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FIDM.....FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Day One: FIDM & Skid Row Denim & Apparel debut Collaboration

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FIDM.....FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Day One: FIDM & Skid Row Denim & Apparel debut Collaboration

Nick Verreos Collaborates with LA's Skid Row Denim & Apparel with Customizing Tote Bags to Combat Homelessness--FIDM Los Angeles 2018 "3 Days of Fashion"

This past week was the start of FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" Summer Fashion Event! I am always BEYOND EXCITED to be part of my Alma Mater's "3 Days of Fashion" since it's like a FABULOUS Fashion Summer Camp! Every Summer, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM has this three-day event--"3 Days of Fashion"--a unique immersive program which allows high school students to experience fashion through the eyes of a college student.

Nick Verreos--FIDM Los Angeles "3 Days of Fashion"

"3 Days of Fashion" happens at all four of the FIDM campuses including FIDM Los Angeles, FIDM Orange County, FIDM San Diego and FIDM San Francisco. At the FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" you get to...
*Learn from FIDM instructors
*Collaborate on creative projects in hands-on workshops
*Meet fashion professionals (like myself and many others!) + Much more!

Nick Verreos (wearing his Skid Row Denim & Apparel denim jacket!) at the Skid Row Denim & Apparel Pop Up Store in Hope Park/FIDM Los Angeles Campus--FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion"

This year, Skid Row Denim & Apparel is collaborating with FIDM to combat homelessness through creativity. "Creativity with a Cause" Students got to go into workshops to decorate bags or pillows that would later be auctioned to help the homeless...

 Checking out the Denim--Nick Verreos and Director of Corporate Development & Innovation for Skid Row Housing Trust, Brad Robinson--FIDM LA“3 Days of Fashion”
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages.com

Skid Row Denim & Apparel Love--(L to R) Strategy Analyst & Communication for Skid Row Housing Trust, Kisha Claude; Executive Consultant & Strategy Officer for Skid Row Housing Trust, Lee Raagas; Nick Verreos and Director of Corporate Development & Innovation for Skid Row Housing Trust, Brad Robinson--FIDM LA “3 Days of Fashion”
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages.com

Through this collaborative effort and special boutique/"Pop-Up" Store of Skid Row Denim & Apparel, students learned about how fashion and design can intersect with social causes and philanthropy. 

 Creativity for a Cause--Creative Partnership between  FIDM "3 Days of Fashion" and Skid Row Denim & Apparel

After the presentation from Skid Row Denim & Apparel, the students of FIDM's "3 Days of Fashion" went off to different workshops where they got to customize tote bags as well as pillows using trims, markers, zippers, paper, hot glue...in essence they got to "Make It Work!" and create and decorate all for a WONDERFUL cause. The bags will later be sold and auctioned off with proceeds helping the homeless. Here are some photos of the students busy at work...

Students of FIDM's "3 Days of Fashion" during their "Creativity for a Cause" Workshops--FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion"

And yes, even I got into the creative spirit and decorated a tote bag as well:
Nick Verreos decorating a tote bag to benefit the Skid Row Housing Trust--FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion"
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages.com

My "Nick" tote bag plus my "message" of encouragement--FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion"

Here are some WONDERFUL tote bag designs from the FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion" students--much better than mine ;) I might add:
Tote Bags decorated by FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion" students on display at Hope Park/FIDM Los Angels Campus

In addition to the Skid Row Denim & Apparel Presentation and workshops, I also had the chance to say "hello" to another FIDM Alumni, the lovely Tina Cheng and check out her beautiful line of jewelry, Capsul Jewelry at a Pop Stop Shop she had in the FIDM Museum Store:
Nick Verreos with FIDM Almuna Tina Cheng of Capsul Jewelry--FIDM Los Angeles "3 Days of                                                                          Fashion"

That's a Wrap! For Day One of FIDM Los Angeles "3 Days of Fashion"--Nick Verreos with the "Skid Row Denim & Apparel" Team--FIDM LA "3 Days of Fashion"

**UP NEXT: Day Two including INSPIRING Guest Panels with FIDM Alumni including Influencer/YouTuber Chriselle Lim, "Project Runway" designer Candice Cuoco as well as Costume Designers Mandi Line ("Pretty Little Liars"), Kimberly Adams ("Stranger Things Season 1" and Kimberly Culmone VIP of Barbie Design, Mattel

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FIDM.....The FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation: BLOG!

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FIDM.....The FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation: BLOG!

Nick Verreos at the 2018 FIDM Advanced Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation--FIDM Los Angeles

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM 2018 Advanced Study in Menswear Presentation in Downtown Los AngelesThe 2018 FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear students were challenged to incorporate an element of Wearable Technology into their graduate fashion collections and in particular, one of the garments they designed. For this "Wearable Tech" aspect, the FIDM students were mentored by Lief Morin, CEO of Key Information Systems, who also supplied the necessary Wearable Tech pieces. 

FIDM Menswear Class of 2018 Presentation--Nick Verreos attends the FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation, FIDM Los Angeles

Prior to the Presentation, the ten students in the program were judged by an illustrious panel of judges including Joe Knoernschild, Co-Founder of Hurley and Billabong USA; Carl Jones, President of Cross Colours, and Michael Schmidt of Michael Schmidt Studios who created a 3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese. There were some great Wearable Tech designs including a Solar Powered Backpack, Language Translating Earpieces-incorporated into a jacket, and even a life-saving Skiing/Snowboarding/Avalanche Airbag Coat

Here are photos from the wonderful event celebrating the FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Class of 2018:
FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student, Han Lee and her designs--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Left photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear student Najah Josie and her designs including her Wearable Tech design of a Solar Powered Backpack--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Middle photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

FIDM Student Jacob Wilder Gordon and his designs as well as Flat Sketch Boards--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Top photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Taylor Rose Hertz and her designs including her Wearable Tech design combining a mobile phone bone-conducting earpiece attached to a jacket--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Second photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Cheyanne Teia Morgan and her designs--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Jake Zielinski and his designs as well as Mood Boards--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Top photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Anthony Escoto and his designs--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Vani Patel and her designs--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

(L to R) Jacob Gray, Nick Verreos and FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Patrick Griley--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Patrick Griley--whose line is entitled Aurora Outerwear--won one of the top awards for his design incorporating a Ski/Snowboard/Avalanche Jacket-Coat with a life-saving airbag...

