Designer Spotlight #3: Nicki Derrick - Parisian Style

Paris. I often fantasise about returning to the city that stole my heart; the city of high fashion, artistic pursuits and delectable cuisine. For those unable to sojourn there anytime soon, one Queensland based fashion designer has brought her customers a touch of the city’s style with the release of her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection “A French Affair”.

Made at home here in Australia and sold exclusively through her online store, designer Nicki Derrick says her new collection is inspired by “travel dreams”. Using block colours, elegant cuts, frills and accents of feminine lace to create French stripes, Derrick has captured the simplicity of French dressing, with a hint of romance:

“I have always loved fashion and sketched ideas in notepads for as long as I can remember.  I love Parisian style and I love winter fashion, so my new collection is my version of both.”

Nominated for RAW Brisbane's 2012 Fashion Designer of the Year, Derrick realised she wanted a career in fashion design in her first year of high school. 

“I stood up in front of my peers when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and I told  everyone the that I wanted to be a fashion designer.”

On a day out of the office, Derrick can be found wearing “something comfortable”.

“I love comfort; you have to feel comfortable. I usually wear a pair of embellished flats, and I love a good pair of pants or shorts.  I’d describe my personal style as ‘polished casual’.”

Although she has no particular style icon, Derrick admits to drawing inspiration from the looks of Marion Cotillard and Diane Kruger in creating her new collection.

Her best advice to girls aspiring to break into the fashion industry is to:

“Go for it; do what you love.  Try not to fear failure and the judgement of others (easier said than done I know!). Change your definition of failure - my version of failing is to not try at all.”

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Designer & Stylist: Nicki Derrick; Photographer: Amelia Lester from Amelia Jane's Photography.