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FIDM.....FIDM Los Angeles 2017 Open House Alumni Panel Discussion: BLOG RECAP!

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FIDM.....FIDM Los Angeles 2017 Open House Alumni Panel Discussion: BLOG RECAP!

Fab Four: (L to R) Jason Shinn, Nick Verreos, Brittany Hampton and Katelyn Sullivan--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017 Alumni Panel

This past weekend, I was invited to be participate in the FIDM Open House Alumni Panel for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Open House Los Angeles. I was honored to be joined by fellow FIDM grads/alumni Jason Shinn, Founder and President of Apparel Business Review (studied Apparel Industry Management at FIDM); Katelyn Sullivan, Assistant Designer at Splendid/Ella Moss (Katelyn studied Merchandising and Product Development) and Brittany Hampton, Winner of the first season of E! Entertainment reality show "House of DVF" (Brittany studied Fashion Design)...

Smile Everyone! Nick Verreos with attendees at FIDM LA Open House 2017 


It was wonderful to be part of the Alumni Panel and hopefully we were helpful in giving some great advice to all the students and attendees of this weekend's FIDM Los Angeles Open House thinking of a possible career in Fashion Design, Apparel Industry, Product Development, Visual Communications, or any of the many more majors FIDM has to offer.

Here are some photos from this past weekend's FIDM Open House as well as our Alumni Panel and post-Open House Meet & Greet:
Time for FIDM LA Open House!--Nick Verreos arriving at FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

Window Display Fab: Window displays--created and designed by students in the FIDM Visual Communications School--FIDM Los Angeles campus

 Panel Discussing--Nick Verreos, along with fellow FIDM LA Open House Alumni Panelists Katelyn Sullivan (top left), Jason Shinn (top right), and Brittany Hampton (lower right)--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

Meet & Greet:
Nick Verreos with attendees (and their mommies!), posing for photos--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

(L to R) Jason Shinn, Nick Verreos, Brittany Hampton and Katelyn Sullivan--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017 Alumni Panel

Posing Duo: Nick Verreos and Brittany Hampton--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

Presenting...FIDM: Nick Verreos doing his best "Vanna White"--FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

That's a Wrap!--Nick Verreos with Brittany Hampton and attendees of FIDM Los Angeles Open House 2017

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who attended this weekend's FIDM Open House at the Main Campus! I had a really, really GREAT TIME telling my story and giving advice to all the attendees! XOXO, Nick

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WHO WORE WHAT?....."Crazy Ex Girlfriend" Star Gabrielle Ruiz in NIKOLAKI at TCA Press Tour 2017

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WHO WORE WHAT?....."Crazy Ex Girlfriend" Star Gabrielle Ruiz in NIKOLAKI at TCA Press Tour 2017

Actress Gabrielle Ruiz of CW's "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" wearing NIKOLAKI at the 2017 Television Critics Association Press Tour, The Beverly Hilton Hotel

I "HEART" Gabrielle Ruiz! The beautiful and very talented actress Gabrielle Ruiz--one of the stars of CW's hit show "Crazy Ex Girlfriend"--wore our NIKOLAKI apple green silk chiffon dress to this week's 2017 Television Critics Association/TCA Press Tour, which is being held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Cast and creators of "CW's "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" at the 2017 Television Critics association/TCA Press Tour. Actress Gabrielle Ruiz (far right, above photo) wearing NIKOLAKI dress

Gabrielle Style: "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" actress Gabrielle Ruiz in NIKOLAKI apple green silk chiffon dress and fashion sketch of dress. Dress features a "Gladiator Goddess" style, gathered front and golden jeweled sequined embellished waistband--2017 Television Critics Association Press Tour

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NICK APPEARANCES....."A Passion For Fashion" Book Event at Cypress Park Public Library

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NICK APPEARANCES....."A Passion For Fashion" Book Event at Cypress Park Public Library

 Nick Verreos and guest with his book "A Passion For Fashion"--"Reading By Design" Book Event & Appearance at Cypress Park Branch Library

Last week, I had the pleasure of making a special appearance at a Los Angeles Public Library "Reading By Design" Summer Reading Challenge Event at the Cypress Park Branch Library.

