The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Nicole Richie to Launch Fragrance, Mary Katrantzou Talks Getting Knocked Off, and Peep ASOS’s “High Summer” Collection

Nicole Richie is the latest celeb to debut a fragrance we will undoubtedly see gracing the Rite Aid aisles in a few years. Richie says the scent was inspired by her mother.

She said, “I have a very traditional Southern mom — you never left the house without lotion,” [ed. note: Or, you just have a black mom, and no black mother leaves the house looking ashy!] “Over her lotion went oil and perfume — she was very put together from head to toe. It wasn’t just a one-dimensional smell — there were many different layers.” Layers in Richie’s eponymous scent include cashmere wood, vanilla, and amber. “Nicole Richie” the fragrance, will hit shelves in September. Will you pick it up? (WWD)


• After an amazing year for her brand (dressing Michelle Obama and landing a Macy’s Impulse collab), Doo-Ri Chung is leaving Doo.Ri the label. The designer has offered no explanation as to her departure. We’ll keep you updated on this one! (The Cut)


Mary Katrantzou is enjoying the growing notoriety her brand’s been getting lately, but of course, that comes with a few drawbacks. Her masterful trompe l’oeil designs are getting knocked off, to which the designer has mixed feelings: “I’ve gone through stages. First, flattery – a high street store is copying you! Then a sense of injustice – someone has taken your idea and made it in a form that is not as good quality,” she told the Telegraph. “But you can’t take it personally; everyone is being copied, and I don’t have the budget to sue.” I’m sure the folks over at Zara have already noted that last piece of information! She added, “When you put ‘lampshade skirt’ in google, you get ‘ASOS‘! It’s so unfair!” (Telegraph)


Franca Sozzani has been named the first Goodwill Ambassador of the Fashion 4 Development, a new UN program whose goal is to encourage fashion leaders to work on sustainable initatives. The program’s global chair, Evie Evangelou says the Development aims “to increase economic levels, decrease poverty and hunger, and help empower women in these countries.” (WWD)

Racked LA has a look at ASOS‘s soon-to-be-released “high summer” collection. Yes, you’re going to want everything. (Racked LA)