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NICK APPEARANCES.....Attending the LA Master Chorale Lux Aeterna Gala 2017: RECAP!

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Attending the LA Master Chorale Lux Aeterna Gala 2017: RECAP!

 Tuxedo Night: Nick Verreos on the red carpet of L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017, Walt Disney Concert Hall Downtown L.A.

This past Sunday, my better half, David Paul, and I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Gala of the L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is one of the country's leading professional choruses and one of Southern California's most vibrant cultural treasures. The 2017 Gala honored Morten Lauridsen and his beautiful requiem Lux Aeterna.

L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

For this 20th Anniversary, Lux Aeterna was being performed for the first time at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in its original version for chorus and orchestra, along with other works closely associated with the artistry of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The evening was MAGICAL and so MOVING...just beautiful!

At the Disney Concert Hall: Nick Verreos and David Paul--attending L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017

Lilac Carpet: Nick Verreos on the "red" carpet of L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017--Walt Disney Concert Hall

We were invited by my friend Raymundo Baltazar who was Gala Co-Chair (and he was my bestie back on Season 2 of "Project Runway"!)...
Nick Verreos and L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017 Co-Chiar Raymundo Baltazar--Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dapper Boys: Raymundo Baltazar and Jonathan Weedman--L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Gala 2017, Walt Disney Concert Hall

In support of the L.A. Master Chorale and this year's Gala--as well as my friend Raymundo of course!--David and I donated THREE of our NV Nick Verreos Contemporary Cocktail Dresses--which were sold at Lord & Taylor and Dillard's--as part of the Gala's Silent Auction...

NV Nick Verreos contemporary cocktail dresses at the Silent Auction of L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017--Walt Disney Concert Hall

We didn't just donated the dresses but also offered them in many, many sizes (Sizes 2-XL!)--depending on whoever bid the most, and what size they wanted! Usually, when one sees a gown and/or dress in a Silent Auction, it's one size and the size being shown only, so...we wanted to make it as accessible as possible to the interested bidders.

Chorale Stage: Photo from the L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017 concert--Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Weedman Facebook

Gala Dinner: View of the VIP dining room hall--L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017--Walt Disney Concert Hall

After Party: Nick Verreos and David Paul at the After Party following the L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017--Walt Disney Concert Hall

 Brilliant Night!--Saying "Goodbye" to the wonderful evening of the L.A. Master Chorale 20th Anniversary Lux Aeterna Gala 2017 at Walt Disney Concert Hall

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FIDM.....FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Class of 2017 Reception: RECAP!

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FIDM.....FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Class of 2017 Reception: RECAP!

FIDM Menswear: Nick Verreos at FIDM--attending FIDM's Advanced Study Program in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception

This past week, I had the privilege of being invited to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM's Advanced Study Program in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition and Reception. Naturally, I attended! I wanted to support these wonderfully talented graduates of my Alma Mater's Menswear Program. Now, speaking of the program, FIDM's Advanced Study in Menswear is THE ONLY DEDICATED PROGRAM IN THE U.S. that teaches Menswear Design and global operations with a focus on casual sportswear.

Nick Verreos attends FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception--                                                                   FIDM Los Angeles

Every year, during Graduation time, an exhibition and reception takes place on the campus to honor, celebrate and also give out top awards to the FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Program group of students. This year's students of this Advanced Study Program in Menswear designed garments that ranged from surf-inspired activewear, sustainable and recyclable sportswear to Cote D'Ivoire-inspired upscale design...

