Nica Moten (aka Fashionnica) has been spotted doing everything from modeling clothes for local brands (like Crykit’s Playhouse and KYNEW), hosting RAW Femme’s first inaugural artist showcase and empowering women with her new business, HER Collection. She is a model, freelance fashion stylist, and an online shop boutique owner. To top it all off, Fashionnica is proud to be launching her self-named clothing line in November.
Meeting Nica for the first time, her warm, bubbly, and enthusiastic personality is refreshing and up-lifting. During our interview, she described herself as someone who loves her city and is someone who wants to contribute to the growth that Las Vegas has been experiencing. “Vegas has been unique all along. We are slowly changing the way our culture looks at our city. Not for the sin, but for the beautiful structure and substance we have from all the amazing artists this city harbors,” Nica said.
Although born in San Diego, Nica moved to Las Vegas at a young age and has always appreciated the diversity of cultures she grew up around. “In high school, every ethnic culture was at my school…since it’s a transit town, everyone is in and out but while people are here they bring their values, cultures, and art from their hometowns. It’s a beautiful thing,” Nica said.
Always growing her repertoire of talents, Nica received her cosmetology license from Euphoria, attended Fashion Careers International in Los Angeles for merchandise marketing where she also received her fashion buyers license. Sometime in mid-November, she will be presenting her own clothing line, Fashionnica. Highly inspired by the 90s and elements in nature, the Fashionnica line will have a mix of basic pieces and edgy pieces.
Nica was gracious enough to collaborate on an interview and styling video with me to showcase her talents. Watch our interview to learn more about the boss babe and check out how she styles summer pieces into Fall appropriate outfits.
Summer to Fall outfits
A growing community of female artists
Femme Friday is a radical event showcasing art, fashion, and music by women. Raw Femme originated as a blog by founder Amanda “Rawky” Lozano, to created a platform for emerging female artists to share their talent. “Raw Femme is not just a blog, but also a society that unites ambitious and innovative women from around the world. A collaborative of music, fashion, film, art and design. Women finally have a place where their artistic voices can be heard,” said Lozano. Raw Femme expanded its reaches this past First Friday by bringing together female artists, fashionistas, and musicians from Las Vegas and Los Angeles to showcase their work at their inaugural event.
Femme Friday took place at a furniture store turned art space known as “the corner building”–now Metroplex Arts-located on Main Street and California Avenue. Walking in, you could hear the bass vibrating from the groovy tunes played by DJ Skye in the backroom. Fashion and jewelry vendors displayed swanky jewelry, jean jackets with custom embroidery, and sweet vintage clothing. Drinks flowed from the bar conveniently placed in the center of the room. In the warehouse-like backroom, live music was showcased and the exhibiting artists displayed photographs, paintings and digital prints. In the mist of an incoming rainstorm, many supports still came swelling through to show their love to the ladies. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation-an organization that provides art and music supplies to under privileged children throughout the world.
What to expect next from Raw Femme
While Lozano plans to throw the Femme Friday event twice a year, she also plans to set up smaller events in between. “I’m planning to showcase fashion shows, individual art exhibits, and more” said Lozano.
For more about Raw Femme check out the website:
Who has ever made a living doing everything they love? Local DJ, breakdancer, and online clothing shop owner, Crykit (Cricket) is one of them. Her story began on a dairy farm in a humble city in Wisconsin and continues to flourish in Las Vegas.
Getting to know DJ Crykit
Meeting Dj Crykit is something like an infectious boost in spirits. Her lively personality resonates in her animated movements and all-around positive vibes. That positivity is exactly what has driven her to the be the successful DJ and entrepreneur she is today. Born Michelle Kolnik of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Crykit first found her passion of dance through ice skating. “It was my life from 6 to 12 years old” said Crykit. Her love for floating on the ice was the foundation for the talented woman she would become.
Beginning her DJ career
Moving to San Francisco, Crykit was inspired by the underground rave scene and began her DJ career playing drum & bass. She continued broadening her musical tastes when breakdancing became another passion she began to master. Integrating her experience with playing drum & bass, hip-hop and later EDM helped develop her unique multi-genre sound. She was name “Best Local DJ 2013” by the Las Vegas Weekly Magazine shortly after she broke into the DJ scene in Las Vegas.
Passion for fashion
Always having a deep love for fashion and thrift shopping, Crykit recently opened Crykit’s Playhouse. Her unique pieces directly reflects her own colorful and quirky sense of style. “My main goal is to find and circulate pieces that make people smile” said Crykit. She is also an advocate for reducing waste by recycling second hand clothes. One day she hopes to build a celebrity clientele and is also currently working on launching a fashion app call Parallel Hive.
Join Crykit for July’s First Friday where she’ll be vending clothes at Femme Friday inside of The Metroplex. The event will include artist exhibitions, performance installations, live music, and local fashion vendors. Crykit will also be playing a DJ set for Bruno Mars at the T-Mobile Arena on August 24.
See Crykit dance
See Crykit spin
See Crykit style on you
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