By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Our own design star Melissa Rivera, center, with Ruthie Chong, left, and Sunway.
It was a two-fer kind of night at Fishcake on May 9, celebrating artist and designer Melissa Rivera's appearance on HGTV's "White Room Challenge," as well as Richie Miao's presentation of some of his latest Lovelessizm designs.
The episode of "White Room Challenge" actually had its TV debut the night before, but those who had missed it had a chance to see Melissa going about the task of designing a room with candy. The show is a spinoff of HGTV's "Design Star," which Melissa had auditioned for earlier. She nearly made the cut, so they invited her to tryout for this show.
She drew on one of her favorite small kid time icons, the robot, to create her room, and in the end came in second place—I think—only because she didn't use enough candy in her design. Otherwise, her room was far more striking than the rest, and she used her candy cleverly, as robot gears, than the others, who had strewn it around the floor just for the sake of filling their rooms with candy.
Can't wait to see what she does next!
Melissa's robot room for kids, created during HGTV's "White Room Challenge!"
Melissa at work.
Richie Miao, center, and his models, in his Lovelessizm designs.
Melissa dressed Fishcake in colorful giant "lollipops" that she created in advance of her TV debut.
Some fans of Melissa's Unleash Studio T-shirt designs. From left, Steve Hall, Mark Osman and Josh Lyons.
Some of Melissa's creations were on display, including her robot desk caddy ....
... Her doggie lamp ...
... and her Robonaut lamp.
Melissa with Luu Tran.
She thought of everything, including such playful parting gifts as robot lollipops and gumball machines! Who doesn't love feeling like a kid again?
The vibe was more adult when models hit the floor, showing off the sleek lines of Lovelessizm's new designs for men and women, with some pieces available now at Richie Miao's I AM. boutique. Check out the video.
Richie, like one of the models!
HI State of Mind designer Katrina Langford, left, and Salty Girl jewelry designer Amber Chesebro, right, came to show their support, with Lauren Roth and Jamie Allen.
Designer Jaclyn Santos and George Quaiver.