With three collections under her belt, designer JD Noble has already caught the eye of fashion elites Zac Posen and Whitney Pozgay. Rolling out had the chance to sit down and chat with the emerging designer in her home in the historic Adair Park neighborhood of Atlanta to discuss her journey and fashion tips for the winter.
Who is JD Noble, the fashion designer?
I’m JD Noble, a young emerging designer who has an eye for combining prints, patterns and textures into a classic silhouette for the woman on the go.
What’s your biggest source of inspiration for your collections?
I take pieces of inspiration from everywhere. My current inspiration comes from millennials. They inspire me because they are young and doing great things. I want to be the go-to person for things. They are the shakers and movers of the world and I want to dress them for their future success and/or events.
For you, fashion in 2017 is all about what?
A mix of bold bright colors and silhouettes changing from tight and voluminous to loose and flowing. 2017 is all about having a happy medium to how your clothes flow — a nice fit while still being away from the body.
What are the key pieces every woman should have for this winter season?
Sequins are in for every season! This season is all about sparkles. White blouses can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Vintage boyfriend jeans. Over the knee boots of any style and heel [height]. Headpieces work wonders — Goorin Bros Hat in Ponce [City Market] are amazing!
If you could dress the celebrity of your dreams, who would it be and why?
Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles — they literally helped me graduate college. I don’t want people to think I’m hopping on the “trend train,” I’ve been a fan of Janelle ever since she was in two-toned suits and when Solange was rocking her shaved head. To me, those women embody the essence of my collections. They fit the mold for someone my age and someone who can relate to them as well.
What’s the most critical lesson you learned as a designer building your own brand?
Trying to stay as true to yourself because it’s easy to get lost trying to adapt to what everyone wants. Staying true to your craft and vision is important for longevity and happiness because it’s hard doing something that you’re not connected or in love with.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a mix of a lot of different things. One word to describe my style overall is comfortable. My style is me being comfortable whether it’s wearing sweats with ballet flats or a full-length gown to brunch. I adore everything from formal gowns that I could dress down to graphic tees with a long plaid skirt. I think I’m artsy, eclectic and cool!
What is one piece of advice would you give to the next generation of aspiring fashion designers?
Not to focus on fitting in and staying true to yourself as a designer by not sticking to trends. As a designer, you must stay true to your craft and always look for ways to reinvent yourself to stay current.
What are your fashion goals for 2017?
The ultimate plan is having more clothes in stores, getting my pieces in boutiques and on the red carpet. Currently, my brand, Jo David, has begun production to sell preorders of the latest collection that will be available sometime next year.
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