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Nicole Richie Isn't a Label Slave

04/27/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Nicole Richie
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As a Fashion Star mentor she helps designers create looks that will have mass appeal, but when it comes to shopping for her own closet, Nicole Richie strikes the perfect balance between high and low.

“I shop at more expensive stores and I also shop at thrift stores,” she told PEOPLE at an H&M Fashion Star party in New York Tuesday. “Most of my vintage T-shirts and peasant dresses, they’re like $10. There’s not a specific store that I go to or any label that I’m obsessed with buying.” (One of her recent budget-friendly purchases? A dress from Fashion Star contestant Sarah Parrott, which H&M purchased off the show.)

However, when Richie likes an item, she really likes it. “Fashion is a form of self expression and it’s really about how an article of clothing makes you feel,” she explained. “If I like a dress that I’m wearing, I will wear it until it’s falling off of me and someone’s like, ‘You’ve got to take off that dress.’”

For a summer go-to, Richie suggests accessories like headpieces and scarves. “I love to take vintage scarves and tie them around my head, especially because I have curly hair and don’t always have time to do my hair,” she explained. “My trick for people is always to get a head scarf — whatever looks good to you.”

And though she’s good at dishing advice, Richie said she remembers some great tips she’s received about fashion, too. The best? “Constantly be open to learning,” she revealed. “Starting a brand is something beyond just being an artist. I’m constantly telling designers … you can be the greatest artist and designer in the world and create a fabulous gown, but unless you have the business side, you’re not going to last. It’s important to balance the two.”

–Asher Fogle

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tada on

I really like her!

amy on

I love her too!

fran on

she is so pretty!!

Amanda McEvoy on

People, you might want to reconsider your headline. Really? Using slave to compare an African American person?

Jennifer on

Ok, complain about me all you want — but I see MUCH prettier people everyday just walking down the street or in the mall. This woman is an average nobody, who’s only gotten by on her dad’s actual talent.

Cindy on

Amanda – she’s not black…she was adopted by Lionel. She’s actually Hispanic – her given name was Nicole Camille Escovedo

MissTmc on

In response to Cindy – Nicole is actually of Hispanic, Caucasion and African American descent. Being the adopted daughter of African American parents, she may have been culturally indoctrinated as an African American as well. So, in some respects I can see Amanda’s point in using “slave” in the headline. Although many African Americans would not take offense to using this word in context with fashion (“label slave”, “slave to fashion”), there are still some who might be sensitive to references of any sort. So, in the interest of being courteous, it probably isn’t the best word to use.

tada on

Jennifer, she isn’t the only one getting by on a fathers talent! Look at Kelly Osbourne. She has absolutely no talent living off the father. Paris Hilton, living off her grandfather millions. Their are patents living off their kids names too: Dina Lohan, Michael Lohan, Kris Jenner [too bad she lives off untalented kids], the list goes on.

Me on

Highly doubt this! Like the other rich girls, she was always the first to wear those big Chanel, Gucci, Luis Vuitton etc. symbols. Let’s not backtrack to seem approachable.

MeToo on

me: Let’ start reading the entire article for a change. She clearly says she shops at vintage shops AS WELL AS more expensive ones. This implies that YES she shops at Gucci but ALSO means that she shops at cheaper places. Just a little reading comprehension should have made that clear to you.

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