Man --> *Designers subject to change...and there's more to come! FIRST TIME AT THE SALE? Click here to visit our FAQs page to answer your most commonly asked questions.
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