Her specialty is dainty little bralettes and her label is Christie Nicole.
NSS spent five minutes chatting to the fabulous Christie Trowbridge whose irresistibly stylish bralettes are made to be shown!
Q: Christie, tell us about yourself!
A: I'm from Sydney, Australia, currently living in the surf-crazed suburb of Avalon on the Northern Beaches. I live alone in a nice, but compact studio apartment. I love margaritas and dislike rude people. Oh, and I studied fashion design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design for 3 years!
Q: You started your label in 2013, what gave you the push to do this?
A: I moved to New Zealand a few months after graduating from my degree to take up an internship with Karen Walker. The internship was meant to be for 2 months, but turned into 8 months. When I returned to Sydney I couldn't find a job anywhere and I literally applied for everything! Having no luck, I decided to take a risk and start my own label. I originally started Christie Nicole hoping to sell a few pieces on Facebook and Instagram and then it just blossomed into a very viable small fashion business!
Q: What types of fabrics do you use to create your bralettes?
A: All of my bralettes are handmade to order by me in my home studio from precious silks and lace fabrics.
Q: Why bralettes?
A: I thought of creating a 'little something' that girls would need, want and love. That 'little something' ended up being the bralette. Now, I'm exploring clothing design as well.
Q: From where do you draw your design inspiration?
A: From everywhere and everything!
Q: How does one best style a bralette?
A: I wear mine with high-waisted jeans and a sheer top. For the thicker style bralettes, I wear them over a shirt. Everyone's taste/style is different though!
Q: Who are your style icons?
A: Hmmm… I honestly don't have any! I grab style inspiration from everywhere and mash it all together. Personally, I wear what I feel comfortable and sexy in.
Q: And what about your clothing design?
A: I'm testing the waters at the moment. It's a massive learning curve to see what style I want to portray through my clothing. Let's call it a work in progress!
Q: Who is your all-time favourite fashion designer and why?
A: Riccardo Tisci for luxury French fashion brand Givenchy. He is a god of fashion. I love everything he designs and creates and I am simply OBSESSED with his couture collections.
Q: Can you tell us the theme for your next collection? When is it due for release?
A: I am currently sourcing fabrics and don't want to give anything away at this stage. I'm trying something new and am really excited about it! I'm hoping to release my next collection by the end of March. In the future, I also hope to start a capsule menswear line. Next year in particular is going to be a big year for me!
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