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FIDM....FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala: The Recap!

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FIDM....FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala: The Recap!

Atmosphere--FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo by Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

Last week was FIDM DEBUT 2017 Week and I had the honor and pleasure of hosting all the runway shows. You can read my BLOGS on Thursday and Friday night's events HERE. To cap off the DEBUT festivities, last Saturday night was the "fancy" DEBUT: Industry glitterati, VIP guests, notable press and designers are invited to the black-tie event in which dinner and dessert are served while the fabulous fashion show highlighting the graduating student's designs in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM's Advanced Programs of Fashion Design, Theatre Costume, as well as Interior and Textile Design students.

Black Tie Pair: NIKOLAKI designers Nick Verreos and David Paul--FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala, Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Here is a PHOTO RECAP of the fabulous night:
Presenting DEBUT!--Nick Verreos onstage at FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

 LA Fashion Fab: (L to R) Designer Kevan Hall, Nick Verreos, Debbie Hall and Octavius Terry-Sims--FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

 Fashion Design Program Director Mary Stephens and FIDM President Tonian Hohberg--FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

 Nick and His Boys--Backstage with my "Chairing Styles" boys--they helped in getting the "Chairing Styles" chairs (lower photo above) up and down from the stage during the show--FIDM DEBUT 2017 Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Lower photo courtesy of David Paul

Serious or Smile: Nick Verreos onstage--One of the gorgeous models who was modeling in the FIDM DEBUT show--Amber Lindauer--asked to take photos of me before the show so...naturally, I was happy to...and I LOVED the pics!--FIDM DEBUT 2017 LA Fashion Gala, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photos courtesy of Amber Lindauer

Advanced Program in Theatre Costume Design Costumes:
The theme was "Beat" and it included costumes inspired by many musical movies such as "Grease", "Footloose" and "La Bamba" to name a few--FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
All Photos courtesy of David Paul

DEBUT 2017 Collection Pics--All Photos courtesy of Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages:
 Designs by Dionard Campman--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 Designs by Nancy Hennessey--FIDM DEBUT 2017

Design by Jasmine "Yasi" Sakak--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 Design by Lilit Markosyan--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Program Graduate Makham Rayutkhaki and her models/designs--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 Design by Peivand Mirzaie--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 Design by Zara Marchand--FIDM DEBUT 2017

 Childrens Design by Eva Yang--FIDM DEBUT 2017

That's A Wrap--A HUGE THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved!! AMAZING!! Kudos to the FABULOUS Koziak Productions, Gene Lebrock and FIDM Productions, all the models, dancers...YEAAAYYYYY TEAM FIDM DEBUT 2017!

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FIDM.....Hosting FIDM DEBUT 2017 Thursday and Friday Shows: The BLOG RECAP!

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FIDM.....Hosting FIDM DEBUT 2017 Thursday and Friday Shows: The BLOG RECAP!

Nick Verreos--FIDM DEBUT 2017 "Nick Tent"--Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Last week, I had the honor of hosting THREE NIGHTS of the fabulous FIDM DEBUT Shows.
FIDM's annual DEBUT Runway Show attracts nearly 10,000 people over three days and features designs by graduating students in FIDM's Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study programs, as well as work from Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design students. 


It's Show Time!--Nick Verreos onstage hosting FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Jerry Li 

The extravaganza concludes on the third night with the DEBUT Runway Show & Gala, a scholarship fundraising event attended by industry notables, FIDM Alumni, and fashion celebrities--of which I will do a BLOG after this one! In addition to the industry, the runway show is also attended by high school students from around the country, friends and family of the graduating students, fellow FIDM Students, and FIDM Staff and Faculty. 


MC Nick: Nick Verreos onstage hosting FIDM DEBUT 2017 Thursday night show wearing Snapchat Snap Spectacles--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Jerry Li

For the past several years, I have opened the show but never hosted the entire event so it was a lot of pressure! But I think I stepped up to the challenge (you'd have to ask the attendees!)  And I had lots of fun doing it--which is probably the best thing! Not only did I introduce the designs of the Advanced Program of Theater Costume graduates:

FIDM DEBUT 2017 Advanced Program in Theatre Costume design--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photos courtesy of David Paul

But, I also introduced the "Chairing Styles" design work of the Textiles, Interior Design as well as Fashion Design graduates...
Chair Boy: Nick Verreos onstage at FIDM DEBUT 2017 with FIDM "Chairing Styles" chair designs--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Top photo courtesy of Jerry Li
Lower photo courtesy of David Paul

But I also had the chance to be onstage with GORGEOUS models wearing my NIKOLAKI gowns...
Nick and his Gowns: Nick Verreos onstage with models Marketa, Lauren and Kalyn of LA Models Runway in NIKOLAKI gowns--FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica


Designers Nick Verreos and David Paul of NIKOLAKI with models Marketa, Kalyn and Lauren in NIKOLAKI gowns--backstage at FIDM DEBUT 2017 Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Model Kalyn Hemphill in NIKOLAKI silk ballgown--backstage at FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Here are Photos from me Hosting the fab FIDM DEBUT 2017 Shows this past Thursday and Friday as well as post-show Meet & Greet Pics that we shot in my very own "VIP FIDM DEBUT Nick Tent":
Stage Is Set--FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of David Paul

Snap Spectacles Host--Nick Verreos onstage wearing Snapchat Snap Spectacles--FIDM DEBUT 2017 Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photos courtesy of David Paul

Nick Verreos--FIDM DEBUT 2017 "Chairing Styles" Introduction--Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photos courtesy of David Paul

Stretch Diva: Nick Verreos backstage with dancer/model Ava Cota--FIDM DEBUT 2017 Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Thursday Night FIDM DEBUT "Nick Tent" Meet & Greet Pics:

Selfie Time: Nick Verreos and Meet & Greet attendees--FIDM DEBUT 2017 "Nick Tent" Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Thursday Night FIDM DEBUT 2017 VIP Meet & Greet "Nick Tent" Photo Collages--FIDM DEBUT 2017 Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Friday Night FIDM DEBUT 2017 "Nick Tent" Meet & Greet Pics:
 Group Photos: Nick Verreos and high school groups--FIDM DEBUT 2017 VIP "Nick Tent" Meet & Greet, Barker Hangar Santa Monica

 Meet & Greet Fun--Nick Verreos with attendees of the FIDM DEBUT 2017 Friday Night VIP Meet & Greet "Nick Tent", Barker Hangar Santa Monica

Awwww...Love this boy--There was an emotional moment back in the tent :)--Nick Verreos with attendee at FIDM DEBUT 2017 VIP Meet & Greet "Nick Tent", Barker Hangar Santa Monica 

Giving Back!--Models in NIKOLAKI gowns walking off stage--FIDM DEBUT 2017, Barker Hangar Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of David Paul

**UP NEXT: FIDM DEBUT 2017 Black Tie L.A. Fashion Gala Finale!

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