When we talk about fashion designers Venezolana one of the most prominent, inside and outside the country, Nicolás Felizola. Nicholas know for years and I have seen its development and each of its facets, all developed with excellence.

Nicholas is chameleonic throughout his life has worked in many professions. Lawyer, painter, singer, photographer, goldsmith and designer, Nicolas today enjoys international fame by being named King of the Red Carpet for “Miami Lifestyle Magazine”. And this Saturday will be delivered to the “Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award.

Her dresses have been worn by Patricia Manterola, Chiquinquirá Delgado, among others, making every time they remain on the list of best dressed at each event.

Nicholas is a simple man who loves and knows how to enjoy life for whom the physical and spiritual harmony is very important. These feelings are expressed in each of his creations Haute Couture. His last Spring-Summer 2012 collection Cinetique expresses the love that he has for art. Nicholas Tell us about your new collection: In Cinetique inspire me kinetic art, this artistic movement is based on the aesthetics of the movement of reality. Kinetic art originated in Paris, by great masters, including two Venezuelan Carlos Cruz Diez and Jesús Soto is. This collection also take the opportunity to pay tribute to kinetic art. Cinetique inspired you in your collection only “Prive”? I have not taken the cinetismo also my other creations;

One of the specialties of Nicholas are the wedding dresses. These are exclusive and unique for that special night in the life of a woman designs. All its famous clients have used these unique creations in their marriage. In fact Nicolas is so Vanguard that three years ago a wedding dress design equal to the new English princess, Kate Middleton. What other items are working? My fashion line is extensive. I wallets, sunglasses and accessories. Also, I have a line for men my collection “Uomo”. Men’s suits are made in Italy in one of the most prestigious houses of knights, who works for the same Brioni. Use of Australian wool fabrics with decreasing temperature ten degrees.

The lines of his men’s suits are classic, but with modern touches that give their designs today. Throughout his career Nicholas has been the recipient of many awards such as: Tiffani for their designs Fashion Week Miami, Zanetti Murano in Italy, Award Universal experience in Mexico, Americas Young Magazine Fashion Designers, Forbes Magazine, among others. And this Saturday will be delivered to the “Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award.

Carmen Maria Montiel


I have rarely seen a blue so intense and so deep. It was a rare eye dark blue. But it was the natural color of the eyes of Eva Ekvall. Despite his advanced disease her beauty remained intact. And the beauty of her eyes was something special.

I met Eva in a Hospital bed in Houston. Medical colleagues of my ex-husband informed him that a Venezuelan beauty queen was at the Hospital with terminal cancer. I did not know Eva. She was born a year before I was Miss Venezuela, the 15 of March 1983. She was crowned queen with only 17 years of age in 2000. What I did know is that she was a journalist and had fought a battle with cancer a year before. That I learned from Facebook. It is amazing how social networks pulls together people.  I think I felt a kind of a sisterhood with her because belong to this privileged group of women who have been fortunate and proud to represent Venezuelan women in international beauty pageants. So, I decided to find out more about her and her case.

Eva discovered during her pregnancy, leave a two-year-old “Miranda”, a nodule that he thought was caused by the mammary glands in preparation for lactation. It eva as a good communicator who loved being informed attended breastfeeding classes during gestation and learned that could occur nodules. I consult with people lactation consultants and advised that massaged. I eagerly prepared to breastfeed her daughter, which it was impossible because of the pain it caused him. He gave up and throw in the towel. I opt for the bottle.

Over the months the nodule increased size and skin texture change. In February 2010 he decides to consult a doctor, exactly five months after the birth of her daughter. To this date begins his courageous fight against cancer. With verve and determination I steeled himself and faced chemotherapy, radiation and a double radical mastectomy. All with the determination to defeat the enemy and prevent them from returning. During these months I get it step by step its tour operating rooms, hospital rooms, doctor’s offices and found the lens with its reality. A distant reality that was used, where each photo showed the perfection of an extraordinarily beautiful woman and always tidy. Mostro here because of drugs without hair and swollen.

Breast cancer survivors manage to get the chair narrator news Televen. It becomes an active twitera. And with her husband and daughter he faces a life full of promise. However, three months after remission and in his first visit after discharge, they announce you that you have a new type of breast cancer in the unaffected breast. I confessed that refused to reality and avoid treatments until her psychologist made her reconsider. Seek help in alternative medicine and came to Houston, a city where he died on December 17, 2011. Eva is remembered as one of the most beautiful women who have gone through the national competition and the first non-Christian queen to win the crown, she he called himself a Buddhist. Eva married radio producer John Fabio Bermúdez in September 2007,

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The beauty of Eva Ekvall led to the coveted crown of Miss Venezuela in the year 2000. The following year almost rises with the crown of Miss Universe obtaining the position of third finalist. An enterprising and hard working woman who after the scenes went to finish her career as a journalist and serves as a news storyteller.

Just married and with a beautiful newborn girl everything was shining in her life. However, fate had had a surprise that changed his life. In February 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. There he began a new stage in learning to value his life even more. A stage that he decided to share with friends, family and friends.

For Eva, although she did not expect this news so early in her life, she knew this could happen. His Grandmother Paterna died of cancer of Mama and his paternal Aunt has suffered twice. Eva’s cancer appears at the most beautiful and exciting moment in a woman’s life. It is during the pregnancy of your daughter that the first nodule feels. However, she thought it was a mammary gland. A normal symptom is that stage.

Eva how do you finally discover Cancer? I had my daughter and breastfeed her for a little over a month. I could not but because it was difficult and painful. At the end of breastfeeding notice that the protuberances did not go down, on the contrary they increased and the texture of the skin in the zone change. I thought it was mastitis. As my daughter’s Baptism approached in Margarita, she decided to see my doctor and they gave me the exams that gave the result. When I returned from Margarita they gave me the terrible news. One of Eva’s admirable things was that in the midst of this storm she decided to help the Senos Salud Foundation so that her story would serve to help other women who were living their same experience.

Roberto Mata, a renowned Venezuelan photographer, proposes to accompany and photograph each step of this process of survival. At the time they had no idea that it would result from this experience. At the same time, Eva opened an internet mail account where she was reporting the progress of her illness. It is like this little by little and at the end of this nightmare gives the idea of ​​the book “Out of Focus”. A form of chronology of Eve’s experience where a woman of extraordinary beauty, a representative of the Venezuelan woman decides to show herself under a stark reality; where there are no colors, touches, photoshops … just a reality. The reality of giving a battle to life.

In October 2010 Eva Ekvall gets a perfectly healthy ballot. As every Cancer patient has to return to checkup every three months, until he graduates and check every six months and then every year. Eva continues her anchor life of the Televen Newscast in Venezuela. It is dedicated with more illusion to the care of its family. And start a life full of fortune with a Book that promises to be a living testament.

What happens then Eve? I’m going to my first follow-up appointment after cancer and they found that I have a new type of cancer. At first I denied the reality. Then I made my decisions little by little. Today I understand that there are many alternatives and I decided to try some of them. That’s how I ended up here in Houston.


Carmen Maria Montiel