Last week on your typical Tuesday night, Addison and I got the chance to meet up with Nicky Hilton at Belk of the Galleria Mall to ask her a few questions about her new book 365 Style, along with some sage fashion advice from the famous fashionista–enjoy!
J&A: What was your inspiration for writing a book and how did this specific book come about?
NH: The idea came about a few years ago when I started becoming active on social media like in the Myspace days, and even Facebook, Twitter, people started writing in to me asking me for style advice and what to wear to certain events. I figured I’ve been in the fashion world for a long time, I started modeling in New York at 16, soon after designing handbags, and clothing. This was just sort of the next evolution.
J&A: Where did the inspiration for the title of the book come from?
NH: I’m a big numbers person, and so it sort of dawned on me that I would get dressed in the morning, and I was talking about it with my girlfriends, we’ll go to our closet, and we have all this stuff, but we feel like we have nothing to wear. Every girl can relate to that, so we found if we had three typical activities to dress for, stuck to six staple pieces and five accessories, we’d have a closet full of stuff that we actually wore.
J&A: What was your favorite part of writing the book?
NH: My favorite part was sitting down with friends and family and sort of interviewing them, having them remind me of different fun fashion memories and just being able to relive them.
J&A: What fall trend are you most excited about?
NH: I love the over-the-knee boot thing, all the animal motifs and embroidery on sweaters and handbags, I love that. I’ve seen a lot of capes, I don’t know if I can kind of pull off that trend but it’s interesting. Pastels and the mod resurgence, I love.
J&A: What is always in your bag?
NH: Rosebud lip salve, a blackberry, an iPhone, and candy – swedish fish.
J&A: What items are worth the splurge?
NH: There’s a chapter in the book actually called the Blacklist, it’s the five items every girl should have that are forbidden to ever enter storage. They are: a nice black blazer, a black pump, a black flat, a black pair of denim, and a black dress. So I would definitely recommend spending money on classic things. It seems like people buy so many trendy items and you spend money on them and then they’re not on trend next season and you won’t be caught dead in them. I have some funny stories about falling victim to that in the book.
J&A: What do you recommend for college kids style/money wise?
NH: I think it’s a big misconception that you need to spend all this money to look stylish, I don’t think that’s true at all. Anyone with a credit card can buy an expensive designer dress. To me, style is about putting your own twist on it and making it different and unique and finding your own signature. For example, Anna Wintour, her signature is the bob and the shades. Jackie O always in the over sized shades. These people have their thing, and I don’t think this should be limited to celebrities.
J&A: So what would your signature be?
NH: I think mine would be cats. I always incorporate it somehow into my wardrobe, whether it’s a necklace or a ring or on my shoes. One of the big talking points of the book is encouraging the reader to find their own sense of style and to not copy their favorite celebrity. Have fun with fashion! It’s a form of expression and it’s your chance to tell the world what you’re all about without having to speak. We’re constantly making first impressions even when we don’t realize it, so why not make it a bestseller?
Nicky is clearly a force to be reckoned with and we wouldn’t be surprised if you found her working her Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boot in a city near you as she continues her book signing–but first stop…a mini break in France as she attends Paris Fashion Week (it’s fine, we plan on hitting the road with her to PFW as well).
A BIG thank you to our friends at Nuñez PR Group for all of the pictures and help!
-brb running over to the bookstore to pick up a copy of the book and you should too-
xx–jjan & A