Monday, February 28, 2011
Renee and Anne: Hollywood Style Muses!!!
Nick & Renee: Nick Verreos on Style Network's "Style Star: Renee Zellweger and Anne Hathaway"
This Oscars Weekend (on Saturday night to be exact) a new "Style Star" episode of which I am one of the featured style experts--premiered on the Style Network. This time around, the Style DIVAS were actresses Renee Zellweger and Anne Hathaway--yes, Miss Anne, co-host of Sunday's 83rd Academy Awards!! (how timely!). Polished to perfection, Renee and Anne have perfected their always-flawless fashion sense and dress to impress with clean lines and classic silhouettes. These two ladies know their fashion, are Sample Size perfect and well, have become muses for fashion designers and some fashionistas alike... Of course, we discussed Renne Zellweger in this stunning Vintage Jean Dess├Ęs yellow silk chiffon strapless gown which really put her "On the Red Carpet Map" at the Oscars back in 2001 and also discussed... Her "Muse" relationship with Venezuelan-born/American Designer Carolina Herrrera. And then there's Miss Anne Hathaway. Ever since 2006's "The Devil Wears Prada", she has become THE Fashion Girl. Haute Couture should be her two middle names! Armani Prive? (above) Check. Versace Atelier? Check... Marchesa? (above) Check. Valentino Haute Couture? Check. And, as we saw last night at the Oscars, she continued her tradition of being THE girl to Dress if you are a Fashion Designer: She changed a dress every 23.875 minutes. We love you Miss Anne!!! *In case you missed the episode, it airs again Tuesday March 1st 8AM... *Click HERE for all other airing times and dates.
More Vanity Fair Fashion: The Divas, the Lace/See-Through No-No's, and Miss Rita Wilson, my New Fashion Best Girlfriend! Lets start with the Divas! Diva No. 1 Socialite Lynn Wyatt--One word: WOW! Class Epitomized. The creme white silk crepe column gown with long sleeves, the mint-green shawl, the clutch, the STATEMENT Necklace!!!! You know, when all the fashion insiders say "It's All About A Statement Necklace", Mrs. Wyatt SHOWS THEM huney what a REAL Statement necklace needs to look like!!! And here's a shocker of all shockers (not really): I bet you A LOT of money that she DOES NOT even have a STYLIST! It's all HER...They don't make Ladies like they use to. Diva No. 2 Carolina Herrera, wearing her own design naturally. White silk duchess one shoulder gown with side pockets and black bow accent. Simply Stunning! This Venezuelan-born Diva also can teach an actress or two how to really dress. It helps that A) She's a Designer, and B) She literally GREW up watching her mother have private fittings in Paris with Couturiers such as Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior back in the 1950's. Finally, I especially love that she posed with her hand in the pocket. This is NOT the "First Time at the Red Carpet Rodeo" for Mrs. Herrera. Diva No. 3 Joan Collins: Joan Collins can do no wrong in my book! Is it a bit "kooky"? Yes, but does she still OWN it and WORK it? TOTALLY!!! She was On-Trend with the lilac color in the embroidered rosette details and the gown fits her well (great open neckline for her!). The perfect earrings and perfect clutch finish the look. She is OLD SCHOOL Hollywood and I love it! And Now to Some Lace/See Through No-No Divas: See Through No-No Number 1--Madonna: Now, I KNOW it was COLD last night! About 50 Degrees in fact. So why oh why would Madonna wear a see-through lace dress with the HIGHEST of slits over a corset and under-panty. And she throws a fur mini "chubby" as if that's going to help. I'm sure this was all Dolce & Gabbana, but I may be wrong (it sure looks it!). I know it's Madonna and she can basically can do whatever she wants. But why am I still perplexed by this? She does have THE BODY of Death, but...sometimes, covered up is actually SEXIER. See-Though No-No Number 2: Naomi Watts--What, in the name of the Fashion Gods, is this? Why is their a nude-colored piece in her stomach/upper chest? And are those off-white feathers in the back? I just don't even get it. See Though No-No Number Trois: Jessica Szhor in a Leather, see-though, sequined midriff, nude mini. Really? Those four things NEVER enter my Fashion Vocabulary TOGETHER!!! Do these women have full-length mirrors? Or have they forgotten to pay their electric bills so they can't see themselves before leaving the house? And if so, then WHO is lying to them? Seriously WHO??? THIS...Is How You Do Lace & Nude Ladies: Take Note (Ladies Above): Camila Alves got it right! Here she is with her sexy husband, Matthew McConaughey in this black