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RIP....RIP Hubert de Givenchy: Master of Haute Couture, Elegance, Class: A PHOTO DEDICATION


RIP....RIP Hubert de Givenchy: Master of Haute Couture, Elegance, Class: A PHOTO DEDICATION

Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy

The Fashion World has lost a LEGEND. A Master of Haute Couture, elegance, class and perfection. French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy--yes, THE GIVENCHY--has died, at the age of 91. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy founded the French fashion house of Givenchy in 1952. Before then, at the age of seventeen, he moved to Paris and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. During the 1940's, he designed for Jacques Fath, Robert Piquet and Lucien Lelong. From 1947-1951, he worked alongside Elsa Schiaparelli. His first collection was inspired by his muse...

French model Bettina Grazziani

During the shoot of the movie "Sabrina", Givenchy met actress Audrey Hepburn in 1953 and then, it was "done and done". The two sealed the deal with their iconic partnership in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) where she wore his infamous Little Black Dress. They remained friends for forty years until her death in 1993. Givenchy's clients also ranged from Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor to Empress Farah Diba of Iran, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They paid $25,000-$50,000 a gown (at today's exchange) when ordering a style. In 1989, the brand was sold to LVMH. Hubert de Givenchy officially retired in 1995, handing over the design duties to John Galliano who lasted only briefly and was then succeeded by Alexander McQueen for five years...and Riccardo Tisci from 2005-2017. Givenchy died in his sleep at his Renaissance chateau. Here is my PHOTO DEDICATION to the Master, Hubert de Givenchy:

Hubert de Givenchy with then-fashion model Carla Bruni (and future First Lady of France) as the Finale Bride--Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1994

Hubert de Givenchy--with his sketches for the Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1994 collection

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1994 (L) worn by a very young Tyra Banks; Spring/Summer 1994 (R) blue silk gazar belted dress.

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1994 (L) and Spring/Summer 1994 (R)

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer (L) worn by former Miss World Kenya 1984 (and Yves Saint Laurent muse) Khadija Adam Ismail; and Fall/Winter 1994 (R)

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn:
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

1952--Hubert de Givenchy with Audrey Hepburn

1963--Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy Haute Couture

Photoshoot Fab--Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy Haute Couture --1955 (L) and 60's (R)

Sabrina Givenchy--Givenchy sketch and gown--worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina" (1954)

Funny Face Givenchy--Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy in "Funny Face" (1957)

1961 Breakfast at Tifaany's Givenchy Little Black Dress--The dress wasn't so little, in that it was full length, and was designed to highlight her long legs and great shoulders/arms but hide her very thin front neckline. 

Lifelong Friendship: Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor wore Givenchy Haute Couture for the funeral of her husband, Edward VIII in 1972

1961--U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore Givenchy Haute Couture (but kept it a secret since the U.S press might deem it "inappropriate" to be wearing a French designer as a U.S. First Lady) when she accompanied her husband, President Kennedy on a State Visit to France and charmed the country--as well as then-President of France Charles de Gaulle at a dinner in Versailles. 

Le Hubert--Hubert de Givenchy at home with his dog

Givenchy Croquis--Fashion sketches from Hubert de Givenchy Haute Couture

RIP Hubert de Givenchy.

SASHES AND TIARAS.....2018 Puteri Indonesia Miss Universe Indonesia CROWNED + THE GOWNS!


SASHES AND TIARAS.....2018 Puteri Indonesia Miss Universe Indonesia CROWNED + THE GOWNS!

 Indonesian Beauties--The newly crwned 2018 Puteri Indonesia (Miss Universe Indonesia), Sonia Fergina (center) with 1st Runner-up Puteri Indonesia Lingkungan (Miss Indonesia International) Vania Fitryanti (Left) and 2nd Runner-Up Puteri Indonesia Pariwisata (Miss Indonesia Supranational) Wilda Octaviana (Right)--Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta Indonesia
 Some photos courtesy of Puteri Indonesia Official Facebook Page

This past Friday, March 9th, the 2018 Puteri Indonesia Beauty Pageant occurred crowning its new top Indonesian beauties. Puteri Indonesia is one of the most prestigious and oldest beauty pageants in Indonesia, whose winner gets the privilege to represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant. This year 39 contestants competed for the coveted title and Sonia Fergina Citra, the representative from Bangka Belitung, emerged as the top winner...

