Despite recent reports claiming that the MTV-made starlet had sewn up production on her eponymous clothing line, blaming the recession for teens' sudden distaste for celebrities' glorified home ec projects, The Hills' star's rep is assuring fans that the line will carry on.
Just not before a cliffhanger ending and a bit of a hiatus.
"The collection will continue," Conrad's rep, Nicole Perez, told E! News. "She is just taking a few seasons off."
Perez denied that sluggish sales and budget-conscious recessionistas played a part in L.C.'s decision, instead chalking it up to a creative overhaul.
"The first year, the line doubled what was projected in sales and is in no way folding. She is just taking time to rethink the line and the design, and it will return and she will still be the designer."
Conrad herself clarified the direction of the line in a blog posting on her MySpace page.
"The truth is I was the one who asked to take a couple seasons off. I learned so much in the past year and I want to apply that to the improvement of my clothing line."
Conrad's brief step back from the sartorial endeavor comes just a month after newlywed Mandy Moore announced she was temporarily closing the doors on her clothing line, Mblem, with Moore's manager adding that the star was simply "taking a break for a few seasons."
Sounds like a leave of absence is the new black.