lace over nude gown and looking elegant, sexy and GORGEOUS! I also love that she did an "outfit change" (of course she did) from her Academy Awards Red Carpet Kaufman Franco black ball gown (which I LOVED!!!). Printed Gals: Cameron Diaz: Love me some Cameron Diaz. Love. But not so much in this very mini Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2011 one-shoulder ruffled neckline cocktail dress. The original sample is actually knee-length and maybe it should have stayed that way. Or just made it about 2 inches longer. That's all it needed to be. With her mile-long legs, the mini...was, well, too mini unfortunately. Ladies Don't Try This Look At Home: Rita Wilson--The multi-printed satin dress, the feathered (!) purse, the necklace, the bracelet, the strappy heels, the heavy-banged Bouffant 'do: Oh Miss Rita! It's "Valley of The Dolls", the Vanity Fair Oscars Party Version. It's a mess, but here's a surprise: To me, it's a GOOD MESS. Why, you may ask? Anybody who attempts this outfit at a party MUST be a HOOT!!!! If I spotted a woman at a party (at the Open Bar, I am sure!) dressed like this, she would be the first person I would talk to! You just KNOW someone who has enough chutzpah to do this, must be fun!
A-List Bash Fashion:
Smoldering Blue Velvet: Tom Ford in his own design (of course)--Seriously: PERFECTION!!!
The 83rd Academy Awards wasn't the only "Red Carpet Game In Town" kids. Last night, of course, there were also the Parties! And the "Daddy" of all Oscar parties was the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscars bash held at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. The fashions at these parties can sometimes be more entertaining than what you would have seen at the actual Academy Awards. Top actors, celebs, designers, agents and everyone A-List (who gets invited of course) vie for an invitation and when they get it, well, its time to don their finest. Some actresses did full-on gowns, some did cocktail... Let's take a look at some who were A-List enough to be invited to the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscars Party and what they wore: Kate Beckinsale: Kate looks AMAZING in this all-over sequined black gown featuring see-through chiffon sleeve insets. The black clutch and simple-yet-elegant diamond drop earrings finish off her look perfectly. Emma Roberts: I love this dark silver-gray deep v-neck Jenny Packham gown with sleeves (a Red Carpet Trend kids) and "sunburst" paillette sequin detail. Ginnifer Goodwin: Love the hair, love the dress, love the entire look! She is definitely "On Trend" with this black lace-and-red satin cocktail dress. She's kind of vibing "Young Hollywood Spanish Contessa". Chic and seemingly effortless; and perfect for a cocktail party. Lourdes Leon: Remind me again, is she FOURTEEN years old? On a good note: I think Madonna's lovely daughter looks soooo pretty: Love the hair and flawless make-up. But... she looks 26!! And that sequined mini tank dress? And stacked pumps? Maybe the "Dressing Up Rules for Tweens" have changed and I somehow didn't get the "Uncle Nick: Catch Up!" memo, but...I sure hope fourteen year old girls all over the US don't start dressing like 26 year old women. Just sayin' Speaking of 14 year olds! Hailee Steinfeld was one of the best dressed of the night in her Custom Marchesa tulle confection. The tea length dress was absolutely a perfect choice for this beautiful young actress and I LOVED that for the Vanity Fair party she traded her heels in for Red Converse Sneakers!! Now this is how I like my 14 year olds...the world is right! Charlize Theron: Charlize looked so beautiful in this one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown. It was simple enough to almost be considered "Cocktail Party Appropriate" but yet elegant enough to be a Certified Red Carpet Stunner. The slicked hair, simple clutch and keep-it-light-on-the-jewelry look was modern. Bravo Miss Charlize! Taylor Swift: Another "Fashion Homerun" goes to Taylor Swift. Perfect length, perfect color, on trend with the all-over sequins as well as the hair, make-up and open-toe gold shoes. Note to Miss Taylor: Keep It Up!!! Emma Stone: Emma showed up to the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2009. Yep, you read right: Chanel Haute Couture!!! I liked this dress when I first saw it 2 years ago on the Runway and I still like it now. BTW: That's a $40,000+ dress darlings (if she were to actually have bought it). Chanel lent it to her for a Party and NOT an actual televised Award Show. It's official: the Red Carpet Dressing Game has DEFINITELY Changed!!!
