Nicole Richie Talks New Home Fragrance Line, Personal Style & Going Big for the Holidays

Nicole Richie

With her brand new House of Harlow 1960 Home Fragrance Collection — launching exclusively on Gilt tonight at 9pm ET — Nicole Richie has become a true player in the lifestyle field. Her clothing and accessory lines are beloved by those obsessed with her trendsetting style, and home was a natural next step for Richie, who says it’s one of her true passions. We caught up with the star who shares the inspirations behind her new fragrances, her family’s love of the holiday season, and she curated a mix of her favorite gifts to give here on Gilt.  

StyleFile: Your empire is expanding fast — how did you decide to move into fragrance? 
Nicole Richie: Stepping into the world of home has been a passion of mine since the day I started this brand. I designed my home. Candles set the tone of a home; they warm up a room and fill the room with a mood.

SF: Tell us about the process of developing fragrances. Where did you begin? Did you have specific scent references you brought to the team?
NR: 
Developing a fragrance is very personal. I had to go back to the root of House of Harlow and what it stands for. House of Harlow celebrates individuality. It is a world of no rules, of dreams, and music. I wanted each scent to send you to the place of feeling free. Like Baby when she finally did the lift in Dirty Dancing.

SF: What are some of your favorite scent memories?
NR: 
My mother has been pairing and mixing oils, options, and perfumes since I was a little girl. I always remember the way she smelled.

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We’re Inspired: Jean Seberg in “Breathless”

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Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal classic has us feeling the new wave of impossibly chic, walk-to-work flats — on sale today at noon ET.

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Q+A: Alexis Bittar On Inspiration and His Dream Collaboration

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As the statement necklace trend has evolved into the statement everything perma-trend, a few of the boldest modern masters have emerged as true influencers. Alexis Bittar, the Brooklyn-based designer with a seemingly unending imagination, is chief among those that set the trends—and his lust-worthy lucite and intricate gemstone pieces are back on Gilt today at noon ET. We’re celebrating by asking him to weigh in on influences, inspiration, and spotting his own pieces on the first lady. Read on, then shop our favorites.

StyleFile: You’re part of an elite group of jewelry designers who have really reinvigorated the fashion jewelry scene–why do you think the category has become so important again in recent years?
Alexis Bittar: I think the market has been primed for a while for accessories that are bold and push the envelope. As the world becomes more commercialized, people are increasingly looking to accessories and jewelry as personal statements of individuality – the more unique and daring that statement is, the better!

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Lele Sadoughi’s World Of Inspiration And Personal Style

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Jewelry designer Lisa “Lele” Sadoughi has a talent for smart, statement-making pieces — and an equally impressive résumé. Before the 2012 launch of her namesake collection — on Gilt today at noon ET— the Dallas-born, NYC-based designer flexed her skills at J. Crew and more of the most successful brands in the industry. Lele opened up to us about her background, as well as the exotic locations that inspire her gorgeous pieces and how she uses clothing as a canvas.

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