Stylist to the stars turned fashion designer, Noel Jean is a name that fashionista’s everywhere are starting to hear more and more of. Her line “Noel Jean” is new to Singer22 and I sat down with Noel herself, for a Q&A about her new collection, obstacles, advice for young designers and her love of good Mexican Food.
See Noel Jean’s jacket in Ikat as seen on Kim Kardashian: Here
Q: What was your first job in fashion? (Did you go to fashion school?)
A: I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Fashion Design. My first job after college was as an assistant fashion designer for a junior/contemporary knitwear company.
Q: What Inspires You?
A: I am inspired by everything! My main sources of inspiration are music, art, and people watching.
Q: Do you have plans to open up a clothing store?
A: I would love to open my own store! That is definitely something I am would like to develop in the future.
Q: To you, what are some of the biggest fashion trends of 2010?
A: The use of lace in clothing, button-up collared shirts in various lengths, military inspired fashion, cut-outs, capes and cloaks, leopard print, and clog shoes were some of the biggest trends I noticed in 2010.
Q: Which living person do you admire most and why?
A: I admire so many people, but one person who does come to mind is Fashion Designer, Rachel Roy. She is not only doing amazing things in the fashion world with her labels Rachel Roy, RACHEL Rachel Roy and Rachel Roy Signature, but in her philanthropy work as well. She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and it is an adorable quality to give back to the community and/or world. I hope to meet her one day. Also, I recently found out we are both from the same hometown.
Q: What has been your biggest obstacle when starting your own line?
A: The biggest obstacle when starting your own line is having to do most everything yourself for your business. Usually, in the beginning you are having to do all parts of the business yourself from designing, sales, pr/marketing, to production, sourcing, and the list goes on and on.
Q: What advice do you have to young people wanting to get into the fashion industry?
A: The best advice I can give to young people wanting to get into the fashion industry is to stay motivated, keep focused, don’t be afraid to take risks, understand it is takes passion, diligence, patience and persistence to make your dreams a reality.
Q: You use a lot of vivid prints in your pieces, what comes first the print or the idea for the print? Do you visualize a print in your head before you can find the fabric or is it a combination?
A: Sometimes it’s a combination. I knew I wanted an indigenous-like quality to the collection. I came across these amazing ikat prints and loved everything about them. Their subtle-unique imperfections and vibrant colors was exactly what I wanted for my Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
Q: Tell us how you started out as a stylist and turned into a designer. What made you switch?
A: While I was in college studying fashion design, I began assisting stylists on photo shoots, music videos, and television. I’ve been juggling styling gigs and design jobs years now. Both go hand in hand really? Designing has always been my passion, styling was something I fell into. I chose to focus on design because I love creating and making garments for people to wear.
Q: What is your favorite word?
Q: Greatest achievement?
A: Greatest achievement thus far has to be moving to New York .
Q: Greatest let down?
A: Greatest let down would have be the lack of really good Mexican food in New York.
Q: Describe Noel Jean in 3 words.
A: Ambitious, Creative, and Fun!