TV Guide Fashionistas!
TV Guide Academy Awards Fashion Wrap: Nick Verreos, Tabatha Coffey, Paulina Porizkova and Hostess Daisy Fuentes
I had the most AMAZING time last night reporting on the 83rd Academy Awards Red Carpet Fashion along with Mark Istook and Paulina Porizkova during the LIVE Academy Awards Red Carpet with Chris Harrison. There was some STUNNING Fashion and the top Ladies of the Cinema did not disappoint! And today the Fashion talk continued...
Tune in TONIGHT to TV Guide Academy Awards Fashion Wrap, 8PM/7PM Central (and repeats again at 9PM!!!) when I will once again be part of the Fashion Wrap Red Carpet Panel--along with a new Host--the one and only, Miss Daisy Fuentes--as well as new Panel of Experts: Tabatha Coffey of "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" and my Oscars Red Carpet partner-in-crime UBER Supermodel Paulina Porizkova! See who made our "Best" and well, "Not So Best" List.
Click HERE for all the details!!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
A "Red Carpet" Saturday Morning...
Nick Verreos, Today In L.A.: Weekend News Show NBC-LA
This morning, I got up very early (5AM!) to shoot another LIVE morning TV segment--this time with one of my FAVORITE Weekend Morning News Teams at the NBC-LA "Today In LA: Weekend".
I just LOVE the always professional and very dapper Ted Chen and his co-anchor, the GORGEOUS Andy Adler. Seriously, I could talk to them for HOURS! Alas, I only get a less-than-five-minute segment...at 7 AM!! But in the words of Tim Gunn--I "made it work"! I threw on my Dad's blue-and-white paisley-printed bow tie that he gave me years ago (yes, he did!) , my Levi's skinny jeans and Zara jacket and Voila: Ready for my Saturday Morning TV Close-Up!
NBC-LA News Anchor Andy Adler and Nick Verreos, "Today In LA: Weekend" News Show
Last time I visited Ted and Andy, I was discussing my predictions for the 2011 Golden Globes Award Red Carpet fashions and I was happy to be invited back--as the Official Spokesperson for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM--as well as a Red Carpet Fashion Designer--to give my "Nick Predictions" on what we might see at tomorrow's Oscars Red Carpet, using some of my NIKOLAKI gowns as examples. Click Below for the Full Segment--in case you weren't up this morning on your way to your 7AM Yoga Class or getting your Saturday (very) early morning Starbucks:

Friday, February 25, 2011
TV Guide Oscars Coverage Sneak Peak...plus Good Day LA Snapshot!
FAB Sandwich: Tabatha Coffey, Nick Verreos and Paulina Porizkova
It's Academy Awards Weekend... and yes, kids, I am in major Oscars Mode!!! TODAY, my day began as I had a Wake Up call at 4AM to be at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM "19Th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" Exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles to film LIVE TV segments for FOX-11 Los Angeles Good Day LA Morning News Program beginning at 7AM.
Nick Screencap: Nick Verreos on Good Day LA, FIDM "19Th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" Exhibition
Then, after filming my Oscars Costume Exhibition segments, I rushed over to the TV Guide Network Studios in Hollywood and finally met my "TV Guide Academy Awards 2011 Fashion Wrap" gals: The INCREDIBLE Tabatha Coffey, DIVA Hairstylist and Star of Tabatha's Salon Takeover and the SUPERMODEL of all Supermodels, the one and only Paulina Porizkova! They were both AMAZING and we had a BLAST at our first official "TV Guide Oscars Meeting" today! Seriously, I felt like I had known them for YEARS!!!!