 Crowning Moment: Last year's Miss Universe Indonesia Bunga Jelitha (center) gets ready to crown the new 2018 Puteri Indonesia who will replace her...with eventual winner Sonia Fergina (Left) and 1st Runner-Up Vania Fitryanti (Right)--Jakarata Convention Center, Jakarta Indonesia

The new winner...
Sonia Fergina represented the province of the Bangka Belitung Islands. She's 25 years old and stands 1.78 m (5' 10") tall and is the youngest child of her family. She is no stranger to beauty pageants in that she was Top 10 in "Miss Oriental Tourism 2012" in Singapore, won "Model Mall Atrium in Style 2015" and was 1st Runner-Up of "Wajah Model Ramaja Bungka Belitung 2005". She will now represent Indonesia at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant occurring at the end of this year.

Special Guests in Fabulous Gowns...
 This year, the reigning Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel Peters of South Africa (second from right) attended, helping crown the winner as well as asking a final question during the finals.

Demi-Leigh wore a stunning Indonesian Kebaya gown designed by INAV by Intan Avantie--the gown featured hand embellished gold and royal blue flower-and-leaf designs, gold lace trim and a blush/golden silk organza overskirt. 

Besides Miss Universe 2017, two other international beauty queens were in attendance, invited by the Puteri Indonesia organization--Miss Supranational 2017 Jenny Kim from South Korea (second from left) and Indonesia's won Miss International 2017 Kevin Lilliana (center)--seen here with last year's Puteri Indonesia winners, all wearing Couture Kebayas from INAV by Intan Avantie in styles similar to the one worn by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel Peters

Miss Universe 2017, Miss International 2017 and Miss Supranational 2017 weren't the only ones in fabulous gowns, since throughout the night, the pageant was a Gown-Spectacular show...showcasing the spectacular handwork and intricate designs of Indonesian design talent...
During the 2018 Puteri Indonesia pageant, the contestants all wore glittery gown throughout the night, including gold and silver sequined ones seen above after the naming of the Top 11 Semifinalists--2018 Puteri Indonesia Beauty Pageant

 The Top 11 semifinalists changed into these pink-and-red gowns featuring sequined fabrication along with solid flowy silks in various styles--2018 Puteri Indonesia Beauty Pageant

 Top Three in Pink/Red Gowns--2018 Puteri Indonesia Beauty Pageant

For the Finals, the Top Three did yet ANOTHER Gown Change for the Finale Crowning Gowns...
The top three wore these STUNNING creations by ANAZ , known for outfitting many beauty pageant contestants and winners at international pageants...

ANAZ gowns at Miss Grand International 2017 (L to R) Miss Grand Venezuela Tulia Aleman, Miss Grand South Sudan Eyga Mojus and Miss Grand International 2016 Arsika Putri Pertiwi

Gown Beautiful--2018 Puteri Indonesia Winner (center) with her Runners-Up in their ANAZ gowns...

The gowns were inspired by the beauty of flora and fauna of Pasundan Land. The designs featured sequined applique reminiscent of  the butterflies that fly around the flower garden under the shade of Mega Mendung’s. Other inspiration comes from the Batik of Mega Mendung, symbolizing the authentic heritage’s beauty of Pasundan Land--all in all these were stunning gown works of art!
Photo courtesy of ANAZ Instagram


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NICK APPEARANCES.....90 Years of Oscars Style FIDM Museum NIKOLAKI Gown Segment RECAP!


NICK APPEARANCES.....90 Years of Oscars Style FIDM Museum NIKOLAKI Gown Segment RECAP!

