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Lauren Conrad of 'The Hills' gets MTV fashion design show

09/24/2010 by Corinne Heller

Lauren Conrad in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of facebook.com/laurenconrad) Lauren Conrad, former star of MTV show The Hills, will launch a new reality series on the network that will follow her career as a fashion designer.

Conrad, 24, hinted about the news during an interview on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show on Friday and MTV later confirmed the report. The Hills ended in July after six seasons.

Conrad began her reality television career at age 17 with the MTV series Laguna Beach, named after her hometown. She went on to star in The Hills, its spinoff, and has since become a fashion designer and author. Conrad launched a line of casualwear with Kohl's department stores in 2009 and is set to release her third teen novel, Sugar and Spice, on October 5.

Conrad told Seacrest filming on her new show has not yet begun and that it is set to follow her career in Los Angeles. When asked for fashion tips, she said jeggings, a hybrid of jeans and leggings, and chunky "knits", or thick sweaters, are currently in style and that she constantly cleans out her closet, sometimes finding forgotten but trendy items.

The Hills began in 2006. It chronicled her move from Orange County, California to Los Angeles and the beginning of her fashion design career. She left the show in 2009.

The show mainly focused on the "drama" in Conrad's life in Hollywood, including her relations with "villain couple" Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who have since then married. Montag filed for divorce earlier this year but the couple has reconciled earlier this month.

The Hills was often slammed for appearing too staged and its finale poked fun at the reports by featuring the stars in a movie studio backlot.

Gossip about the personal lives of the cast have often been featured in entertainment sites. Conrad said in April she was so overwhelmed by online criticism when she was on the show that she was afraid to surf the Web or watch cable television for a year.

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