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Victoria Beckham Launches Dress Line

Like any good entrepreneur, Victoria Beckham is trying to expand her brand to reach as many people as possible. Her solution? Start a lower-priced line of dresses, so people who can’t shell out $1,400 or more for her main collection have the option of spending $550 to $900 on a dress from Victoria by Victoria Beckham. Also? The collection is inspired by Emily the Strange, that black and white cartoon of a sulky, badass girl who wanders around with cats.
But back to the price point. The whole point of a diffusion collection is that it’s supposed to diffuse a brand over a wider range of people, but with prices like that (and, according to Women’s Wear Daily, some pieces cost as much as $1,300), Beckham isn’t diffusing anything, so much as she’s giving her regular clients a reprieve from the tyranny of the multi-thousand dollar body conscious dress. Still, we like the name: Victoria by Victoria Beckham rolls off the tongue just as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs or Michael Michael Kors.


And the clothes are good, or at least the ones we’ve seen so far are good — hyper feminine and not as sleekly buttoned up as Beckham’s other dresses. Beckham told WWD timeline of their creation is right in line with her current pregnancy. She’s having a girl this time around, and, accordingly, the new threads comprise “the most girly collection I’ve ever created.”
“These are the kind of dresses I’ve been searching for,” notes Beckham, who admits to being her own archetypal customer. If she won’t wear it, it doesn’t make the line. “The perfect little summer dress, something that was fun, something that was girly, something that was easy to wear, something that would take you from day through the night.”
And hey — we like all those things. What we don’t like is not calling a spade a spade. While these prices might be lower than Beckham’s other clothing, they’re still pretty high as far as secondary designer line is concerned.

Via WWD and Stylite

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Nicole Richie' House of Harlow 1960 Launches Handbags

Nicole Richie’s lifestyle collection, House of Harlow 1960, will get a new addition come fall — in the form of clutches, hobos and cross-body bags.

The 14-piece collection, which will range in price from $150 for a red, hard-cased crocodile-printed clutch to $625 for a taupe and ivory burn-out pony hair hobo, has Richie’s personal style all over it.

“Handbags have always been a part of the equation since we first launched the House of Harlow 1960 brand,” she said. “We just needed to make sure all of the components were aligned before setting foot into that category. The collection is quite small in terms of the styles we are launching with. I wanted to make sure that each piece is special and then be able to grow it slowly and organically season after season.”

Ultimately, Richie’s vision for her handbag collection was to create pieces that were a mix of casual and luxe. To achieve this, she took materials like vintage leather and young calf hair and incorporated details such as fringes, toggles, triangle studs, velvet and crystallized jaguar head hardware (one of her favorite animals).

The Bohemian, Seventies-inspired line blends well with the rest of Richie’s offerings, which have grown to include jewelry, footwear, eyewear and contemporary clothing counterpart Winter Kate.

“When I design, I always try to design pieces that are universal, meaning anyone can wear and carry it. At this stage of my design process, I really try to gather direct feedback from my customers, whether through in-store personal appearances, my Web site, Twitter or Facebook. It really helps me when they provide me with their desires, feedback and comments on what they are looking for, so I can try my best to cater to their needs, yet stay true to the brand’s identity,” Richie said.

The handbag collection will be available mid-July at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and


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