Lila Nikole’s swimwear can stop traffic! Her beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs are simply works of art. You’ll be able to see for yourself when BET’s Rip the Runway airs tonight at 10pm/9pm CST.
There’s no doubt you’ve seen her swimwear designs before, even if you didn’t know it was her. Nikole’s line has been featured in magazine’s like Vibe, King and J’adore (Kim Kardashian rocked one of her swimsuits on the cover). Do you remember that banging swimsuit Keyshia Cole wore in her video for Heaven Sent? You already know, it was designed by Lila Nikole for Amaya Swimwear, which she founded in 2005.
Check out what the Queen of Swimwear shared with The Queen’s Castle about her collection and third appearance on BET’s Rip the Runway:
What is the inspiration for the line?
This line is inspired by the Caribbean flavor of the carnival and J’ouverts around the world.
How did it feel to have the line represented on the catwalk of this year’s BET Rip the Runway?
This is my third year doing the show and it is quite an honor. I feel blessed. The BET team is awesome and lots of fun. The exposure that comes with an event like this is MAJOR. It is definitely a great feeling!
What are some of the nontraditional textiles or fabrics used to bring the collection to life?
I love non traditional fabrics. I am notorious for using super high end metallic lycras, sequins, slick lycra blends, natural jewels and glass beading.
Of the current collection, what pieces are flying off the shelf? Why?
The pieces that are selling the most are Funky, Acetone, Diva, Caposhe and Azurite. I think they are very fashion forward and sexy which is always a great selling point.
Are there plans to expand the line and add complementary products (swim coveralls, hats, bags, sunglasses)?
We recently just branched with Charles Albert Jewelry. They are an exquisite line of hand made jewelry items that compliment the suits. I am currently working on more cover ups, sarongs, pareos, etc. The next branch will be into childrens suits.
Lila Nikole’s swimwear is the must have item for Summer, visit her website for more information!