Nicole Richie launches clothing line

    Nicole Richie announced that she’s moving beyond jewelry and designing a clothing line for young women.







    If you’ve long admired the California Bohemian style of Nicole Richie, you’ll love the news that she announced to Women’s Wear Daily yesterday. Winter Kate, a 37-piece collection designed by Nicole, will debut in high-end retailers next February.

    “It feels as though I’ve always been working on this collection, but officially I started putting it together in early 2009,” she told WWD. “I’ve wanted to design a clothing collection for a very long time.”
    Following jewelry collection House of Harlow (named for her 21-month old daughter with Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden) and her maternity line, Nicole for A Pea in the Pod, Winter Kate is also inspired by Nicole’s fashion influences, which include exotic animals and hippie prints. I
    t’s also made for girls, who, like Nicole, favor elaborate tops, simple denim and roomy dresses.
    See some of our favorite House of Harlow pieces:

    “I probably wear the same two pairs of jeans every day as the background to a fabulous top,” Nicole said. “Bed jackets are a staple of my wardrobe because they are a gorgeous way to give jeans and a white T-shirt a completely different look.”
    For Winter Kate, which the socialite-cum-designer took from her daughter’s two middle names, Nicole made tops, vests, jackets, slip dresses, short dresses, one maxi dress and a short leather jacket. Available at stores like Nordstrom, Intermix and Bloomingdale’s, the pieces are priced somewhere between $35 (for a camisole) to nearly $600 for more ornate pieces like the jacket.
    “Fashion should be accessible,” said Nicole. “That was my philosophy when designing House of Harlow 1960 and it remains my philosophy for Winter Kate.”
    Like House of Harlow, Winter Kate’s customer is a sophisticated buyer that’s not designer-obsessed. “She is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match," Nicole told WWD. "The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but most importantly, they provide the wearer a means of self-expression and fun.”



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