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FIDM CHAIRING STYLES.....Check out the Designs from FIDM Chairing Styles 2020 Collaboration

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FIDM CHAIRING STYLES.....Check out the Designs from FIDM Chairing Styles 2020 Collaboration

Style Graffiti--Model Jayden Robinson in fashion design by FIDM Graduate Joel Hindman, with a corresponding chair--FIDM Museum

"Chairing Styles" is a unique collaboration between three departments at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM: Interior Design, Textile Design, and last but not least, Fashion Design. Students chosen from each department get to design a chair, a textile/print, and a fashion look.  Industry partners donate their time, expertise, and fabrication, including Digi Fab, Ana Maria Designs, Form + Function, Sardo Interior Services, Cisco Brothers, plus many more. As Co-Chairs of the FIDM Fashion Design Department, David Paul and I are charged with the "FASHION" part of the collaboration. 

Print Fab--Printed designs from FIDM Chairing Styles 2020 

For the 2020 edition, after caucusing with the Interior Design and Textile Design Chairpersons, we landed on a Theme of Street Art/Graffiti and for the fashion, David and I went with "Luxury Streetwear". We all know that Streetwear is very much a style trend--originally inspired by the Southern California lifestyle, mixing style cues from R & B, Hip Hop, Surfwear, Activewear, and High Fashion. 10 FIDM Fashion Design students (and soon to be Graduates) were chosen to take part in this collaboration, each creating unique and on-trend fashion looks.
 
FIDM Chairing Styles 2020 Illustrations, from FIDM Fashion Design students/graduates

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, FIDM put on hold plans to showcase the designs for their annual DEBUT Show, and in its place, we decided to do an exclusive photoshoot in the FIDM Museum--with a minimal "crew", one model, and lots of masks and social distancing. 
Here are photos from the shoot featuring this year's Chairing Styles and the great fashions from our FIDM Graduates:

Graphic, Letter and Face Art--Model Jayden Robinson in fashion design by FIDM Graduate Alejandra Juarez; Chair designed by Interior Design student Linya Zao and Textile designed by Nicolette Moyer--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Street Sign/Plaid Style--Model Jayden Robinson in fashion design by FIDM Graduate Bahijah Bazzi--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Buckle-up!--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Chaiyoon (Chloe) Oh--FIDM Cjhairing Styles 2020

Sporty Chic--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by FIDM Graduate Olivia Jane Earwood--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Printed Sporty--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Kimberly Wong--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Hoodie Street Fab--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Lauren "Lo" Richter--FIODM Chairing Styles 2020 

Volume Goddess--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Ke Yang--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Exposed Style--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Jing Li--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Female Power Statement--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Suyoung "Hannah" Lee--FIDM Chairing Styles 2020

Street Art Couture--Model Jayden Robinson in Fashion Design by Fashion Design Graduate Joel Hindman--FIDM Chiairng Styles 2020

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Princess Beatrice Wears Upcycled Norman Hartnell Gown For Her Wedding

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Princess Beatrice Wears Upcycled Norman Hartnell Gown For Her Wedding

Upcycled Couture--Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (L) on their wedding day at Windsor; Beatrice wore a white Peau de Soie and Crystal-encrusted gown by British designer Norman Hartnell, worn by Queen Elizabeth II at the Premiere of "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962 (R)

Princess Beatrice got married in a low-key (for Royal standards!) ceremony this past Friday at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor. Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a 37-year-old British property developer and CEO of Banda, a real estate and interior design firm. He's got some blue-blood from his father's side (Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi) and on his own, a reported multimillionaire.

 The Newlyweds--Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Royal Lodge Windsor

The Wedding Gown:
Vintage Bride--Beatrice wore (mostly) something NOT NEW for her Wedding Day...she wore an  ivory Peau de Soie gown, featuring crystal embellishments, originally designed by British Couturier Norman Hartnell. The gown was actually Queen Elizabeth's...so yes, she UPCYCLED one of her Grandmother's Couture...

Queen Elizabeth wore the gown to the Premiere of "Lawrence of Arabia" back in 1962, looking quite elegant, and regal. The gown featured a typical-of-the-period fit-and-flare full dress silhouette and stunning sequin embellishment highlighting the torso, upper bust and then creating a nipped-in-waist.

Fun Fact: Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin, both of whom regularly work with the queen, remodeled the dress and carried out a fitting to ensure that it looked perfect on the bride. Angela Kelly is the Queen's personal dressmaker and hat designer and overall "gatekeeper" of sorts. Stewart Parvin, on the other hand, is one of the Queen's favorite designers as well...

Angela Kelly, Queen Elizabeth's personal dressmaker and personal assistant

Slight Changes--From the looks of it, Beatrice opted to not wear a full crinoline petticoat underneath (wise choice) so it wouldn't look so "retro" and overwhelming. It also looks like a wide band of silk was added to the hem. And in addition, fun Puff Sleeves were added, cut in silk organza, along with a fitted armband/cuff in the matching ivory Preau de Soie.

