I was first not crazy about being interviewed, Caylee said, "Professor Uvenio, you're so well-known at FIT and everyone wants to know more about you! You're looking fabulous losing so much weight! You have a hot gorgeous trainer! You're look amazing! I was like okay I 'll sit with my former student and she started to asked me questions about everything!
Tell me about you Professor! You're not just a Professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology, but you're also have a blog with a huge followings, a Fashion Editor of Anolie Magazine, Co-host of the web series: "Fashion Insiders" and you are working on the Coffee Table book as well! How do you find the time? Do you go out since everyone knows you're very outgoing Professor!
I have been in the Fashion Industry for over 20 years now, I have worked with several fashion houses including Bob Mackie, Anna Sui, Mizrahi and I have also done a lot of freelanced work as well. I have done costumes and won for my work of the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful". Caylee, I always make sure that I have time for myself and do what I love.
I am very lucky to be able to manage my work as a Full-time Fashion Design Professor at FIT, and do other fashion related outside the university. Yes, I do go out at night, how can I not? I get inspirations every time I step my foot outside. It could nature, people, anything that caught my attention. Yes, New York is the Fashion Capitol of the World, and yes, there's always something going on to capture my attention. I'm very outgoing.
I love to go out with my friends that are my family, some were my classmates from day one when I was an FIT students to friends from the industry. I always keep in touch with my friends since they meant the world to me.
I even went with one of my closet friend Rafaele Rivera to the Katey Perry Concert at Madison Square Garden. I had dinner with several of my close collegues from FIT last night. Thursday night, I went out with Rafaele again to see the Broadway musical, Chicago. Rafaele and I had a blast sitting in front row center of the theater.
I been working out every other day for 2 hours with another close friend of mine who is also a male supermodel in my coffee table book and trainer, Bill McLarnon. He's like a little brother. And he really kicked my ass and I sweat a lot from his workout and eating the right diet. He changed my life completely, I never knew do working out in the job is so much fun! lol! And he is also my inspiration and idol.
Working for Bob Mackie have been so incredible that I have learned so much of how to do some beading, draping, designing a collection, worked closely with him doing premiere fashion shows. I would love to go back and start all over again. He was a true mentor, and someone that would treat his design teams like family.
Bob Mackie will always be the highlight of my career in Fashion.
Everyone who knows me personally knows I live for Gianni Versace. I was lucky to have interned in Milan when I studied abroad at FIT's Polimoda. He was so tremendously talented that I even got to meet Donatella. She is a very smart woman and she never really got the credit she deserved. She created the Supermodels of Linda, Christy, Niaomi, Cindy, all those glamorous 90's supermodels. There will never be on like them. Gianni Versace was known for such glamour of Rock Stars inspiration and was the first to bring leather and denim ball gowns into Couture World!
Caylee, I have always wanted to create a coffee table book for years since I have a collection of my own books of Gianni Versace, McQueen, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and so many to name. I love coffee table books and along with illustrations. And one day one of my good friend, Vaughn Eric Stuart came to me and said, "Why not? Let's do it now..what are we waiting for?"
I got so excited and we teamed together brainstormed so any ideas. The title of the book has not been decided yet.
The book will be out in 2 years since it takes a good long hard work to make it perfect and special. Yes of course, the glossy coffee table book will have very high-end Couture, Illustrations, drawings, womens wear/menswear, tasteful nude with some of my designs and haute couture jewels like Versace books and alot of amazing locations. And there will be different themes too, Gothic, Wicked Glamour, Rock Stars and so many to name since there will be a lot of chapters too!
And a very talented makeup artist, Stevan Adams whose one of the best from Dior, Veronica Apsen, my intern is like a daughter who is so beautiful...and, Vaughn is a big brother to me and we are very close on the project. It was a great summer with glamour, glitz, sex appeal, wine, Italian food, drama, and I think it should have been a reality show on Bravo!
And your web series is coming soon in November and your interview with the great stylist Newheart, and your fall semester classes will be soon coming in few weeks. Professor, you have a full plate on schedule along with the book, and your trainer! That is a Wonderful life! Thank you Professor! I will be back with more new questions for you soon!