We will be together Sunday--along with our Host Chris Harrison, Mark Istook, Maria Sansone, and Carly Steel, reporting LIVE from the Kodak Theater on TV Guide's Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown and Red Carpet Show which begins at 2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern. And of course, our TV Guide Academy Awards Fashion Wrap--hosted by Miss Daisy Fuentes-- will be on Monday Night, beginning at 8PM/7PM Central--Don't Miss It!!! And...Check out one of my Good Day LA segments that I shot THIS MORNING from FIDM's "19Th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" Exhibition:
Anjelica Huston, 60's/70's Chic, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Croq-skin and YSL Mondrian Dress References...Ciao Milano Fashion Week!!!
Fall According to Frida: Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
Gucci Fall/Winter 2011:
Is The Train to Florence Here?: Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
It's Milan Fashion Week kids. I discussed my Highlights of NY Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 these last couple of weeks as well as Madrid and London Fashion Week Postings HERE and HERE. And so the fashion catwalk continues...For Gucci's 90th Anniversary (90th!!!), Designer Frida Giannini went 70's Glam showing PLUNGING necklines, lots of luxe fur, flowing silk chiffon "Disco" dresses, culottes, silk half-circle skirts and Fedoras. The models can only be described as having a Can-Someone-Tell-Me-Where-My-Driver-Is Attitude that looked chic, effortless and yet Bitchy at the same time: Love it! Colors were no-holds-barred VIBRANT: Chartreuse, bubblegum pink fuchsias, deep violets, lipstick reds. You want Black,? Look somewhere else girls.
Giannini said she was inspired by Anjelica Huston, among other things. I can see it: The Styling and look of the collection reminded me of the Style Icon, especially from a 1970's "snapshot" of her with Jack Nicholson; the slicked hair, the red lips, the I-just-threw-this-on fur...that decolletage! Here are some Highlights...including the Shoes and Purse You Need To Have, come this Fall...
Campari and Soda: Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
Oops, that's my leg: Model Chanel Iman in Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
Milano Disco: Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
Python Fierce: A covered Pump, Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
T-Strap Princess: The Strappy heel of the Season from Gucci Fall/Winter 2011
Bag DIVA: Gucci Fall/Winter 2011 mini-bag
Watch FULL Gucci Fall/Winter 2011 Runway Show:
Prada Fall/Winter 2011: Color Blocked: Italian Supermodel Mariacarla Boscono Prada Fall/Winter 2011 Miucca Prada unveiled her Fall/Winter 2011 Prada Collection, and of course it had all the Prada "stamps": Kitschy "Thrift Store Couture" looks, boxy 60's shapes, bag-lady chic prints and We-Need-To-Have accessories. It was all very Courreges-meets-Paco Rabanne in a way.
Marcia Marcia: Prada Fall/Winter 2011
Yes, there were 60's influences, but there were also 1920's "Amelia Earhart"-meets-early 70's looks a la Marcia Brady looks as well, with those drop-waist dresses above and below...
Drop-That-Belt: Prada Fall/Winter 2011
There was also an overt nod to THE Master: Yves Saint Laurent, and his iconic 1965 Mondrian dress above. Also evident in the just-unveiled Prada Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Lots of Croq-skin. In luxurious colorful drop-shoulder boxy coats as well as... These ankle-grazing shoe-boots that EVERY Fashion-Girl will risk not paying her next months rent for. I would! Just sayin'
Fish Scale Cocktail: Prada Fall/Winter 2011
For evening: Neon colors and over-sized paillettes and long fuzzy fur. As is usual with the House of Prada, there were NO GOWNS, but that doesn't mean that we might not see one or two Custom Prada Gowns at the Academy Awards Red Carpet this Sunday! And finally: May I show you THE Must-Have Prada Sunglasses for your next trip to the Italian-Swiss Alps this coming Winter. Time to put my early order in! Watch FULL Prada Fall/Winter 2011 Runway Show:
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