Friday, August 31, 2012

It's Shopping Time!!

Grecian Cocktail: Nick Verreos Dress for Project Runway/Lord & Taylor Tenth Anniversary Capsule Collection

Project Runway and Lord & Taylor are partnering--as you may know--to unveil a first ever Project Runway for Lord & Taylor Capsule Collection to honor the Tenth Season Anniversary of the show. Lord & Taylor--the iconic department store is the exclusive retail partner of Project Runway and one designer from each of the last NINE seasons was asked to design a dress for this exclusive collection. As I posted here, I was honored to have been asked to be the designer from my season--Season 2. And on last night's Project Runway, the challenge was to design a dress for Lord & Taylor with the winner joining the rest of our dresses as the tenth, and final one in the capsule collection.
The winning design from last night's challenge was a blush/nude chiffon with black stretch crepe floor-length dress from Season 10 designer Christopher Palu (design seen above).

Mykonos Blue: Nick Verreos Dress--cobalt blue halter-style gathered front and back chiffon cocktail dress with sequined neck and back yoke detail---Lord & Taylor shopping website--Project Runway Tenth Anniversary Capsule Collection

Al the ten dress designs are available for purchase exclusively at the Fifth Avenue Flagship of Lord & Taylor and on the Lord & Taylor website--Click HERE right NOW to BUY!!! (and buy mine!!)

Happy Fashion Friday and Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tenth Anniversary Fab:

Grecian Blue: "Nick Verreos for Project Runway/Lord and Taylor" gathered front and back halter-neck cocktail dress in cobalt blue chiffon

Months ago, I was asked to design a dress for the Tenth Anniversary Project Runway Capsule Collection to be sold exclusively at Lord & Taylor. One designer from each of the last nine seasons was asked and I was humbled to be the "Season 2" pick. Now, who's the 10th Season designer for this Lord & Taylor collection, you may ask? Well kids, that will be known tomorrow night when this week's Project Runway episode airs.

The Challenge will be to design a dress for Lord & Taylor (the show's Store Sponsor) and the winner will then join the rest of the nine alumni to complete the ten design tableaux. Immediately following tomorrow night's episode, all the dresses will be available to purchase on LordandTaylor.com--all for under $350...

And next NEXT THURSDAY, September 6th, I (along with the other nine Project Runway alumn/designers) will be in NYC at the iconic Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Flagship to "unveil" all the dresses to the public at a fun Fashion's Night Out event/party from 6-11 PM.

More on My Dress:

Nick Verreos Fashion Illustration of his Lord & Taylor/Project Runway Dress

Original Sketch: Here's the original sketch/design I did for Lord & Taylor/Project Runway when they asked me to be part of this exclusive capsule collection. I originally had envisioned it in a golden color with leather (or faux leather) neck and racer-back "harness" accent. It was inspired by my love of draping, Grecian Goddess and a gown style I did in my high-end NIKOLAKI line. But after some edits and adaptions from the Lord & Taylor design team, it evolved into this:

Nick Verreos for Lord & Taylor/Project Runway cobalt blue gathered front chiffon dress...

...with gathered back and iridescent organza over sequin fabric back yoke

Here's a close-up of the front halter neckline

And here were some of the other designs/sketches I also submitted to them as dress style suggestions. The two themes I was chosen to focus on were "Embellished Body Con" and "Draped"--they eventually chose the halter style as you know by now:


Nick Verreos Fashion Illustrations for Lord & Taylor/Project Runway

Here are the other Project Runway dresses for Lord & Taylor from the Project Runway Capsule Collection:

Left to right: Dresses from Bert Keeter and Chris March

Left to right: Dresses from Gordana Gehlhausen, Jay McCarroll

Left to right: Dresses from Korto Momolu, Mondo Guerra

Left to right: Seth Aaron Anderson, Uli Herzner

So, if you're in NYC next week...See you Next THURSDAY September 6th 6-11 PM, for the UNVEILING of the Tenth Anniversary Project Runway for Lord & Taylor Collection at Fashion's Night Out Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue NYC!!!!

La Mas Bella?

 Who. Will. Be. Miss Venezuela 2012?

Well Pageant Kids--it's that time again--The Miss Venezuela Pageant is THIS THURSDAY August 30th. It will take place at the Hotel Tamanaco Intercontinental in Caracas. The pageant can be seen LIVE via the web on various sites (details at end of post) but you can also watch the edited 2 hour version in the US via Univision Spanish-language Network on Saturday 4-6 p.m. PST. I spent my early childhood years in Caracas (very close to the site of this year's pageant) and I fondly remember watching the pageant as a little boy. My sister was also in the Miss Venezuela pageant back in 1988, and I've even designed a gown for a former Miss Universe from Venezuela--Estefania Fernandez, so you could say I have a bit of a "Miss Venezuela" history...

For this 60th edition of the pageant, there are 24 entrants representing all the various departments, states, districts. The pageant is famous for being a "Beauty Producing Brand". Under the direction of Osmel Sousa--the Beauty Pageant "Czar", Venezuela has accumulated more international titles than any other country, including six Miss Universe winners, six Miss World winners, six Miss International winners and one Miss Earth. The joke goes "Venezuela has two main exports: Oil and Beauty Pageant Winners".

 Beauty Czar: Osmel Sousa, president of the Miss Venezuela Organization

The Miss Venezuela contestants spend an entire year preparing for the finals, with voice training/elocution, runway, gym, makeup and hair classes, and yes, there is an "Official" Plastic Surgeon and Dentist on staff to "fix" anything the girls' genes might have not gotten perfect.

