Nicole Richie recently confirmed that she is working on two new product categories of House of Harlow 1960 but what she didn't reveal is that she has also been hard at work on another big line. Today WWD reports that the 'Fashion Star' judge has signed on to design a limited-edition capsule collection for Macy's.
'Nicole is pretty savvy when it comes to the fashion business and understanding consumers. She’s a real fashion influencer,' Martine Reardon, Macy’s Inc.’s chief marketing officer, told WWD. 'She’s got a very definitive look, very free style and bohemian chic, and our collection will definitely pay homage to her style.'
Back in February Nicole Richie confirmed that she is working on new product categories but would not reveal what they were. Today, though, we finally know what the first new range is and it's bags. Rather than introducing a few key styles, Richie has opted for a fully comprehensive range under her House of Harlow 1960 label, which will feature everything from clutch bags to embroidered and beaded shoulder styles. The collection, which hits stores from September, comes in rich autumnal shades like teal, gold and emerald.
As I write this post the weather outside is less than pleasant (I blame the good weather from the past few weeks for getting me excited for summer prematurely), which makes now the perfect time to start planning your sunnies before summer really begins. When it comes to shades, nobody does it quite as well as Nicole Richie and the Olsens and with that in mind it comes at no surprise that their respective lines, Elizabeth & James and House of Harlow 1960, are delivering some of the best styles this season.
Over the past year I've been sporting my tortoiseshell wayfarers but Richie's House of Harlow 'Chelsea' shades in black will definitely be my go to pair of sunglasses this year. If you're looking to make an investment the round-framed styles from Linda Farrow for The Row are equally as good, especially if you like the black version that Mary-Kate Olsen has been sported over the last few years. For more wallet friendly styles, head to Topshop who have very similar styles but for less than £30 or if the cat-eye is your shape of choice, Whistles do the perfect reinterpretation of Tom Ford's much loved frames.
Nicole Richie is doing really well. Her House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate lines are extremely successful and last month saw her launch her new apparel and handbag collection for QVC.
Along with celebrity designers like Victoria Beckham, though, there's no denying that Richie had a point to make when she decided to turn her hand to design, but the challenge is one that she embraces. 'I view challenges as positives, and it's all about learning and growing,' she told WWD. 'I face challenges every season, but that's what this business is all about. You have to study your craft, and I'm learning everyday.' She continued: '[My name is not on the label because] it is not about me. I wasn't the product to speak for itself and have a customer go after it or stay away from it based on the product not the name. That's very important to me.'
This all seems like a far cry from her days starring alongside Paris Hilton in 'The Simple Life' but as you know, she recently returned to reality TV for NBC's new fashion reality show competition, Fashion Star. 'I'm looking forward to American getting to know the journey of these 14 amazing designers,' she told the title. 'There [will be] a lot of bumps in the road, but it's important to not lose sight of who you are as a designer and never forget who your customer is. I try to pay as much attention as I can to customer feedback and really listen to what they want.'
We're already fans of Nicole Richie's House of Harlow 1960 fashion collection and now the designer is adding bags to the line. Set to release this fall, the collection will feature 14 pieces including a red crocodile-skin effect clutch priced at $150 to taupe hobo coming in at $625.
So why now? “Handbags have always been a part of the equation since we first launched the House of Harlow 1960 brand,” she told WWD. “We just needed to make sure all of the components were aligned before setting foot into that category. The collection is quite small in terms of the styles we are launching with. I wanted to make sure that each piece is special and then be able to grow it slowly and organically season after season.” The collection showcases Richie's 70s-inspired style and ranges from evening pieces to everyday fail safe items.
Love Nicole Richie's bohemian style? Fortunately, so does Amazon.com. The online retailer is selling limited runs of Fall '10 pieces from Richie's label House of Harlow 1960 - along with Modern Vintage and Rosegold - from now until September 15.
Only 250 pieces of each selected style will sell online, so be sure to snap up your favourites in the next two weeks. Or, if you want to be sure to have your selected stock prepared for fashion week, better get clicking sooner...
Nicole Richie is one of the few celeb designers we can wrap our minds around, probably because she, you know, actually makes cute things. Case in point: her Spring '10 shoe collection for House of Harlow 1960. We have embroidered-heel skyscrapers, snakeskin pumps and woven flats and sandals - really something for every fan of the line. Prices for the Navajo-inspired collection range from $168 to $275.
Both Richie's '70s-vibe footwear range and her ornate selection of jewellery are available from Kitson (you'll need to pre-order the shoes), and we're sure the pieces will sell out soon. With taste and business sense like this, we can hardly remember Richie's awkward 'Simple Life' years.
Since Nicole Richie has so much time on her hands (what with that new line, Winter Kate, plus giving birth to Sparrow James Midnight Madden), she's decided to collaborate with Bebe for an exclusive jewellery collection. Her new House of Harlow 1960 jewels for the brand will carry the same free-spirited vibe as her regular jewellery line - and with a wallet-friendly price range of $38 to $98.
And are you feeling charitable? Richie has made a special keepsake bracelet, priced at $25, with a part of sales marked off for the Ritchie-Madden Children's Foundation. We know you can't wait to get your give on, but you'll have to wait until the line launches on Bebe.com on Nov. 12.
House of Harlow 1960, the uber fashion-forward accesories label founded by Paris Hilton's ex-BFF, Nicole Richie, has gone from strength to strength since its launch around this time last year. Initially offering nothing more than a collection of cute, quirkly and unrsurprisingly stylish jewellery, not only is the label set to offer a womenswear ready-to-wear collection, Winter Kate (which will be available early next year), but also 'Mrs Joel Madden' has just confirmed that she is planning to add shoes to the range, too. As confirmed in a My-wardrobe.com press release, the range will be sold exclusively on the online boutique from January 2010. Keeping in the vein of the already much loved House of Harlow designs, Miss Richie uses dashes of strong, bold prints and textures to accentuate the selection of whipstitch diamon patter, elegant peep-toes, and tribal-inspired cut-out ankle boots. We can't wait to start the new year in such fabulous creations!
Nicole Richie has officially ditched her reality TV and Paris Hilton's BFF past, as the girls from The Cut simply put it. After the success of her jewellery line for House of Harlow 1960, which sold out days after its release, Richie has decided to add clothing and shoes to the brand.
The collection will see her ditch her old 1970s boho look and instead, will focus "on old English, equestrian and more sophisticated looks".