Monday, February 29, 2016

WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Debbie Matenopoulos in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos and David Paul--Photos + Fashion Sketch!












Debbie Matenopoulos in Custom NIKOLAKI--88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet



On Sunday afternoon--at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet---The GORGEOUS Debbie Matenopoulos, Co-Anchor of "The Insider" Entertainment TV Show, wore one of our NIKOLAKI gowns! This happens to be the second time we have had one of our designs walk the Academy Awards red carpet! The first was when the amazingly talented Academy Award-winning Actress Marlee Matlin wore our gown at the 2008 Academy Awards.








NIKOLAKI Diva: Debbie Matenopoulos in NIKOLAKI sequined gown--The gown featured hand-sewn gold/silver sequined paillettes over a silk base. The column silhouette had draped bias-cut details in front and back, as well as a train.






Fashion Sketch: Sketch of NIKOLAKI gown by Nick Verreos--gown worn by "The Insider's" Debbie Matenopoulos at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet






Best Dressed Couple: Louis Aguirre and Debbie Matenopoulos of "The Insider", Debbie wearing NIKOLAKI Nick Verreos/David Paul sequined gown--88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet









Debbie Matenopoulos in NIKOLAKI Nick Verreos/David Paul gold & silver sequined gown--88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet






Debbie Matenopoulos and Louis Aguirre of "The Insider" TV Show--Debbie wearing NIKOLAKI Nick Verreos/David Paul sequined gown--88th Annual Academy Awards








Nick Verreos and Debbie Matenopoulos wearing NIKOLAKI gold/silver sequined gown




NICK APPEARANCES.....88th Annual Academy Award Red Carpet Reporting for Reuters TV: Photo Recap!




Red Carpet Recap: Nick Verreos at the Dolby Theater, reporting for Reuters TV on the Oscars Red Carpet--88th Annual Academy Awards



This past week, I was SUPER HONORED--and EXCITED--to find out that I would be at Sunday night's 88th Annual Academy Awards reporting on the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet for Reuters TV. Earlier in the week, I went to Hollywood to the Dolby Theater and Loews Hollywood Hotel, to get my Oscars 2016 press credentials.





                  Nick Verreos at the Dolby Theater--site of the 88th Annual Academy Awards



Naturally, afterwards, I had to make my way to the site of Sunday's iconic Oscars Red Carpet. The Academy Awards' "red carpet" is ON Hollywood Boulevard. Literally. The street is closed off and the front of the Hollywood & Highland/Dolby Theater complex has been "extended" to accommodate the grand entrance to the awards show. I got the chance to take some photos--Thanks to the FABULOUS and Oh-so-Wonderful George Pinnachio--Los Angeles ABC 7 Entertainment GURU--who happened to be there and offered to take these fun photos for me. #LoveHim






Statue Pose: Nick Verrreos at the Dolby Theater, site of the 88th Annual Academy Awards



The actual red carpet is covered in plastic before Sunday's event...




The Mess Before the Fab: Yep...that's the Academy Awards "red carpet"! Plastic covered red carpet, Dolby Theater Hollywood...






And on Sunday, the plastic is removed:



The 88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet







Vintage Chic: My NIKOLAKI partner David Paul lent me his Grandfather's pearl and gold Cuff Links and Studs to accessorize my tuxedo ensemble. 






The Look: I wore a Versace printed tuxedo jacket and Marc Jacobs Collection Tuxedo Pants, as well as an Emernegildo Zegna Tuxedo Shirt . In case you are wondering, yes...I own it all; it's not borrowed Thank You very much.












Nick Verreos--2016 Academy Awards: I had the pleasure of reporting on the post-2016 Oscars Red Carpet and give my "Nick Two Cents" on the Best and Not-so-Good fashion that graced the Most Fabulous Awards Red Carpet Night of the Year EXCLUSIVELY for Reuters TV







That's a Reuters Red Carpet Wrap! Nick Verreos--2016 Academy Awards






Click Video below to watch my 2016 Oscars Red Carpet Recap--or Click on THIS link:







WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture S/S 2016




 Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016






Jennifer Lawrence, star of "Joy", wore--to no one's surprise--Christian Dior Haute Couture to tonight's 88th Annual Academy awards. Lawrence is the Face of Dior Makeup so naturally, it is most definitely in her contract to also wear the brand's designs. The dress is from Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection which was NOT designed by former Creative Director Raf Simons but by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who are the current heads of the Dior design studio. Now, back to the gown...







It was black and nude silk tulle with hand-sewn lace detail which tiered to the floor...






Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2016: The original look, as shown on the runway, was tea length with a much deeper neckline. The dress created for Jennifer lengthened the design to floor length and made the neckline a bit more modest.





