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Meet Elli-Nicole, one of our ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price finalists. Does the name ring a bell? It should. Elli-Nicole made it into our top eight last year. This year, she’s back and in it to win it! We chat to her here:


First Tweet after the news of making it into this year’s Rising Star Design Award finals:

@ellemagazinesa @mrpricefashion thank you for the opportunity of being a finalist! It means so much more the second time around!

‘My collection focused on combining an easy sense of luxe with strong but wearable silhouettes. I am exploring interesting prints and detailed pattern work while maintaining the core principle of my style, which is to balance luxe and elegance with minimalism and edge.’





If your collection had to have a theme song, what would it be?

Cause by Rodriguez

One thing we should know about you as a designer?

Crafting beautiful details in ready-to-wear collections is very important to me. Whether it’s a button or a print, everything has a purpose in elevating the garment while still keeping it effortlessly wearable.

I can’t start the day without…. a Seattle latte and hugs from my loved ones!

I am currently obsessed with… Alex Monroe jewellery and red velvet cupcakes from Wolves.

Name five celebs (dead or alive) you would most like to dine with.

Nelson Mandela, Rodriguez, Hussein Chalayan, Anaïs Nin and Emma Watson.

Name one designer you would most like to meet.

I wish I could pick 10! If I had to choose it would probably be Iris Van Herpen – I love how she is not afraid to try something new.


If you could dress any celeb for a red carpet event, who would it be?

I am absolutely loving Kate Upton at the moment.

My first memory of fashion… is sketching these puffy, frilly Disney-inspired gowns at eight years old.

My own style is… a balance between elegance and edge as well as a focus on subtle but interesting details.

Fashion moment in a film that you are obsessed with?

I will never forget seeing Audrey Hepburn in that red Givenchy gown flying down the stairs in Funny Face.


What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Since I was very young my uncle has always said when you lose in life, don't lose the lesson!

Name one thing about yourself that we don’t know.

I absolutely love fantasy novels and BBC period dramas!

Want to know who our other super-talented ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price Finalists are? Meet the other super seven here.

Images: Cindy Taylor, The Words About Fashion

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