Nicole Richie Gives Seattleites Fashion Advice

At only 28 years old, Nicole Richie has become a Hollywood trendsetter thanks to her fashion sense. She recently visited Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom store to celebrate the launch of her new apparel line, Winter Kate (her daughter's middle name). Over 400 fans participated in the meet-and-greet and the downtown Nordstrom nearly sold out of the Winter Kate line by afternoon (don’t worry fashionistas - more Winter Kate will be arriving and is also available at The spring collection of flowing, floral dresses, cardigans, vests and camisoles distinctly represents Richie’s sense of style and she chatted with us about her inspirations and advice for how Seattleites can update their wardrobes.

How long has Winter Kate been in the works and how would you describe the collection?
Designing a fashion collection is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I tried to make the line accessible to everyone and affordable enough for people to buy. I wanted most things to be under $200. For the spring collection, there are a lot of camisoles, vests and light dresses and the upcoming fall collection will be more sophisticated with cleaner lines.

Seattleites tend to gravitate toward a more casual look. What's an easy way to dress up a Northwest wardrobe without having to spend too much time or money?
You don’t need elaborate pieces to achieve a more put-together look. I really like a tuxedo-style vest over something simple like jeans and a t-shirt. That’s one reason I put a lot of staple pieces into the collection like basic, but nice t-shirts and camisoles. Also, with Seattle’s weather, layering is a good idea. There is a leather jacket in the Winter Kate line which would be great because it’s lightweight and looks really nice.

You’re known for your personal style. For women trying to identify or create a look to represent their personality, where should they start?
I like fashion because it’s fun to express myself and experiment. The trick is to know your body and what looks good and what doesn’t. Don’t wear what’s cool or “in” without thinking about whether it looks good on you. I’m 5’1” and there are certain clothes that are made for someone 5’9” and will never look good on me. Also, know yourself and what you will feel comfortable wearing. I'm the same as every girl when it comes to finding what works and developing my style over the years.

What are some of your favorite places to visit when you’re in Seattle?
I like to stay at the Hotel Monaco and I ate at Wild Ginger which was great! There are some vintage stores that I really enjoy and the Pike Place Market is a lot of fun. Actually, I got some great kimonos there which were an inspiration for this collection.