The daughter of Luis Mentado and Lenita Burman has finally erupted on the fashion scene. Offspring of the charismatic and creative duo behind Canarian labels Lenita and XTG, I guess one shouldn't have expected her to stay backstage for too long.
Having studied design at the prestigious Instituto Marangoni in Milan, she continued with marketing studies as a post grad at Central Saint Martins in London. Returning back to Gran Canarias, Las Palmas, she was pivotal in restructuring her parent's old workshop and making it a glistening example of vertical integration.
Nicole's endeavours led to her parents pulling out of China to bring back their Lycra manufacturing to the island. With manufacturing firmly tucked under her strategic belt, she opened up the factory for other labels wanting to manufacture on the island under the Beach Concept (company that she founded) umbrella, winning the Fyde-CajaCanarias prestigious prize for young entrepreneurs.
But a creative can't help but be a creative and this year with the launch of her label taking place at Swimwear Fashion Week de Gran Canaria Moda Cálida - 'Maldito Sweet' was born.
Inspired by pop art and its geometric and optical illusion graphics, the collection consists of trikinis, swimsuits and bikinis with a lot of accessories. Utilising haute couture artisanal technique Nicole mixes silks, Lycra and feathers with brights and mesh.
All photos by Vladimir Yakutin