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Erasing the memory of her debutante-wannabe days, Nicole Richie has had her fashion moment in the sun with a few cute looks. While I don’t go crazy for her style, I know many of you favor her bohemian looks (I still think Sienna Miller was the Queen of Boho, and no one can replace her), and her accessories are respectable.


To me, Nicole Richie’s fashion highs were her maternity wardrobe. She was a force to be reckoned with, and I started to appreciate her. After her pregnancy, there was a huge influx of celebrity designers – or, at least, celebrities stamping their names on everything possible in the guise of collaboration. Now, I have no problem with celebrities endorsing products. After all, that’s their livelihood, and certain celebrities do suit some brands. (Case in point: Jennifer Connelly for Balenciaga). But I hate it when celebrities cash in on their temporary fame to make a quick buck.

Back to Nicole:  she jumped on the celebrity-designer bandwagon and produced her own accessories line – House of Harlow 1960, in October 2008. She designed a 50-piece costume-jewelry collection for Mouawad, and then I started to get excited. Nicole has a knack for being bang-on with her accessories, and I appreciated the fact that she created pieces that suited her aesthetic. House of Harlow 1960 was fairly successful, and Vanessa Minillo, Madonna, and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz all wore it.

Now, Nicole presented the latest collection from her contemporary clothing line, Winter Kate. Judging from the lookbook by InStyle, it doesn’t look very Nicole, and that’s utterly disappointing. What happened to the boho style she owned and perfected? What’s the point of putting your name and style out there if it doesn’t satiate your fans’ appetite for your fashion point of view?

According to Nicole, “My main source of inspiration was this movie called From Hell – it’s about the free masons and Jack the Ripper, so it’s definitely about that time period. We have capes and cigarette pants, vests, jackets and blazers. There are cleaner lines, and it’s a lot more simple.”

I am not sure I buy that, and I’m definitely not wowed. Are you?

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