Natasha Nicole

Who is Natasha Nicole?

Natasha Nicole is someone who lives and breathes fashion – it is her passion. At an early age, Natasha knew that working in the fashion industry was definitely something she wanted to do. “Fashion has been a quintessential part of my life for as long as I can remember,” says the 25-year-old Virginia native. Family and friends saw her flair for fashion and would frequently come to her for advice on what they should wear or how they should wear their clothes. Consequently, she’s been styling since she was 13.

Upon graduating high school, it was clear she had to leave in order to fulfill this desire to be in the fashion industry; but she wasn’t completely ready for New York, so she set out to go to the Art Institute in Miami, Florida where she completed her Associate of Arts degree in less than 2 years. After graduating, she decided to stay in Miami and proceed into the working field.

Since Natasha has been able to work, she has acquired over 9 years of experience in men’s and women’s retail, working for a number of retail/fashion companies such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Kenneth Cole, BCBG Max Azria, and Sean John; as well as at a consulting agency/firm as Retail/Merchandising Coordinator. October of 2006, she moved to New York and it immediately felt like home – “the constant movement, the energy, the excitement was just what I needed in my life. I immediately fell in love with NYC. I was now living in the fashion capital of the world and loving every minute of it!

Her experiences in sales, management, and merchandising have led her to believe one thing: she loves making her clients look and feel good; she loves styling outfits together & making something out of nothing.

Finding and creating the perfect look for someone and having him/her love it, is an amazing feeling. Personal shopping is something that I believe goes hand in hand with styling. My passion for both has led me to start my own personal shopping and styling company. Eventually I am going to create a whole lifestyle brand. I now know that this is my calling and exactly what I want to do in the fashion industry.

She plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology this upcoming Spring 2009 to meet this dream. Natasha Nicole took some time out of her busy schedule to let MMHighlights into her world.

What items do you currently see in the stores that you think are really great?

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Items that are currently great right now are the peep toe ankle bootie. Its a fall classic with a hint of sexiness.

Which magazines do you read? Which is your favorite?

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Magazines that I read, wow that’s a lot, I read so many. Main ones would be People Style Issue, Marie Claire, Lucky, Essence and Latina (which are 2 great ones for minority women) Oh can’t forget Vibe. My fave would have to be Marie Claire, because its great for fashion, beauty and they also focus on a lot of important womens issues that you don’t see in other magazines.

Which designers do you wear a lot of? Which is your favorite?

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Designers that I wear a lot of, #1 def BCBG Max Azria, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole. My fave is def BCBG, they have great staples for work and play and a lot of the products you can wear multiple different ways, such as their signature Cardiwrap.

Have you ever worked with a designer?

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I have never worked with a designer one on one. But I have assisted in numerous fashion shows for many different designers.

If you had a choice of all designers in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why?

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Of all the designers in the world, I would love to work with Marc Jacobs. His clothes are so feminine, yet funky and cool. I would love to know where he gets his inspirations from.

What are your short term and long term fashion goals?

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Short term goal for me would be to get out of this cycle known as fashion retail! My ultimate long term goal is to turn Natasha Nicole/Timeless Touches into a global fashion lifestyle brand.

Are there any special projects you would like to work on in styling?

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I did some editorial styling assisting for Vogue En Espanol and would love to work in that field again.

Do you see yourself in the 2009 Fashion Week? Doing what?

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I can definitely see myself in the Fashion week 09. Styling or helping out backstage would be awesome.


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