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NICK APPEARANCES.....Hosting Macy's Del Amo "2018 Summer Fashion" Event: BLOG RECAP!

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Hosting Macy's Del Amo "2018 Summer Fashion" Event: BLOG RECAP!

Macy's Summer Style--Nick Verreos Hosts "2018 Summer Fashion" Event at Macy's Del Amo, Torrance California

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a fun Macy's "Summer Fashion" Event at the Macy's Del Amo in Torrance California at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The event showcased 2018 Summer Fashion and specifically highlighting three trends: Denim Shorts, Off-the-Shoulder, and Maxi Length. The fun event featured a DJ, special Summer drinks and snacks and more importantly, a fashion presentation with beautiful models showing the latest in Summer Fashion...all available at Macy's, naturally.

Here is my BLOG PHOTO RECAP:
 Nick Verreos with models (L to R) Michelle De Leon, Cherie Ditcham and Lizzie Miller in "Maxi" styles--Macy's De Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo Torrance California

 Denim Shorts Fab--Nick Verreos with models Lizzie Miller, Michelle De Leon and Cherie Ditcham showcasing the Denim Shorts 2018 Summer Fashion Trend--Macy's Del Amo, Torrance California Del Amo Fashion Center

 Model Cherie Ditcham (L) in "Rachel Rachel Roy" White Denim Bell Sleeved Jacket and "American Rag" Blue Bandanna Print Maxi Skirt; and Michelle De Leon (R) in "Guess" Gingham Tie-Top and Distressed Shorts-Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

Model Michelle De Leon in "INC" royal blue tie dye Maxi Dress and "Avec Les Filles" Striped Off-the-Shoulder Top and "Hudson" Skinny Jeans styles--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

 Sporty Spice--Nick Verreos with model Michelle De Leon in "Carbon Copy" T-Shirt and "INC" athleisure shorts--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

 Posing Princess--Nick Verreos with model Lizzie Miller and young model/Macy's shopper--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

 Runway Divas--Model Lizzie Miller and young model/Macy's shopper working the runway--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

NIKOLAKI Duo--With my better half--David Paul--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California


Summer Drinks Station--Nick Verreos enjoying Summer Drink Refreshments--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

Jumping Up For Macy's Summer Fashion!--Nick Verreos with models Michelle De Leon, Cherie Ditcham and Lizzie Miller--Macy's Del Amo 2018 Summer Fashion Event, Macy's Del Amo, Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance California

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding: The WEDDING DRESS and BEST DRESSED Guests!

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ROYAL COUTURE.....Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding: The WEDDING DRESS and BEST DRESSED Guests!

Meghan Beautiful--Prince Harry and Meghan Markle--the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their wedding in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Windsor England

Last weekend, Prince Harry married actress Meghan Markle at a beautiful wedding in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle Windsor England. The royal wedding was watched by millions around the world. The bride wore a simple yet elegant wedding dress from Givenchy Haute Couture and its Artistic Director, 47-year-old Clare Waight Keller. Last year, she became the first woman to hold that title at the famed French fashion house. Earlier this year, in mid-February Meghan Markle visited Waight Keller at a property in South West London for a two-hour secret meeting where Keller showed her archives of designs she did during her time at Chloe as well as catalogs/archives from the House of Givenchy, and that's how the wedding dress design began...

A Simple Duchess--Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in her Givenchy Haute Couture wedding dress--St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Windsor England

I thought it was a simple--if not quite "barren" gown, in terms of its lack of details, which actually surprised me. Initially, I just wanted "more". By that I didn't mean I wanted a gown fully embroidered with 50,000 crystals and big pouffy sleeves. I just expected maybe more architectural details, such as pleating or draping, especially at the top. But I do understand the impression such a simple "un-fussy" dress tells people; it's modern, and void of the "trappings" of what one would expect from a "Royal" wedding dress. In other words, Markle was transmitting a signal of "I am a Princess for the 21st Century". There have been examples of these "Clean, modern, un-fussy" wedding dresses from royals in recent years...

