Last week I ventured over to Soho for Winter Kate's press event to give you a sneak preview of the brands Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Winter Kate is the brainchild of bohemian beauty, Nicole Richie. The native Californian celebrity (who rose to fame alongside Paris Hilton in 'The Simple Life') has carved out a unique following of her own as a designer since launching her clothing line Winter Kate and accessories brand House of Harlow 1960, back in 2009. Both brands have evolved dramatically in such a short time, with collections receiving rave reviews and a heavy celebrity fan base including Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani and famous siblings, Khloe and Kim Kardashian.

Nicole has been the creative force behind her brands since day one, and we love that she remains heavily immersed in every step of Winter Kate's design process, despite having two children and a hectic social life! A quote from Nicole on her website states that, "fashion gives you the ability to express yourself, your mood; it's a creative outlet in many ways", and it's clear that she truly believes this - Nicole is confident in her designs, and is often photographed wearing both Winter Kate and House of Harlow with pride. With the offerings for AW12 particularly strong, it's no wonder that we've already seen the stylish entrepreneur snapped in a number of pieces from the collection, including a gorgeous 70's inspired yellow floral dress and a gothic influenced laser cut leather top which you'll see in the gallery above. Don't forget to let us know what you think of the designs in our comments - we love to hear your thoughts!

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Want to see more from the launch of House of Harlow's first bag collection in the UK? Head over to The Bag Lady for all the gossip! You can also check out more images of House of Harlow's beautiful new shoes over at our sister site, Shoewawa.