Nicole Richie's Next Project: Maternity Wear Designer

04/02/2008 at 01:49 PM ET

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With stints as a reality TV star, novelist, jewelry designer and now new mom under her always-fashionable belt — and rumors of a children’s line and signature fragrance in the works — what other ventures could Nicole Richie possibly undertake? At a recent Balenciaga party in L.A., Richie dished about her next project: a maternity line. The style maven told WWD that the design house’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere is the main inspiration behind the fashion-forward line. “I wore so much Balenciaga during my pregnancy,” she reveals, including the brand’s motorcycle leggings and scarves. Boyfriend Joel Madden‘s shirts also made it into her pregnancy wardrobe. “When my shirts got too short, I wore Joel’s with a jacket on top,” she says. And her nine months spent carrying baby Harlow Winter can’t help but have taught her exactly what she wants in her own collection, which will feature designs for every stage from early-days to almost-due. “My line will be about making women look and feel good at a really emotional time. It’s about showing your best self, not your tired, worn-down self,” the seemingly inexhaustible mom reveals.

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Sally on

The dress in the picture looks like cow skin! Does a woman who is 9 months pregnant and FEELS as big as a cow really need a dress that makes her LOOK like one too? Does anyone else think that twiggy here have a subversive psyche? I think I’ll pass, thanks.

pharmgirl49 on

Are you all kidding? C’mon the girl had a DUI for gods sake. Maybe people can change, but I dunno about this girl!

Kate on

My husband and I are trying for our 2nd starting at the end of the summer. I hope that I’ll be able to wear some of her line. Get Working Nicole! She’s good a great sense of style and she looked great her whole pregnancy. I hope she does more casual clothes.

Jeny4rmdablock on

Aww Nicole I’m so proud of you! Sometimes children mature some people! I’m glad that you are doing things that are productive and can benefit others. I just hope that it is affordable but either way I am proud that you are being productive! Keep up the good work!

April on

Best wishes to Nicole and her designs but I have two questions…1)Will the clothes be affordable and 2)Will they be big enough for women who are pre-baby large? It’s hard enough finding regular clothes in larger/plus sizes and darn near impossible when pregnant!

Anna on

“Seemingly exhaustible?” Try, “I’m rich and have a million people at my disposal.” I’m so sick of these no-talent reality stars being propped up as role models. Nicole Richie hasn’t had to do a real day’s work in her life. I’ll bet she’ll hire a design firm, look over a few sketches, and just sign her name, while she continues to do what she does best, starve herself, party and do tons of drugs.

Emz on

Lol, of course it wont be cheap, itl probably be picked up by some big fashion house and marketed to the rich and famous, they’d never want to be caught wearing the same clothes as the general under-moneyed public. And incidentally, im pretty sure nicole richie doesnt bother to read these things so its probably a bit pointless asking her direct questions.

Jonathan Bodack on

Good luck with everything, Nicole!

Caitlin on

A woman who hates how pregnancy made her have big boobs is making maternity clothes? How about a star who is secure in themselves takes on this challenge, not someone who has body issues. I doubt these clothes will be for anyone over a size 2. Such is the way of Hollywood.

cynthia on


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