BE-Style: I’ve noticed your fun use of color and 80’s pop-culture references, do you try to infuse that into your designs or is it because you embrace a favorite period?
NC: It’s actually a little bit of both. As a designer, I love bright colors so I try to bring that out in all of my designs. I want my customers to feel great in what they are wearing from my collections. Being that I am a product of the 80’s, I do seem to infuse that period into much of my work. Hence the name Nikera (Niki’s era) is a way for me to create my own era of fashion. I do love the 50’s and 60’s the most because I think they showcase women’s bodies and shapes with still being classy.
BE-Style: Do you think we will see more of the 80’s next year or are we drifting to other periods?
NC: We have been rocking with the 80’s for a while now and I am ready for us to move on but I am still seeing a lot references to that period. I will be at Fashion Week this year and hope to see full skirts, fully covered & more classy styles, and references to the 50’s and 60’s.
BE-Style: What are some popular chooses you see for kids going back to school?
NC: While shopping for my daughter as she got ready to go back to school, I still saw pretty much the same styles as we have been seeing over the past few months – skinny jeans, graphic tees, plaids, chambray shirts, micro-minis, etc.
BE-Style: What do you think of the insanely short rompers and skimpy shorts available in our retailer for teen girls?
NC: I really like rompers and cotton shorts for women. It all depends on how one accessorizes and makes sure to purchase items that are size appropriate and a tasteful length.
BE-STYLE: How do you describe your design aesthetic?
NC: When I sit at the table with my sketchbook, I am designing based on what I have not seen yet. I love to use color combination(s) that one wouldn’t normally see in stores. I would say that my designs are a little more edgy and fun.
BE-Style: What was your direction of inspiration for the shoot with The Beat Geeks?
NC: We wanted to stick with the concept of the Geeks and the Diva; the Geeky guys in school that sees this pretty chic and wants to get her attention. When we arrived on set, the stylist, Jackie Banner did have a direction that she wanted to go with but it just started flowing and the organic work you see is the result of everyone contributing on set.
BE-Style: Where can consumers find Nikera Clothing in their local retailers/boutiques?
NC: Nikera is completely available online. We are transitioning from out last collection and will have new pieces to include full-line men, women, and accessories available as of October 1st.