Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Costume Designers' Extravaganza!
Black and White Fab: Angela Avanesyan and Nick Verreos, Costume Designers Guild Awards 2012, Hilton Beverly Hills
Last night, my NIKOLAKI partner--David Paul--and I were invited to a very fabulous event: the 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. This is the "Oscars of Costume Design"--where awards are give out for outstanding achievements in Costume Design in various areas of the Entertainment field--including Contemporary TV and Film, Period/Fantasy TV series, Fantasy Film, Period Film and even excellence in Commercial Design (the Carl's Jr. "Miss Turkey" commercial costume designer was nominated!!).
Model Form Centerpiece: The LACOSTE Alligator-emblazoned Costume Awards Table Display "Centerpiece"--created by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM
This grand award ceremony was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton and David and I were honored--and humbled--to be guests of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM--my Alma Mater--and the College of which I am a Spokesperson. FIDM was also one of the Platinum Sponsors. They also created all the wonderful "Mini Model Forms" which were on each and every table at the Hilton International Ballroom--site of the award's show. LACOSTE was the Presenting Sponsor and each "Form/Table Centerpiece" had the iconic LACOSTE Alligator on it, of course.
Fashion Glee: (left to right) Jennifer Eve, Jane Lynch and Lou Eyrich
The Award's MC was actress Jane Lynch (in a red David Meister gown) of "Glee", and she was very funny (naturally) trying to keep the show going. Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve, Costume Designers of "Glee" received the "Outstanding Contemporary TV Series" Award and in addition, Eyrich (looking very Retro Chic in a bright pink semi-Watteau-back ankle-length dress) was honored with the Career Achievement in Television trophy.
Silver Pretty: Actress Kate Beckinsale was also honored with the LACOSTE Spotlight Award. She looked radiant in a silver-colored corseted gown by Vivienne Westwood.
Super Red: 90's Supermodel and actress Amber Valletta introduced the Disaronno Career Achievement in Film Award to Costume Designer Marlene Stewart--a FIDM Grad incidentally-- in a red chic sheath knee-length dress with outside dart detail by Roland Mouret.
"The Artist" Costume Designer Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Costume Designer Sandy Powell
Green Gorgeous: "W.E." Costume Designer Arianne Phillips in emerald green Lanvin by Albert Elbaz. Phillips won the "Excellence in Period Film" Award for the Madonna-directed "W'E.".
Costume High-Five: Costume Designer and stylist Trish Summerville, won the award for "Excellence in Contemporary Film" for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"---here she is above high-five'ing fellow winner Costume Designer Arianne Phillips
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Costume Designer Trish Summerville (in a red version of the Alexander McQueen Pippa Dress) and actress Rooney Mara (in plum-colored J. Mendel), 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, Hilton Beverly Hills
Nick...and Rooney: I just about shook in my skinny ASOS tuxedo pants when I realized that "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara was sitting right above me during the awards ceremony/dinner (to my right in the photo above). I went up to say "Hi" to one of my good friends, Make-Up Artist Extraordinaire Gregory Arlt and later afterward realized that Ms. Mara was seated at his table--the "Dragon Tattoo" table!!!
LA Fashion Sandwich: David Paul, California Apparel News Fashion Editor and Very Very Chic Blogger Jayne Seward, and Nick Verreos, 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, Hilton Beverly Hills
FIDM Debut Alumn Fab: (Left to Right) FIDM Debut 2008 Grad and Fashion Designer Angela Avanesyan, FIDM Spokesperson Nick Verreos, Debut 2011 Grads Ethan Bartlett and Paul Hernandez, 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, Hilton Beverly Hills
Speaking of Costumes and Costume Design: don't miss FIDM Museum & Galleries "20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" Exhibition--running through April 28th...and see some of the Costumes that won!

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