(L to R) FIDM Chair of Menswear Roni Miller, Wearable Tech Mentor and CEO of  Key indformation Systems Lief Morin and FIDM Student Patrick Griley during a Wearable Tech seminar
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Presenting the Avalanche Airbag Jacket...from FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Patrick Griley and his line Aurora Outerwear--FIDM Advanced Study in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photos by Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

Designer with his Design--(L to R) Jacob Gray modeling the Inflatable design from FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear Student Patrick Griley--FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

A Fab Menswear Night!--Nick Verreos at the FIDM Advanced Study Program in Menswear 2018 Graduates Presentation, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages
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WHO WORE WHAT?.....Gabrielle Ruiz Wears NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....Gabrielle Ruiz Wears NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party

Razzle Dazzle--Actress Grabrielle Ruiz wearing NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles

This past Sunday night was The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party. Along with my partner, David Paul, I had the honor of attending (click HERE for my BLOG of the Party), but more exciting was seeing actress Gabrielle Ruiz of CW's "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" wearing our dress at the event! Gabrielle wore our NIKOLAKI silk chiffon sequined cocktail dress...

Actress Gabrielle Ruiz wearing NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles
Lower photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

The dress has hand-sewn silver crystals throughout, a bias-cut cowl drape neckline and draped shoulder details attached to a slim skirt. And it's got an open back. She looked AMAZING! We LOVE Gabrielle! Here are some more photos:

Designer Nick Verreos with actress Gabrielle Ruiz wearing NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles

Actress Gabrielle Ruiz (with her husband Philip Pisanchyn) wearing NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles

Designers and Muse--Designers David Paul and Nick Verreos with actress Gabrielle Ruiz wearing NIKOLAKI at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party

Tony Awards Fan--Nick Verreos on the red carpet of The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards                                      Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles
                                       Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

Sunday night I had the privilege of attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. This year's viewing party honored
Tony-nominated book writer (for "Wicked"!) and Emmy-nominated writer and producer ("My So Called Life", "Roadies") Winnie Holzman with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement. Winnie’s husband, actor Paul Dooley, gave a beautiful introduction to Winnie, Kirsten Vangsness of the CBS hit drama "Criminal Minds" hosted the night and was fabulous, funny and looking great in a long gown! 


I have been lucky enough to have attended many of these fabulous Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Parties. The Actors Fund does wonderful work, providing a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.


Tony Awards Fan--Nick Verreos attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing                                        Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                       Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


The evening featured a performance by recording artist Shoshana Bean (she sang beautifully!) and the Notre Dame Academy Girls Concert Choir They performed "Over the Rainbow"!), with special tributes by Wilson Cruz ("13 Reasons Why", "My So Called Life") and Jessica Marie Garcia (Netflix’s "On My Block"). There were also very special tributes to Anne JeffreysPatricia Morison and Jomarie Ward, who was the heart and soul of the annual Actors Fund Tony Party. 


Dapper Boys--(L to R) David Paul and Nick Verreos attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual                         Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                       Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


Besides the delicious three-course dinner, drinks and watching the LIVE Tony Awards, there was also a Silent Auction featuring items from fabulous trips, beauty product baskets...
GORGEOUS "Wicked" Costume Prints (above) from "Wicked" Costume Designer Susan Hilferty

As well as...
         Other exclusive items like Signed Musical Quotes from "Dear Evan Hansen" (above)

All in all, it was a WONDERFUL night and for a SUPER WONDERFUL cause--benefiting The Actors Fund. Dinner & drinks, the Tony Awards and a FAB Silent Auction. Oh, and in case you are wondering, we bid on that signed "Dear Evan Hansen" Musical Quote...and we won! #Yeay. 

Here are photos from The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party:
The Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement Honoree Winnie Holzman and her husband, actor Paul Dooley--The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural                                                       Center Los Angeles, California
                                      Photos courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


           Host of The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Kirsten Vangsness
                                          Photos courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


Recording artist Shoshana Bean attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing                                       Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                         Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

Actress and singer (and yes, Judy Garland and Sidney Luft's daughter) Lora Luft, attending The      Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles,                                                                                 California
                                        Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

Actress and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual                           Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                      Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


Actress Loni Anderson attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing party,                                                    Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                          Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo



(L to R) David Paul, The Actors Fund National Director of Special Events, Louie Anchondo and Nick Verreos, attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball                                                          Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                      Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

Actor Wilson Cruz attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball                                                Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
                                       Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo


Designers & Muse--Designers David Paul and Nick Verreos of NIKOLAKI with actress Gabrielle Ruiz of "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" TV show, wearing sequined NIKOLAKI dress, attending The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California
Photo courtesy of Nina Prommer/Milestone Photo

    Happy Tony Awards Party!--(L to R) Nick Verreos, Wilson Cruz and Gabrielle Ruiz--The Actors        Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles,                                                                                       California

 The Actors Fund Is There For Me!--Nick Verreos at The Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards                             Viewing Party, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, California

Click here to watch an interview I did with Red Carpet Report at The Actors Fund 2018 Tony Awards Viewing Party Red Carpet on Mingle Media TV/YouTube:


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