Chatting with Nicole Richie

Hollywood starlet Nicole Richie loves clothes so much she started her own line, House of Harlow 1960, named after her 3-yeaar-old daughter. Richie was in town to visit Koko & Palenki in Aventura Mall to promote a few new accessories, and we chatted up the 29-year-old former Simple Life star about her upcoming handbag line and what the most-coveted item in her wardrobe is these days. (Hint, she owns 200 pairs.)

How do you juggle designing and being a mom?

I just make it all work. I thrive on multitasking. I also feel some sort of empowerment from it, too. It’s about finding hours in the day and making it work.

Where do you gather your inspiration for designing? It seems like the 1960s are a major influence.

They are. I’m really drawn to that time. I love the freedom, I love the music, and I love the creative fashion. I’m constantly looking for inspiration. It’s an everyday process. It’s not something that I do one week or in one month. I’m always on the hunt for new fabrics and prints.

You also have Winter Kate; are there any plans of launching a third line?

Not right now, but I’m expanding into handbags in the fall. I’m just focusing on the brand and trying to make it the best I can.

Do you really own 200 pairs of sunglasses?

I don’t lose glasses so we are talking a course of over 10 years, and I own one pair of eyewear that I designed, too. I have a box that I keep them in.

What do you like to do in your down time?

I like hanging out with my friends and family. Just doing normal girl things.

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?

I’d say to be yourself, know your body, know what looks good on you and what doesn’t.

What’s currently on your iPod?

I have a lot of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell.

Favorite thing you own?

My husband [rocker

Joel Madden

] recently bought me a pair of vintage white Chanel glasses.

One beauty item you can’t live without?

I don’t know much about makeup. I just know how to apply eyeliner and red lipstick so I’d have to say that.

Annie Vazquez