Sunday, July 26, 2015
 Lovebirds: Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo wed at a civil wedding in Monaco's Salon des Glace at the Pink Palace--The Bride wore blush colored Valentino Haute Couture Custom

On Saturday, Pierre Casiraghi, 27, married 29-year-old Beatrice Borromeo. Pierre is the youngest son of Caroline Princess of Hanover (oldest sister to Prince Albert of Monaco) and her first husband Stefano Casiraghi (who died in a powerboat racing accident in 1990). Beatrice and Pierre have been together for seven years...
Trust Funder Cuties: Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo (in Armani Prive Haute Couture)--seen above at the Wedding of Prince Felixx of Luxembourg with Clair Lademacher

WHO's WHO? 
*Beatrice is a member of the ancient aristocratic House of Borromeo--a family that has owned the Borromean Islands in Italy since the 16th century.
*She has done some modeling previously but in case you are wondering she really has no job. Hello!! She's a Borromeo socialite!
*And Pierre, well, his Wikipedia states that he's a "businessman" and is part owner of his uncle--Prince Albert's--construction company Engeco. So, yeah, he also doesn't really work. he loves sailing and going to parties. What else would you expect darlings?
Saturday, July 25, 2015
TV Fun: Nick Verreos filming TV/Media interviews at FIDM Museum's 9th Annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition

This past week, I had the pleasure of filming various interviews for Media/TV for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Museum's newest "Emmy's Costume Design" Exhibition--formally titled the "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibit". I filmed TV segments with AXN Japan, Telemundo as well as KSCI-TV 18 --Chinese-US TV...

Nick Verreos with AXN Japan "AXN Avenue" TV Show correspondent, Shae Wilbur--FIDM Museum "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" Exhibition

First up was a fun TV segment with one of Asia and Japan's top broadcasters--AXN Japan. They're also the exclusive broadcasters of the Emmy Awards! The segment was for one of their shows-- AXN Avenue--discussing the fabulous costumes in the exhibition as well as talking about the Emmy's Red Carpet Trends, showing examples with my NIKOLAKI gowns.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
 TV Costume Fab: Nick Verreos attends the 9th Annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition"--FIDM Museum & Galleries, FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of abimages.com and FIDM

This past weekend was the Opening Night Gala Party for the 9th Annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition" at my Alma Mater--the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Museum. This very special costume exhibit salutes the work of costume designers and the TV shows they have designed for from the past year. It also includes some of the Emmy Nominees for Best Costume Design.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
 The Last Queen of Paris: Comtesse Jacqueline de Ribes

Today marks the 86th birthday of who Fashion Designer Valentino Garavani once called "The Last Queen of Paris": Countess Jacqueline de Ribes. Comtesse de Ribes is a French aristocrat, muse, Couture Diva and client and member of the International best Dressed List since 1962.

 Jacqueline de Ribes by Richard Avedon, 1955

Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont was born in Paris in 1929. In 1948, she married Vicomte de Ribes--a successful banker--who subsequently became compte (count) de Ribes. She quickly became the muse to many photographers--including Richard Avedon and Irving Penn--as well as fashion designers from Yves Saint Laurent, Guy Laroche to Valentino during the 50's and 60's. She was also a Grande Dame of Paris Society attending many a Masked Ball.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Queen Olivia: Olivia Jordan "Miss Oklahoma USA" is Miss USA 2015

This past Sunday was the 64th Annual Miss USA Pageant. Unless you have been living under a rock, you may be very well versed on on the hullabaloo and ESCANDALOS revolving around the pageant. After NBC pulled out of its contract to co-own Miss Universe/Miss USA and subsequently, announce that it was not airing it (naturally!), the New Mexico-based cable entertainment channel REELZ TV ("Hollywood Happens Here" is their tagline) stepped up to save the day and give the 51 contestants their moment in the spotlight.
Miss USA 2015 contestants--Miss USA 2015 Finals, Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana

The Live Telecast Pageant Finals were held at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana to a very excited crowd...

I Won, Y'all!--The newly crowned Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan waves to the crowd at Miss USA 2015 Pageant Finals, Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana

The winner was 26-year old, 5'11" (1.80 M) tall Olivia Jordan "Miss Oklahoma USA". Olivia was born in Tulsa Oklahoma, she's a model/actress (of course) and was outstanding during the all-important Preliminary Competition (that gets to pick the Top 15 Semi-Finalists) that was held earlier in the week (she was one of my favorites!) and during the Live Telecast on Sunday--especially after the Top 5 Question Session--she "done had the crown!". Period.

Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez crowns Olivia Jordan "Miss Oklahoma USA" as Miss USA 2015--Miss USA 2015 Finals, Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana

Olivia Jordan "Miss Oklahoma USA 2015" really had the pageant crown in the palm of her well-moisturized hands especially after...
Uh Oh! Miss Rhode Island USA and Miss Nevada USA---Miss USA 2015 Finals, Baton Rouge Louisiana

several of the other girls (above) really, really, messed up that very important (almost) Final Question. My friend, former Miss USA and Miss Universe Chelsi Smith said on Facebook "Regardless of the system in which you're competing, beauty AND brains will ALWAYS win out in the long-run. Whether it's crown, career or both. Remember that. Your aesthetic is only a PART of the competition. Prep your brain as much as your body". Holla!

Top Two: Miss Texas USA Ylianna Guerra (right) was the First Runner-Up--Miss USA 2015 Finals Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana

The new "Miss USA", Olivia Jordan is not a "fresh face"--per se--to the pageant scene, In other words, this is not her first time at the rodeo kids. She has held various pageant titles including...


Miss Beverly Hills USA 2013--Olivia is here with Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella (left)

First Runner Up to Miss California USA 2013, (Olivia is second from left)

Olivia Jordan "Miss United States" at the Miss World 2013 Top Model Competition where she got 1st Runner-Up--Bali Indonesia

Olivia Jordan "Miss World America 2013", Top 20 Semi Finalist at Miss World 2013 --I wrote about her HERE and HERE back in 2013

Time for the Miss USA 2015 Finals Gown Recap------------------------------------------------------------

Gown Girls: The Top 11 and Top 5 contestants--in Evening Gowns--at the Miss USA 2015 Finals, Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana

My Miss USA 2015 Finals Gown Review--Many of the contestants wore gowns from the Gown Sponsor--Sherri Hill--this is understandable--they are
A) a Miss USA Sponsor;
B) the contestants can borrow these dresses and therefore not have to pay a dime.
This is thrifty of them, considering that if you are a major Beauty Pageant contestant and want to buy an actual Custom Gown from a fashion designer, it can cost you up to $10,000 if not more. But, these girls can borrow a Sherri Hill for free (in exchange for some Pageant P.R.) or even buy one off the rack for about $1,000 if not less.

Let me start with the Winner...
Olivia Jordan "Miss Oklahoma USA"--Better yet, let me NOT begin with her since, well, her gown begins in my "Oh Dear!" post. So....let's get to some nicer ones and then I'll discuss that "Southern Plantation Mess"....

Anea Garcia Miss Rhode Island USA 2015: Anea wore this ivory silk crepe column gown with illusion and silver Swarovski crystal studded center front panel. I thought this gown looked familiar when I first saw it, and of course, I realized why: this gown was worn at the Miss Venezuela 2014 Pageant  by Scarliz Coa "Miss Apure". The gown was designed by Valentina Cedeño. I have a very good feeling that this is the exact same gown, since Miss Apure has a very similar body type.; therefore this is a borrowed sample. I really liked this gown and thought it was statuesque and very "Miss Universo". Unfortunately, Anea "Miss Rhode Island USA" had trouble walking in it (not sure why with that big ol' back godet/train! It might have been about an inch too long) and she looked very uncomfortable in it...

I actually liked what she wore for the Miss USA 2015 Prelimianriy Competition....
 Red Goddess: Anea Garcia Miss Rhode Island USA at the Miss USA 2015 Preliminaries

Renee Bull Miss Delaware USA: I place Renee and her canary yellow strapless gown as one of my favorites. I thought it fit very nicely and looked AMAZING against her skin. She also worked the runway and looked classy, elegant and regal!

Madison Guthrie Miss Alabama USA: I loved the blue color and the zibeline-like fabrication. This Mermaid style gown was very popular this year and Madison's was one of the best. I just have a problem with her "Hi! These are my Fake Boobies!" cleavage neckline and the gaping in the open back (look very closely at photo above!). If I was a judge, all I would be looking at (and I'm GAY!!) would be her paid-for SISTAHS!!! That's not good.

Candice Bennatt Miss Louisiana USA: I really liked Candice's gown--it was a strapless ivory gown with silver-to-gold sequin-like applique. It was very nice. I'm not a fan of the nude/illusion panel in the front neckline bodice but I will let it go this time; she looked Pageant Pretty.