This was a nice event where I spoke about my experiences from being an avid fashion sketcher to many, many years later, following my love and passion, and becoming a fashion designer. Naturally, I also talked about my book "A Passion For Fashion: Achieving Your Fashion Dreams One Thread At A Time". The book is available on Amazon.com as well as Barnes & Noble and selected FIDM bookstores and I just found out that it will be available in paperback beginning in February 2018. Here are some photos from last week's event:

(L to R) David Paul, Eunice Castaneda and Nick Verreos--"A Passion For Fashion" Book Event & Appearance, Cypress Park Branch Library Los Angeles

(L to R) Eunice Castaneda and Lorena Villegas--"A Passion For Fashion" Book Event & Appearance, Cypress Park Branch Library Los Angeles

Nick Verreos with attendees at the "A Passion For Fashion" Book Event & Appearance, Cypress Park Branch Library Los Angeles

Signing Nick: Nick Verreos signing a copy of his book "A Passion For Fashion"--"A Passion For Fashion" Book Event & Appearance, Cypress Park Branch Library Los Angeles

Group Pic: Nick Verreos with attendees at the "A Passion For Fashion" Book Event & Appearance, Cypress Park Branch Library Los Angeles

Thank You and MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone who attended the fun event!  And a special Thank You to Cypress Park Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library!

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO: Ten Steps to Creating a Garment: From Sketch to Gown

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FASHION SCHOOL WITH NICK.....NEW VIDEO: Ten Steps to Creating a Garment: From Sketch to Gown

Nick Verreos on "Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube Video "10 Steps to Creating a Garment: From Sketch to Finished Gown"

Time for my LATEST "Fashion School With Nick Verreos" YouTube Video: Ten Steps to Creating a Garment. Many viewers and fans of my YouTube Channel, leave comments (Thank You!) and one of the most popular comment is "Nick! What are the steps in creating a garment?" Sooooo....in this video, I describe step by step, the TEN steps--from sketch to finished gown--that a designer (or fashion brand) goes through to create a garment.

Sketch...Pattern: "10 Steps to Creating a Garment" Video, Nick Verreos Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube

Step Ten...Finished Gown: "10 Steps to Creating a Garment" Video, Nick Verreos Fashion School With Nick Verreos YouTube

Click below to watch "The 10 Fundamental Steps to Creating a Garment" Video:

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SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss Universe Thailand 2017 is Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren

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SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss Universe Thailand 2017 is Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren

Most Beautiful in Thailand: Model Mareeya Poonlertlarp is crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2017, Royal Paragon Hall 

This past weekend--on Saturday night--a new Miss Universe Thailand was crowned: 25 year old half Thai/half Swedish Maria Poonlertlarb Ehren (also goes by Mareeya) bested 40 other contestants for the coveted beauty "Miss Universe Thailand" crown at the Royal Paragon Hall shopping center, the third largest in all of Thailand.

Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren Miss Universe Thailand 2017

The 1.84 M (6 feet) tall Maria is a model (naturally!) was born in Bangkok, moved to Hanoi Vietnam at age 2 and then returned to Bangkok when she was 7. She has a degree from Stockholm Business School and speaks several languages including Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin.

Crowned Kisses: Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp (center) gets kisses from her First and Second Princesses--Miss Universe Thailand 2017, Royal Paragon Hall 

The new "Miss Universe Thailand" won 1 million baht (about $30,000 US), a 2018 Honda Civic car, a diamond tiara, as well as a trophy. She also now has a chance to compete in the "Miss Universe 2017" beauty pageant which is rumored to occur in late November 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Maria Poonlertlarp Miss Universe Thailand 2017 
Photo courtesy of Missosology.org 


Model Pretty: Maria Poonlertlarp, the newly crowned "Miss Universe Thailand 2017"

During Preliminaries, Maria won the "Boutique Lady" award from Bangkok Airways--she wore this gorgeous ivory satin gown with navy blue sash/bow accent

 Parasol Beauty: Maria Poonlertlarp during the Swimsuit Competition at the "Miss Universe Thailand 2017" Finals
Photo courtesy of Missosology.org

 Gown Fab: Maria (left) in her violet blue side draped evening gown--Miss Universe Thailand 2017 Finals, Royal Paragon Hall

Queens: The newly crowned "Miss Universe Thailand 2017" Maria (second from right) with last year's winner Chalita Suansane (in golden yellow gown) who was a finalist (Top Six) at last year's "Miss Universe 2016" beauty pageant

 Congratulations Maria! Maria Poonlertlarp "Miss Universe Thailand 2017"

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Queen Letizia of Spain: United Kingdom State Visit Fashion!

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Queen Letizia of Spain: United Kingdom State Visit Fashion!

