Monday, March 25, 2013

NICK APPEARANCES.....NIKOLAKI Collection at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013: Photos + Runway Video!
























Nick Verreos takes his bow--A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates Fashion Show, Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 Palm Desert








Nick Verreos--arriving at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 Palm Desert California, to set up his NIKOLAKI Collection for the "A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates" Fashion Show



Last Monday--a week ago, precisely, I went to the gorgeous city of Palm Desert to show my latest NIKOLAKI Collection at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013...







NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul--The Backdrop at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 Palm Desert California





I was invited by Palm Springs Life Magazine produced Fashion Week El Paseo and sponsored by my Alma Mater (and College I am a Spokesperson for) the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM to be one of the FIDM Debut Designer Graduates to take part in the "A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates Fashion Show" and emcee the show as well as make a special appearance.






 Entrance to Plummers lounge, Fashion Week El Paseo 2013






 Pre-Show: Inside the Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 tent, Palm Desert California







 NIKOLAKI Collection--in bags--pre-steaming at the Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 tent backstage







 David Paul and Nick Verreos, of NIKOLAKI--Fashion Week El Paseo 2013, backstage tent area



Even though I was making the "Nikolaki Bow" at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013, my NIKOLAKI design partner David Paul, naturally, came with me (I cannot do ANYTHING without him). Of course, he wanted to make sure our gowns/collection were going to fit just right, be steamed perfectly, and all the accessories he chose, would be properly styled with the right model. Not only is he the co-designer of NIKOLAKI, he's also the stylist, and well, brains behind the madness (of me!).








 Rehearsal Time: "A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates Fashion Show" Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 designers (left to right) Paul Hernandez, Angela Avanesyan, Nick Verreos, Heathyr Lawrence, Joe Vilaiwan, Clay Sadler







 Nick Verreos with "A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates Fashion Show" designers Heathyr Lawrence (left) and Clay Sadler (right), Fashion Week El Paseo 2013





"A Salute to Three Decades of FIDM Debut Graduates" Designer Paul Hernandez and Nick Verreos--Fashion Week El Paseo 2013




Nick Verreos and the backstage "Fashion Week El Paseo 2013" dressers








Pre-Fashion Show Scene--Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 "A Salute to FIDM Debut Graduates Fashion Show", Palm Desert California



After a rehearsal/run-through of my emcee duties, it was time for the show--I was the last of all the FIDM Debut Graduates designers and here are some photos of my show/collection on the gorgeous L. A. Models models:










 Model Devanie in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul black silk jersey halter gown with silver jeweled embellishment






 Model Katrina Hunter in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul black and silver sequined cowl-necked cocktail dress with draped shoulder details






 Model Rina in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul black silk duchesse fitted cocktail dress with silk gazar back bow detail and gold and multicolored jeweled waist and strap detail embellishment






 Model Brianna Barnes in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul animal printed silk chiffon halter gown with gold jeweled neckline detail






 Model Kalyn Hemphill in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul balck and silver sequined cowl necked gown wwth side slit and attached matching caplet






 Model Martinique Mitchell in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul "Guinevere" gown in desert sand-colored silk chiffon gathered Empire-style gown with tulle-and-sequined trim detail








 Model Lacey James in NIKOLAKI by  Nick Verreos/David Paul vanilla-colored silk crepe back satin gown with draped front and silver jeweled shoulder accents






 Model Bianca in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul multicolored silk chiffon "watercolor animal" printed gown with gathered front, fitted waist and side slit







Model Devanie in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul vanilla-colored silk chiffon gathered gown with side slit, cape-back and gold jeweled embellishment







 Model Amanda Fields in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul gold sequined paillette column gown with draped front and back and high side-slit






 Nick Verreos with the "A Salute to FIDM Debut Graduates" Fashion Show" designers--(left to right) Heathyr Lawrence, Joe Vilaiwan, Nick Verreos, Paul Hernandez, Angela Avanesyan , and Clay Sadler



The show was a HUGE success and everyone LOVED it---both David and I were over-the-moon and happy with the fashion show, the models and yes, our gowns...






 Welcome to Sunnylands Chic--Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 Palm Desert



The following day, before leaving Palm Desert, I went back to the Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 tent to check out the runway stage installation of the "Sunnylands Chic" gowns....






Fashion Designer Nick Verreos and model Amanda Fields in his "Sunnylands/Leonore Annenberg"-inspired creation--Sunnylands Chic: the Fashions of Leonore Annenberg Event



I created a NIKOLAKI gown inspired by Leonore Annenberg and the Sunnylands Estate (Click HERE for all the fabulousness of the unveiling). The creations--mine as well as other fashion designers--were being shown in an installation on the Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 runway stage in the tent the following day, and naturally, I had to go:





  "Welcome to Sunnylands Chic" fashion installation--Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 Palm Desert






 Inspiration vs. New Creation (Front View)--(left to right) Oscar de la Renta apple green silk Leonore Annenberg gown and NIKOLAKI gown (right)--"Sunnylands Chic" fashion installation at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 runway stage






  Inspiration vs. New Creation (Back View)--NIKOLAKI gown (left) and Oscar de la Renta Leonore Annenberg gown inspiration,"Sunnylands Chic" fashion installation at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013 runway stage






 NIKOLAKI gown--here's my gown--an apple green silk duchesse gown with  a batteau neckline, hand-pleated peplum, cap sleeves and fit-to-flare "Mermaid Lite" silhouette



I had a FABULOUS time in Palm Desert and showing my designs at Fashion Week El Paseo 2013! Can't wait to return! Click HERE for more photos of the other collections as well as the entire fashion show video of the "A Salute to FIDM Debut Graduates" Fashion Show and...




Click Below to watch video of  our NIKOLAKI Fashion Show: