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NIKOLAKI.....Actress Brenda Strong Wears NIKOLAKI gown at SAG Awards

Desperate Housewive's Brenda Strong in Nick Verreos for the SAG Awards
It was such a pleasure to work with Brenda on this gown. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous (she is 6'4" in her heels!), but she is also kind and sweet. We had a great time creating this together.
It all came about when she saw the Nicky Hilton episode of Project Runway and thought what a great idea to collaborate on a custom gown. After a quick call between publicists we began our collaboration! She loved the dress I designed for Nicky and it was her idea to do a variation of that dress for the SAG Awards.
She wanted a color that really popped on camera and we decided on this beautiful shade of Amethyst. It went great with her natural coloring and made the blue color of her eyes absolutely breathtaking. How ironic that almost all of the "Housewives" wore shades of purple! It must have been in the air.
The fabric was a Silk Crepe Back Satin with Silk Velvet straps in a darker shade of Amethyst. She wore almost $100,000 worth of jewelry by Martin Katz! We chose a stunning and very modern bracelet made up of an amazing amount of diamonds set in platinum. Her earrings were 3'' diamond drops and we placed the most beautiful dragonfly brooch made of amethysts, rubies and diamonds in her hair.
When we slipped her in the gown she looked like a Goddess! It took my breath away.
The Gown will be donated to the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation -- a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. To bid go to:
My Design For Sasha Cohen, America's New National Champion

Congratulations Sasha!!

OK. So here is just a not-so-quick explanation on why I was so excited about the 'Sasha Challenge' and queened out in front of all of America on Wednesday night! In my household Figure Skating has been on the required viewing list for the past 14 years. In fact, David just returned from spending a week (yes, you heard me, a week) in St. Louis, MO where he and his friends spent each and every waking day watching the practices, attending every event no matter how important or unimportant they were. To put it mildly, they are obsessed with the sport and I have been mocking them for the last 14 years.

Cut to the show and this challenge. Along with the other designers I show up to an Ice Skating rink and realize what is about to occur: That I am to design a Figure Skating costume for one of the sports biggest icons. This is what I call Karma. My excitement and giddyness was more about projecting what David and his friends were going to say the minute they saw this episode on air, and that I, someone who has been mocking their obsession with Figure Skating, ended up having to design a costume for the sport.

Ironically, their obsession with the sport turned out to be a plus for me. I realized that I did have some knowledge of Figure Skating since I had been an unwilling viewer for so long. I knew that Sasha Cohen was a classic skater who had a European aesthetic to her style. Following this European aesthetic I also thought of her skating to famous Ballet's such as Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' and Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

I was thrilled with how my costume turned out and thought it reflected the look of a Ballerina on the Ice. In fact, when I watched her win the Championship on Saturday I was happy to see that she chose colors and draping that were so similar to my design.

Congrats again Sasha, and thanks for the autographs for my boys!

Uncle Nick and Casia So many people have asked about my Niece and how she has responded to the My Scene Barbie episode. Well, as you can imagine, she has been absolutely thrilled about the whole thing and is a celebrity in her 1st grade class! Just over Christmas vacation, I got to take a little bit of time off, and visited my niece, and just to see her face light up when she received me at the airport made me feel like I could just go straight to Heaven now!!! All she kept saying was "I know what's in THAT suitcase...." Unfortunately I didn't actually have the produced Barbie yet, so I had to tell her, sadly , that she would be getting it soon enough. She was a good sport about the whole thing and eagerly awaits the Barbie custom-designed just for her! She is turning in to quite the young designer herself. She's already drawing her own fashion sketches. One design she sent me in the mail is 5 feet tall!! Atta Girl!!

WELCOME!!! Welcome to my new BLOG!


Hi everyone. Welcome to my new blog page. Although I have a fantastic new website , which I hope everyone has had a chance to visit, I have been getting such an amazing amount of support that I wanted to be able to address everyone immediately.
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their kind words and emails of support. I am humbled by everyones response to me and am so appreciative. I wish I could email everyone back, but as you must know, time is limited these days!
Hopefully these postings will fill everyone in on all the exciting things that have been happening to me on a day to day basis since Project Runway started airing.
Keep coming back often and hopefully I can keep you entertained with some exciting news and information!
All my best,

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