Gown Fabulous--Nick Verreos with models (L to R) Amber Lindauer, Amanda Fields Bennett, Brianna Barnes, Lily Taylor in NIKOLAKi gowns--KTLA "Live From The Oscars" 90 Years of Style TV Segment, FIDM Museum

In my last blog HERE, I showed you guys Behind-the-Scenes photos of being part of KTLA's "Live From The Oscars" Pre-Show TV Special. So, now it's time to for my Behind-the-Scenes Blog of filming at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Museum's 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition discussing the Academy Award nominated costumes as well as a segment I did showcasing my NIKOLAKI fashion line's gowns to celebrate 90 years of Oscars Style.

Behind-the-Scenes Photos:
Nick Verreos--KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Four-time Academy Award Winner Costume Designer Colleen Atwood's Oscars statuesque for winning the 2017 Best Costume Design Academy Award (for "Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them")--on display at the FIDM Museum 26th Annual Art of Costume Design Exhibition

Giving Costume "Dish"--Nick Verreos filming segments on the 2018 Academy Award nominated costumes on exhibit at FIDM Museum's 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

Nick Verreos--"90 Years of Oscars Style" segment for KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Pre-Show TV Special--FIDM Museum

Ready to be Dressed--NIKOLAKI gowns--FIDM Museum

In the special "90 Years of Oscars Style" segment on the KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Pre-Show, I showed several of our NIKOLAKI gowns as being "inspired" by all the various decades--from 1920s-2010's--that the Academy Awards has been a part of (The 1st Academy Awards ceremony took place in 1929)...Take a look:

1920's Inspired Great Gatsby Gal: Model Brianna Barnes in NIKOLAKI bias-cut gold silk charmeuse asymmetrical hem draped gown--My partner David styled all the gowns and for this particular one, he used a GORGEOUS 1920's feathered fan that was HIS GRANDMOTHER'S!!! David also created the beautiful headpiece--FIDM Museum 

1930's Inspired Hollywood Glamour: Model Amanda Fields Bennett in a NIKOLAKI bias-cut red silk charmeuse cowl-neck gown with draped back--FIDM Museum

1930's Inspired Draping: Model Lily Taylor in a NIKOLAKI iris blue colored silk jersey draped gown with copper paillette waist detail--FIDM Museum

1940's Inspired Tailored Gown: Model Amber Lindauer in NIKOLAKI neon green colored silk duchesse pleated peplum shoulder padded gown--FIDM Museum

1960's Inspired Jacqueline Kennedy Style: Model Amber Lindauer in NIKOLAKi silk satin organza black gown with silk organza ivory hi-lo cape with Swarovski jeweled neckline--FIDM Museum

1970's Inspired Disco Style: Model Brianna Barnes in NIKOLAKI one shoulder jumpsuit in green "cheetah"-printed silk mousseline and black silk duchesse--FIDM Museum

1980's Inspired Diva: Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI raspberry colored silk ziberline mermaid-shaped gown--FIDM Museum

2000's Inspired Glam: Model Lily Taylor in NIKOLAKI coral colored silk ziberline gown with back "Obi"-inspired cascade bow detail--FIDM Museum

2018 Red Carpet Sparkle #1: Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI lavender colored silk chiffon sequined gown with "peek-a-boo" front--FIDM Museum

2018 Red Carpet Sparkle #2: Model Amber Lindauer in NIKOLAKI silk chiffon-backed gold sequined gown with capelet, cowl-draped neckline and open back--FIDM Museum

Red Carpet Couple--Kimberly Cornell and Nick Verreos at FIDM Museum--Much LOVE to Kimberly Cornell, Executive Producer of KTLA News and producer of the FAB FIDM Museum/90 Years of Oscars Style/NIKOLAKI Fashion segments

Happy Birthday Surprise: As a SURPRISE BONUS...we filmed the segments right before my birthday and my FIDM Museum "family",models and everyone else involved with the filming gave me a BEAUTIFUL card as well as GORGEOUS flowers!--(L to R) models Amber Lindauer, Amanda Fields Bennett; Nick Verreos, NIKOLAKI's David Paul; models Brianna Barnes and Lily Taylor--FIDM Museum