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Rey of Light — House of Harlow 1960 Rey Handbag

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While toasting fellow designer and “It” girl Charlotte Ronson and her new beauty line for Sephora in Los Angeles’ Il Voce eatery, socialite-turned-fashion-icon Nicole Richie looked prim, proper, and characteristically stylish in pieces from her Fall/Winter 2011 Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 collections.

Richie incorporated a lot of velvet into both of her vintage-inspired collections this season, managing to make a controversial material look modern and free-spirited rather than bulky and cumbersome, needlessly stiff and standoffish or worthy of a little girl’s holiday ensemble. And who better than the designer herself to showcase how to give velvet a better rep? Still, though she looked radiant in a dark blue Winter Kate Snapdragon T Dress, the true eye catcher in Richie’s ensemble was the olive green House of Harlow 1960 Rey Bag ($148 at BoutiqueToYou.com) she slung across her body.

Pictured above, this antique-looking bag sets its sights on the handbag kingdom with a throne-worthy plush velvet exterior that could prompt enraptured style subjects to kneel and curtsy at its sight. By pairing the material most beloved by European royals (velvet) with an intricate oxidized silver frame bearing linear etchings and arched filigree details, the Rey bag earns its noble stripes. Its Hershey’s Kiss-like shape, meanwhile, provides an unexpected twist that speaks to the Bohemian nature of Richie’s designer prism, with the usual round, square, cylindrical, barrel, and envelope shapes eschewed in favor of an atypical, almost triangular silhouette that fits perfectly with the myriad of pyramid motifs in House of Harlow jewelry and accessories. And, thanks to its long silver chain, this palatial piece can be carried as a clutch or worn as a cross-body style.

Is it any wonder they call this the “rey”? Watch the throne, kids!

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