The New Royal Wedding Gown--(L to R) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (2010); Princess Charlene of Monaco (2011); Queen Letizia of Spain (then-Princess Letizia) (2004)

The Duchess Wears Givenchy Haute Couture--St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Windsor England

Wedding Dress Dish:
*The gown took a total of 3,900 hours of work with two small teams exclusively working on the dress at two separate locations.
*The dress was made at the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris and the train was made at a secret workshop location in London.
*The workers had to sign nondisclosure agreements (of course!).
*The wedding gown cost an estimated $270,000; it's Haute Couture after all, meaning all hand-made.
*Made of double bonded silk cady with a soft matte luster in "pure white".
*The simple gown features only six seams.

Sketches of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress--Givenchy Haute Couture

Many people (who know their Fashion History) commented on the similarity of her gown to this...
1964 Givenchy Haute Couture wedding gown design worn by Audrey Hepburn in the photograph above. Similar style and silhouette but instead of silk cady, the fabric used  for the above 1964 design was a silk matelasse

The Veil:
Veil Dish:
*The 16-foot veil mas made of delicate silk tulle.
*The edges featured hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza representing the 53 Countries of the Commonwealth.
*Besides this flora and fauna, additional flowers were added, including the California Poppy as a nod to the bride's California heritage.
*The veil took 500 hours to make with workers having to wash their hands every 30 minutes so to not make the delicate fabric dirty.

The Tiara:
Tiara Dish:
Meghan Markle borrowed the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara from the Queen Elizabeth II jewels. The crown, made in 1932, was originally from Queen Mary (therefore the name) and featured diamonds set in platinum, and has a detachable brooch made of ten diamonds originally made in 1893. Queen Mary (photo above, left) passed it down to Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and in the past, Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister (photo above, right) wore it to main events.

Best Dressed Guests:
Amal Clooney in Stella McCartney--Amal tops my list of Best Dressed Guests in this canary yellow colored dress from Stella McCartney. When they first showed her--with her hubby George--making her way to the Chapel, I couldn't control myself. All I kept thinking was "She SHUT IT DOWN!!" And she did it in this stylish fitted tea-length dress featuring a back exaggerated tie detail; fabulous from the front and back.

Serena Williams in Versace--Serana looked sexy-gorgeous in this blush pink Versace dress. The dress FIT HER PERFECTLY and featuring fabulous draped pleats at the neckline, torso, waist and diagonally on the skirt section. This was a LESSON Ladies and Gentlemen in how to create a dress that hits all the right figure notes: It creates an hourglass figure, showcasing a teeny tiny waist and perfectly balanced hips. It is Plastic Surgery...IN A DRESS! Bravo Serena and Bravo Versace.

Priyanka Chopra in Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy hat--Leave it to a former Miss World and top actress to show all the other ladies how one should look to a Royal Wedding. Priyanka looked chic, regal, above-it-all. And once again, this was an example of design that highlights a woman's figure to the limit and yet, still is giving Royal Wedding appropriateness.

Actress Sarah Rafferty in Lanvin--One of my favorites in terms of what the guests wore to the Royal Wedding, was this navy blue ensemble from Lanvin worn by actress Sarah Rafferty. This was elegance, class and refined style all rolled up into one dress. The tea length and fit were just right and I loved the delicate crystal detail as well. And those gathered silk gazar "balloon" sleeves were EVERYTHING!

Janina Gavankar wearing a 1930's vintage dress and 1940's hat from Western Costume House--I LOVED what Janina wore to the Royal Wedding the minute I saw it! She walked to the Chapel alongside Priyanka Chopra and I almost forgot Priyanka was there--only because she made such a distinct style impression with this coral colored draped dress with fringed shawl. On her Instagram, she said that it was a vintage 1930's dress from Western Costumes in North Hollywood. She also said that her stylist Niki Schwan tried to reach out to designers to dress Janina yet no one responded. Next Time Niki and Janina: DM me on Instagram!!

Lady Kitty Spencer in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda--Lady Kitty Spencer is Princess Diana's niece and daughter of her brother Charles Spencer. She wore this green A-line shaped dress from Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, the Haute Couture arm of the Italian fashion house. The tea-length dress was GORGEOUS (as well as it should be since it was probably a $75,000 hand-sewn Alta Moda dress!) and one of my favorites, featuring a square neckline, 3/4 sleeves, a fitted waist and hand-painted flower print.

