When the designer of Alyssa Nicole walked up at Chictopia 10 decked out in one of her own tiered creations with an oversize bow on her head, you knew a sweet, youthful collection was to follow. Her collection lived up to her personal outfit choice, with a sweet palette of pink and purple that drove away the cold, grey world outside for a few minutes. In the interview she talks creme brulee and classic films.
How long have you been designing Alyssa Nicole?
I have been designing my clothing line for 2 years, I started when I was 16 and still in highschool and I have been designing ever since.
What is the girl you envision wearing Alyssa Nicole like? What are her interests, passions, lifestyle?
The type of girl I imagine wearing my clothing is very outgoing and social, fearless, open-minded, she would generally be interested many different genres of music and films, her passions would include art, vintage clothing, and classic films. I picture her having a very busy and upbeat lifestyle, like going out to lunch with girlfriends on her break from work, then going out for cocktails later that night. She has to be properly dressed for each occasion, so I try to design many different types of dresses to fit that lifestyle.
Do you wear your own creations a lot?
I do wear the clothing I make quite often, plus it always fits me better then clothes I could buy at a store.
Where do you start when you design?
For my past few collections I have been starting my designs with colors and moods/feelings. Lately I have been starting to design with silhouettes and fabrics in mind. It’s different every time.
What films or music have been inspiring you lately?
The movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s is always in the back of my mind, I like to design simple and elegant cocktail dresses, but as far as music goes The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer have had the biggest influence in my designs lately.
The palette at the Chictopia Conference seemed to be a lot of pink and purple—is this a common thread with all your collections? Do you choose your colors seasonally? Are these your favorite colors?
I ended up designing my entire Spring 10 collection in pink because I wanted the collection to be cohesive. Two completely different ideas and concepts inspired my Spring 10 Collection, so I figured if the silhouettes and design details are different then the colors and fabrics have to be the same. I don’t really choose my color pallets seasonally, I guess it’s just whatever I’m feelin at the moment.
A lot of pieces seem very sweet, so what are your favorite sweets?
My favorite sweet is creme brulee. I also like all sour candy, cupcakes with pink frosting, lemon tarts, I definitely have a sweet tooth :)
You were wearing an adorable bow in your hair at the conference—did you make that? Do you see yourself creating a line of accessories anytime soon?
Thank you! The bow is actually from American Apparel (I work there part-time). I really do want to design a line of accessories, but it’s been hard since I am still in school. When I graduate I will probably start designing accessories.
Any funny stories related to Alyssa Nicole?
Luckily I have not had any bizarre situations with my clothing line yet, I do get a lot of weird requests for custom Halloween costumes though.
What are your goals and aspirations for the Alyssa Nicole collection?
In the future I would like to have my own boutiques and runway shows every season. I also plan on designing menswear, children’s wear, and bridal. My main goal is to create a clothing line that make women feel beautiful and confident when wearing my designs.
What are you most looking forward to this spring?
This spring I am most excited for warm weather, finishing my first year at school, and being able to ride my bike without worrying if it is going to rain or not.
For more visit Alyssa Nicole’s website.