Here are photos from the event:
Scene at FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception--FIDM Los Angeles

Sketch Happy: Flat Sketches & Design Boards of FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate Ashley (Yi-Wen) Cheng--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

A New Male Shape: Fashion Sketches from FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate YunJoo (Ariel) Eum--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

Cote D'Ivoire Style: Designs & Mood Boards of Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate Marceau Gadeau--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

Khaki Jumpsuit Fab: Designs from FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate YunJoo (Ariel) Eum (designer/graduate in lower photo)--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles
Lower photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages 

Nick Verreos (top photo) with FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate Do Hyuok (Paul) Moon, and his designs (lower photo)--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduates Marceau Gadeau (top) and Yi-Wen (Ashley) Cheng (lower pic) and their designs--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

 Nick Verreos with FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Graduate Dorian Marquette (lower photo) and his designs (top photo)--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles
Lower photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

Award Time--Department Chair of Apparel Industry Management and Menswear, Roni Miller Start (far right) announcing the Top Awards at the FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Exhibition & Reception, FIDM Los Angeles

It was so much fun to attend this fabulous Exhibition and Reception honoring the FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear Class of 2017 Graduates! I may design womenswear but I still LOVE menswear and will always support our FIDM graduates--especially those  taking Menswear to a more directional and inspirational level! CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Graduates! 

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NICK APPEARANCES.....The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party: RECAP!

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NICK APPEARANCES.....The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party: RECAP!

The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party Red Carpet: Gabrielle Carteris, Lorna Luft, Nick Verreos, Bryan Batt and Betty Buckley--Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles

This past Sunday, I was invited--along with my NIKOLAKI (and life) partner David Paul--to attend a WONDERFUL event: The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards West Coast Viewing Party. I have been fortunate enough to have attended this fabulous event celebrating Broadway and the Tony Awards for many years. One of my best friends-for-life Louie Anchondo, is the Special Events Director for The Actors Fund and has shared with me all the amazing work that the organization does for the creative community/world.

Celebrating Broadway...and the INCOMPARABLE Betty Buckley--Invitation to The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards West Coast Viewing Party

The Actors Fund is a national human services that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment; they are a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.  The 2017 edition of their Tony Awards Viewing Party was a big success, highlighted with the homage to the amazing Betty Buckley, who was honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement. In addition, one of the most exciting parts of the event is their Silent Auction which this year, did not disappoint. One of the item which I bid on but unfortunately lost--to a fevered last-minute bidding war (tickets to see "Carmen" Opera at the LA Opera!)--but oh well, David and I have several signed Theater Poster/Window Cards including one from Carol Channing to keep us happy until the next Silent Auction!

Here are some photos from the night:
 Nick Verreos--On the red carpet of "The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party", Skirball Cultural Center
Photo courtesy of Nina Prommel and The Actors Fund

Host of "The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party", actor Bryan Batt with Broadway and TV/film icon Betty Buckley and honoree of the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement

"Crazy Ex Girlfriend" star, actress Gabrielle Ruiz--On the red carpet of "The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party", Skirball Cultural Center

Disney XD "Crash & Bernstein" star,  actress Landry Bender--On the red carpet of "The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party", Skirball Cultural Center

 Sitting Pretty: The amazing Betty Buckley--The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center
Photo courtesy of The Actors Fund Facebook

Stage, film and TV actress and singer ICON Betty Buckley giving her acceptance speech after receiving the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement--The Actors Fund 21st Annual West Coast Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center


Broadway Boys: Louie Anchondo, Special Events Director for The Actors Fund (L), Nick Verreos, David Paul (R)--The Actors Fund 21st Annual West Coast Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center

Coffee Mug and Dessert--The Actors Fund 21st Annual Tony Awards West Coast Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center

Until Next Year! Happy Tony Awards!!
To DONATE to The Actors Fund, Click HERE!

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO! Draping Without a Dress Form: Slash and Spread Method!

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO! Draping Without a Dress Form: Slash and Spread Method!

Draped Slash & Spread: Nick Verreos "How to Drape Without a Dress Form Without a Dress Form: Slash & Spread" Video--Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube Channel

In my NEWEST "Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube Video--I'm very excited to show How to Drape a Side Gathered Dress...WITHOUT a Dress Form. While I was in fashion school, I was taught this Slash & Spread Method of pattern-making but shown only examples using basic designs and never a dress like this!

