MEET THE DESIGNER: Jacqueline Nicole

Jacquline Nicole

Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Jacqueline Nicole, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and attended private school for the majority of my childhood and young adult life. I always thought that years of wearing the same uniform made me curious about the freedoms of clothing and personal style.  Much of these younger years were spent dancing at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio, as I was a devoted competitive dancer. My love for the arts and movement show through in my creations and are consistent influences in every collection.

I attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where I earned my BFA in Fashion Design and Product Development in 2013. While in attendance, I had the opportunity to intern for several notable designers, boutiques, stylists and photographers in St. Louis and New York City. Throughout my time at Stephens, I received many awards from industry professionals including the Spirit of Fashion Award, Top Scoring Swimwear, Activewear, and Weekend Wear, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. FGI St. Louis awarded me with the honor of Apparel Design Student of 2012. My final year was spent creating a capstone collection of garments with the design students, as well as creating a capstone business plan with the students receiving their BS in Marketing and Management. Thus, Jacqueline Nicole was born.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

Everywhere. The 50s and early 60s Hollywood glam era stays close to heart. So, many of my silhouettes are reflective of this time. But music, movies, and stories are all great inspiration. I love starting with a story and dressing that “character” for the roll.

Do you have any style icons?

Christine Centenera, Olivia Palmero, Ashlet Olsen, Nicloe Richie, Lauren Conrad, and I could go on forever…

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Well I don’t have many secrets myself, but I’ve heard to never give away all of your secrets.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

If you are starting a clothing line (a business) then think like a business person. At the end, of the day you need to make the sales, you need to have clothing that people will buy. I love to draw red carpet numbers, and sure if the time comes I’ll make one for an occasion. But these one-offs that everyone drools over don’t pay the bills. Figure out what you do best that lots of people will buy, build off of that, and have your fun when the time comes.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m not huge on trends. I am trying to build a wardrobe that reflects my personal style right now. For this fall I am excited for leather, fur and layers, but I would call that trendy…

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue are my favorite places to shop because they are merchandised so well. It’s like walking into your dream closet every time. Even if you can’t afford all of it today.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

Yes and no, I love to go out and see what people wear in store. I like to know what they try on and why they do or don’t buy it. But as designers, we usually know what will be trending almost two years out. Plus blogs are the best for knowing what is really sticking.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Save for items that are classic and reflect your personal style, and that won’t get outdated or worn for some time. Then, if you have some cash on hand here or there, buy pieces you like from that season that will style well with your staples, and that won’t break the bank. OVERALL: Take care of your clothes and wash according to the care labels. Brands have those there so you know how to make the pieces last for the maximum amount of time = less spending/more saving (splurging).

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

I am in love with my 1950s vintage, black rabbit, standing collar, car length coat. It cost me a pretty penny but I’ll have it forever! Plus, I live in black in the winter and this coat even makes my sweatpants look chic.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Seeing my clothes on people! I know that I have done my job when people love to wear what I have made for them!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I was a published poet in grade school!

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

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