Philadelphia University held their 2013 Annual Fashion Show on Saturday night where students displayed their work and the school honored Nicole Miller with their 2013 Spirit of Design Award. We had the opportunity to interview Nicole before she accepted her award.
Here’s our exclusive interview with Nicole Miller.
What is your fashion philosophy?
I don’t really have one. Its just like you know I wake up every morning and I have nothing to wear and I always want new clothes.
A woman who wears Nicole Miller is…
What advice do you have for young fashion designers in Philly?
Have a dream, stick to it, and go after it.
What would you say is the best and worst thing about American Fashion?
You know its really weird I used to think about this. With all the clothes that are around you don’t really see that many well dressed people and there’s so much fast fashion* but I feel like people don’t put themselves together well. Because you know you can get great fashion at any price, but I don’t know what people are doing because I feel like I don’t see those people that are like super well dressed like I used to. Even in New York… and I think sometimes people dress like, too casual, especially in the airports. Oh my god…
What should you absolutely not wear in the airport?
Those Nylon sweat suits.
What do you think of all of the conversations surrounding women and the workplace as someone who has been so successful in your business?
I feel like when I started out, nobody was having kids even the celebrities weren’t having kids, I mean nobody was having kids. All of a sudden its gotten super trendy you know its like the baby bump in fashion and I missed the maternity fashion thing by like two years. Everybody wearing cool clothes pregnant started about 15 years ago and all of a sudden everybody is showing it off or whatever but I mean back when Demi Moore had kids she was the frontrunner because none of her peers seemed to be having kids, if they did you didnt see them or they stopped working or they were on the down low or whatever and she was the first one to sort of like make a big thing about being pregnant, I mean she was the first one right? But now like all the actresses are like baby bump, showin off like crazy. And then I feel like when I started out designing, no designers had any kids, nobody was trying to get married, we were just trying to get ahead because we were very career oriented, we all wanted to have careers. Now everybody has it all and wants it all. Everybody wants more.
How do you innovate every year, every season, where do you find the inspiration?
Turn the world upside down. Always turn the world upside down and just be open to it, always be open to it all the time like a sponge.
*Fast Fashion is a term used to describe the fast pace of clothing cycles made popular by stores like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21.
What do you think of Nicole’s point of view?