Not in the flesh—but with her new House of Harlow home collection.
We’re all about switching up your home décor for the new season, and we’ve just found our inspiration for this summer’s makeover: Nicole Richie’s new House of Harlow pop-up shop. “The store really represents and emulates the House of Harlow brand, and my own aesthetic,” she says of the store, located at The Grove in Los Angeles. Working with best-friend and interior designer Masha Gordon, Nicole personally sourced all of the furnishings, art, and décor elements, scouring her favorite antique shops all over L.A. “It was really fun spending these last few months looking for the right pieces and just creating an entire experience, it was a really cool journey.”
Everything in the shop will be for sale, “from the jewelry to the mirrors—even the furniture,” and in addition to House of Harlow wares, it will also include items that Nicole has hand picked, from vintage kimonos and bed jackets to her favorite scented candles. We spoke to Nicole about the shop and her latest House of Harlow collection, as well as her summer must-haves.
What was your inspiration for the store and summer collection?
I’m hugely inspired by the ’60s and ’70s. I love the freedom of that time and so I think the store represents that and has that vibe. You’ll see a lot of natural wood throughout the store mixed with oxidized mixed metals, which is something I’ve been incorporating into the jewelry and the bags and clutches as well.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere, especially because I travel so much. I’m always visiting the local flea market or stands, and trying to find things that inspire me and that are in line with the House of Harlow vision and aesthetic.
Are there any new pieces you’re particularly excited about?
We’re doing fine jewelry in the store, which I’ve never sold before. I make crystal necklaces with 14 karat gold and diamonds, and I’ve always just made them for my friends, but we’ve never included them with the collections. So having them in the store is really exciting for me. They’re very much House of Harlow, it’s the same design aspects as the other jewelry. The Aztec inspiration and the way that the diamonds are laid. And I love to layer them with other pieces for the collection.
What is your go-to summer outfit?
I always love the bed jackets, I wear them over my bathing suits or over jean shorts and a t-shirt. And vintage silk camisoles, I always bring several on vacation with me. Those are my favorite pieces.
What is your seasonal beauty routine?
I like to keep it really simple in the summer. I just rock clean skin, coconut oil in my hair, and really focus on hydrating. Very natural.
And we’re loving your pink hair! How did you choose this shade for your latest color?
The pink hair was a very last minute decision, I didn’t really know what I was going to do until the day that I did it. It’s just hair color, you can take it out and put it in, it’s all very easy. And I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s just fun.
What is your favorite song of summer?
“Crimson and Clover” is always a favorite summer track of mine. I love it.
Lastly, how would you describe the House of Harlow girl?
Somebody who is a free spirit, and isn’t afraid to experiment with fashion and isn’t afraid to challenge their own eye. And really just someone who loves to have fun.
Be sure to stop by the House of Harlow pop-up shop at The Grove in Los Angeles, open July 3 through July 16.
Jul 02, 2015 – Teen Vogue – Written by Alexandra Thurmond