Photography: Alexandra Frumberg
Nicolette Mason made her way from Los Angeles to New York City to establish herself a fashion writer, and now, working as a personal blogger as well as a contributing writer and editor for some of the most stylish publications around (e.g. Marie Claire, Brooklyn Magazine, Refinery 29 and StyleCaster) she has made her mark. Nicolette embraces all things girlie, from the color pink to her favorite neutral: glitter! With her exuberant take on fashion and her innate sense of style, Nicolette is certainly a quintessential Glitter Girl.
“If you were following me on twitter from February 2011 up until, well, now – you’re probably well aware of my obsessions with glitter and Miu Miu. Put the two together and it’s a deathly combination… From the moment I spied the glitter heels and booties on the Miu Miu FW11 runway, I knew they had to be mine.”
When did you fall in love with fashion?
I think I’ve always been attuned to and interested in fashion, but I first became conscious of my love of fashion when I was about 12-years-old and my friends started picking up teeny-bopper magazines with giant cutouts of teen heart throbs du jour. I went the opposite direction and picked up every fashion magazine that I could — pouring myself into the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. There was no turning back from that point forward.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very intentionally and deliberately feminine. I went through a period in my early adolescence where I rejected femininity and resisted all things girly, while my body did the exact opposite and became hyper-feminized overnight. Since then, I’ve embraced my love of pink, the female form, and all the soft, delicate embellishments assigned to women. I’m fascinated by gender constructs and try to subversively play with them through my wardrobe.
What one item in your closet always seems to make you smile?
My Miu Miu SS10 Cat-Print heels. That entire collection was very important to me. Fashion is as much about the clothes you wear as it is a reflection of our culture, so as the economy took a turn for the worse in 2008, so too did the tone in fashion change — from a colorful exuberance to a dark, understated and utilitarian approach. The Miu Miu SS10 (and Prada, too, of course) were completely set apart from that attitude — and trailblazed with whimsical prints and daisies and crystals and genuine joy. In that sense, having a piece from the collection is almost like having an artifact in my fashion time capsule.
Is there one designer or brand that tends to dominate your closet?
This will surprise no one — but it’s definitely Miuccia Prada. She doesn’t always get it right, but she’s certainly the one designer who resonates with me the most. I think her approach to design is intentionally feminine, but also playful and whimsical. Her aesthetic is never too serious, and is a very important reminder to have fun with fashion.
“I grew up in Los Angeles, so even though I’ve lived in New York City for nearly a decade, LA will always be home. I purchased this set of 3 posters with all the neighborhoods in Los Angeles from Going Underground on Etsy.”
What advice would you give to someone seeking to develop her own sense of style?
I think it’s important to remember that style is organic and constantly evolving. If it’s something you have to think about too much, it becomes convoluted and inauthentic. My style has continued to change over the years — but the one thing that remains consistent is my love for femininity and sparkle.
Miu Miu Sequin Clutch & Miu Miu Gold Sunglasses
“I have a lot of things, and I’m always struggling to find a place to store them and still be able to see them (this is a constant plight for any New Yorker). The sparkly skull (my budget take on Damien Hirst) is one of my favorite finds from Z. Gallerie. Everytime I’m on the west coast, I have a field day at Z. Gallerie!”
Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spectator Heels
“Mint Skirt – Zara, Skull & Cherry Blossom Tee Shirt – Alexander McQueen, Black and White Scarf – Diane von Furstenberg, Pink Bag – Miu Miu, Heels – Miu Miu, Sunglasses – Miu Miu”
What three things should every Glitter Girl have in her wardrobe?
I’m all about having a few staples in your wardrobe that you can put on and instantly feel refreshed, empowered, and amazing in. For me, it’s the perfect leather jacket (mine is a motorcycle jacket from Topshop and was purchased on sale for about $50), the quintessential little black dress, and an ultra-flattering bright lipstick. With those three items, you can basically build the foundations of your wardrobe and beauty routine!