Monday, November 28, 2011

House of Harlow 1960 (wishlist)

For those of you who are not familiar with House of Harlow 1960, let me introduce you.

The brand launched in 2009 with Nicole Richie as it's creative force. You'd be forgiven for thinking that here was yet another rich, famous fashionista who on a whim decided to create a fashion brand, but that's where you'd be wrong. Like Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins (with The Row), Nicole had long established herself as a firm favourite on the best-dressed pages and with Designers alike before proving that she could be a natural force behind the driving seat of her very own fashion brand too.

Nicole's love and influence of costume dressing and finding inspiration in the exotic and bohemian has always shown through her personal style choices, and with House of Harlow 1960, her style stamp is all over her collections.

In particular I have fallen head over heels (pardon the pun) for HoH 1960's AW11 shoes. As a patriot of black and anything a bit scruffy or rocky, black killer heels and bondage straps (refer to any AW11 checklist) are naturally a thing that appeal to me. But so too are the leopard print heels which wouldn't usually be my first point of call but in small doses are quite fantastic. Certainly they are in this case; those leopard print platforms and wedges have the ability to take a casual lbd or skinny jeans and transform them into an outfit fit for the life of a Hollywood glamazon!
I have selected my most coveted AW11 shoes from the collection as well as a fabulous McQueen-esque bag and some select jewellery because they are just so unbelievably wonderful! Each item you can imagine Nicole wearing herself, and the collection as a whole is trend driven and considered, yet individual and sends a bold message: that Nicole Richie has come a long way since the days of the Simple Life and the proof is in the collection.

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