Side Draped Fab: Nick Verreos "How to Drape Without a Dress Form Without a Dress Form: Slash & spread" Video--Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube Channel


Slash & Spread Fashion Class: Nick Verreos "How to Drape Without a Dress Form Without a Dress Form: Slash & spread" Video--Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube Channel

So...using the Slash & Spread method, I show how to create the pattern/drape of a one shoulder side-gathered dress...without the use of a dress form. I hope you enjoy!

Click below to watch "How To Drape Without a Dress Form: Slash & Spread" Video:

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO: Draping a One Shoulder Pleated Bustier

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO: Draping a One Shoulder Pleated Bustier

From Muslin Drape to Gown: Nick Verreos "How To Drape a One Shoulder Pleated Bodice" Video, "Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube Channel

In my one of my latest (and already quite popular!) "Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube video, I show you guys a tutorial on How to Drape a One-shoulder Pleated Bodice using one of my NIKOLAKI gowns as an example!

Nick Verreos and his NIKOLAKI gown--NIKOLAKI design studio, Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

The gown I am using is a one shoulder design in a raspberry colored silk satin organza (photo above). I thought it would be fun to show an "Advanced Draping" lesson and give a tutorial on how to drape the top section of the gown:

 Drape, Pleat and Smooth--Nick Verreos showing you how to drape a one shoulder pleated bodice--"Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube Channel

Click below to watch "How To Drape a One-Shoulder Pleated Bodice" Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube Video:


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WHO WORE WHAT?.....Cannes Film Festival: Closing Ceremony Red Carpet

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....Cannes Film Festival: Closing Ceremony Red Carpet

 Fringed Uma: Actress Uma Thurman arriving at Sunday's Cennes 2017 Film Festival Closing Ceremony, Cannes France

This past Sunday was the Closing Ceremony for the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Cannes 2017 was full of lots of film premieres and fabulous red carpet moments which I covered HEREHERE and HERE. Now, it was time for the Grand Finale of Cannes 2017 when the Jury gave out the coveted Palme d'Or as well as other top awards, including the Grand Prix, the Best Actor and Best Actress as well as many others. And it was also time for one final Cannes Red Carpet...at least for this year. Let's take a look at Who Wore What...at Cannes 2017 Closing Ceremony:

Uma Thurman in Custom Atelier Versace: The see-through "Naked Dress" is quite popular these days on the red carpet so it was not a shocker to see one on the very fit and statuesque Uma Thurman. Uma--who was the President of the Jury for "Un Certain Regard" selection of films at Cannes 2017--was giving her best Cher/Bob Mackie-like moment (even with the straight center-parted hair!) in this shimmering gold sequined gown filled with thousands of gold sequins draped over her body on a nude based gown. The "stars" of the gown were the shimmying gold beaded fringe that really made for an impacting entrance and red carpet walk into the Cannes 2017 Closing Ceremony. I thought she looked quite spectacular. What was not spectacular were all the fallen gold beads that trailed her as she walked the red carpet...

This is a hand-sewn Atelier Versace gown, after all, so we know EVERY SINGLE ONE of those beads was sewn by hand so I am sure they were all, literally, hanging by a thread. As a designer I have been there, receiving one of my cherished sequined gowns back after a big red carpet event, and to my dismay, seeing how 1/4 of the beads ended up on the (red carpet) floor. I'm sure no one cared at Versace; it's just another day on the "Couture Carpet".

Fan Bingbing in Atelier Versace Spring 2017: Another Atelier Versace Diva was the Chinese actress, fashion muse--and Cannes 2017 Jury member--Fan Bingbing, who decided to wear one of Donatella's Haute Couture designs for the Cannes 2017 Closing Ceremony. Bingbing wore this blue-gray tulle gown from Atelier Versace Spring/Summer 2017 collection. 

