Yep, Nicole Scherzinger can pretty much do anything she turns her hand to, from singing to being a judge on the X Factor. Her latest venture is her Nicole x Missguided collection – here she talks to Grazia about designing and how she relaxes with her busy schedule. — SOURCE
1. What key elements will you be incorporating in the range?
Right now fishnet is really on trend for Spring and Summer, you see it everywhere from the high end Gucci to the high street. I love my fishnet pieces because they’re just, you know, really cool, fresh, edgy, urban, street chic you know. Then I’ve got some leatherette pants that are really cool that you can dress up or down with some of my fishnet jumpers, bodysuit or a crop top. Then I have a really strong statement cut out dress, they’re really clean, they’re definitely statement but they’re still effortless. I designed everything to the detail, I’m very picky – I love this collection and I don’t have a favourite piece. It’s just my style over the years. For example I love racer back tanks, I just think that they’re cool and they’re sexy and they’re effortless so I made a lot of my dresses have racer backs – I think what’s really sexy on a woman is showing a little bit of their shoulders, or their clavicle, without being too much and I’ve got a lot of that in my collection. I worked very hard on it with Missguided and my stylist Laurie Smith.
2. Who are your fashion icons and who are your favourite designers?
I’ve always been inspired by Gwyn Stefani, I love it how she has like that dope effortless kind of street look which she started out with No Doubt with the tank and the dickies and the beanie. There’s that surfer girl in me that’s like that and then she’s able to dress it up and she’s really impeccable with her fashion and she’s really into her monochrome and strong statements and strong pieces. She’s always kept it really ultra cool. [In terms of designers I like] everyone from Rick Owen to Cavalli, Isabel Marant.
3. What’s your earliest memory?
The first thing that pops into my head was watching my Mum’s family perform. They had a group, a Hawaiian group – we’d come over from the mainland to Hawaii and they were called The Sons and Daughters of Hawaii and my Grandmother – my Tutu – sang and my Mum comes from a family of ten brothers and sisters. Everyone had a role, my Mother was the lead hula dancer and my Tutu was the singer and everyone had an instrument and danced and sang. I was really young, probably about four years old and they taught me my first little hula song called, ‘Pearly Shell.’
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