Just hours ago, I received notice that this weekend's 2010 San Diego's Best Dressed Awards and Fashion Forward Runway Show "Dressed to the Nth Degree" Gala, produced by Leonard Simpson, was canceled due to the very sad passing of Julien Hug, the son of Denise and Bertrand Hug, the Honorary Chairs of the event.
The Gala was to take place this Saturday evening at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and was to benefit San Diego's Ronald McDonald House. I was invited to be a "Special Guest Designer" at this event from the generous sponsorship of my Alma Mater, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM, showing an exclusive preview of my NIKOLAKI 2011 Spring Collection
Julien Hug was a Contestant on ABC's "The Bachelorette" and was on his way to Palm Desert to open the family's newest restaurant Augusta Modern (the family owns two of San Diego's top restaurants Bertrand at Mr. A's and Mille Fleurs), when his body was found. we mourn his passing and respect the family's wishes for peace.