Nicole Richie talks to Nylon about House of Harlow 1960 and Y2K Fashion

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.

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Nicole Richie Talks House of Harlow and Apologies for 2000s Fashion Trend

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.

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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden buy new property for $10.2 million after selling house to Adele

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden sold their house, which they originally paid $6.7 million for back in 2015, to Adele this past June, who have been neighbours since 2016. Built in 1957, the house has been renovated and expanded since. It spans over 5,500 square feet and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Architectural Digest say, “The spacious backyard boats a bug grassy lawn, a patio for alfresco dining, and a swimming pool and jacuzzi. There’s also an edible garden and custom-built chicken coop,” which they toured in 2017. Nicole and Joel built the chicken coop a smaller house that mimicked their own. “We did a miniature version of my own house in terms of colour and style,” Nicole said at the time. “I wanted one colour palette throughout.”

Nicole and Joel have recently purchased a new properly for £10.2 in the same zip code within a gated community that Hilary Duff, Serena Williams, and Pete Wentz also call home. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion was originally built in 1987 in the style of a French chateau, though the previous owners (design couple Sam Gnatovich and Alexi Rennalls of Simi Design) improved it with a renovation in 2019. “We looked at the Chanel store in Paris and [ancient] stone building of storefronts that honoured the push and pull of old and new,” Gnatovich told AD during a home tour last year.

Here are some photos from inside Nicole and Joel’s new home. See more at Vogue Australia.

Sources: AD – Buy Home / AD – Sell Home / Vogue AUS – Inside

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Introducing Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Fall ’21 Collection

Nicole Richie‘s new House of Harlow 1960 Fall 2021 Collection debuted today, September 9th, online at Revolve.com and also at the Revolve pop-up shop within the Revolve Gallery at Hudson Yards in New York from Friday 10th to Saturday 11th.



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Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Fall Collection to debut September 9

Nicole Richie announced on Instagram that her House of Harlow 1960 Fall 2021 Collection will debut tomorrow during New York Fashion Week via Revolve Gallery. NYFW is from September 8-11th and the Revolve Gallery will take place on the 9th.


Nicole Richie attends Baby2Baby Back to School event (July 21)

On July 21st, Nicole Richie attended the Baby2Baby Back2School event, presented by Stitch Fix Kids and Epic. She was joined by Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry, who all stepped out to help the Boyle Heights community in Los Angeles who are battling increasingly high rates of income and housing insecurity caused by the pandemic. Over 95% of families in attendance have either lost their job or have their work hours reduced.

Stitch Fix Kids donated more than $1 million worth of clothing for the children Baby2Baby serves across the country. Nicole helped to distribute clothing in their pop-up shop, where students could pick out brand new back to school outfits. Zooey worked in the Epic library and helped students stock up on Epic Originals books for the upcoming school year.

At the event, Nicole spoke to PEOPLE about what the pandemic taught her about being a mother:

“I’ve just learned to listen, to really take a pause and listen,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always stressed that going outside and being in nature is important, but it really became a true necessity once everyone was locked into their computers, Zoom work, all of the things. We really had to make an effort to go outside and be in nature and connect to the earth. I think that is something we have to prioritize in our lives.”

Richie, who shares her kids with husband Joel Madden, adds that Harlow and Sparrow had “completely different experiences” in quarantine, however, the “one through line was — especially last school year — it was really hard.”

“We were all in shock and everyone was trying to figure out how to make it work,” she says, adding, “Everything was happening at once and I think everyone was just trying to make it work, and then we had the summer to kind of prepare for that new [school] year and the kids, they just did it. They gave it their all. … It just really made me so proud of them.”

“These kids are very strong and it’ll be interesting to see and hear from the future writers and creators of what this experience has been, because they’ve gone through something that I didn’t go through at their age,” says Richie. “It’s really interesting.”

Nicole also spoke about her work with Baby2Baby:

“I work with Baby2Baby all the time,” she says. “Because I work so closely with them, obviously their focus has been, especially in L.A., what are the areas that have been hit the hardest from COVID, and Boyle Heights is definitely one of them. A lot of these kids have not gone to school since March of 2020, and they’re gearing up to go back to school and they need the supplies and the support to get them started, get a kick-off.”

“I say all the time, you know, the ones who have suffered the most have been the kids. Also, just from my own experience of being a mom, I know that going back to school is really exciting but also very overwhelming,” adds Richie. “In a world where we’ve been told to be afraid of going outdoors and being around people, this is going to be their first step into that, so having StitchFix and these other amazing companies be able to come and support them and kind of get them excited about school and really take the weight off of the parents of having to get all the necessary school supplies is something that we just needed to do.”

She tells PEOPLE that giving back to others is a key element of her parenting in raising her kids.

“It’s very important. The way that I was raised it wasn’t even an option. It was just a responsibility that you had, and that’s how we continue to communicate with our family about this,” she says. “You take care of your community, and you take care of the people around you. So that’s all they know.”

Nicole also made a video co-starring Julie Bowen, both Baby2Baby board members, with Makers Women and Funny or Die, which you can watch below.


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