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

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.

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