The designer says her father had his costume designer make mini-versions of his outfits for her

By Kate Hogan
Updated November 29, 2011 11:00 PM

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It’s obvious Nicole Richie has a flair for fashion, and from the sounds of it, her sense of style was carefully cultivated by her dad, singer Lionel.

“When I was a little girl, my dad would have his costume designer that would make his tour outfits … make me matching outfits out of the excess fabric,” she tells FabSugar. “For whatever crazy rhinestone bell bottom outfit hat my dad was wearing with his big Afro, she would make me a dress out of it.”

Though she’s too big for those mini dresses now, she gets to design her own handbags and jewelry through her burgeoning line, House of Harlow 1960. And during a recent event at Fred Segal — where the brand has a holiday pop-up shop — Richie was happy to show off some of her newest creations.

“The arrows are my favorite,” she shares of a new assortment of accessories. “I’ve been wanting to do arrows for years now, so I’m happy that it’s all coming to life.” Same goes for her holiday collection. “The holidays are about being festive and celebrating life, and that’s really what we want to do with this collection,” she adds.

And while she is enjoying her design work, Richie says she doesn’t have plans to expand her line anytime soon. “It’s important for me to give each business its own identity, so I’ve really been taking my time and focusing on making each one the best version of itself,” she says. However, the thought is definitely on her mind. She hints, “I’ll probably wait a few seasons before expanding any more.”