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NIKOLAKI GOWNS.....Behind The Scenes of Special Red Carpet Fashion Show at FIDM Museum

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NIKOLAKI GOWNS.....Behind The Scenes of Special Red Carpet Fashion Show at FIDM Museum

Designers and Models--(L to R)  Amanda Fields Bennett, Nick Verreos of NIKOLAKI, Lauren Gish, David Paul of NIKOLAKI and Bianna Barnes, wearing NIKOLAKI gowns for the KTLA Academy Awards 2020 Red Carpet Trends TV Special, FIDM Museum

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of filming a very special fashion show and presentation featuring our NIKOLAKI gowns for a KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Pre-Show Special. As part of talking about the trends that may happen for the Academy Awards Red Carpet, I also MC'ed a very special fashion show/presentation showcasing our NIKOLAKI gowns to talk about the trends we might see on the Oscars 2020 Red Carpet

Nick Verreos MC'ing the NIKOLAKI Fashion Presentation during the KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Special, FIDM Museum 

We filmed the entire segment (pre-COVID) at the FIDM Museum in Downtown Los Angeles using our gorgeous "muses"/models from L.A. Models--We featured three Trends including Black and White, Color and Prints, and Shimmery and Gold...Check out the Behind the Scenes Pics:

First up, the Black and White Red Carpet Gown Trend:

Gown Beauties--Models Amanda Fields Bennett, Lauren Gish, and Brianna  Barnes, wearing NIKOLAKI gowns--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Black Sequins--Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI Silk Sequined Chiffon Strapless Column Gown--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Side Drape Ballgown--Model Lauren Gish wearing NIKOLAKI White Satin Gown with Black Velvet Polka Dots, in one-shoulder style with draped bust and side drape overskirt--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Feathers and Satin--Model Brianna Barnes in NIKOLAKI Black Silk Duchesse Gown with feather-and-Crystal Neckline Trim--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Next was the Color and Print Red Carpet Gown Trend:
(L to R) Models Amanda Fields Bennett, Lauren Gish, and Brianna Barnes, wearing NIKOLAKI gowns--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-                                                                      Show Special, FIDM Museum

Bubblegum Pink Couture--Model Amanda Fields Bennett wearing NIKOLAKI Bubblegum Pink Silk Duchesse Satin Gown with Coral-colored Silk Zibeline Top Section--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Apple Green Satin--Model Brianna Barnes in NIKOLAKI Apple Green-colored Silk Duchesse Satin Fitted Gown with Pleated Torso and Peplum Detail and Crystal Waist Trim--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Flower Print Elegance--Model Lauren Gish wearing NIKOLAKI Printed Sateen Fit-and-Flare "Mermaid" Gown with Bubblegum Pink Silk Duchesse Satin Shawl Collar and Waistband--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Finally, it was time for the Shimmering and Gold Red Carpet Trend:
Golden Goddesses--(L to R) Models Brianna Barnes, Amanda Fields Bennett and Lauren Gish wearing golden-hued NIKOLAKI gowns--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Model Brianna Barnes wearing a NIKOLAKI Gold Sequined Silk Chiffon Gown with Bias-cut Top Section and Attached Capelet--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Model Amanda Fields Bennett in NIKOLAKI Gold/Copper/Bronze Sequined p[aillette Column Gown with Attached Capelet--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum

Model Lauren Gish wearing a NIKOLAKI Gold-colored Strapless Silk Zibeline Gown with Cascade Draped Back and Sequined Neckline--NIKOLAKI Gown Presentation KTLA "Live From The Oscars" Red Carpet Trends Pre-Show Special, FIDM Museum




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ICE STYLE.....ROSTELECOM CUP 2020 FIGURE SKATING COSTUMES RECAP: The Men!

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ICE STYLE.....ROSTELECOM CUP 2020 FIGURE SKATING COSTUMES RECAP: The Men!

Men Style--Male skaters at the Rostelecom Cup 2020 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating--(L to R) Mikhail Kolyada, Petr Gumennik, and Dmitri Aliev--Rostelecom Cup 2020, Moscow Russia

In my previous post HERE, I talked about the latest costumes worn by the LADIES of the 2020 Rostelecom Cup in Moscow this past weekend, so now it is time to discuss some of the MEN and their costumes. Some were creative and very "Costume-y" and some, well, not so much...

Mikhail Kolyada of Russia Free Skate to Nureyev (from "The White Crow" soundtrack) by Ilan Eshkeri performed by Lisa Batiashvili--Mikhail received the GOLD for his beautiful skate to "The White Crow" soundtrack to the Nureyev biofilm. Let's start with his skate: he paid complete homage to the great Nureyev with his ballet-like performance, featuring lyrically beautiful hand gestures, leg extensions, and a presence worthy of a top ballet DIVO. His costume which featured a light blue chiffon-like top with delicate sequins, paired with violet-blue pants, was delicate, pretty, and right for the skate and music. The only detail I wasn't a fan of was the nude illusion tank that peaked from underneath. It's so hard to match a skater's actual skin tone, but you would think with all the advancements we've made with fabrics, we could do better!
COSTUME SCORE: 8.95

Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia Short Program to Amsterdam by Jacques Brel--Morisi skated his Short Program to the 1960's song about the exploits of sailors on shore leave in the city of Amsterdam. His costume reflected a nod to a sailor's uniform with the deep blue top and red pants. The top featured neck/torso ties and the pants also had waist ties similar to sailing ropes. It was simple and classic for the music and skate. At least he didn't go full-on Jean Paul Gaultier striped Tee Sailor...or maybe he should have!
SCORE: 8.50

Free Skate to E lucevan le stelle  (from Tosca, Act III) by Giacomo Puccini and Execution and Finale from Tosca, Act III) by Giacomo Puccini--For his "Tosca" skate, Morisis wore this look comprised of a white shirt and gray skin-tight pants. While it was rather boring, I did like the beaded strappy detail in the neckline. But what I didn't like was that Ross-Dress-For-Less belt #NOOOOO 
SCORE: 7.89

Artem Kovalev of Russia Short Program to Adagio In G Minor performed by André Rieu--The music from Artem's Short Program is a neo-Baroque composition composed by the 18th-century Venetian master Albinoni. His costume mirrors this neo-Baroque 18th Century aspect with this all-black look featuring extensive sequin details across the chest and onto the arm in a web/root-like effect. I think it was effective to keep most of this work and interest up at the top, accentuating his upper movements. And while I am not usually a fan of the belts (see Morisi above!), this one, at least had crystals, making it look like part of the costume...and not like something he bought from a local shop in Moscow.
SCORE: 9.00

Dmitri Aliev of Russia Short Program to Waltz Masquerade by Aram Khatchaturian--Reviving his Short Program from the 2017-2018 Season, Dmitri also (sort of) revived the costume, albeit in a different color. The new one was in a deep emerald green, double-breasted military-style jacket, paired with black pants. Elegant details such as a gold leaf collar, epaulets, and cuffs finished the look, along with white gloves. All of the details and styling were the same as the old costume, except for the color and he added gold chains from the epaulet to the front of the jacket. 
SCORE: 9.25

In case you are wondering, here is the 2017-2018 costume:
Red Dmitri

Free Skate to L'immensità by Il Volo--For his Free Skate, Dmitri wore this costume which featured black pants and a black stretch knit top emblazoned with fire ember-like detail in yellow, red, and silver with crystals. Once again, smart of whoever designed this to keep the interest up at the torso and making it fit nice and tight. He also wore gloves since as you know, Dmitri never met a glove he didn't like.
SCORE: 8.98

Petr Gumennik of Russia Free Skate to The Phantom Of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber--Last but certainly not least--in the COSTUME category--is Russian Petr Gumennik. Here, for his "Phantom of the Opera" (of course!) Free Skate, he made me proud with this stunning expression of design in his VERY "Phantom"-like costume featuring a black fitted jacket, an intricately trimmed red waistcoat (vest), white lace foulard blouse, and black pants. The costume looked expensive and could have easily gone Boadway cheesy....but it didn't. I especially loved the fluttery chiffon mini capes.

SCORE: 9.95

Click below to watch Mikhail Kolyada's "Tribute to Nureyev" FREE SKATE at Rostelecom Cup 2020:

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ICE STYLE.....Rostelecom Cup 2020 Grand Prix of Figure Skating COSTUMES RECAP: THE LADIES!

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ICE STYLE.....Rostelecom Cup 2020 Grand Prix of Figure Skating COSTUMES RECAP: THE LADIES!

Ladies of Rostelecom Cupm 2020--(L to R) Alena Kostornaia, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alena Kostornaia, and Alexandra Trusova

This past weekend was the Rostelecom Cup 2020, the fifth event in the 2020-2021 Grand Prix of Figure Skating senior-level international competition. It was held at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow Russia. While several of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating had to be canceled (Skate Canada International and Internationaux de France) or held under "different" conditions (no audience for Skate America for example) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rostelecom Cup 2020 went ahead--with an audience and mostly Russian skaters with some from neighboring nations such as Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, etc.

