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Nicole Richie reveals travel inspiration

Nicole Richie has revealed her expansion into designing footwear came after she was inspired by visiting exotic locations over the past year.

The reality TV star-turned-fashion designer is well known for creating collections that reflect her own personal tastes, including her love of music which helps inspire her accessory line House of Harlow.

Nicole revealed she will be expanding her designing skills into her fall 13 House of Harlow 1960 footwear collection, which will show how her jet-setting lifestyle has played a part in shaping the upcoming season's offering.

“I’ve pretty much been everywhere this year, [including] Australia and the Caribbean,” Nicole discussed with WWD. “You are definitely going to see, [reflected in] the beading and the artwork, my inspiration from travel.”

The American star spoke about her role in the second season mentoring on reality design TV series Fashion Star.

The mother-of-two shared some of the advice she offers the emerging talent that she coaches through the early stages of their fashion careers.

As well as sharing what she knows about the fashion industry with the up and coming designers, the style icon confessed that they serve as a source of inspiration for her when it comes to the challenges involved in designing seasonal lines.

“I am always encouraging my customer [or emerging talent] to let go of trends and really just dress for themselves, be inspired by whatever they are inspired by and express themselves through fashion,” Nicole continued.

“I view challenges as positives, and it’s all about learning and growing. You have to study your craft, and I’m learning every day.”

Nicole is set to expand her House of Harlow label to stretch into international markets this year. She will also design a clothing collection as an extension to her brand as a result of the growing success of her style input. The designer said the main thing that is important for her when it comes to fashion is the fun factor.

“You have to be able to have fun and take risks," Nicole explained about her attitude to designing, which is also how she approaches her role on Fashion Star, where the fun factor is of the upmost importance. "I cry from laughter every single day. I’m easy to please [when it comes to having fun]."

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