I’m four months late to this, but I feel like I didn’t post it! So here’s Nicole Richie showing us how to style three spring looks from her House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve collection.
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Nicole Richie introduced the House of Harlow 1960 Festival Survival Bag curated by herself which was available for a limited time at the Revolve social club. Watch Nicole talk through the included products below:
Nicole Richie has launched House of Harlow 1960 Local, a collection created, designed, and manufactured all within the city of Los Angeles, in collaboration with LA based artist anthoulalaa. The first collection is titled MOD EYE.
“HOH Local was created so we can highlight Los Angeles based artists and support our local businesses while contributing to our local economy. From beginning to end, we’ve kept sustainability in mind.”
Nicole Richie spoke to Architectural Digest about new House of Harlow 1960 x Etsy Collab.
Architectural Digest: What inspired this new holiday collection with Etsy?
Nicole Richie: I wanted to take cues from a 1970s, luxe rock-and-roll feel, working with jewel tones and patchwork textiles. I would say House of Harlow as a whole is a ’60s and ’70s vintage-inspired brand. We really brought that into this collaboration, mixing in marble and crystal accents and all the best parts of House of Harlow.
It isn’t your typical holiday collection.
My focus really went into gifting, and I thought about myself and the gifts that I love to get. I always just go to Etsy as a whole to get my loved ones gifts because you get that personal feel. Someone picked something for you, and it was made by a human.
If you are a guest at a holiday party, what is your go-to host gift?
I think the wine stoppers would be a great last-minute gift, because if you’re going to a holiday party, everyone has wine. They can use it right away, which is very sweet. We also did some really sweet trays. Trays—it’s not an exciting word, but I love giving trays to people, and I love receiving trays. If you saw my bathroom counter, it’s just full of all these different trays that I’ve collected over the years. I put my jewelry in them and pens and sunglasses and just all the stuff. I think it really helps kind of keep a handle on just all the stuff flying all over the place.
When it comes to holiday decor at your own home, have you started thinking about it yet? Do you have a theme in mind?
I go very classic. I do reds and deep burgundies, greens, and lots of greenery. I normally do the same thing every year. I have a system down, I have boxes and each room has its own box. I’ve got it all down to a science being the Virgo that I am, but I moved this year. I have had to kind of rethink, which is very exciting. I now have a whole new space to decorate. I decorate my house, and then I also decorate my chicken coop. They have a new coop, obviously, that I had to build when I moved.
Does the decor on the chicken coop match the house, or to they have their own style?
It matches kind of. We have different wreaths. I think that’s just more personal tastes. They’re just not on my level as far as what they like, but I give them what they want. It’s a little brighter over there. That’s where I use the bright reds, as opposed to the burgundies, which are more in my house.
Do you have any advice for people who want to change up their own holiday decor and incorporate your vintage-inspired style?
No matter how old you are, start collecting things that you connect to. Collecting holiday decor is really nice because, even if you put it away all year, you can come back to it. For me, when I’m decorating my house, I want what I’m putting in my house to tell a story.
Nicole Richie has debuted her second House of Harlow 1960 collaboration with Etsy creators, which focuses on the holidays and gift giving. Check out the Etsy editorial here.
Ahead of 2021 NYFW, Nicole Richie spoke to Nylon about her memories of NYFW, going back to the roots of House of Harlow 1960, running a fashion business for the past 13 years, and her thoughts on early 2000s style making a come back!
“I think that [Revolve] really [knows] how to speak to millennials and Gen Z,” Richie told NYLON ahead of the space’s official opening over a Zoom call. “I love the idea of having a presentation be a true experience. I think that’s what people are wanting right now.” When it comes to House of Harlow’s milestones, Revolve happens to be involved, too. After originally launching in 2008 as a jewellery business, Richie partnered with the company to expand into ready-to-wear 18 months later. Now, more than a decade has passed, and House of Harlow’s showing at NYFW for the first time seems like a full-circle moment.
“The collection as a whole is really inspired by ‘70s Hollywood glamour,” explains Richie. “I wanted to combine that with my appreciation for nature, which is something that also has just been such a big inspiration to me, especially over the past year and a half in this pandemic. We have to value our connection with nature.”
If cottagecore was a thing back in the ‘70s, then House of Harlow’s fall collection would be a boho take on the ideal wardrobe to live your best bucolic life. “Oh, I have heard of cottagecore,” quipped Richie when asked about the popular aesthetic. “I have a 13-and-a-half-year-old daughter, so I’m very familiar with cottagecore. It’s a real vibe.”
So what’s House of Harlow’s “nap dress”? Meet the Badia, a satin midi style covered in paisley prints and fringe trim. The halter neckline is also connected to a scarf that drapes in the front. “It’s all one piece. This is actually one of my favorite dresses. I just wore mine the other night,” recalled Richie. “I am obsessed.” Other favorites include a three-piece corduroy set, headscarves, and a House of Harlow choker, which is part of the brand bringing back its jewelry line.
