Nicole Richie’s designer collaboration: so she’s morphed into a designer?

Nicole Richie showcasing her House of Harlow 1960 jewellery collection

Designer ‘collaborations’ are nothing new to the fashion world. But when the ‘LA chicks’, ie Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, start partnering with established names, more people seem to sit up and take notice.

This week it was Ms Lohan who unveiled her marginalised collaboration with the established French house, Emanuel Ungaro. A strange marriage indeed, but one that where both players ultimately feed off each other.

Ungaro does it to get media miles, particularly during the Paris fashion show week where, quite often, designer wares get lost in a sea of other designer runway shows.

Ms Lohan, on the other hand, would do it in an attempt to gain fashion cred, no matter whether the collection was loved or hated by the fashion critics.

Another collaboration is from Nicole Richie whose ‘House of Harlow 1960′ jewellery collection is a partnership with LA celebrity jeweller, Pascal Mouawad, and which has hit our shores.

The 35 piece collection follows inspiration from Richie’s ‘style’ including layering unexpected combinations of materials and styles, using leather, silk strings, chains, rivets, gold plated metals and a palette of jewel-tone colors on pieces that go from bohemian, gypsy, tribal, flower child to edgy and street-like.

Each piece bares the stamp of Mouawad, with every detail from hand-set leather, instead of stones, to intricately pressed peacock feathers wrapped around a cuff.

“I’ve always felt that great accessories are essential in every complete outfit and I wanted to create a collection that was easy to mix and match; to either wear alone as an everyday piece, or stack on to make more of a statement,” Richie says on her press statement.

“I went to Pascal Mouawad knowing he’d be the perfect partner to build my designs; he’s been incredible at bringing my creative ideas to life.”
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