Nicole Richie in floral Jean Paul Gaultier & leopard slippers: awful or flawless?

Nicole Richie

These are photos of Nicole Richie last night while hosting a Nordstrom store opening in Glendale. Nicole really went all out for this event. She combined a full-length, oriental floral print dress with odd leopard print shoes and a fussy, fringey clutch. What do you think of her dress? It’s Jean Paul Gaultier, and it is hideous. Somehow she pulls it off! There’s something to be said for poise and confidence. This getup would overpower most women on the red carpet, but Nicole makes it work. I’d still advise her to take it easy on the bronzer because she looks a bit orange.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Nicole also appears in an interview with the October issue of Elle to promote her House of Harlow jewelry. Nothing earth shattering came out of this talk, but her personality is worth it:

The new House of Harlow vibe: “Because my line is called House of Harlow 1960, people assume it’s literal. What I mean when I talk about “The ’60s” is a vibe that definitely extended into the ’70s as well. It’s about freedom and labels not really being part of your wardrobe. It’s about layering lots and lots of jewelry, and having everything transition from day to night. It’s really about that free-spirited energy and excitement that you can see in those periods, not a definite or defined year.”

She has a new dog, Iro: “At first, it was Joel’s thing. He did all the research. He was very specific about the kind of German Shepherd he wanted, and he was really involved and really excited about getting a dog, but now I’m his primary caretaker! He’s my dog for sure!”

Iro will co-star in her ads: “Because he’s a fame [ho] and he lives for the camera. [Laughs] What can I say, some men need attention, and need to be adored! And Iro is one of them!”

Her favorite hairstyle: “I am the best braider in the world. I can braid anyone’s hair, I can braid my own hair, and I can do all kinds of complicated and intricate braids. I’m a master of the braid.”

She’s not into makeup: “I’m not that kind of “lady” who always leaves the house with makeup. In fact, the only time I wear makeup is when I’m working. So I have no idea how my eyeliner stays on. All I know is that I have really talented makeup artists.”

What word would she like to retire? “Chic!”

[From Elle]

She’s so funny, right? I always say this, but every time I read one of Nicole’s interviews, I’m startled at the way Nicole has grown and matured while Paris Hilton is trapped at age 21 for all of eternity.

I’m giggling just a bit at this picture of the Nordstrom brothers towering over Nicole. She’s got more presence than all of them combined.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Mayda says:

    my god sometimes I forget how tiny she is!

  2. paige says:

    werk it!
    not digging the ‘brows’ here but she carries this dress off nicely…
    she’s got a great face and look.
    the last pic with those men towering over her-hysterical!

  3. ALJsMom says:

    The shoes are ugly but I think the leopard print really works with the dress

  4. Ellen Smith says:

    Those are some of dullet neckties I have ever seen – and from men who work in the fashion industry.

  5. HappyMom says:

    I think she has amazing style most of the time-and I really love her videos on AOL. She is really quick and funny.

  6. Hubbahun says:

    That isn’t a dress, it’s a migraine.

  7. LahdidahBaby says:

    Although I hate the STYLE of those shoes with that dress (heels would be so much better), that touch of leopard is really quite brill! She looks great, but few could carry it off without looking busy or tacky. her sleek hair, careful make-up, and perfect accessories make it work. Love her style in general, love the chances she takes, love the finish she gives to each of her looks.

  8. neelyo says:

    How old is she? She looks like she’s on her way to get a lifetime achievement award.

  9. blue marie says:

    she looks so tiny. I am so glad she distanced herself from Paris, I really like her..

  10. Thinker says:

    The shoes are cute, but the dress is an absolute mess. Her breast implants are tragically obvious with the thick black blob sitting on them. The optical effect makes her chest look enormous (viewed from the front).

    As a general rule, petite women with small features should stick to smaller patterns and prints for a more flattering look.

  11. houseofbeatrix says:

    I love this look. She’s turning it. I don’t even care that she’s orange. Her skin matches the ensemble.

  12. nycmom says:

    “It’s Gautier darling” “Fabulous darling Fabulous!”