Sofia Wellesley in Valentino Red--Socialite and James Blunt's wife Sofia Wellesley was one of my Best Dressed Guests at the Royal Wedding in this stunning multi colored floral embroidered macrame dress from Valentino Red--one of the "lower" lines of the Italian house of Valentino And when I say "lower" line, I mean these dresses retail at about $2,000 as opposed to $12,000 for a Valentino. Whatever it cost, she looked beautiful, fashionable and oh-so-right for a Royal Wedding. And she also stood out in the gorgeous print.

Carey Mulligan in Erdem--Speaking of prints, actress Carey Mulligan wore this very pretty flower printed dress from Erdem. I loved everything about it--the tea-length, the flowers, the 1920's/1930's-like silhouette. If anyone wants to know what PRETTY looks like, look at the photo above.

And lastly...
Karen Spencer, Countess Spencer in Pamela Roland--Karen Spencer, Countess Spencer is the wife of Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, wore this violet-hued dress-and-cape ensemble from Pamela Roland. While I get that some people might not be fans and may have found it a little too Cruella de Vil, I disagree COMPLETELY; She looked UBER stylish and quite fabulous! I loved the capelet, the violet color and that great hat!

Congrats Harry and Meghan!

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SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss USA 2018 Finals: The EVENING GOWN RECAP!

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SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss USA 2018 Finals: The EVENING GOWN RECAP!

USA Queen--Miss Nebraska USA Sarah Rose Summers is Miss USA 2018--Miss USA 2018 Finals Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport Louisiana

Last night was the Crowning Night Finals of the 67th Miss USA pageant. Miss Nebraska USA, 23 year-old, 5' 5"(165 cm) tall Sarah Rose Summers bested fifty other contestants for the top crown. This was the first time a contestant from the state of Nebraska has won the prestigious Miss USA beauty pageant. Sarah was not on any Pageantista/Missosologist's Top Faves to win the crown and in fact many of the top faves--Miss California USA, Miss Tennessee USA, to name a couple--didn't even make the Top Five.

Crowned--Outgoing Miss USA Kara McCullough(L) crowns the new Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers Miss Nebraska USA as Miss Universe 2017 South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss Teen USA 2018 Hailey Colborn (with flowers) look on--Miss USA 2018 Finals Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport Louisiana

So it was a total shock but Kudos to Miss Nebraska USA because she surprised all those pageant experts--including herself!--and seriously OUTDID all the other contestants, especially when it came time to answer the very important questions.

OH MY GAWWWD!!--Miss Nebraska USA Sarah Rose Summers (L) reacts as she hears her name being called as the new Miss USA, with her First Runner-up Miss North Carolina Caelynn Miller-Keyes (R)--Miss USA 2018 Finals, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport Louisiana

HEYYYYYY!!--Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers "Miss Nebraska USA" (center) reacts as she celebrates winning the crown--Miss USA 2018 Finals, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport Louisiana


Sarah had this GENUINE non-"Pageant Perfect" demeanor and realness about her that made her stand out immediately once she made the Top 15. She reminded me A LOT of Tara Conner (for her looks) and Brook Lee (for her unfiltered and genuine answers).

From Nebraska to...USA--Sarah Rose Summers Miss Nebraska USA

The new Miss USA will now move to New York City and will represent her nation at the 2018 Miss Universe contest, to be held at the end of this year. Now that we've gotten all the details out of the way...it's time for THE EVENING GOWNS!!! The Top Ten Finalists got the chance to compete in the Evening Gown "competition" of the pageant and here are my thoughts on the gowns....

Time for the Top Ten Evening Gowns Recap:
Gown Ladies--Miss USA 2018 Top Ten in their evening gowns

I'll begin with the eventual winner, Miss Nebraska USA:
Miss Nebraska USA (and eventual Miss USA) Sarah Rose Summers--Sarah wore this black gown from the pageant's sponsor, Sherri Hill. The gown was impacting--especially with her blond hair and skin tone. This wasn't anything Haute Couture Pageant UBER Fab but it was nice still. The black design featured a sequined column gown with an attached satin gathered overskirt. It was dramatic and elegant; no Hoochie slits no visible tacky stripper platform pumps. Overall, this was nice.
Score: 8.99

And now, my Scores--from Best to...Ayyyy Miss Florida USA!!!:
Miss Nevada USA Carolina Urrea--This was my FAVORITE GOWN of the Top Ten. Hands down. The silver sequined dress was the work of Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza, known for his gowns worn by Miss Universe's and Miss Colombia's alike. Carolina wore this for the Preliminaries and I loved it then as well. The dress is PERFECTION; the sequins, the fit, the style...WOW. This is a gown worth $10,000 if not more. And it was worth every Swarovski crystal.
Score: 9.90