Empress Elizaveta--Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva skating her Short Program to "Spartacus",                                                   Rostelecom Cup 2020, Moscoew Russia

It has been a while since I have done an ICE STYLE post, so I thought this would be a great time to do a fun post on the ladies costumes--Let's get started!

Alena Kostornaia--Short Program to "No Time To Die" and "You Should See Me With A Crown" by Billie Eilish--I loved this costume on Alena; it was dreamy, mysterious, and full of glorious colored sequins. The asymmetrical neckline and handkerchief hem added interesting dimensions to the costume bringing some flourish to her already interesting skate to Billie Eilish. I especially loved the "exploding heart" of bejeweled sequins.
COSTUME SCORE: 9.90

Free Skate to Wayward Sisters (from "Nocturnal Animals" soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski, Dance for Me Wallis (from "W.E." soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski, and The Cheek of Night (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski--For her more romantic Free Skate, she wore this mauve-y pink and black costume exuding feminine delicacy, along with classic skating costume lines. While it wasn't a directional or fashion-forward design, I did appreciate the ombre dip-dye hem and black midriff panels filled with lace applique and crystals.

SCORE: 8.99


Elizaveta Tuktamysheva--Short Program to Adagio (from "Spartacus") by Aram Khatchaturian-I ALWAYS look forward to Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, not just for her "Diva" skating, but also her fearless approach to the costumes. For her Short Program to "Spartacus" ballet music, she donned a gold and copper costume, reminiscent of what one would envision a Roman Queen--or Concubine--would look like (at least in my COUTURE fantasy eyes!). The costume featured a golden statement necklace to end ALL statement necklaces--full of crystals and jagged edges--as well as see-through panels showing the sexy side of Elizaveta. The 2-fingers-missing golden glove was an interesting accessory that went well with the entire look.
SCORE: 9.45


Free Skate to "Chronicles of a Mischievous Bird" by Bkhima Iunusov--For her Free Skate to the Japanese-like music of "Chronicles of a Mischievous Bird", Elizaveta wore this elegant black costume featuring chiffon flutters at the sleeve, to mimic a bird's wings (and possibly a Geisha's kimono). I liked the boning-like detail at the midriff and sequined collar which, along with the sleeve "wings", added a mysterious air of a dark and emotionally complicated bird. If there was any critique, it would be the too-dark nude-colored panel in the front; it was a bit distracting and cheesy--and too dark for her porcelain skin color.
Score: 9.25

Alexandra Trusova--Short Program to "Love Story" by Lola and Hauser and "Appassionata" by Secret Garden--At only 16 years old, it makes sense to put Alexandra in pretty, soft, lovely costumes. This is one example of that, for which she wore to her Short Program. The turquoise blue-green costume had flower appliques hand-sewn throughout in Fuschia pinks, greens, and seafoam colors with sequins interspersed throughout. I liked the 3-D effect of the flowers which added texture to the costume.
SCORE: 8.00

Free Skate to O Verona (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong, Montagues & Capulets (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack), Come, Gentle Night (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski, and Dance of the Knights (from "Romeo and Juliet") by Sergei Prokofiev--For her Free Skate, she went much darker, stronger and dare I say, adult! Her costume featured a black bodice and wine-red skirt. The bodice had sequined details suggesting a semi-corsetted look and Renaissance-like neckline inspirations...
 
The back was pretty stunning with a skeleton-like design.

But my favorite part was the sleeves...
More than halfway through her skate, at the moment Prokofiev's haunting "Dance of the Knight from Romeo and Juliet" music starts, Alexandra flips these arm details attached on her sleeves, which all of sudden go from being flat...to spiked thorns. In a hot second, she went from darkly romantic to..."I'm about to CUT YOU!". 
SCORE: 9.65

Sofia Samodurova--Short Program to "The Man with the Harmonica" by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Appollo 440--I was a big fan of this modern stylized costume worn by Sofia for her Short Program. The design featured solid and see-through elements, especially throughout the torso with sexy bust cups...very Proenza-Schouler-meets-Jean Paul Gaultier.  I thought it was very fashion-forward.
SCORE: 9.50

Elizaveta Nugumanova--Free Skate to The Mountain Between Us (soundtrack), Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn Malik feat. Sia--Elizaveta skated her Free Skate in this very pretty "Skating Queen"-looking costume. The design was delicate, feminine, and very pretty. I liked the light ombre violet-white shadings and degradations of light-to-heavy crystals.  
SCORE: 9.00 

Check out the Short Program from Elizaveta Tuktamysheva--ROSTELECOM CUP 2020:

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