On Saturday, July 30th, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were spotted with their children at Duff’s Cakemix in West Hollywood, California. The place allows you to decorate your own cupcake or full-sized cake.
Nicole Richie speaks to Elle: “I could be a YouTube star; I would do how-to braid tutorials all day”
It’s noon at Spring’s airy studios in TriBeCa, and Nicole Richie is surrounded by beautiful girls. There is Kristina Bazan, the Swiss blogger with a L’Oréal contract. There is Danielle Bernstein, the recent college graduate who can make $15k with a single Instagram shot. And there is Natasha Oakley, whose modeling career gave rise to a clothing line, Monday Swimwear.
The influence (and beach waves) of these Internet mavens is impressive, but everyone knows that Richie’s reigns supreme. A Hollywood insider turned reality TV starlet, her Fleetwood-Meets-Fendi style captivated young women worldwide, propelling Richie onto magazine covers, ad campaigns, and finally her dream role: founder and CEO of the fashion brand House of Harlow 1960.
We spoke with the 34-year-old working mom after checking out her latest collection.
Google News says you’re the new headliner for Create + Cultivate. That’s a huge deal. What will your speech be about?
My message is very specific. I’m going with my best friend, [Hello Giggles founder and Glee producer] Rivka Rossi… We’re doing it together because I think it’s extremely important to speak to the role of friendship in business. There’s enough people talking about funding and capital. I want to talk about how important it is to surround yourself with people that have more experience than you, but also people that have different experience and interests than you. We can’t get where we want to get by ourselves. Instead of looking at someone and saying, “That person’s too different from me. Therefore, I don’t understand them. Therefore, I don’t like them,” we have to take the approach of, “That person is so different from me! What can I learn from her? And what can I teach her and add to her life?” That’s what leads to true success.
Can you run for president?
So you’re cool, stylish, smart, famous—seemingly you “have it all.” What do you need help doing?
Oh, tons! Rivka works in the Internet space, and I struggle with that. It doesn’t come naturally to me, and I’m always the last to know. I found out how to use Snapchat yesterday.
I need someone to tell me what to do, and I need a help hotline. I don’t want to look at a ghost sign. That’s not helpful. And also, Rivka is extremely kind, which is what I really respect about how she runs her business. She’s always held up an umbrella for other women, no matter what kinds of competition come her way. She’s very clear about her goals and she knows how to go about getting them, and always she reaches her goals through kindness. That’s huge.
There’s a room full of bloggers next door. They’re all ostensibly competitors, even though they’re different. How would you tell them to support each other, even though their business goals are so similar?
You have to understand that there’s enough to go around for everybody. You have to know that success is greater when it’s shared.
You’re close with Stella McCartney, Jennifer Meyer, Joyce Azria—other cool women with their own brands and clothing lines. How do those friendships work?
Stella is a great example. She and I have many parallels in the way we grew up. And she’s somebody that I could call right now and say, “There’s something I’m having trouble figuring out,” and she would tell me her own experiences and put me in touch with people that have helped her. Because she knows that I could copy every single thing Stella McCartney did, and I would have a different outcome, because I’m me, and she’s Stella, and that’s just how life works. We are individuals. There’s free will. There’s timing. We can make the same things in totally different ways. Same with Joyce. You have to trust and support each other if you want to be excellent.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten about “building your brand”?
Oh, when people put pressure on me to be someone else… I’m not going to change myself because I think it’ll make somebody like me more. And in terms of being a business, I’ve found that when you’re always in the people-pleasing mode, that’s the easiest way to lose control of your brand’s DNA. I want to sit across from someone who’s authentically who they are, even if they’re not my personal cup of tea. It’s still more comforting than being across from someone who’s making moves to please other people! I don’t believe in all of that.
House of Harlow 1960 is named for your young daughter. Does she understand how big the label is?
She knows what it is, but she doesn’t care. Not in the way you’d think. She’s going to be nine, and she appreciates what I do, but she’s like, “Unless you’re giving clothes to me, I’m not interested.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t ask: Would you like to take a Taylor vs. KimYe side?
Absolutely not. I would not like to take a side. [Laughing] And I would not like to talk about [what happened on Kim’s] Snapchat, because I still have no idea how to use Snapchat!
But the filters are so cute!
Those seem okay. Maybe I’ll figure them out.
A while ago, you told me that your hidden talent was braiding hair. Are you considering a beauty line?
