Color Me Fab: Nick Verreos with models in "NV Nick Verreos" Spring 2013 dresses--Nick Veerreos In-Store Appearance for "NV Nick Verreos" dress line launch event Dillard's Scottsdale Arizona Fashion Square
NV Nick Verreos--available at Dillard's
Last week I flew to Arizona to do my first Dillard's In-Store Appearance for my new NV Nick Verreos dress line. As you may know, I just launched my very affordable contemporary dress line NV Nick Verreos (priced from $108-$168) based on a lot of the Red Carpet dresses worn by many celebs from my high-end more expensive NIKOLAKI collection. The collection is carried at about fifty Dillard's stores across the US and I felt, this was the perfect time to make some in-store appearances to promote the line. My first stop was the Dillard's in Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Nick Verreos--In-Store Appearance for "NV Nick Verreos" dress line launch at Dillard's Scottsdale Arizona Fashion Square
My event was this past Saturday but I arrived a couple of days before to do some TV appearances to publicize the event. First, I checked in to my hotel--The Saguaro Hotel Scottsdale. My NIKOLAKI and NV Nick Verreos design partner, David Paul and I chose this hotel because we loved the fun colorful design, Palm Springs-like look of it all (they have one in Palm Springs as well, naturally) and the photos of the pool. Boy were we naive to even think that on a business trip we would even get to use the fabulous pool. Needless to say, we did not; our schedule was jam-packed and we barely found time to sleep. But I did find time to take a photo of the great and colorful room:
Love the colorful striped bed-throw--The Saguaro Hotel Scottsdale Arizona
The (never used) Pool--The Saguaro Hotel Scottsdale Arizona
After arriving on Thursday, checking in, getting dinner and some sleep, I had to be up early on Friday to prep for an appearance on the "Arizona Midday" KPNX (an NBC affiliate) Phoenix Channel 12 TV Show. The show is broadcast live beginning at 1 PM which means I had to start getting ready for it around 9AM of course! I was bringing two models--all in my new NV Nick Verreos dresses to promote my in-store appearance at Dillard's plus discuss the latest in Spring/Summer trends. After I got there, the show's host, the beautiful Destry Jetton, told me that my segment would come after a "Coffee Talk" segment they had to do--where they discuss "Hot Topics" of the day. Well kids, Destry immediately said "Why can't Nick be part of our 'Coffee Talk'?" Naturally, it was "done and done":
Coffee Talk Ladies--and a Gentleman: Nick Verreos joins the ladies on "Coffee Talk" segment, KPNX Phoenix Channel 12 "Arizona Midday" TV Show
Here are pics from that TV appearance:
Nick Verreos with "Arizona Midday" TV Show host Destry Jetton
Pop of Color: Model Rachel Marie in "NV Nick Verreos" Spring/Summer 2013 dresses--"Arizona Midday" KPNX Phoenix Channel 12 TV Show
After my "Arizona Midday" TV Show appearance, I went to the Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square to "survey" the lay of the land for my appearance the next day--as well as check out the dress styles and accessories--all put together by the most FABULOUS Denise Ames, Director of Special Events/Western Division for Dillard's. PS: I ADORE her! She organized everything to such amazing perfection. Can I make FIVE clones of her? Please? Like TOMORROW!!??
Dressed and Ready: Nick Verreos with his "NV Nick Verreos" models, Rachel Marie (L) and Kaylee Esplin (R)--"Arizona Midday" KPNX Phoenix Channel 12 TV Show
Also, for our first TV segment we wanted to show a third dress but only had two models, so Denise's assistant, a very tall and beautiful Kaylee Esplin (the blond model in the green dress above) rose to the occasion and modeled for the very first time--we ended up using her for our other TV segment as well! Thank you Kaylee, you ROCK!
(Left to right): Dan Kluvo, James Kluvo, Nick Verreos, Kaitlin Kluvo (in the NV Nick Verreos dress she bought!)
