Britney Spears debuts new brunette hair at Elton John’s Oscar party: pretty or mousy?

We’re done with our red carpet Oscar coverage and we’re moving on to the parties. We’ll have photos from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party coming up shortly! I’d like to talk about some of the people at Elton John’s Oscar Party, especially Britney Spears. She looks so different as a brunette, doesn’t she? Britney really changed gears with her styling and she looks thrilled about it. Look at her, the old Britney is almost back, bitches! I’m not even sure I can get used to her as a brunette, but this look is still worlds apart from the blonde hair and heavy black eyeliner she usually sports. What color is her hair now, a kind of honey brown? It’s obvious that a lot of it is fake, but it suits her. Her makeup is too orange but that’s a minor complaint.

Britney’s dress is Michael Cinco Couture. It’s not bad. The deep v-neck is a little much and I don’t like those shoulder pads (No one except Jane Fonda can pull off shoulder pads). It fits well and is flattering, though. I’m impressed. Oh I should mention that there are rumors that Britney’s Vegas deal isn’t going to come to fruition because she never sings live. Those stories don’t ring true for me, because wouldn’t that be a given going into those talks?

Nicole Richie was also sporting a deep v-neck in a loose white dress with black geometric accents. I don’t have a designer ID on it yet but this is similar to Nicole’s past looks – very loose, a little 70s. From the front it’s not bad, but from the side you can see the entire outline of her implant. Not good, cover it up a little. It was nice that her husband Joel Madden came with her, they’ve lasted for a long time and still seem loved-up.

My girl Nina Dobrev hasn’t been hitting the right fashion notes lately and that makes me sad. Here she is in this bold black and white brocade print gown that fits her like a freaking glove but just looks too busy to me. As always her styling is impeccable. Nina was there with her boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder, but they didn’t get all pose-y together.

Also there we have the lovely and talented Emmy Rossum, looking way too twee in this Catherine Deane white and silver gown. On its own, with different styling, this dress could work. It’s actually contemporary and striking when you look at the details of the dress. It’s of course Emmy’s styling that’s throwing it off. Her giant drop earrings and that big tiara-like hair headband look ridiculous together.

It’s too bad that Emmy’s movie Beautiful Creatures didn’t take off at the box office. It looked poised to be another Twilight, but I don’t think it got enough promotion.

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  1. Bird says:

    Britney actually looks great. I like the hair!

  2. littlestar says:

    Oh no! I don’t want to be a bummer here, but in the past, whenever Britney would die her hair dark, she was going through troubling times. Same with going out to be photographed wearing questionable attire. So both have been happening since her breakup with Jason Trawick. Am I looking too deep into this? I hope Britney’s okay. Will always love her :) .

    P.S. She actuallys looks FANTASTIC here, so I’m not too worried now.

  3. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Ugh, Britney. That tan. Ugh.

  4. Joanna says:

    Love Brit’s hair and Nina’s dress

  5. dorothy says:

    Poor Britney. She always looks so uncomfortable at these things.

  6. Erinn says:

    I like the brown. It might not be the exact right shade for her, but I like it. It’s relatively similar to my natural hair color; which is a pain.

    I’m stuck somewhere in this weird mousey medium brown color… I’ve had my friend who’s a hairdresser do a lot of different demi dyes on it to give it more dimension, which really helps. It looks a lot better with more red tones in it. I think maybe Brit would look better with more richness to hers as well.

  7. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Emmy Rossum…WTF? TERRIBLE.

    Britney looks orange and I wish she would chill with the extensions and give her hair a break.

    I love Nicole Richie’s style-she looks so good with caramel/honey-colored hair. It really compliments her skin tone and eye color.

  8. Rachel says:

    I love Nina’s dress. She looks gorgeous. As usual.

    Emmy would look much better if she ditched that ugly, cheap looking diadem. It looks like something she bought at Claires. The dress isn’t bad.

    CB, I saw Beautiful Creatures. Emmy was stunning in it. But it wasn’t a great movie. Of course, Twilight wasn’t a great movie either. Far from it. But it already had a huge fan base going into the films. I had never even heard of Beautiful Creatures before I saw the preview. And after I watched the movie, I downloaded the book… I have no idea why they thought this was a film worthy book.

  9. Lisa says:

    I might like it better, if not for that TAN. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I think I like that dress.

  10. Emma says:

    The tan is dodgy but she looks hot. I love this hair color on her.

  11. kibbles says:

    Britney looks great! Her darker hairdo reminds me of better days when she was a brunette with blonde highlights. I believe she is a natural brunette. I was so over her bleached blonde hair. She was ruining her hair and it looked awful on her. This looks so much better. Hope she remains a brunette through 2013.

