P: Tell me about yourself.
P: How would you define your personal style?
NM: Classic, trendy, daring (at times). I'm a nice denim, tee, and fierce heels kinda chick.
P: How did you get into fashion design?
NM: I have been sketching since I was a kid. It's just something I picked up on my own as a child. No college courses or anything. Just natural ability, I guess.
P: What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
NM: That I create clothing that is new and interesting. That I give people a dope alternative to the basic tee in Dillard's, or the basic dress in Forever 21. That I inspire other people to chase their dreams and live according to their own personal standard.
P: Who are the members of your team? How did you all meet and conceptualize Nikera Clothing?
NM: I am the sole member of my team. Each season, my team changes. I recruit interns from different cities who are interested in adding *Assistant Designer* to their ports. I use different photographers each season as well. Right now, I have two Assistant Designers; one in L.A. and one in NYC, who have or will contribute to this year's Summer and Winter collections.
P: How'd you come up with the name "Nikera"?
NM: Nikera means "Nikki's Era." Nikki is my childhood nickname.
P: Who are some of your favorite designers? What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
NM: My favorite designers are Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Betsey Johnson. If I'm online shopping, I'm usually on Bloomingdales.com, Karmaloop.com, or senseoffashion.com
P: What inspires you?
NM: The young generation; how they are so unrestricted and in their own little worlds. I love to see things that are different and unusual. These are the folks who provide us with that luxury to buy into art that is really unique. When I design a collection, I always think about them—the true trendsetters.
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Fall 2010 Collection.
On Spring Collection 2011:
P: What makes the Spring collection different than any of the others?
NM: We are using a clean black and white concept with pops of color. This collection will be very sharp. It will be just as easy for guys to wear it as girls. It will be a collection you can carry from day to night effortlessly.
NM: We have ideas, do research on fabrics and printing, and then we execute.
P: Do you consider yourself an artist?
NM: No, I do not consider myself an Artist. Perhaps, I'm modest? I just know how to bring what is in my head to reality. I don't see what is so spectacular about it. Artists are on another planet to me. They live inside of their heads 100% of the time. I'm only 80%.
P: What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design?
NM: Seeing become a part of reality. My favorite part is actually after the photo shoot when I see the images. It's amazing to see something that started as a simple sketch turn into something so amazing.
P: Where can we go to purchase Nikera Clothing?
I wish Nicholette and Nikera Clothing the best of blessings and success in the future. Be sure to browse their website. They will in your city next, and you don't want to miss out!