Let me tell ya, coming to LA Fashion Week, I was not expecting to claim Nicholai by Nicky Hilton as my favorite collection. The naughty equestrian clothes were desirable, but the designer herself was delightful. A supportive big sis Paris showed up backstage and naturally caused a frenzy. Oh, but before approaching Nicky and the photogs, Paris asked to see a mirror to inspect herself in her red Nicholai dress!
When the chaos died down, I chatted with Nicky, who immediately complimented me on my H&M scarf! Despite giving over a dozen interviews, she remained cheerful and sweet. It looks like designing comes pretty naturally to this — ahem — Hilton. As if things couldn't have gotten any better than meeting Nicky and sitting amongst her family during the show, they did. As we were waiting for the valet to bring our car, Nicky drove right past us in boyfriend David Katzenberg's Range Rover, but not before giving us a smile, a wave . . . and a kiss. Aw!
Congrats on another successful collection, Nicky. How do you feel?
I’m excited, I’m relieved, I’m thrilled. Everything went really well and smoothly so I’m very content.
What was your inspiration behind this collection?
The inspiration this season was equestrian, but I wanted to make it a naughty and nice. It was equestrian meets bondage and S&M, hence the latex leggings, patent leather buckles, and the whip. I wanted it to be sophisticated, tasteful, and edgy at the same time.
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What is your favorite piece from the collection?
I’m a big jacket person so I think all the jackets — the trenches, the little leather jackets, the patent leather jackets, the blazers.
Did you come across any obstacles this season?
I really had a vision and knew what I wanted this season. I knew the hair I wanted, I knew the makeup. I love the riding hat element. I thought it was very fashion forward. It was very easy this time around.
Who are your style icons?
I love Anna Wintour, but who doesn’t? She has the best closet in America. Cameron Diaz has a really fun, quirky sense of style.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Celebrity Rehab, Cartier, and jewelry.