We all know the stigma about celebrities who start clothing lines, but you can’t deny that there are at least three who have done so and gotten it right: Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. The ex-reality show personality has reached incredible levels of success with her accessories line, House of Harlow, as well as with her flowy, feminine line of ready-to-wear, Winter Kate. As for the Olsens, the child stars have earned some serious clout in the fashion industry with The Row, and keep their contemporary customers happy with their line Elizabeth and James-which includes TEXTILE, a secondary collection based on denim and basics. I chatted with these three brands about their offerings for Fall 2011, and the easy, vintage-inspired goods will surely fly out of stores.
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James:
Fall 2011 is all about the laid-back, 1970's Southern California vibe. The looks are easy and casual, with a "desert-y" color palatewarm colors like oranges and blushy pinks. This poncho is a key piece that goes back to the Baja look. This season's pieces look worn, are very vintage-inspired and are incredibly soft.
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James
House of Harlow:
Fall is more vintage-inspireda take on everything we usually do but in new shapes. All of the fringe is inspired by Nicole's collection of vintage pieces, and she incorporated the "evil eye" in a lot of the fall line. We're big on emeralds for fall as well, and we're bringing back the headpieces that we stopped doing for a couple of seasons.
Fall 2011 is following her bohemian-chic vibe that we've had in the collection from day one. Constantly you'll see these flowy blouses that can be worn by young and old. The bed jackets and kimonos are extremely popular, and we're incorporating a lot of fringe, embroidery and different fabrications this season. All of the inspiration comes from the vintage wardrobe that Nicole's been collecting over the yearsit's all about her loves and her passions. Her stuff is very classic, and can be worn from season to season without going out of style.