No. I haven’t gone down that path. I’ve been so busy with the accessories and the ready-to-wear… But I think if I wanted to, I could be a YouTube star. I would do how-to braid tutorials all day and I would happily film myself. I’d be like, “Let’s do a fishtail braid! Let’s do a crown!”
Be careful what you wish for…
On record, I want a column in ELLE and a video on ELLE.com where I teach you guys how to do braids. From my mouth to God’s ears. I want it. Tell Robbie Myers to call me.
Although Nicole Richie first came into the public eye as Paris Hilton’s sidekick on the reality TV show, The Simple Life, she has since made a name for herself as a fashion and accessories designer and vintage lover. On Saturday, the mother of two was in the Hamptons, celebrating a collaboration between her brand, House of Harlow 1960, and e-commerce destination Revolve. “I’m from L.A. and so is Revolve,” she noted, explaining that the collection celebrates “a city that I love, the color palettes, the space and the air, and that overall Los Angeles feeling.”
But it was Richie’s former expertise, television, that was the most surprising topic of conversation. A few days earlier, Tina Fey cast the designer in her new sitcom Great News. Here, Nicole Richie opens up about her personal style, and how she feels about taking on a new challenge..
Right now its summer, so a slip dress and flats. I don’t want to feel like anything is touching me in this heat!
I’m hugely inspired by the ’60s and the ’70s.
Favorite store in L.A.:
To be honest, I do a lot of shopping online, I just don’t have time. I feel like when I go to thrift stores and vintage stores and that type of thing, you really have to be there for that, you have to do it in person, but I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping.
I’m decorating my house so all of my money and energy has been going. I look at the pricetag on a dress and think, ‘that can go toward a rug I really want’ so I’m really just prioritizing!
Furniture. I’m a rug junkie.
Most prized possession in your closet:
My husband got me two pairs of vintage sunglasses and both of those are my favorites.
Music you’re listening to right now:
I don’t listen to new music, I love classic rock, ’90s hip-hop. I mean, being an L.A. girl, there is nothing like driving down Mulholland and listening to your favorite song, 30 times in a row.
How does it feel to be cast in Great News:
I’m very excited. I just found out two days ago. I’m in New York, not home, so it’s kind of a surreal feeling, I can’t wait to go home and celebrate with my family.
On July 23rd, Nicole Richie was spotted leaving her party celebrating House of Harlow x Revolve at The Hamptons in New York. She was wearing the House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve “Karen” cutout jumpsuit in burnt orange, which is available to pre-order here.
Candids » 2016 » July 23: Leaving HOH x Revolve Party at The Hamptons in New York
On Saturday, July 23rd, Nicole Richie played hostess at a party for House of Harlow x Revolve at the Revolve Social Club at The Hamptons in New York. She was wearing the House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve “Karen” cutout jumpsuit in burnt orange, which is available to pre-order here.
Appearances » 2016 » July 24: House of Harlow x Revolve Party at The Hamptons, New York
House of Harlow and Revovle are hosting a party today (Saturday 23rd) for Nicole Richie at Revolve Hamptons. But on Thursday, Nicole was at the Revolve Social Club in New York for a special preview of the House of Harlow x Revolve holiday collection, which can be pre-ordered here. Check out the brief interview below and be sure to follow hoh1960 on Snapchat for behind the scenes tonight!
Hollywood Reporter has learned that Nicole Richie is heading back to working in television for an all new NBC comedy.
The new show is titled ‘Great News’ and comes from the producers of ’30 Rock’ including Tracey Wigfield, whose experiences have inspired the new show. The comedy centres on a mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly invovled New Jeresy mum (Andrea Martin) interns at her daughter’s (Briga Heelan) workplace, a cable news network.
Nicole will play the role of Portia, who was originally portrayed by Kimrie Lewis-Davis in the pilot. However, producers have said they want to go in a different direction with the role which is why there has been a recasting.
Portia is the “hip, young co-host” of The Breakdown, the cable news show within the new comedy. “Sometimes a shrewd social media genius, sometimes a clueless idiot, Portia has little interest in her older co-host’s (John Michael Higgins) hard-hitting traditional vision for the show.”
‘Great News’ will mark Nicole as a series-regular. Nicole has acted in the past in roles such as Heather Chandler in ‘Chuck‘ and Kelly Stepford in ‘Kids in America.’ She also starred in reality series ‘The Simple Life‘ and more recently ‘Candidly Nicole.’