An Exclusive Interview with Kalani Hilliker

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How would you describe your style?

KH: I consider my style very trendy but also classic. I like wearing pieces that could’ve been worn 5 years ago, but also can be worn 5 years from now. I just love being trendy and cute!


How has your style changed over time?

KH: My style has changed a lot over the years. When I was younger, I wore some things that were pretty interesting that I probably wouldn't wear now. I think that I have kind of grown to be into more sophisticated and classy, but also trendy.


What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

KH: Trendy, fun and cute!


Where did you find your passion for fashion?

KH: When I was younger I always wanted to grow up to design clothes. I have always been into fashion so I think I’ve known since a very young age that I wanted to do this. Finally my dreams are coming true!


What was your first design meeting with Alyce like?

KH: My first design meeting with the Alyce team was amazing because I felt like we were all on the same page and we all connected and wanted the same thing. We saw a gap in the market and we knew that there was a way to make affordable dresses that are also trendy, cute and high-fashion.


How would you describe your design process?

KH: The design process to make this beautiful collection was so long but so worth it. We wanted to perfect every little thing from the colors to the styles, making the classic pieces, but also making pieces that you’ve never seen before.

First we started off with making a vision board with all of the different colors, styles of dresses, jumpsuits and skirts that are on trend with right now. We chose colors like burgundy and light pink, but of course remembering that classics are amazing - something like black. That’s a color that you’re going to wear always.  Then we got to see the samples. Sometimes you think of something, but it doesn’t always look amazing on a mannequin or a person so you have to keep re-creating. We made so many different samples so that we could find the perfect one to give to all of you guys!

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Why did you design this collection?

KH: I designed this collection for all of the girls who want to feel empowered and feel beautiful. I think every girl is beautiful, but you know you’re always feeling better when you’re wearing something that you absolutely love and that you want to wear. So I created this collection for every girl to love what they wear and love themselves.  I made this collection for everyone. You can wear this at any age. I made it for all of the empowered girls to go out there and just feel beautiful no matter what age you are, what size you are, or what you like to wear.


Where did you get your design inspo?

KH: I got my design inspiration from my love of dance and my love of fashion - just mixing my two worlds together to make this beautiful collection.

As s dancer I’m always in dance clothes. A leotard and tights or leggings- something that’s very comfortable. Sometimes when I put on regular clothes, I am uncomfortable and I feel like I can’t move in it. This collection was made to wear beautiful clothes that you can wear outside and everybody will be like, “that looks beautiful! But is it comfortable…?” And I’m like, yes it is because I made it! I wanted to make a collection that’s beautiful, but is also comfortable. When you’re wearing beautiful dresses and moving around in them, you also want to be comfortable.


What has been your favorite part about designing Kalani for Alyce?

KH: It is very difficult to choose my favorite part because I have loved every single thing about this experience.... but my favorite part about this would have to be the people and all of the things we’ve done. From the meetings of creating the collection to just being able to hang out with each other after and going to dinner. I just feel like we’ve become such a big family. This collection is going to be amazing because we all have the same passion for it. It’s been an incredible experience!

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What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

KH: I love every piece from this collection so to just choose a few is very difficult, but a few do stand out to me. The jumpsuit - I LOVE the jumpsuit, it’s super comfortable but also is very stylish. I love the slip dress because you can dress it up or dress it down. Lastly, would probably have to be the tulle skirt, it’s so cute!. I could go on and on but I should probably stop now or I’m going to talk about every single piece in the collection.


What are you most proud of with this collection?

KH: Of course the clothes! There was so much work that was put into making these beautiful clothes and I just cannot wait to share them with you and get your guys’ feedback.


What makes this line extra special?

KH: It was designed by me, another teenage girl just like you guys. I can relate to you and I know that you all want to wear something that’s comfortable, but yet still stylish and affordable.


What surprised you most about designing?

KH: One thing that surprised me most about working in fashion is that it took a long time to design this collection. I didn’t realize how many times you have to go through different samples and constantly see what’s on trend.


Kalani slip dress.jpgWhat makes this line unique?

KH: This line is so versatile because you can wear it to school, brunch in the morning, but also you can dress it up a bit and wear it to date night or to dinner with your friends!

What can we expect to see next?

KH: The next thing from my collection will be more beautiful dresses, gowns for prom and homecoming - it’s never going to stop! You are always going to be getting beautiful clothes from me.


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