  12. Tanguerita says:

    Tiara?Girl, seriously, TIARA?

  13. Ms Kay says:

    Emmy Rossum looks like she came straight from a GG episode, only Blair Waldorf character would wear that tiara and all!

  14. ruby says:

    Love Emmy’s dress, hate her shoes and hate her tiara. Such a pity her styling isn’t up to par.

  15. Lulu says:

    I think we might be seeing nude breast cups on Nicole? But I agree. Both ladies need to cover it up a bit!

    What strikes me the most about Brit here is how real her smile looks and how alive her EYES are!

  16. HotPockets says:

    I thought brunette Britney is a caution for another breakdown?

  17. bagladey says:

    Nina Dobrev’s dress is one of the best of the season – just freakin’ beautiful. This dress, Naomi Watts’ and Nicole Kidman’s Oscar dresses are the three dresses I would want.

  18. Samigirl says:

    I think Britney looks amazing. I always pull for her, and I really hope she can find happiness! Go Britney!

  19. bea says:

    If that’s her new hair color then she needs a new skin color to go with it. That is one freckly uneven looking chest region.

    Brit has good basic material to work with (body, face, hair) but she rarely brings it these days. The clothes – causal or dressy – are ill-fitting and unflattering. Bra therapy is needed. She REALLY needs a good stylist.

  20. Shira says:

    The problem with Britney is, only the hair is fine !

  21. Nicolette says:

    Liking Brit’s hair color, it’s a nice change. And I don’t know who Ian Somerhalder is, but he looks an awful lot like a young Rob Lowe.

  22. lem says:

    I wish britney would go back to this hairstyle
    with the color that she currently has. She looks SO MUCH BETTER with short hair.

  23. Amory says:

    I like her darker hair, although an actual hair cut (weave cut?) would have been nice. She needs a more adult style. I don’t care for the spray tan and the dress is just so-so. She never looks comfortable in her skin, and her stylist never quite nails it.

  24. Bridge13 says:

    Could not disagree more about Nina Dobrev. I think she almost always looks fantastic and this dress is gorgeous. One of the best of the evening.

  25. Blue says:

    Nina is absolutely gorgeous and I love her dress. Poor Britney looks so uncomfortable and kind of scared. I don’t like seeing her pics they make me sad.

  26. judyjudy says:

    Brit Brit looks really great!

  27. Quinn says:

    Maybe it’s the style and not the color, but I don’t think this hair is flattering on Britney at all. Actually, her overly tan face does not work with the new color, I believe. Not enough contrast or something for my taste.

  28. Mimi says:

    It’s funny so many people are freaking out over Brit’s hair. Ths is actually her NORMAL hair color lol. She looks younger.

  29. Rinny says:

    I love Britney brunette! Always have! Gorgeous! (I am choosing to ignore the tan and awkward smile/grimace!)

  30. lucy2 says:

    I love Nina’s! Emmy looks ridiculous.
    I like the darker hair on Britney, but that particular shade is a little dull – might just be the lights and camera flashes though.

  31. NerdMomma says:

    Britney’s hair looks fantastic but her face says, “Can I please just go home?”

  32. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Enough with the sexy face Ian! It’s incredibly try hard!

  33. squeakie says:

    this is the best britneys looked in years!! She had about this color hair when she made her first baby one more time album and it makes her look way younger than the blonde did. Love nicole ritches look too she always looks fab

  34. Ellie66 says:

    Nicole looks really good she is so pretty love her style (I bet Paris is o so jealous Lol!) Britney looks better i like the hair but she her eyes look empty like she is deeply sad :( or just spaced out….she is also very orange. Emmys dress is pretty but her hair looks like it belongs on a 9 year old flower girl.

  35. BlueB says:

    How can they be done with the red carpet posts…. We haven’t talked about Brandi Glanville! Did I miss something?

  36. Kristen says:


    I love Britney — but she has a way of making anything she wears look cheap. I wish she would ditch the spray tan.

    Also, WTF with Emmy Rossum’s tiara? Tiaras are so hard to pull off. Unless you’re ACTUAL royalty, it’s dangerous fashion territory.

    I think Nicole Ritchie looks great. Happy to see she and her husband are still going strong.

  37. Miss M says:

    I like Britney’s look. Her hair color is close to her natural hair color and she is plucking her eye browns a bit.

    Nina looks beautiful too.

  38. LAgirl says:

    Brtney’s smile sort of freaks me out. She looks like of she were to smile any harder she may crack a tooth! :/ I hope she’s alright. Nicolette looks fantastic! The make up/ hair/ dress everything is brilliant together. Nina and Emmy are forgettable (sorry) and Ian isn’t hot at all.