  13. Alexa says:

    Is that pic with the three guys FOR REAL?! She looks freakishly small in it! And I don’t know why you find her so captivating and likable. She’s just doing her job by acting friendly and down-to-earth in the ELLE INTERVIEW (barf!) Other than liking much of her sense of style, there’s nothing that remarkable or likable about her. (But I guess as long as you keep comparing her to Paris Hilton – and the awful reputation SHE has – just about ANYONE is going to glow in comparison.)

  14. Janet says:

    Love the dress but the shoes are overkill.

    My God, she is tiny! How tall is she?

  15. LadyMTL says:

    A BIT orange?? Oompa-Loompas are jealous of her skin tone, girl needs to lay off the bronzer. If it wasn’t for that I would actually like this look.

  16. starrywonder says:

    For someone not into makeup she sure looks like a rodeo clown.

  17. Biscuit says:

    I love it! Love the dress, love how she carries herself. Don’t love the shoes…
    She WEARS the dress. I’m a huge fan of hers.

  18. Biscuit says:

    And as far as the bronzer, well hell, I do that on accident about once a week at work.

  19. Jayna says:

    Hate the shoes with it. I love the colors of the dress on her and she wears it well. The turtleneck part should be cut in half, but she looks good in the dress otherwise. Her face and hair look flawless.

  20. Dotty says:

    She’s been rolled up into a vintage Vegas casino carpet sample!

  21. j.eyre says:

    I love that dress and it looks great on her but it is still way too warm in LA for that. I am sweating just looking at her.

  22. lucy2 says:

    She is super tiny, or they are giants. Maybe both.
    Don’t care for the dress and makeup. I do like that’s she grown up and had a career past Paris, but I don’t get the impression she’s a very nice person.

  23. skyler1 says:

    She’s such an unlikeable bitch that I forget what great style she has.

  24. Elle Kaye says:

    The high neckline is too much…she appears smothered in fabric. A mod winged collar would give it that 70′s vibe and open it up more.

  25. mzizkrizten says:

    I love Nicole. I always wonder who her real father is. Some musician, right? And the Richies didn’t like a small child living on the road and asked the musician if they could have her? That’s the story I heard. Very intriguing.

    • judysee says:

      I thought it was pretty well-known that her dad is Pete Escovedo and her aunt is Sheila E. I understand she is an accomplished musician as well; on the piano, if memory serves. I’m not sure that her color is all bronzer, I think she tans well due to her half Latina heritage. She is a tiny little package but, IMO, she is lovely. She has made a 180 from her days of yore with Miss Hilton. She’s got style for days.

  26. Trek Girl says:

    I like it, and I think she looks great here.

    Sometimes clashing prints, fabrics, and styles are fun to see, and some people pull it off well. I think she’s one of those people.

  27. tessy says:

    I really like that she doesn’t feel that she has to wreck her feet teetering around on 4 inch stilettos. The shoes may be a bit busy with that dress but still, she looks great.

  28. madchen says:

    Palm Beach matron 1992 but it works.

  29. mytbean says:

    The dress is actually kind of nice but the shoes just don’t go with it… I love how itty bitty she is!

  30. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    And, um, who are the Nordstrom brothers (owners of the store???)? Because I have a thing, if you will, for tall, pale, light eyed, gingery (yes, I’m looking at you in the middle there!!) men–coughliamneesoncough…..and um, I’m short.

    In essence, I’d climb the middle brother like a tree.

  31. littlestar says:

    This is why Nicole is my style icon/wish she was my style fairy godmother too. I would never wear an outfight like this because it is so out there and crazy, but she pulls it off like no one else. I agree that it’s definitely her presence that helps her pull off an outfit like this!

    I love her AOL shows too, she’s so funny and charming. That’s why I hate the rumours that she’s a real beyotch in real life. Well, whatever, I’d still be friends with her if I could! Lol! Although I know I’m not cool enough for someone like her :D .

  32. Claudia says:

    She has a beautiful face and figure, but this outfit is too busy for me.

  33. Johanna says:

    I don’t know HOW she is doing it, but she is ROCKING this outfit. I gotta say, I love her.

  34. CharmingFrock says:

    No…I don’t think she pulled it off. No one could.

  35. madchen says:

    A gal has as much chance of rocking that outfit as she does winning the lottery and, yeah, Nicole just won the Powerball.

  36. Nudgie says:

    Who is that and how much work did she have on her face???

  37. Jennifer12 says:

    Too many prints, hair is too severe, and too much makeup.