Nicole Richie has announced she will be launching her own maternity fashion range as well as her planned jewellery line.

The Hollywood It girl revealed the new plans at the opening of the new Balenciaga store in LA this week.

She credited Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière for helping her continue to look fashionable through pregnancy and said she now aims to help every woman get fabulous maternity clothes.

"I wore so much Balenciaga during my pregnancy that he was one of my main inspirations," she told wwd.

"My line will be about making women look and feel good at a really emotional time. It's about showing your best self, not your tired, worn-down self. Guys don't go through that, they just don't understand."