Welcome Back, "Project Runway"!!!!
Last month, I traveled to Europe to do a speaking engagement in Florence, Italy. Florence, Italy! Hello! Upon my return, I reflected on how humbled and lucky I have been and, particularly, how good “Project Runway” has been to me. I probably would not have been flown to Europe and been asked to speak if I were just “Nick Verreos, fashion designer and instructor.” I’m thinking being a “Project Runway” alumnus may have had something to do with it!
Just as the lovely memories of Limoncello and the Uffizi Gallery began to fade from my memory, I got a fun call: The “digital gods” at myLifetime.com asked if I could blog season 6 of “Project Runway.” Well, of course, I jumped for “Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn joy”! I have continually followed “Project Runway” (of course!), and back in Season 3, I wrote the show’s recaps for People.com and have also detailed every season on my own lovely nickverreos.com blog. But I am thrilled to be part of the Lifetime family and share my thoughts on the new season!
As most of you know, I was on the second season of "Project Runway," which filmed over four years ago (I know, it seems like yesterday!). Since appearing on the show, besides continuing to design my line, NIKOLAKI, and teaching at my alma mater, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising/FIDM, I’ve also had an unexpected turn in my career, and it involves being back on camera — covering award-show fashions for the TV Guide Network, E! and others. One of my proudest accomplishments came last year, when I starred in the Sears holiday ad campaign — along with Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical"), Ty Pennington (“Extreme Home Makeover”) and LL Cool J. Finally, I recently finished shooting a pilot for another network and I’m feverishly working on my upcoming Spring 2010 line. (Check out this photo below to see one of my previous designs being worn by Lisa, one of the “Models of the Runway” competitors this season.) In case you were wondering, yep, I don’t sleep!
But back to "Runway" … I am so excited for the return of the show and I — along with millions of fans — can’t wait for this new season. Everywhere I go, people ask me, “When is ‘Project Runway’ coming back?” Well, kids, the wait is over! I can’t wait for Tim Gunn to put his clenched fist to his jaw as he surveys the new designers’ creations and state "I’m very DUBIOUS about this design." I am dying to see what Miss Heidi will wear (we want to see LEGS!!!) and if judge — and Marie Claire Fashion Director — Nina Garcia will bring back that signature look of hers, the one that says, “Something doesn’t smell right” as she looks at the finished designs. Of course, I will also be counting on Michael Kors for his stinging bitchy, yet funny remarks. Most of all, I am looking forward to the new batch of "Project Runway" designers — some of whom I have met (more on that later, kiddies!). Here’s my message to them: Make Uncle Nicky — and the rest of America — proud!