The Couture:

Gown Loca: Carolina Eva Izsak Kemenify Miss Venezuela 1991, Carmen Maria Montiel Avila Miss Venezuela 1984

Guy Meliet Couture: Nancy Elena Garcia Amor "Miss Tachira 1988" ; Barbara Palcios Teyde Miss Venezuela 1986 and Miss Universe 1986

 Current Gowns: Marelisa Gibson Villegas Miss Venezuela 2009; Top Three in their respective gowns at the Miss Venezuela 2011

Millions of pageant fans watch the show to see these incredible beauties but also for the GOWNS. Osmel Sousa hand-picks which Venezuelan designers will create one-of-a-kind creations worthy of being seen on the Paris Haute Couture runways (some more than others!). It always surprises me when I speak to fashion designers--whether they are in NYC or Greece--they always whisper in my ear (as if it's a dirty little secret) that they watch the Miss Venezuela pageant; they tell me that they have NO IDEA what they are saying but only watch it for the evening gown "fashion show".

Giving Up Her Crown: Irene Esser, last year's Miss Venezuela (above photos) has yet to even represent her country in this year's Miss Universe pageant since the pageant hasn't even occurred. Usually, it occurs over the Summer and recently, the rumor was that it wasn't even going to happen at all. The latest is that it will occur in December--according to a Tweet the reining Miss Universe Leila Lopes of Angola sent. Who knows if it will even happen...

Escandalo: Last week, my Twitter friend, JLu of the J*Lu Blog reported that former Miss World 2011, Ivi├ín Sarcos-who is from Venezuela--was slammed by some fans in her country after they learned that the ex-Miss allegedly tried to negotiate with the Miss World organization, in order to get the franchise of the pageant for her country, which has been in Osmel Sousa’s hands and the Miss Venezuela Organization for over 30 years. The news leaked on a local TV show on Saturday night followed by a storm of offensive comments on Twitter towards Sarcos, who was called “backstabber,” “hypocrite” and “ungrateful.” Ouch. Needless to say, she's not invited to Thursday night's show and the rumor is that Osmel Souza will not crown a representative to go to Miss World 2013. That will be done "later". 

Now, speaking of Osmel--It is rumored that he usually picks who the winner is, so it really doesn't matter who I think will be the Pageant Winner but...here are my top favorites anyhow:
Miss Miranda Oriana Luccesse Baez: age 19, height 1.77 (about 5' 10") she won Miss Rostro Mas Bello (Best Face) in the Gala Interactiva de la Belleza pre-contest, so she's a strong contender for the top crown and to therefore be next year's Venezuelan representative in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. She's beautiful, perfect figure, looks "international"...and very right for the "Miss Universe" brand.

Miss Falcon Alyz Sabimar Henrich Ocando: 21 years old, height 1.76 (5' 9")--Alyz won Miss Belleza Integral (Integral Beauty) in the Gala Interactiva de la Belleza and is also being named on the web-o-sphere by missosologists and pageant experts as one of the top three.

Aragua Nicelin Elian Herrera Vasquez: 21 years old, height (wait for it) 1.84 ( 6 feet +). I think this woman is STUNNING--she has that gorgeous "mixed" Venezuelan look to her (Euro/Caribbean/Indigenous), a fantastic out-of-control figure and she's AMAZONIAN (over six feet tall!!). Nicelin is one of my favorites. I hope she can do runway, has a nice gown and can speak semi-OK during the interview portion (it's not that important for the Miss Venezuela)

Miss Zulia Noedy Carolina Olivares Gomez: She's 20 years old, stands 1.76 (5' 9") and already won Miss Personalidad (Miss Personality)--she is also gorgeous...those eyes, those lips, that teeny-teieny waist!

Miss Sucre Ingrid Karina Smith: At 25 years old, Ingrid is one of the older contestants (she's still a BABY in my eyes!) and stands 1.77 (5' 10")--I just LOVE her! Her face, her hair...HOT! One look at that photo and all I could say was "At-a-Girl!"


Miss Cojedes Milunay Freites Hull: 20 years old and height- 1.81 (5' 11")-she's another exotic Venezuelan beauty I love--she's got an amazing body, she's very tall and I'm sure (or hope!) she's going to WORK that evening gown runway. Let's hope Osmel gives her a nice gown.

Miss Merida Claudia Baratta Sarcinelli: 23 years old, height 1.73 (about 5' 8")--Besides who I think the winner will be (Miss Miranda), she's the other blond to watch out for. Claudia is very pretty, has a great swimsuit figure and has that "Euro Rich Venezuelan Girl" look that works well abroad and in international pageants.


LIVE Twitter Commentary from Nick and J*Lu:
Who are YOUR Favorites? We'll see on Thursday night who will win the title. I will be LIVE TWEETING on my nickverreos1 Twitter during the pageant  along with my Twitter buddy (and other Venezuelan Pageant "Sistah"!)--JLu of the J*LuBlog . Be sure to follow us--if you aren't already--and check out our "Dos Centavos" (Two Cents) on the gowns, the girls and the too-long show (it's usually 4+ HOURS!!!).

Time Zones and Links for the Live Web Viewings for Miss Venezuela 2012:

Eastern Time(NY) - 7:30pm
Central Time - 6:30pm
Mountain Time - 5:30pm
Pacific Time(CA) - 4:30pm
Manila, Philippines - 7:30am
Egypt - 1:30am

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