Nicole Miller is an icon in New York’s fashion industry, widely known for her particularly wearable approach to glamorous womenswear. A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Nicole also studied for a year in Paris, the city of her mother’s birth, at the legendary L’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. She began her career in the fashion industry in New York City, designing for other brands before launching her own label in 1982. In the intervening years, the Nicole Miller label’s easy elegance has attracted a large, loyal fan base all around the world.
Question Air recently caught up with the designer for an exclusive Q&A session to get to know more about Nicole Miller – both the woman and the fashion brand.
QA: Describe your style in three words.
NM: Chic, elegant and uncontrived.
QA: Who is the Nicole Miller woman?
NM: The Nicole Miller woman is edgy yet sophisticated and wants to feel good in everything she wears.
QA: Tell us a little about how you got started as a designer.
NM: I knew I wanted to be a designer at age 12, reading my mother’s French fashion magazines.
QA: What was your inspiration for your recent collections?
NM: For Fall 2014 – Female Warriors. Strong, fierce independent women throughout history from different cultures.
For Spring 2015 – Flying down to Rio. #NMouttaHere. I love the French Peter Allen song (Je vais à Rio) and was inspired by the Copacabana sidewalk, fruits and palm trees. Very vibrant, bold & bright colours.
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QA: If you could do anything else apart from being a designer, what would it be?
NM: I do a lot of things beyond designing – I am an avid skier, wake-boarder, international foodie and a philanthropist. I also love reading the news, going to art museums and movie premieres.
QA: We know you love to travel. What’s your favourite place on earth and why?
NM: Courchevel, France. There’s nothing better than a European après ski.
QA: What is your number one New York hangout?
NM: My office is my creative space because there is just so much in it.
QA: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
NM: As a working mom, take Fridays off!
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