Add to Nicole Richie’s ever-expanding résumé the title of fashion mogul. The 30-year-old author, actress, TV personality and clothing designer recently collaborated with Macy’s for a 25-piece collection of rocker-chic pieces, including studded pleather leggings, flouncy silk peasant shirts and jewel-embellished blazers. With items priced between $40 and $90, Nicole Richie for Impulse makes the boho-meets-bad-girl style she’s come to be known for accessible to nearly all.
What can shoppers expect from your new collaboration with Macy’s?
I mixed feminine fabrics like lace with masculine fabrics like faux leather. Also a really great kaleidoscope peacock print. You’ll still see a little bit of Winter Kate and House of Harlow [Richie’s clothing and accessory lines, respectively] throughout the collection in details like the zipper pulls and buttons.
Do you suggest wearing your new line head-to-toe?
I understand that people already have an entire closet of clothes. So when I’m designing, I expect them to mix my pieces with their existing pieces. I want people to wear it in their own way, how it speaks to them, how they want to wear it.
Do you have any tips for people who might not be used to wearing this extreme of a look?
I think there is a safe way for people to try anything. If you wanted to go for more eccentric pants, you could pair them with a black or white T-shirt and flats. If you wanted to go for a more eccentric top, you can wear it with a pair of jeans.
Every piece is so different from the next. Would you say there’s any one unifying theme?
For me, everything starts with music. I’m hugely inspired by the ’60s and ’70s. I love that time, and so I think you’ll definitely feel a little bit of classic rock throughout the collection.
If you had to compare it to one rock album, which would you choose?
I don’t want to narrow it down to one. I want whoever is buying my clothing to make that decision for themselves.
Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
I really love the biker jackets. There is a faux-leather and faux-fur jacket that is really cool. There’s also a studded blazer that I think is really cool. I think that everyone’s going to love the studded leather leggings.
How do you get in the mood to create?
I don’t set aside time when I have to get into a mode. It’s something that is always running through my brain that I have to do 24 hours a day, so it’s not me sitting down trying to get into that mode. It’s something that’s running through me at all time.