Style Queens: Queen Letizia of Spain with Queen Elizabeth II during the Spanish Royals State Visit to the United Kingdom

Last week, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain traveled to the United Kingdom for their first official state visit as the reining monarchs of Spain (the last one was in 1986 by Felipe's father and mother, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia). Letizia continued to uphold her reputation as one of the most stylish royals, showing off her sense of modern-day contemporary style but with enough of a nod to traditional Royal Couture. The three-day state visit was marked with various events including a couple of glamorous banquets that the 44-year-old Spanish Queen took full advantage of to showcase her fabulous sartorial style. The royals arrived in the United Kingdom in the evening and therefore, their first full day didn't begin until the day after...

Let's discuss Letizia's "Royal Couture" for this Official State Visit:
Departing from Spain Outfit: To begin her trip to London, Queen Letizia wore this Hugo Boss white suit featuring a pencil skirt and sleeveless top with fold detail. Quite modern and sleek, she was very "Head Anchor for BBC"-looking. I especially liked the python pumps and clutch. Score: 9.0/10

The following morning...
The Welcoming Committee: (Top Photo) Prince Charles and and Duchess of Cornwall welcoming King Felipe and Queen Letizia at their hotel; (Lower Photo) Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth                                                greet the Spanish royals at Buckingham Palace

For this "Welcome to London" ensemble, Letizia wore a custom lemon yellow suit from her favorite Spanish designer, Felipe Varela. The ensemble feature Guipure lace trim at the hem of both the 3/4 jacket/coat as well as the dress. The jacket was of a light "summertime" tweed. She wore nude Prada pumps and as is protocol for a State Visit, she accessorized the outfit with gloves and a hat. The hat was designed by Maria Nieto. I liked the light/airy quality of this style and the color is perfect for Summer but I wasn't a fan of the lace trim; it just seems so "Mother of the Bride" mumsy. But I understand that for that first official meeting with Queen Elizabeth, she didn't want to come off as well, too "directional". I give her a 7.0 out of 10.

Later, she did an outfit change for a visit to the Palace of Westminster and tea at Clarence House with Charles and Camilla:
For this, she donned a red Burberry trench coat dress featuring gold buckled epaulets and belt as well as oversized double breasted lapels. This was a perfect choice of attire (and brand/designer) for attending the Palace of Westminster and being in the UK. Plus, the choice of red was double perfect! Notice the extra piece added to the hem to make it below the knee appropriate. Score: 9.9/10

That evening, there was the State Banquet held at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth as the grand hostess, and Queen Letizia wore another shade of red:
 Gown Queens: (L to R) Prince Philip, Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth and King Felipe--Buckingham Palace State Banquet 

For the very regal State Banquet with Queen Elizabeth, Queen Letizia wore a red sequined off-the-shoulder gown from Felipe Varela. The red custom gown featured delicate lace beaded applique on tulle layered over a silk satin gown that had a drop waist and slightly gathered overskirt.

She accessorized with the Fleur de Lys tiara--the most impressive crown that the Spanish royalty possesses originally given to Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain as a wedding gift (quite a wedding gift!) by her husband King Alfonso XIII in 1906. The diadem is nicknamed "La Buena" or The Good One, by the royal family. She also wore the Order of Carlos III Grand Cross Sash and Star of the Order. Overall, she looks like a Queen, very elegant and distinguished and the Spanish Red is striking on Letizia. I give her entire look a 9.0/10.

On the subject of her favorite designer, Felipe Varela...Interesting to note the slight disconnection between what the Spanish fashion designer creates for his collections as opposed to what is custom done for the Queen. While his runway shows look like this:
 Sexy Hot: Felipe Varela Spring/Summer 2017

He creates this for Queen Letizia:
Queen Traditional: Queen Letizia in custom Felipe Varela--UK State Visit

Finally, the following day, the Lord Mayor hosted a banquet for the Spanish royals at London's Guildhall in which Princess Anne was in attendance representing her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and here Queen Letizia went the most chic and modern:
Queen Letizia wore this off-the-shoulder navy blue "techno" cady side draped gown from Armani Collezioni. I LOVED this gown on Letizia; it was sexy (Ayyyy Dios Mio!), directional and Runway Fab. I really liked how it hugged her body and gave her a look of 1930's "Old Hollywood Glamour". A 9.7/10...

It also really made poor Princess Anne look like a "Dowager Duchess" when photographed together (photo above).

Muy Bien! Queen Letizia in London, wearing off-the-shoulder Armani Collezioni

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