“I’ve always had this problem with my sister: She’s superbohemian,” says the model Sofia Richie of her older sibling, Nicole. “I try to pull off things from her closet, but it’s not a look I can rock.” Establishing your own identity is hard when your father is the music legend Lionel Richie, your mother is the former fashion designer Diane Alexander, and your sister is a style icon to many. But 17-year-old Sofia is giving it her all. Though she says that as a child she was a tomboy who loved soccer, she also took voice lessons, which may come in handy. “I’m sure that one day I’ll dabble in the music world and hopefully make a little mark.” But, for now, her focus is fashion. Inspired by her mom’s passion for clothes, Richie hopes to start a line based on her classic-meets-grunge aesthetic. She’s immersing herself in the industry through modeling gigs (she is the face of Material Girl’s fall campaign) and front-row appearances at Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger. “As a teenager, I might not be taken seriously in the fashion world. Waiting is important.” Wise beyond her years.
Sofia Richie’s Silver Streak
Richie wears Sonia Rykiel sweater and skirt; Georg Jensen earrings and ring; Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane clutch; AGL booties.
Roger Vivier shoes.
Manager Alex Avant and Richie, West Hollywood, 2015. Courtesy of Richie.
Proenza Schouler dress; Maxstudio.com turtleneck; Jennifer Fisher choker; Georg Jensen rings.
Alexander Wang turtleneck; Jennifer Fisher ring and cuff.
Richie, at age 3, helping wash the car. Courtesy of Richie.
Richie and her mom, Diane, 2005. Courtesy of Richie.
A favorite read, Chanel: A Woman of her Own, by Axel Madsen. Courtesy of Holt Paperbacks.
Stuart Weitzman boots.
Richie, at New York Fashion Week, 2015.
Coperni top. Photo by Tim Hout.
Pierre Hardy shoes.
Salvatore Ferragamo bag.
Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, who inspired Richie’s locks. Courtesy of Everett Collection.
Sofia, Nicole, and Lionel Richie, Beverly Hills, 2005. Courtesy of Richie.
Calvin Klein Collection dress.