Hurrah! After weeks of dreadful weather, the news finally told me something I wanted to hear: the UK will have a 3-day heatwave! Yes it's only 3 days, but to me that is 3 days of sandals, summer dresses, ice cream and sun bathing...
Dress: H&M (I think it was £12.99, and it came in other patterns too!)
Bag: Paul's Boutique (It was a birthday present from my fabulous friends for my 16th)
In October 2008 Paris Hilton's ex-best friend and The Simple Life star Nicole Richie debuted her accessories collection House of Harlow 1960 that would take her from talentless celeb to a successful designer.
The collection is made up of a mixture of tough tribal pieces and delicate boho pieces; I particularly love the shoes within the collection. House of Harlow 1960 (named after her daughter Harlow Winter Kate) won Nicole 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2010.
Since House of Harlow debuted, Nicole has gone on to create other collections for stores such as as A Pea in the Pod which specialises in maternity clothes and another of her own collections, Winter Kate (if you hadn't already figured it out, it's also named after her daughter) which is "inspired by timeless prints and shapes". Winter Kate has quickly become a favourite among celerities, seen on the likes of Gwen Stefani, Emma Roberts, Selma Blair and Miley Cyrus. Since the beginning of her fame, Nicole has had a pretty turbulent career in the media for her thin appearance which ignited rumours of an eating disorder, arrests for driving under the influence and her extensive drug use in her late teens. It seemed almost impossible that she could turn it around; but Nicole proved everyone wrong. Now 29, Nicole has written two novels, The Truth About Diamonds (which got to no.32 on the New York Times bestseller list) and Priceless, designed several successful fashion collections, gone from blonde to brunette, and back a thousand times, toyed with a music career, married gorgeous Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, had two children and founded The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation with her husband and brother-in-law Benji Madden to help under-privledged children. And though all these changes, up's and down's, one thing has remained, Nicole's iconic, modern, bohemian style.
These days it seems the thing to do when you're young, rich and fashionable is to start up a fashion label. There is an increasing list of hot, young celebs who are making style their business. Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen did it in 2007 when they created The Row, which has since gone on to be hugely successful. The City star Whitney Port did it in 2008, launching her debut label of cocktail dresses called Whitney Eve. Justin Timberlake created his mens line William Rast. Nicky Hilton - who unlike many others, actually attended fashion collage before she created Nicholai. And more recently our favourite The Hills fashionista has created her own line.
Lauren Conrad is best known for her MTV reality-televison shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, which helped to cement her place in the world of fashion as millions tuned in to watch her parade around Los Angeles always looking incredibly stylish. After MTV dropped her new reality show for being "too high brow" Conrad lost a chance for huge publicity for her new collection. The series was to focus on Conrad creating her new label Paper Crown,but without the help of MTV it was unclear whether the most fashionable of The Hills gang would be able to succeed. However, it seems that Conrad fought on without any help to create a lovely collection that she describes as "a collection for those who like to play dress up in a grown ups world". The collection is filled with classic but modern pieces that should be staple part of every woman's closet. What I love about this collection is that it is young but very stylish. I love the use of masculine designs such as the blazer and hats to toughen up the outfits, but the flowing layered maxi's and the use of chiffon still mean that the collection is fresh.
Here are some photos from the Paper Crown look-book:
Overall, I think that it is a lovely, understated and elegant collection, well done LC!
I have decided to do a series of posts called 'What She Wore', where I will pick fashionable celebrities and show you what and who they are wearing, and where you can find similar high-street pieces. The first celeb I have chosen is Hilary Duff. I know it's Sunday today, but I am planning to do this post every Monday.