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With warmer weather on its way, we can finally start scoping out the newest collection from Beach Riot, a swimwear brand we’ve been completely obsessed with for its sexy, unique swimsuits. With a motto like “Riot on the Beach, Party in the Streets”, we knew we had to get the inside scoop from our girl crush and Beach Riot founder and designer, Nicole Hanriot. No stranger to that active Newport Beach lifestyle, Nicole spent a few years designing for various lifestyle brands before stepping out to design a beachwear line all of her own. Nicole’s company has now expanded to include a range of rad eyewear called Sunny G’s. Nicole is living proof that following your dreams is so, so worth it. Everyone, meet Nicole Hanriot of Beach Riot.

Describe your design aesthetic in 7 words.

Beach, trend-inspired, bold, surf ‘n’ street nostalgia and fashion forward.

If you weren’t a fashion designer what would you be doing instead?

I think I would be doing something in the world of styling or being a Kindergarten teacher.

What is your favorite trend right now?

The mix of ‘90s street wear. I love how there’s kind of a cool mix of ‘90s hip-hop culture mixed with a ‘90s grunge theme and I really try to portray that in my summer 2014 collection with a lot of hardware, chains and crosses.

In the last 24 hours, what’s the most inspiring thing or moment that’s happened to you?

Probably my trip to New York. Definitely the shopping and culture of the whole city is totally different from Orange County where we’re based.

What artist, musician or celebrity would you love to see in your collection?

Supermodel Cara Delevingne or Sasha Less. Those are my two favorites right now in the fashion world, so I would die if one of them wore our suits.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I’m really shy, which is pretty surprising because my designs are so bold and loud. People are taken back by how shy and quiet I can be. I think the fun thing about designing is expressing yourself through your designs and making them bold, loud, and with beautiful colors.

What are some words of wisdom you would give to any other aspiring fashion designer?

Just to be true to your own style. I think what’s really important is sticking to your own vision, not really following the trends that everyone’s following and making your own trends. I think that’s really important; it makes your designs more unique and show people who you are.