IT’S one of the most eagerly awaited collections to launch at Macy’s.

Nicole Richie by Ashley Cooper Macy’s by afronie

Actress, fashion designer and all-round television personality Nicole Richie is famous for her own unique bohemian style. Now she is due tobecome part of a select fashion set – joining top names Karl Lagerfeld, Alberta Ferretti and Matthew Williamson as the latest designer to collaborate with Macy’s on a limited-edition capsule collection.

Richie, who is a judge on NBC’s television show Fashion Star, which offers designers the chance to sell their wares at Macy’s and other stores is now following in the footsteps of her contestants. Rising to prominence with the reality show The Simple Life, in which she starred with her then best friend Paris Hilton, Richie is now better known for her fashion credentials.

Her own personal style has become popular among fans and fashion critics alike and has led to her being lauded as a fashion icon, often named in best-dressed and most-stylish lists. She’s well-known for her love of sixties and seventies styles, often wearing maxi dresses, headbands, dip-dye jeans and fringing. She has designed jewellery, accessories and sunglasses, created a new collection of maternity

A maxi dress from Nicole’s Winter Kate range

clothes for A Pea In The Pod after becoming a mum herself and her fashion business now includes a women’s line called Winter Kate, her daughter’s two middle names. That collection features timeless prints and shapes, beautiful paisley and floral fabrics.

Nicole in her A Pea in the Pod range

And fashionistas are hoping to see more of her inimitable style with the new Macy’s collection. Nothing has yet been unveiled but it is expected Richie, the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, will create a 24 to 30 piece affordable collection encapsulating her signature boho look. Revolving around prints and rich jewel colours, it will include one of Richie’s favourite peacock feather designs. Reports suggest Nicole Richie for Impulse will debut in 100 Macy’s stores, and online.

Thirty-year-old Richie, who is married to Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden and has two children Harlow and Sparrow, says her collection is being designed with the “modern women” and the ever changing roles they play in today’s society in mind. Available mid-September, Nicole describes her new range as having “a strong mix of masculine and feminine: printed chiffon mixed with faux feathers”.

But anyone who wants to lay their hands on some of the key pieces will have to be quick off the mark. Macy’s chief marketing officer Martine Reardon is expecting the collection to sell out in less than two weeks. She said: “Nicole is pretty savvy when it comes to the fashion business and understanding consumers. She’s a real fashion influencer. “She’s got a very definite look, very free style and bohemian chic, and our collection will definitely pay homage to her style.”

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