Lauren Conrad’s Newport Inspiration…

March 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm 1 comment


Designer and author Lauren Conrad first caught the public eye as a fun-loving burgeoning fashionista on MTV’s Laguna Beach. Fans followed her adventures on Conrad’s spinoff hit, The Hills, which, in addition to documenting her love life and friendship drama, traced her experiences while attending LA’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

After gaining some industry know how while interning at Teen Vogue and fashion PR house People’s Revolution, Conrad was inspired to launch her own fashion line, LC Lauren Conrad, in collaboration with Kohl’s department stores.

(Oh, and I’ve been authorized to share with you an exclusive 10% off blogger code for You can use BLOGS10 until May 10th. CLICK HERE to see the new collection.)

But it’s Conrad’s recently released collection, Paper Crown, that’s caught my eye. Not only are the pieces chic, refreshing and affordable, they each bare nautically-influenced names or take a cue from local coastal communities, 7291338including Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket, Providence and more. I wanted to find out more about what inspired the designer to name her pieces after coastal enclaves in our neck of the woods, so I asked Conrad and here’s what she told me:

NS: What is the inspiration behind the Paper Crown line, and how does it differ from other collections you’ve has designed? paper crown is a collection that I passionately design. I love the femininity of the collection but also the versatility of the pieces as well. There is a style for every occasion; party dresses for a night out, blouses that can be worn to the office or dressed up and paired with a beautiful skirt.  

NS: What is the story behind the name ‘Paper Crown’? When I was little, I would play dress up at my grandmothers. Instead of elaborate trunks of clothes, we would take beautiful raw materials and make very intricate paper crowns.  paper crown is a direct reflection of my youth; I use beautiful, raw materials to make something even more beautiful.
NS: Finally, the collection has a decidedly coastal feel and pieces are fittingly named after iconic nautical towns, including Newport (RI). Have you been to Newport or any of these New England gems? Is coastal/nautical style a personal favorite? You’re exactly right: all of these towns in New England are gems!  I grew up on the (West) Coast and definitely find much of my style comes from coastal / nautical inspirations.  We have a Newport, CA that I am very familiar with but hope to spend some time in Newport (RI) soon!

Thanks, Lauren! Readers–see the Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket pieces and more below, and to see the collection in its entirety, CLICK HERE.  

ImageStar Blouse + Newport Sequin Skirt

ImageJamestown Top + Jib Shorts

ImageNew Haven Dress

ImageDuxbury Dress

ImageMontauk Sequin Dress

ImageNantucket Dress


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  • 1. Lisa Skiffington  |  March 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Paper Crown is sold at Skiffingtons Boutique. We have locations in Wellington, Florida, Southampton, NY, and Portsmouth, RI! We will be reopening our doors in Portsmouth soon for the summer.
    Call 561 670 7186 for immediate orders on the Paper crown Line!
    Our Portsmouth shore is located at The Old Almy Village on East Main Rd


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