Nicole Richie is on the cover of this week's issue (February 20) of Footwear News magazine.
She wears a House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve dress and the "Julienne" bow sandals from Giannico.
When working on a new collection, what is your creative process?
"Our family travels all year. In every city, I am constantly taking photos. I carry a camera in my purse — yes, a real camera. Whether it’s a color palette, a texture or a print, I find inspiration everywhere. It’s constant for me. I am always fueling the creative process."
How has your style evolved since your label launched in 2009?
"My core philosophy in life and style has always been the same: to have fun, express myself and encourage other women to be true to themselves as well."
Who influences you from a business, career and style perspective?
"I am surrounded by inspirational women. I was raised in L.A. It is a vibrant, ever-changing place. I look to women throughout time that have dressed to make themselves happy rather than look to trends."
Let’s talk shoes: What do you look for?
"I have to say that I really do consider comfort. I love oxfords and classic Converse. I appreciate beautiful shoes from Valentino, Aquazzura, Giuseppe Zanotti, but it’s not about the designer. Shoes are a place to have fun and be eccentric."
When you are dressing for a big event, what are some of your secrets?
"Well, I am very lucky to be able to work with my friends. The people who do my hair, makeup and styling are some of my nearest and dearest. We play New Kids on the Block and go wild. After a few dances and trying on different outfits, we decide together as girlfriends — even though some of them are guys."
What keeps you happy, healthy and inspired in L.A.?
"I always feel healthy after a hike with friends. I am never happier than after a day with my kids, and I find myself being inspired by the diversity and excitement of Los Angeles."
What is one thing nobody should leave Los Angeles without experiencing?
"A drive down Mulholland."