Ylianna Guerra Miss Texas USA: Ylianna wore this white crepe gown at the Miss USA 2015 Finals. It featured a halter neckline, jeweled neck-piece and silver diamante back "fall" detail. It was a nice gown and the back was very impacting. But...once again, the "cha-cha's" got in the way: her very prominent "Sistahs" were TOO MUCHEEY. Why oh why do these girls get such over-the-top breast implants??? I will never ever know!

Mame Adjei Miss Maryland USA: Mame was one of my TOP FAVORITE contestants at this year's Miss USA 2015. She was so exotic, so beautiful...She wore this black applique and see-though gown for the Miss USA 2015 Finals. I thought she looked very impacting but the too-sheer section went a bit too high and verged on Hoochie. But, her gorgeous beauty made me overlook that.

Oh Dear...
Emma Wo Miss Hawaii USA: I LOVED Emma! She was OUTSTANDING during the Preliminaries and in the Finals. I almost wished that she would have made the Top Five. I KNOW she would have been able to answer those questions PERFECTLY! Now, in terms of her gown, she wore this white chiffon and silver sequined dress which featured...hot pants! I know that she's a Fashion Blogger and all but...the hot pants-under-a-chiffon-dress thing is a bit on the TACKYLICOUS side. Sorry Miss Emma,. I still LUV u! But not that dress.


Rashontae Wawrzyniak Miss Michigan USA: GURL! That is A LOT of Horsehair trimmed bell sleeve! I get the DRAMA of this dress but...it's two minutes from a Fashion Students' Sophomore Runway Show creation--and looking "Elvira Pageant". Oh Dear! for sure.

Brittany McGowan Miss Nevada USA: Brittany wore this silver lace metallic gown with a silver shantung overskirt. Then she removed that over-skirt to "expose" the column gown; it was a TACKY MESS. This design was OVERDONE, very late 80's-early 90's and the fact that I could A) see the mini-pleated inner "crinoline" throughout her walk plus B) I was very distracted by that too-plunging neckline (Hello, there are those faux boobies again!). Oh and then she HAD to wear those platform nude heels that had NOTHING to do--style-wise--with that gown. Someone needed to school her darling. Fire the stylist.

But...I save the Worst for last...
Oh Olivia: Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan--Yes, she won but...if I was a judge, I would have scored her very, very low on this gown. On a good note: I liked the bubblegum pink color. But beyond that: NOT SO MUCHEEY. This is a Quinceañera Hot Mess. It also reminds me of a "Gone With Wind" Costume...for Barbie! Somehow the judges liked it but I was definitely NOT a fan. This is a polyester ball gown mess. But, obviously, that did not matter since she was STUNNING everywhere else....


CONGRATULATIONS Olivia Jordan "Miss USA 2015" and Best of Luck at 

Miss Universe 2015"...wherever and whenever that will be. --and PLEASE don't wear that dress at Miss Universe! #PrettyPlease xoxo
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Gulf States Diva: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015

Theme: Nirvana's "Come As You Are' was the beginning soundtrack...no idea what grunge and Nirvana had to do with handmade $100,000 gowns for Gulf State Sheikhas, but oh well.

Colors: Pale pink;  blush; gold; mauve; silver; teal.

Trends: Same-old-same-old Elie Saab; waist cinching belts, ball gowns, capes; if "It Ain't Broke...Don't Fix It"; What's new? Empire "Baby-Doll" Courtney Love-like circa 1990's dresses, mink details, shoulder flanges, mini puffy sleeves, halter neckline.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Chanel Casino Gals: Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015

Theme: "Casino Chanel" was the setting, with celebs Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, model Lara Stone and Rita Ora, to name a few, strewn throughout, gambling on the set-up Black Jack tables...
Lord--and the Chanel owners, the Wertheimer family--only knows how much it cost to get them--plus the Casino set. But, as we know, people buy LOTS of those purses and LOTS of those perfumes...therefore, a multi-million dollar set such as this (including the fee to fly these stars via private plane) is pittance. And worth it. In their eyes. The clothes: marvelous. The "Day" suits were incredible; they should be when you are paying $50,000 for one.

Colors: Creme; ivory; lipstick red; wine; navy; teal; grape.

Trends: Shoulder emphasis; epaulets; pencil skirts vs. full A-line shapes; tea-length bell-shaped gowns; 20's-30's inspired chiffon dresses; the elbow length sleeve; hi-lo; fishtail hem; tiered dresses.

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