Saturday, March 30, 2013
 Nick Verreos--FIDM Debut 2013 L.A. Fashion Gala
 Photo Courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Last week was a busy week for me hosting many events for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and their DEBUT festivities--including the Debut 2013 Educators Luncheon, emceeing the L.A. Open House, making an appearance at the Fashion Club Debut 2013 Pre-Party, as well as several Debut Fashion Shows.

 David Paul and Nick Verreos, of NIKOLAKI--FIDM Debut 2013 L.A. Fashion Gala
Photo Courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

On Saturday, I had the honor of being invited--along with my NIKOLAKI partner David Paul--to the FIDM Debut 2013 L.A. Fashion Gala at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. This is the "fancy" version of the previous days Debut show I hosted. It was a black tie event (well, at least for me!) that began with a "Cocktail Hour", followed by a sit-down dinner, a presentation of Scholarship trophies and then, the Debut Fashion Show! Here are some pics of the VIP'ers in attendance:


Academy Award Winners for Outstanding Costume Design (left to right) Colleen Atwood ("Chicago", "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Alice in Wonderland") and Mark Bridges ( "The Artist")
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 Toni Hohberg, FIDM President and Jan Perry Los Angeles Council Woman, 9th District
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(Left to right): Nick Verreos, Doris Raymond, Owner of "The Way We Wore" vintage boutique and of Smithsonian Channel's "L.A. Frock Stars" and fashion designer Kevan Hall
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Nick Verreos with former MTV VJ Kennedy, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery

Nick Verreos with model/photographer Brandise Danesewich--Brandise is a DARLING--and she takes some AMAZING photos--she was on Project Runway and was also modeling at this year's Debut 2013

 Presenting the FIDM Scholarship Winners for 2013-2014--(left to right) Barbara Bundy, FIDM Vice President of Education, and Nick Verreos
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Barbara Bundy and Nick Verreos, during the FIDM Scholarships Trophy Presentation--with "Trophy Girls" models Sharaun Brown and Natalie Pack from L.A. Models wearing NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos/David Paul--FIDM L.A. Fashion Gala

And now...here are some photos of the Debut 2013 show, beginning with the FIDM Theater Costume designs created by graduates of the Advanced Study Program in Theater Costume Design for "Lés Miserables":

 FIDM Theatre Costume Designers present Lés Miserables--FIDM Debut 2013 Fashion Gala
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FIDM Debut 2013: ten (sometimes more) graduating students of the Fashion Design Program are chosen for the Debut--where they get to work for approximately 10 months on creating a collection--from sketch to drape, pattern, to cutting and sewing--and then present it at this fabulous Debut; it's their "debut" into the industry! Here are samples of this year's designs:

Ahmad Murtaza--FIDM Debut 2013
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Benny Dam--FIDM Debut 2013
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 Brittany Luttio--FIDM Debut 2013
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Maggie King--FIDM Debut 2013
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 Photos Courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Kelly Knaggs--Signal Snowboards partnered with FIDM to have the Graphic Design students deign original snowboards and FIDM Debut designer Kelly Knaggs created their action sportswear snowboarding outfits

Octavius Terry--FIDM Debut 2013
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Jordan Service--FIDM Debut 2013
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Katherine Chick--FIDM Debut 2013
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Christine Ko--FIDM Debut 2013
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Brandon McDonald--FIDM Debut 2013
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Cheers to another FABULOUS Debut Fashion Gala!

Security!!! Naturally--as it has become tradition--I had to get one final photo with the wonderful Barker Hangar/FIDM Debut Fashion Show Security Team--they are THE BEST in the business! I had a great time attending the FIDM Debut 2013 L.A. Fashion Gala, along with David, and congrats to all the FIDM Debut designers for such fabulous work! Until next year! xoxo

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