Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Natalia Fedner and Nick Verreos--FIDM Screening Party for Project Runway: Under The Gunn, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Last Thursday, I had the honor to host a very special Screening Party to view the TV show that I am a part of, "Project Runway: Under The Gunn". The Screening Party was held at my Alma Mater and college of which I am the Spokesperson, FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Downtown Los Angeles. In the days leading up to the screening, I got an email from one of my dear designers from the show and part of "Team Nick", Natalia Fedner.

Natalia Fedner and Nick Verreos--FIDM Screening Party for Project Runway: Under The Gunn, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

She sent me a very sweet email, telling me how wonderful it was to have been mentored by me and how thankful she was for my support during the filming. I was very touched and subsequently, I asked her if she would be so kind as to join me as a "Special Guest" at this "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" FIDM Screening Party. She said "Yes! Of course!". Yeayyy!

Wall of Fame Posing: Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner, FIDM Los Angeles Campus--Natalia and I posed in front of my FIDM DEBUT "Fashion Illustration" from 1993. Yep, that sketch is from 21 years ago, when I was a FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Student.

Pierogi Luv:  I joked with Natalia back when we filmed "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" about how much I LOVED Pierogies--Eastern European types of empanadas, stuffed dumplings very typical of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, etc. Well, Natalia did not forget this and she actually brought me a box of Pierogies--potato and vegetable ones--and I literally picked Natalia up and hugged her to no end! And then I took a picture with a Pierogi as you can see above.

Now, back to the FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party...
FIDM Screening Crowd: I was so excited to find a ton of people ready to watch last week's "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" episode--The Benefit Challenge. You can read my "Nick's Take"/Inside Dish BLOG about this episode HERE. Many people had come to view the episode with me and Natalia--as well as students interested in possibly attending FIDM, and their parents. It was a great mix.

Natalia and Nick: Prior to viewing the episode, I gave a "Welcome", talked about the upcoming "FIDM Open House's" that I will make an appearance at (Hello FIDM OC and FIDM San Francisco!), gave a brief explanation of the "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" TV show format and then introduced Natalia.

So Proud Of Natalia: Natalia Fedner and Nick Verreos, FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

After viewing the episode, Natalia and I took questions from the audience, gave away a FAB FIDM bag and then did a Meet-&-Greet Photo Op--here are lots of pics from that...

Q & A: Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Bag Give-Away: Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner choosing the winner of the FIDM "Sceening Party" Raffle--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Meet-and-Greet: Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner meet with "Project Runway:Under The Gunn" fans at FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

NV Fab: I was so excited to see an attendee--Olga Padilla--wearing one of my NV Nick Verreos dresses--an apple green jersey knit gathered dress. She looked FABULOSA! It's always wonderful seeing someone in one of your dresses!

Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner with Victor Hugo Padilla (yes, that's his mommie in my "NV Nick Verreos" dress!)--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

 Nick Verreos and Natalia Fedner Meet-and-Greet--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Minnesota Gorgeous: These two lovely ladies (far left and far right) flew all the way from Minnesota JUST for this Screening party!!! How much do I LOVE them!!!???Answer: LOTS!

Twitter Buddies: Natalia Fedner, Linda Zupan (our twitter buddy) and Nick Verreos--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Rachel, Natalia, Nick and Cara--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

David Paul, Natalia Fedner and Nick Verreos: FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Kisses: Natlia Fedner, Nick Verreos (and attendee)--FIDM "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party--FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

A HUGE Thank You to FIDM and to EVERYONE who came out for this fun and fabulous "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Screening Party and for making it a huge success! And a Very Special Thank You to Natalia for being my Special Guest Star! XOXO Mentor Nick

3 comments:

Mandy said...

Nick,

I think you are Wonderful!!! I would like you to just follow me around all day and be your lovely, encouraging self. "You can do it, Mandy. Don't let that pile of dirty laundry defeat you! " :)

Throughout the whole of Under the Gunn, you've been caring, helpful, and classy. In my book, you'be already won. And Oscar!!! What a genuine class act with superb talent. I don't need to see the finale to know you've both stolen the show.

debrarae said...

Nick, thank you so much for sharing this. Both You and Natalia have proven in spite of the lies that Tim told about two of you; just how gracious and kind you two are.

I think that the both of you will continue to have great success.

noelani said...

Beautiful pictures of you with Natalia! Throughout the show, I've been discussing it with a group of people on a blog. The number one topic of discussion hadn't been the fashions, but the way a few people have been treated by others. You certainly maintained your composure, professionalism, and humanity, in the face of an awful lot rude and unfair treatment.

I'm VERY happy to see that Natalia joined you at this event! Many, including me, have written to her on Facebook. I'm sure it has taken a tremendous amount of time, but she has responded to each message! I hope she has a great career ahead of her. It was pretty much unanimous that she was robbed on the steampunk challenge. I like Oscar's too. We all agreed that Shan's was very nice, but didn't have anything to do with the topic of the challenge!

So, a few more days and we will find out what you all ready know! I sure hope it was Oscar and you. I wouldn't mind seeing Shan win, because I think he's very talented and seems like a nice person, too. That would mean that Anya would think she was the best mentor, though. I don't think her mentoring has had anything to do with Shan's success.

Anyway, I certainly wish you continuing success. I have even more respect for you now, than I did before, and I have respected you ever since you were on Project Runway!

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