Song of Songs 2:12
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land
I decided, seeing that we are in lockdown why not add a local feature giving you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Fashion….once we get through this period and can leave our homes to smell the roses again, you are going to need something to wear right???
Nicole Reynolds has the magical touch to make you bloom on your wedding day and become the queen that you are meant to be….or spice up that date night with something spectacular to put that twinkle in your partners eye.
Nicole took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a couple of questions and share some of her experiences as motivation and encouragement to follow your dreams.
1. What made you decide to venture into this industry?
I’m one of those people who believe that some people are born to do certain things, be part of certain industries. For me, im the 3rd generation in my family to work in fashion. In other words, all of what I do came naturally from when I was a very little girl. By the age of 8, I knew fashion was what I would do in life. I knew because when working with fabric or making a garment or doing a design, I felt completely who I was supposed to be, at peace, no struggle or inner conflict, just complete joy and content. I still feel that way no matter what I’m making.
Undoubtedly one of my most daring bridal pieces, created for the stunning Candice Prinsloo for her big day. Candice chose this sexy body contouring mermaid piece with an Italian Tulle illusion lace bodice. Construction wise it was incredible. 90% of this piece was hand-sewn making it a complete labour of love. The fine detailing and dramatic composition along with the incredible person Candice, created this breath taking visage.
2. Who/What is your inspiration when it comes to fashion?
This is somewhat a loaded question as I’m inspired by various things at different moments. Things that inspire me to dream and create pieces in my mind are work of other designers and not necessarily fashion- at times art, architecture, jewelry etc. Sometimes entire collections, sometimes tiny details like the curve on a staircase or the way artists blend colours into each other. Photography is also a great inspiration at times. I love the female silhouette. I find it beautiful in every way, and I always felt that garment becomes what it should be once a person is inside it, so looking at images of that harmonious pairing, stunning garment brought to life by a beautiful silhouette, it’s very inspiring.
Furthermore… I enjoy garment construction. I love to sew and make patterns myself. It’s calming. But what inspires me to do it is the challenge. The challenge about whether the images in my head can be achieved. The challenge of whether my mathematical angles are correct to produce pieces the way I intend it to be. The challenge is ultimately with myself.
I remember the sound of the glass beads falling to the floor as I cut into this fabric. As well as the late nights I sat handstringing the beaded strands that draped her shoulders. This piece was amazing. It came together over 4 weeks and it brought so much joy to me as the heavy fabric perfectly hugged her body.
3. How do you see the future for yourself in this industry?
I’m blessed enough to be working in both the Creation and Education of fashion. My business will be 7yrs old in June and it started out as a business that only created Bridal and eveningwear. I found a maximum amount of satisfaction while creating those pieces. My business still only caters to that market. I love weddings and luckily I doubt people will ever stop getting married.
I love how bridal and eveningwear is constantly evolving and the challenge keeps changing and the push towards beauty is ongoing.
Which is great for me as a creative and the business.
As for fashion education, I’m a lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The university I attended as well. I found a level of joy in teaching students that I’ve never experienced in any other area in my life. It’s extremely rewarding. Having so many ideas and techniques and personalities in one space is an amazing experience. I hope to do it for many many years to come.
In all my years I didn’t think I would find it within myself to create menswear. Needless to say, I even surprised myself. This piece was created for the handsomely fabulous Sebastian Newman who knew exactly what he wanted when it came to a double breasted suit with fitted trouser and pewter button details. I loved how he brought it to life the second he put it on. He and the suit were an harmonious sight to behold.
There you have it, if there is one word to describe Nicole and her amazing work it would be “PERFECTION”…each piece is unique and she takes every effort, working tirelessly to make you look fabulous.
You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.
For more of her creations follow her Facebook Page – https://m.facebook.com/NicoleReynPieces/?ref=bookmarks