Fashion designer and celebrity socialite, Nicky Hilton, visited Belk Galleria Dallas on September 23, 2014 to promote her new book, 365 Style. After a full day of media and press, the 365 Style author stopped by the mega department store all decked out in a TopShop ensemble and Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots to take selfies, mix and mingle with fans and of course, talk style. With a mecca of fashion “how-to” books on the market, Examiner sat down with Hilton to talk all things Dallas, get the details on her new book and whether or not her 3-6-5 method is one that is innovative and ultimately here to stay. Through her latest venture, Hilton introduces a 3-6-5 method of wardrobe styling: identify 3 essential qualities of your lifestyle, select 6 staples of clothing and choose 5 must-have accessories to stay fashionably on track throughout the year.
Examiner: What was the source of inspiration for your book?
Nicky Hilton: “I love fashion and I’ve grown up with it my whole life–modeling and designing. This book was the next evolution for me to put all of the stories and knowledge about fashion that I have learned and crunch it all into this book.”
What sparked the 3-6-5 method? At first glance, most people will think it means 365 days in the year of style. Give a little insight into what gave way to 3-6-5 style.
“I’m a numbers person. I just thought that it was cool.”
Does Paris use the method or maybe your mom?
“Absolutely! They love the book.”
In all honesty, there’s a million style books on the markets right now from Rachel Zoe’s Living in Style to Lauren Conrad’s Style. What differentiates 365 Style from what is already available?
“I’m not giving the reader a laundry list of items they need to buy. Most of the stuff I talk about in the book, women already have in their closet and I also offer the 3-6-5 method. I really wanted to make it different than any of the other style books I’ve seen. I did the scrapbook five with a ton of cut-outs and personal photos.”
If you could only give out one solid piece of advice for women struggling to identify their style through their wardrobes, what would it be?
“Be original and don’t try to dress like everyone else. If you really admire a celebrity’s look, you can take an element of that–but to copy a celebrity’s look from head to toe, that’s not stylish.”
Are there any accessories that you find that every woman should have in their wardrobe?
“I believe that only one piece should be the focal point. Let one piece guide your outfit and be the shining star.”
Are there any fashion faux pas currently that are driving you crazy?
“I despise the overall trend. I don’t think there’s anything feminine or pretty about it–they should stay on the farm.”
What about the loungewear trend? The fashion gods have given women the “ok” to wear tailored sweatpants in public as long as they’re paired with stilettos and statement accessories. What are your thoughts about this?
“No, no, no. Sweatpants and heels are a no. They are meant for the gym or at home.”
Let’s talk Fall trends. What are your top trends that you are looking forward to?
“I’m loving the animal motifs and embroideries! I’ve also been wearing a lot of button downs. I’ve been pairing them with jeans or with a bandage skirt for that ‘sexy librarian’ vibe or with leather pants or leggings.”
What’s in the future for you and your brand?
“I have my collaboration with eLUXE.com which is a ten piece capsule collection and I am working on a few other design projects which I will be announcing shortly.”
Lastly, style aside, what attracts you most to the city of Dallas?
“I love the food…particularly the Tex-Mex. I’m a huge fan. I didn’t have time this trip but Dallas has great barbecue too.”
From basking in the success of her new book to Tex-Mex and overalls, it seems like Hilton covered it all in her short trip to Dallas. While it remains to be seen whether 365 Style will compare favorably to other style “how-to” books on the market, it appears as though Hilton’s following will ensure its applicability. Maybe not one to attract the likes of a more mature woman struggling with style, 365 Style does pair perfectly with the younger generation of adults who need to view another take on how to make the best out of their existing wardrobe. For more information and to determine whether the 3-6-5 method will work for you, visit your local bookstore today for a copy of this latest book.