Fan Bingbing in Atelier Versace Spring 2017

The gown followed in the "Naked Dress" trend with see-through details juxtaposed with Swarovski crystal-encrusted boning that was strategically hand-sewn throughout the gown, forming a mermaid-like caged silhouette at the bottom...all covered in silk tulle with fan accents. That last part was kind of fabulous: Fan Bingbing wore a gown...with FAN accents! 

Jessica Chastain in Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 Couture: Cannes 2017 Jury member Jessica Chastain went 1940's Old Hollywood Glamour in this ivory silk gown from Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline, sharp cap sleeves, and side pleated cascade folds. Originally, when the style was shown on the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runway (back in January), it was in black (or more like a "midnight blue").

Jessica Chastain in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017

But for Chastain, it was customized and changed to the white color, which I do think was a wise choice, especially for the porcelain skinned/red haired actress. While the color was changed, the red sequins remained. I thought she looked beautiful (the lipstick color matched the red sequins PERFECTLY!) and I especially loved the open back of the gown and dramatic back overskirt/fall.

Diane Kruger in custom Jonathan Simkhai: Cannes 2017 Best Actress winner Diane Kruger, wore a black gown from U.S. designer Jonathan Simkhai. The gown featured a strapless-like silhouette with fitted bust cups, a fit-to-flare gown silhouette and billowy "Renaissance"-like off-the-shoulder sleeves. While it wasn't so much of a "Fashion" statement (in the likes of the Fan Bingbing's or Aiswarya Rai Bachchan's), it was on par with what "Best Actress" nominees have been doing lately at previous top awards shows...keeping it safe and not too Fashion With a Capital "F" (much to my disappointment). 

Peasant Sleeve Boy: Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017

In case you might be wondering who designer Jonathan Simkhai is (not a red carpet "household" designer name, although he's dressed MANY celebs), he began his design line in 2010 and in 2015, he was the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And he's known for those off-the-shoulder Boho/Peasant Gal-meets-Renaissance sleeve details. It's kind of his "thang". Or at least, it should be now!

Monica Bellucci in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring 2017: The Cannes 2017 Closing Ceremony host, Italian actress Monica Bellucci wore a black gown from Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring/Summer 2017. The Opera-inspired collection was shown in Milan back in January and is the Haute Couture arm of the Italian fashion brand. In other words, these are Made-to-Order designs, one-of-a-kind (unless several clients order it!), and prices begin at about $50,000 per dress and go up and up and up.

Elizabethan Bellucci: Mistress of the 2017 Cannes Closing Ceremony, Monica Bellucci in cut velvet hand-made Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring/Summer 2017

Monica's black handsewn cut velvet-and-sequins gown--as it was originally shown on the runway--was Tea-length and featured puffy sleeves...and yes, that Elizabethan ruff collar. For Monica, it was changed--the puffy sleeves were gone, and the length was made longer by adding a black lace tulle layer with gathered tulle crinoline under-petticoat, to exaggerate the Mermaid-like shape. La Diva Bellucci always looks great in black and figure-hugging shapes. And it was an Italian "Double-Double" to have her wear Dolce & Gabbana for this prime hosting gig.

Finally, I wanted to add French actress Eva Green--even though this wasn't from the Cannes 2017 Closing Ceremony...but she looked so chic and the dress was interesting enough to mention it here: 
Eva Green at the "Based on a True Story" Cannes 2017 Film Premiere in Alexander McQueen Spring 2017: Eva Green wore this intricate silver sequins and black and silver lace gown from Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2017 "Celtic"-inspired collection. Following on the Red Carpet Gown Trend of the "Naked Dress", the design featured the HOT HOT HOT see-through look, with an under-corselette featuring black boning, very elaborate--and exquisite--sequined applique over nude tulle work and puffy sleeves (with gathered tulle inside of it to "puff" the cap)...

Details of Eva Green's Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2017 gown--Cannes 2017

This is THE NEXT LEVEL of gowns. Stunning, modern-yet-Edwardian, with nods to the 20's/30's as well, and very red carpet fabulous. A work of gown art.

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