Miss Georgia USA Marianny Egurrola--Marianny wore the same gown she wore to the Preliminaries, this royal blue/nude sequined design from Sherri Hill. She looked gorgeous and like a Miss Universe-worthy queen in this. The color was perfect for her and the fit was ON POINT! The sweetheart neckline highlighted her beautiful shoulders and INSANELY LONG neck.
Score: 9.50

Miss South Dakota USA Madison Nipe--Third on my list was the gown worn by Madison Nipe Miss South Dakota USA. She also wore this for the Preliminaries and it was wise to not change a thing. She looked like a super tall Aishwarya Rai while strutting down the runway/stage. While I'm getting a little tired of the nude/blush/golden gowns, I do get that it's a trend to stay. This was a perfect interpretation of the trend. The gown fit beautifully (it was TO THE FLOOR!) and made her figure stand out. It also looked expensive, well done and was impacting onstage.
Score: 9.40 

Miss Tennessee USA Alexandra Harper--Alexandra looked like Miss USA Perfection in this golden/nude sequined applique Custom Jovani gown. She wore this dress for the Preliminaries and chose to wear it for the Finals. The gown featured golden sequined appliques over a nude tulle base of a column dress with a high side slit and attached flowy crepe back overskirt.
Score: 9.35


Miss North Carolina USA Caelynn Miller-Keyes--Caelynn was the First Runner-up of the pageant and she wore this coral colored column gown for the Finals--as well as the Preliminaries. I loved the bold color and clean elegant un-fussy style: This was elegant and chic, and it fit her quite well. If there was any fault: Those Lucite stripper platform heels (Yes, I can see them from under the dress!)--Just too tacky for words. But overall:
Score: 9.10

Miss New Jersey USA Alexa Noone--Alexa also chose to wear the same gown she wore to the Preliminaries. This golden/nude column gown (yes, kids, another one!) featured gold sequined applique over a nude tulle base and was from Miss USA sponsor Sherri Hill. The dress fit her nicely and looked sexy on her. If there was any critique, it would be the weird visible "Grandma Panties" and those nude platform heels. I would have rather seen either more sexier underwear or have the gown be fully lined; and in terms of shoes...gold NO PLATFORM strappy heels. Please.
Score: 8.90

Miss California USA Kelley Johnson--Kelley wore the one gown with a full/A-line silhouette. This black design featured lace organza detail and sequined lace applique as well. This was also the same gown Kelley wore for the Preliminaries and frankly, I wished she would have changed and worn something more fitted and Runway Fierce, especially since she is SIX FOOT TWO and has a PERFECT FIGURE! While this was nice, it didn't take her to a higher (gown) level.
Score: 8.50

Miss Maine USA Marina Gray--This was an interesting choice for Marina. She wore this for the Preliminaries and (I guess) thought it was wonderful enough to wear for the Finals. It's a total knockoff of those Elie Saab/Zuhair Murad gowns from, like SEVEN YEARS AGO...but while I do not fault her for that, I do fault her for not OWNING the fabulousness of this style. This is a dress that requires a RUNWAY DIVA and Marina was good but not so "Diva"-like. On a good note: The powder blue color was pretty.
Score: 8.20


Miss Florida USA Genesis Davila--Genesis was one of the top favorites to win the crown. She lost it during the Question-&-Answer portion (Oh Dear!). It also didn't help matters when she wore this stiff, un-flattering gown for the Evening Gown Competition. At first, when she came out I was "Uh Oh, wait....She is Kinda Working It..Genesis is trying to GIVE Miss Venezuela!!" But then, the gown was not moving, looked awkward and, as they say, the gown was wearing HER as opposed to HER wearing the gown. The design, from Venezuelan pageant gown designer Alejandro Fajardo, was quite stunning on its own--very Couture-worthy hand-sewn Swarovski crystals over nude organza--but when actually worn, it just didn't work. All I can say is: Bless Her (Gown) Heart.
Score: 8.00

CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Rose Summers Miss Nebraska USA for winning Miss USA 2018!! Good luck at Miss Universe! 

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