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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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FIDM MUSEUM....."Capturing The Catwalk" Exhibition Honoring Famed Catwalk Photographer Michel Arnaud

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FIDM MUSEUM....."Capturing The Catwalk" Exhibition Honoring Famed Catwalk Photographer Michel Arnaud

Supermodel Heaven--Entrance of the "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM/Alex J. Berliner ABImages

Last week, David and I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the NEWEST exhibition at FIDM Museum: "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from Michel Arnaud Archive".

Michel Arnaud, Opening Night Party at FIDM Museum's of "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Anaud Archive" Exhibition
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

The  exhibition salutes fashion runway photographer Michel Arnaud, whose work for Harper's Bazaar and British Vogue spans the 1970s-1990s and is the first exhibition exploring his wonderful work...

Supermodel Fan--Nick Verreos at the "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from teh Michel Anaud Archive" Opening Night Party, FIDM Museum 

 David Paul and Nick Verreos--"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Opening Night Party, FIDM Museum

I was beside myself in realizing that I was FINALLY meeting the person behind the lens of these fashion runway photos that were VERY INSPIRATIONAL to me as an aspiring Fashion Designer and Fashion Student at FIDM and I told him so when I got the chance to meet him at the Exhibition. I have a feeling I might have come off as maybe a bit too much of a fan since he was--needless to say--taken aback somewhat by by effusiveness:

Big Fan--Nick Verreos and Michel Arnaud at the FIDM Museum's "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition
Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Alongside the iconic catwalk photos of Michel Arnaud featuring Supermodels Christy Turlington, Yazmeen Ghauri, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and many more, the exhibition also features FIDM Museum Collection garments and accessories from Chanel, Versace, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and many more--to go along with the runway photographs: The ACTUAL GARMENTS next to the photos...

Rock & Roll Red--Versace Fall/Winter 1994/1995 Moto Jacket Suit and Michel Arnaud Photo of Naomi Campbell (in outfit) on the runway "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition FIDM Museum

Corduroy Chic--Perry Ellis by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 1988/1989 outfit and Michel Arnaud Photo of Cindy Crawford--"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition FIDM Museum

Flora & Fauna Sequins--Versace sequined bustier and accompanying photo of model Yazmeen Ghauri from Michel Arnaud"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition FIDM Museum

Grand Coat--Issey Miyake coat and accompanying Michel Arnaud catwalk photo"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition FIDM Museum

Highlights were many but besides seeing these iconic catwalk photos of 80s/90's Supermodels I ADORED (YAZMEEN!!)...there is actual HAUTE COUTURE on display, including a beautiful Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1979/1980 black-and-yellow silk satin cocktail dress, as well as a red Christian Dior Haute Couture gown from the Gianfranco Ferre years. This Dior gown is from the Fall/Winter 1989/1990 Collection, and was ordered and worn by the one-and-only socialite/philanthropist and Haute Couture client Betsy Bloomingdale. Seeing those two garments--and corresponding Arnaud catwalk photos--made the Exhibition a MUST-SEE for me!

Couture Beauty--Gianfranco Ferre for Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1989/1990--"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition                                                                            FIDM Museum
                                        Top photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

FIDM Vice President of Education and FIDM Museum Director Barbara Bundy (L) and Photographer Michel Arnaud (R) at the Opening Night Party of FIDM Museum's "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition
Photo courtesy of FIDM/Alex J. Berliner ABImages

Marcia and Michel--Actor Marcia Gay Harden and Photographer Michel Arnaud taking a selfie at the  FIDM Museum "Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive" Exhibition
 Photo courtesy of FIDM/Alex J. Berliner ABImages

L.A. Designer Legends--Kevan Hall and his wife Debbie--Opening Night Party of FIDM Museum's "Capturing the Catwalk: Rnway Photography from Michel Arnaud Archive"
Photo courtesy of FIDM/Alex J. Berliner ABImages

Lights, Camera, Runway--"Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive", FIDM Museum
Photos courtesy of FIDM/Alex J. Berliner ABImages

WHAT: "Capturing The Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive"                     Exhibition

WHERE: FIDM Museum
                  FIDM 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles California 90015 Downtown L.A.
                  Street Level

WHEN: Exhibition runs Thursday May 24th-Saturday July 7, 2018

COST: FREE!

For more information: Click HERE
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