Family Dinner: (Left to Right) James Kluvo, Dan Kluvo, Laura Kluvo, Maria (Will's girlfriend), Nick Verreos, Conchita Hansen, David Paul, Will Kluvo
Before I realized, it was time for both David and I to head back to our hotel and get "freshened up" (splash & spray!) for a wonderful--and very special dinner at FnB with Blogging Project Runway's Laura Kluvo and her family. Laura has supported me through all these years and I consider her my "Project Runway Fairy Godmother". We were also joined by David's mom, Conchita, who flew in from San Diego to come to my in-store event and support her son and I. We LUV her!
The following morning, it was "rise & shine" very early in the AM as I had to be on KTVK-3TV's "Good Morning Arizona" in the 9 AM hour promoting my NV Nick Verreos/Dillard's appearance as well as discussing Spring/Summer 2013 Trends:
Apple Green, Watercolor Prints, Grecian Goddess: Nick Verreos with models in "NV Nick Verreos" dresses with "Good Morning Arizona" Weekend co-anchor Tess Rafols (far right)
Good Morning Arizona: Nick Verreos with models Jayohna Williams, Rachel Marie and Kaylee Esplin in NV Nick Verreos dresses--KTVK-3TV "Good Morning Arizona" weekend TV Show
After my Morning TV Show appearance, it was time to get some breakfast, do a quick outfit change and head to the Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square and get ready for my In-Store Appearance--here are some pics from that:
David Paul and his mommy Conchita Encinas Hansen--Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square, NV Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance
One Shoulder Peach Fashionista: A mannequin on the floor at the Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square, Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance
The Stage Is Set: NV Nick Verreos/Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance, Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square
Picture Time: David Paul taking pics of the event--NV Nick Verreos/Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance, Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square
Nick Verreos and model Jayhona Williams in NV Nick Verreos "Lydia" pop art/geometric printed jersey tunic dress--NV Nick Verreos/Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance, Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square
Nick Verreos and model Rachel Marie in watercolor printed "Davida" crepe halter dress--NV Nick Verreos/Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance, Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square
Nick Verreos and model Rachel Marie in "Heidi" dress--a black one-shoulder jersey and faux leather dress that Heidi Klum wore---NV Nick Verreos/Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance, Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square
And The Winner Is: After my mini-"NV Nick Verreos" Fashion presentation at Dillard's, I chose one person from the audience who would win a free "NV Nick Verreos" dress PLUS a personal styling session--where I would pick the perfect accessories that would go with the "NV Nick Verreos" dress she would pick.
Surprised Winner: Nick Verreos with the winner Constance Rossnen (second from right) who won a free "NV Nick Verreos" dress and Personal Styling Session
Green Fab Winner: Constance (the winner) chose this gorgeous draped jersey dress from my "NV Nick Verreos" collection--and I picked this FAB straw bag, pumps plus earrings and necklace that would go with the dress--all free and all part of her prize!
After my event, I had the chance to meet-and-greet everyone who came by for my event, all the shoppers plus many Project Runway fans who came by. Of note was the lovely Claire Callahan (left photo, above) who is a BIG Project Runway fan, and her mom bought her my "NV Nick Verreos" turquoise draped dress with jeweled waist embellishment!! (PS: LUV her!)
High School Sweethearts: I was also moved when I saw that one of my old high school classmates--Patty Starling Hayward--from Mills High School Class of (Don't EVEN think about it!)--who lives in Arizona, stopped by with her beautiful daughter (I feel OLD!!) to see me and support me/my appearance. Oh, and by the way, she also bought THE NV Nick Verreos "Heidi" dress!! I owe her a Prom Dance. Like yesterday! Thank you Patty: I love ya!
Nick Verreos with models (left to right) Jayohna Williams, Rachel Marie and Kaylee Esplin in "NV Nick Verreos" Spring 2013 dresses--Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square In-Store Appearance
Team Fab: (Left to right) Model Rachel Marie, David Paul, Janet Scibetta (my "NV" QUEEN!), Nick Verreos and Jayohana Williams--Dillard's Scottsdale Fashion Square Nick Verreos/NV Nick Verreos In-Store Appearance
Click HERE to watch my "Arizona Midday" TV Show KPNX Channel 12 NBC Segment
Click HERE for a great write-up from ScottsdaleFashionista.com