She finished the look with bleach-blond shoulder-length hair and clean makeup--and several strands of diamonds around her neck. 



What did you guys think of Jennifer Lawrence's Academy Awards ensemble? A Yea or Nay?


Sunday, February 28, 2016

WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture S/S 2016




 Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016



Former "Miss World" and ABC "Quantico" actress Priyanka Chopra looked STUNNING in a white tulle gown from Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The strapless $75,000+ costing gown (don't fret, she didn't have to pay that, it was lent to her) featured a tulle base with hand-sewn sequin flower and leaf applique as well as a metallic silver belt...










Beautiful: Being a former "Miss World" helps but still...WOW! Loved this dress, loved Priyanka's olive-toned skin against the ivory color and the styling and accessories were on-point.


WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Saoirse Ronan in Custom Calvin Klein Collection




 Saoirse Ronan in Custom Calvin Klein Collection



Academy Award-nominated actress for "Brooklyn" Saoirse Ronan, wore this emerald green sequined gown custom-made for her by Calvin Klein Collection. I'm always fascinated by designer brands such as "Calvin Klein Collection" who create these custom gowns for top awards shows such as the Oscars and for top A-list actresses, yet the gowns and the designs have little to do with what one sees on the runways of Calvin Klein Collection. But that's neither here nor there, I guess...back to Saoirse:





The gown itself featured a plunging neckline, fitted waist and slight train. It was a simple silhouette and nothing too "Fashion Forward", but still pretty. I think she looked beautiful and quite a movie star. I loved how the color of the dress brought out the gorgeous color of her eyes and the nod to the "Emerald Isle" (with the color) to her native Ireland.






I loved her softly tousled hair and clean makeup. The mismatched earrings are another very modern touch.







One of the nicest--if not safest-- looks on the 2016 Academy Awards red carpet. What did you guys think?


WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 2016




Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016



"Carol" actress Rooney Mara wore this ivory colored gown from Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The gown--designed by Riccardo Tisci-- had a high neckline, long sleeves, peek-a-boo opening and front cascading slit. The dress itself was hand made of silk tulle with intricate sequin applique....







The original version--as shown at last month's Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week--was in a purple/midnight blue coloration and featured different sequin work. But the silhouette and gown details (high neck, peek-a-boo, long sleeves, etc.) were all the same. This collection marked the return of the famed French fashion house of Givenchy to Haute Couture.









Knot Rooney: I loved the sleek and modern top/center/back knot hairstyle and UBER fierce makeup. I think we are even seeing Rooney trying to smile...a little bit!







What did you guys think of Rooney and this gown? Is it a Yeay or Nay? 


WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Olivia Wilde in Valentino Haute Couture










Olivia Wilde in Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2016







Olivia Wilde wore a Valentino Haute Couture Creme Pleated Gown with plunging neckline to tonight's 88th Annual Academy Awards. Shades of white have turned out to be a huge trend on the Red Carpet tonight. Personally, with all the controversy, I find it to be quite ironic that so many actresses chose the color...or lack there of! 







I'm not sure if I like this gown on Olivia. The proportions, like Brie Larson, seem off to me. While it works on the long torso of the runway model, on Olivia, it make her look short waisted. I do like the back of the dress, it is interesting and ethereal.






I am also not a huge fan of the choker necklace. I would have loved to have seen a necklace version similar to the the harness the model is wearing. Or a beautiful drop pendant diamond necklace like Charlize Theron. Now that would have made a statement!


WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Charlize Theron in Christian Dior




 Charlize Theron in Custom Christian Dior





 Charlize Theron is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She has given us multiple stunning Red Carpet moments, and this look just shows how confident she is in her status as "Red Carpet Royalty". When you are Charlize Theron, all you need is a simple Red Silk Crepe Gown with a plunging neckline down to your navel! It is elegant in its simplicity....and also just happens to be Custom Christian Dior.






 Charlize Theron in Christian Dior




Charlize Theron in Christian Dior




WHO WORE WHAT?.....88th Annual Academy Awards: Brie Larson in Gucci




 Brie Larson in Custom Gucci



Brie Larson is almost a sure bet to win tonight's Oscar for Best Actress, so the pressure is immense to choose a dress that will be iconic and remembered forever. For her very important night, Brie chose a Custom Gucci Gown.





 Personally, I'm not sure if this was the best choice for her. While she obviously looks beautiful, I feel that the proportions aren't right for her body and there is almost too much going on with this gown. The pleated AND ruffled skirt, the encrusted waist and the plunging neckline with chiffon edging all is a bit overwhelming.






 Brie Larson in Custom Gucci





 I do love her hair and the beautiful Diamond brooches make her look like a "Oscar Fairytale Princess"!!






 Brie Larson in Custom Gucci




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