Queen Elizabeth also wore the same gown in 1967, five years after that "Lawrence of Arabia" Premiere, for the State Opening fo Parliament.

Designer Norman Hartnell

The Queen has worn Norman Hartnell many, many times...of note:
 For her Wedding Day: Wedding Dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, for (then) Princess Elizabeth, 1947

Queen's Coronation: Coronation Gown, designed by Norman Hartnell, 1953

The Tiara:
The Fringe Tiara--Princess Beatrice chose the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara for her wedding day. Queen Elizabeth II also wore the intricate tiara at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947. The tiara dates back to 1919 when it was made especially for Queen Mary by Garrard and Co., created from a necklace gifted by Queen Victoria. The Queen and Beatrice are reported to have a very close relationship and this is said to be one of the most personal "loans" by Her Royal Highness.

Fun Fact: On Elizabeth's wedding day, the tiara actually snapped on the big day before the bride left for Westminster Abbey. A jeweler quickly mended the break, but the hasty fix left a slightly noticeable gap towards the center of the frame.

Many Lovely Wishes to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo...and..always love seeing Vintage Couture getting a "new" Life! Cheers Beatrice...and Norman Hartnell (in Heaven)!

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FIDM 3 Days of Fashion.....Finale Show for the FIRST VIRTUAL FIDM 3 Days of Fashion: PHOTOS!

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FIDM 3 Days of Fashion.....Finale Show for the FIRST VIRTUAL FIDM 3 Days of Fashion: PHOTOS!

"Virtual" Model and Designer--Nick Verreos with model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI gown during the Finale of the first-ever Virtual FIDM "3 Days of Fashion"--FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

Several weeks back I had the opportunity to be part of the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's first Virtual "3 Days of Fashion". The FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Program is a FIDM program which involves a three-day stint at the college, from visiting high school students--as well as some post-high school graduates--to get a chance to check out the campus and get a brief behind-the-scenes of being a student at FIDM. This includes meeting instructors, alumni, taking classes in sketching, trend forecasting, styling, and much, more...

Nick Verreos flanked by his NIKOLAKI evening gowns--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design" Virtual Finale--FIDM Museum Los Angeles

Obviously, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, things had to be "reconfigured" to fit the "New Normal" and this time, FIDM's "3 Days of Fashion" went completely ONLINE and VIRTUAL titling the event "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online". As part of the traditional "3 Days of Fashion" program, every year for the last decade, I have had the chance to have a very special "Nick Show/Fashion Show Presentation". So even though this year was going to be all ONLINE/VIRTUAL, that did not mean that the show could not go on. After many hours of rehearsal and prep-time as well as ZOOM meetings (!!!), we did it: We had our first FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Virtual "Nick Show/Fashion Show Presentation". 

Nick Verreos flanked by his NIKOLAKI evening gowns--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation &                                      Design" Virtual Finale--FIDM Museum Los Angeles


FIDM Virtual "3 Days of Fashion" Finale--FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

I MC'ed/hosted the event--as if I was standing in front of hundreds of students (this time, they were all ONLINE!) and brought one of my favorite models, Amanda Fields Bennett, to wear my NIKOLAKI gowns, for a very special fashion show presentation. We did it all while social distancing, making sure to stay 6 feet apart. And...we kept the "crew" to a bare minimum, including myself, the model, my Co-Chair bestie David Paul, our Assistant Chairperson Jonie Thomas, and Tanya Buzalsky, Regional Director of Special Events at FIDM Speakers Bureau.

Here are Behind-the-scenes Photos from our First Ever FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Virtual Finale Fashion Show Presentation:
Nick Verreos and model Amanda Fields Bennett rehearsing for their FIDM 3 Days of Fashion "Virtual" Close-up--FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

We're LIVE!--Nick Vereros and model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI gown, during the FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online" event--FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

The Fashion:
Golden Goddess--Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI gold/copper/bronze sequined paillettes over silk chiffon column gown with attached capelet--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online" Finale, FIDM Museum Los Angeles

Spring Flowers--Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI flower printed stretch sateen mermaid shape gown with fuchsia-colored silk duchesse shawl collar and waistband--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online", FIDM Museum Los Angeles

Rasberry Ballgown--Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI raspberry-colored silk satin organza one-shoulder ballgown--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online", FIDM Museum Los Angeles

Mint Princess--Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI mint-colored silk crepe satin gown with crystal sequined netting and silk chiffon capes--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online", FIDM Museum Los Angeles

Virtual Stage--Nick Verrteos and model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI gown during the Finale Presentation of FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online", FIDM Museum Los Angeles

It Takes a (Small) Village!--Many THANK YOU's to all involved in making this first-ever Virtual FIDM 3 Days of Fashion "Nick Show" happen; FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chair and NIKOLAKI Co-Designer David Paul (in zebra mask), FIDM Fashion Design Assistant Chair Jonie Thomas (in denim jacket), Tanya Buzalsky, Regional Director of Special Events at FIDM Speakers Bureau (in green dress), and model Amanda Fields Bennett--FIDM "3 Days of Fashion, Innovation & Design: Online", FIDM Museum Los Angeles
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