  39. suzanne says:

    The hair is quieter and classy for her therefore it is better. The condition looks better that the blonde straw head she is usually sports.

  40. d says:

    Well, to me Britney LOOKS GREAT! Going brunette suits her b/c that bleached blond crap was just getting embarrassing. It aged her terribly. So this look is super progress and I hope she sticks with it. She looks younger and more natural. There’s something funny going on with the tan on her face and she’s still got wierd eye make up, but still, overall, she looks fantastic and her eyes look way more alive than they have in a long time. Yay Britney.
    I think Nina looks fantastic as well and I really like that dress, on its own and on her.
    I couldn’t care any less about Ritchie.

  41. Maritza says:

    Britney’s brown hair looks great and her dress too. Emma Rossum’s dress looks matronly for such a young woman and her accessories were a bad choice.

  42. Apsutter says:

    Super cute!!! For once her eyes don’t look dead

  43. anonymous fan says:

    I am a little worried about Britney with the dark hair and crazy smile.Last time she had dark hair things were not good.I had a flashback to the Sex and The City movie when Carrie was devastated at being left at the alter and dyed her hair brown.I like her alot and hope that Britney is doing ok.

  44. Grant says:

    Completely disagree with you. Love the angular shoulderpad look and I think this makes her look ten years younger. Go Britney!

  45. Isa says:

    I think I’m the only one here who thinks Britney looks old! All the drugs and party is showing. She looks terrible, fake, worn out.
    I’m just trying to be honest! Sorry, but when I saw her picture my first thought was WTF!

    Nina looks beautiful…

  46. skuddles says:

    Brit looks nice enough but she’s got the two-toned/orange Lilo thing going on – her face and chest are not the same color as her arms.

  47. Alexa says:

    Hmmmmm . . . I think I might be in the minority because I’m gaga over Emmy’s look (she’s breathtaking). Britney looks as tacky as I’d expect (sorry kiddo). And Nina D.’s attractiveness is taken away by that dress.

  48. Onyx XV says:

    I really like Britney’s hair color. Her make up is another story though. The foundation color is all wrong, does not match her skin tone, and it looks like one of her little sons applied it for her. Can’t she afford to hire a professional to do her make up when she goes out to a big event?

  49. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Except for the bad makeup and orange skin Britney looks much better brunette. I hope she keeps it that colour!

    Nina is so pretty.

    Emmy looks silly. I hate, hate, hate that hair band thing. WTF.

  50. Pale fire says:

    Nina is killing it! But the blush on her is aging. Emmy looks like she wore her shower curtain and and another curtain on top of it…horrible. Britney has on one of those 3/4 wigs I think… It’s a good one tho. I like her with that color length, looks good. She needs to stop tanning. Britney would look great if she did update her look. Maybe get some serious skin rehab shape define those eyebrows and try softer eye makeup. All in all I think Nicole looks the best. She always does. Just so amazing always edgy fashion forward but never looks like she’s trying hard.

  51. mac says:

    I love Emmy but that headband is ridiculous

  52. Abby says:

    Wow Brit Brit looks amazing. I LOVE NINA’S DRESS. I wish I had somewhere to wear it… I’d totally rock that. Emmy Rossum was my girl crush for years, but this is an awful look. hideous.

  53. Pandora says:

    Holy sh*tballs!! After nearly TWO decades the styles gods have come through for poor Britney, whoever forced her at gunpoint to go brunette deserves an Oscar all their own. *slow clap*

  54. AustinMJ says:

    Brit Brit looks Gorgeous. And somewhat sane. Sort of.

  55. Cinderella says:

    I like Britney’s hair color. Nice to see she’s having fun out there.

  56. A Fan says:

    Of course the hair colour looks better on Britney – she is NOT a blonde and blonde looked ridiculous on her…(that’s the only nice thing I can say about her look so will stop there)…ok, can’t resist…she cheapens everything she wears.

    The stars of the page: Nicole Richie and Nina Dobrev…both are perfection…(I’ll ignore Nicole’s new grapefruit friends today).

  57. Jennifer12 says:

    That hair length is the best one for Nicole Richie. Britney looks a zillion times better without all that fake blond hair. Most women can’t wear it; it washes them out. She looks lovely and way more appropriate. Hope she keeps it.

  58. Marco says:

    To all the people saying “Britney looks great” are we looking at the same photos? Her fake tan is whack and the brunette looks … Boring. She looks absurd.

  59. Julia says:

    Britney looks a little crazy in the first picture but she looks beautiful and full of life in the 2nd & 3rd pics. I think the breakup is doing wonders for her. The dress is nice but it’s too long. I don’t think she has a stylist. She keeps it real, lol.