Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
 
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — December 2009

Nick Verreos: Greek Chic!

Oh Nicky you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, Hey Nicky!

 I. Love. Nick. Verreos. Love him!

Most of you probably remember Nick from Season 2 of Project Runway. These days when he’s not reporting live from the Red Carpet or instructing and sharing his fashion industry-insider knowledge with lucky FIDM students – you’ll find him designing for his Nikolaki line (“Little Nick” in Greek), worn by celebs including camera-loving Eva Longoria Parker and supermodel and Project Runway host, Heidi Klum.

My very fashionable friend Marissa and I were among the lucky guests to meet him last night at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for “An Evening with Nick Verreos & FIDM”. Clad in tweed blazer, white shirt, black patterned tie, fab purple skinny jeans, cool black boots and Gucci classic green & red stripe double-G gold clasped belt – he took time from his glam west coast dream-life to share the inspirations behind his designs and the next generation of fashion.

He talked about traveling at a young age with his family because his father was a Diplomat. He fell in love with the uniforms of the flight attendants on TWA and Pan Am (acknowledging that they were much cuter back in the 70’s!) If his parents went on a trip, his mother would always bring him notebooks back and he would fill them up with drawings as quickly as he received them.

Nick’s earliest memory of a muse was his mother – he recalls her wearing elegant gowns befitting the lifestyle of a diplomat’s wife. He also used his sister, a one-time Miss Venezuela, as a dress-up doll for his designs. She had several friends who were models, so it was a win-win for everyone. He was able to hone his craft, and his sister and her friends were the envy of all in his chic and glam designs! I have to confess I felt a tinge of jealousy that he wasn’t my brother…

Following the lecture, he took his fans to the front row of a west coast fashion show for a special viewing of FIDM’s Debut 2009, which celebrates the work of its top design students and included a tribute to Barbie’s 50th anniversary. Nick was featured in this portion of the show and his Barbie dress was the icing on the cupcake, complete with an oversized pink bow down the back of the gown – gorgeous!

His fans were able to meet him afterwards at a wine & cheese reception where he graciously chatted and signed photos. He gave Marissa and I each a big hug and asked us about ourselves as we gushed about him.

He was so cute, even commenting about my dress, “Oh is your dress blouson? Very cute…oh, and love the boots…” (Thanks, Banana Republic & Stuart Weitzman!)

Sigh… you had me at blouson, Nick.

December 10, 2009   No Comments

Please Block These Colors From My Sight

I’m sure you’ve seen the dresses. They’re everywhere.  Basically, they’re the worst of the color-block trend: the top half  is one color, the bottom is another color, and the waist band is (you guessed it) yet another shade. What I need to know is, when did this so-called trend start – and more importantly, when will it end?

No wonder the girl above looks so annoyed – she has buyer’s remorse. Her dress doesn’t even fit well. What drives a girl to purchase this? Celebs aren’t exempt. Even with Kelly’s belt and Miley’s beads it’s still just a boring, cookie-cutter dress.

Kelly&Miley

This look bored me to tears the first time I saw it, and it will continue to, until the trend dies. It’s not that the dress is necessarily hideous – I’m sure a girl could look cute wearing it (I’ll concede “cute” to Miley above) – but what’s unique, fun, or fashion forward about it? Crickets chirping…

Some attempts have been made to seasonally update it – with cap sleeves, short sleeves, even ¾ and long sleeves – but really, what’s the difference? Same snoozefest, different sleeves.

Maybe I’m in the minority here and I’m sorry if you have one hanging in your closet (and if you do, feel free to let me know what makes it so fab) – but as Tim Gunn would say, I’m just not “wowed”.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. wake me up when this excuse of a trend has run its course…

December 6, 2009   No Comments

All Dressed Up With A Fun Place To Go

Have you ever been shopping and found that perfect outfit? The one that as soon as you see it you know it was made for you? Now if you only had a fun place to wear it….

You imagine yourself at a posh party, gliding across the room in that perfect little party dress, cocktail in hand….looking so glamorous as you sing along with other partygoers while some dapper gent tickles the ivories and smiles your way… then you discreetly fix your lipstick and mingle some more, occasionally tilting your head back to laugh at all of those witty handsome men trying to amuse and woo you…

Then you snap out of it and realize this party is only in your mind.  Or is it?? Get your pretty little head out of the clouds -  it’s time to make that dream a reality. Start shopping for that chic little number and mark your calendar, party girl, because I’ve got an invitation for you!

What:     The Party Of The Year

When:    Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Where:   Bobby McKeys Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor MD

New Years Web Graphic

Now picture yourself at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar – yes, dueling. As in 2 uber-talented piano players playing your requests – while you and your friends sing along and shimmy to the music in your fab party frocks. These gifted musicians take every measure to accept any and all requests – from Bon Jovi to Beethoven, James Taylor to Jay Z, Meatloaf to Mozart.

Join the fun and “Sing In The New Year” at Bobby McKey’s, National Harbor’s hottest venue! Highlights include drinks, light buffet, party favors, champagne, and discounts at local harbor restaurants and hotels. Start planning your outfit and make your reservations today!

December 1, 2009   No Comments