“I think that nature just brings so many different layers of textures and feelings, and that’s something that we also did within the collection,” said Richie. “With a lot of vintage-inspired silk prints, which is what we’ve done in the past, and then also combining that with beautiful, novelty knits, corduroys, and velvets.”
With House of Harlow debuting at NYFW, do you have any early memories of attending fashion week?
I just remember it was a lot. I was going to so many different shows and that was the time when I was running into friends. No matter what was on your schedule, everything would change because there was always some surprise after-party or an extra dinner. We were out all night, up super early. It was just so much fun. As the years went on, I started going to less shows and really picking which ones I actually wanted to see, but it was so exciting.
The Fall 2021 collection is bringing jewelry back to the brand. What’s the story behind reintroducing it again?
The brand started with me doing costume jewelry, and I had put a pause on it when the world changed and the market changed and I was figuring out where I wanted the jewelry to sit and what I wanted it to mean. Once we started really diving into our own website — combined with people reentering the world — I was just really excited to bring costume jewelry back.
Then as far as fine [jewellery], I’ve been doing fine on a very small scale with crystals. That’s something that I’ve been doing myself because I source them and I charge them with the full moon and I sage them. So it’s really just been this labour of love, but what’s been so amazing is, over the course of two years, I’ve been able to really work in fine and figure out what I wanted to say when I decided to have a full collection with it. So now is the time, and I’m so excited about it.
Are there any jewelry pieces that you really love?
I’m very excited about my hoops that I’ve been working on for a very long time. I love hoops and they are the perfect weight. Everything was originally handmade and then reproduced, so you are really getting that handmade feel.
Then this necklace [that I have on] is actually part of my Honeycomb Collection, which is inspired by my love for the bees. I have bees, I harvest my own honey, and it’s really important to show them love. Without bees we can’t be here. Proceeds from the sale of the Honeycomb Collection are going back to the Los Angeles Beekeepers Association. It’s just very close to my heart, so I’m really pumped for it.
You’ve been running House of Harlow since 2008. What advice can you give to someone who’s looking to start in the fashion industry?
I would say just start. There are things that cannot be taught; you just have to experience them. Some things just take time and it’s getting to know yourself and really understanding yourself and understanding your eye. What I love so much about having this brand for so long is that you learn a lot about yourself when you are coming from a creative place, because there are things that I have not been open to in the past that I am obsessed with now and vice versa.
Designing and creating is really emotional. It does come from a place of feeling. I think it’s cool to look back on past collections and I’m able to kind of tap into what emotional state I was in at that time and what I was gravitating towards.
The brand consistently taps into fashion nostalgia from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Right now, a lot of early 2000s trends are making a comeback. Your style was such a huge influence during that era, how has it been witnessing Y2K fashion’s return?
It’s been very interesting seeing it come back because, for me, I think it’s a version of it that I don’t necessarily recognize. To me, it just feels like its own thing. I don’t love it or hate it per se. I wouldn’t say that it’s 100 percent accurate of what the actual 2000s was. I do think that we’re doing some cherry-picking of just the best of the best. I’m sure someone would say that’s been around in the ’70s about a brand like mine, that is like, “I love the ’70s.” But I appreciate all of it and it’s fun — and funny — to see.
Nicole Richie spoke to Bustle about the last year and a half, and how it’s influenced her craft, creativity, and outlook. “For everyone, it’s been a hard and complicated year, and as we are approaching fall, I’m feeling even from my own friends that people are a little scared of being down and inside. So I wanted this collection to feel colourful, bright, and alive, but still have that feeling of fall behind it.”
Bustle notes that some pieces from Nicole’s House of Harlow 1960 Fall 2021 collection give a nod to ’90s menswear tailoring and outerwear, while others channel the Bohemian aesthetic of the ’70s with cheetah jacquard dresses and paisley prints.
“I live in LA, so I don’t know weather-wise when this is happening for me, but this three-piece suit, I am so excited about,” Nicole says. “I cannot wait to wear it. I love the vest, the blazer and the fit of the pants. It’s just my absolute favourite look.”
Nicole is also reintroducing jewellery to House of Harlow, a category which initially launched the brand in 2008. “One of the groups I’m the most excited about is the Honeycomb Collection because I love bees,” she says.” I have bees. I make my own honey. You’ll see there’s a honeycomb cigar ring, honeycomb hoop earrings, and proceeds from that are going back to the Los Angeles Beekeepers Association.”
Bustle also took Nicole down memory lane as they looked back at her fashion choices in the 2000s. One thing they revisited were trucker hats. “Trucker hats are a no from me,” she says. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for wearing them. And I’m sorry for not liking them now. It’s an overall ‘I’m sorry’ and an overall ‘no.'” Check out the other trends the comments on over at Bustle.com.