Nicole Richie in Etro at the QVC Style party: striking or bizarre?

There are a bunch of parties this weekend in the lead-up to The Academy Awards and we’ll be bringing you coverage today and tomorrow. Here we have some photos from the QVC Red Carpet Style Party at the Four Seasons last night. I want to start with Nicole Richie in Etro as this was a standout dress. The bodice was too complicated with that bizarre paisley butterfly-looking print, and my initial response is “fug,” but compared to the other guests Nicole took a real risk with her gown. There were a lot of plain black dresses and black pantsuits last night. I don’t know if if this risk paid off for her. I’m not a fan of her very smoky eyes, but overall she looked hot without showing too much skin. Her red platform pumps are ill-matched to the gown, although she may have been going for a pop of color to offset the gothic dress.

Speaking of hot we have Miranda Kerr working a green lacy Burberry dress with an open back and sheer neckline. She looks amazing and her hair and makeup are so pretty. I really like her pointy gold t-strap heels too.

Heidi Klum played it relatively safe, for her, in a black strapless LBD with sequin accents. It’s kind of a forgettable dress, but it’s a win for Heidi in that it’s not over-the-top fug and she’s not showing a lot of skin. Her hair is pretty and she surely has extensions but it looks natural here.

Jennifer Hudson looked really comfy in a black fitted tee paired with loose split pants. This looks like something I would wear to dinner and it seems a little too casual. Maybe it would have been more suited to the event if she added a cute jacket and had the pants tailored around her waistline. I really like her jewelry, particularly that cool gold cuff.

When I first saw the thumbnail photo of Marisa Tomei here I thought she was Sandra Bullock in a particularly unflattering hairstyle. Instead it’s Marisa with this poofy coif wearing a fussy lace and mesh dress shirt. Like Jennifer Hudson, I appreciate that she’s wearing pants but that shirt is just awful. Look at the thick silk cuffs and the tiers of mismatched beads and sequins on top! It’s overkill. At least she’s having fun with it.

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  1. kitkerenina says:

    Oh no… Marisa! Hope it’s just a bad makeup job.

    Would love to have those hips in those pants.

  2. shewolf says:

    Nicole Richie has a better figure than Miranda Kerr… how’d that happen? I love Ritchie’s look and she can pull it off but she’s still a weirdo.

    • Bubbles says:

      I can’t believe she’s 31. She looks so much older.

    • Me Three says:

      Miranda’s dress is horrible. She doesn’t have much of a waist anyway but that dress makes her look square. Have to disagree with Celebitchy that she looks good. She looks dowdy and just plain horrible! Can’t say much for Heidi either. Her dress looks horrible as well. Don’t like Nicole’s but am probably prejudice because I don’t really know why she’s at these events anyway…who is she? I actually think, out of all the pics, Jennifer looks the best and those pants aren’t doing her any favors! This party did not bring out the best!!!

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      I totally adore Nicole’s dress. So much so that I would use multiple exclamation points, if not for the overly eager ten yr. old vibe, lol. I, too, think Miranda’s dress is pretty, but it does give her a boxy waist. I truly dislike Nicole’s shoes with her dress, getting really tired of the heavy, platform hoof-shoe look. Now- if you put Miranda’s shoes with Nicoles dress? You might just have the perfect look teed up. Also loved JHud’s look, steezy!

      • deehunny says:

        +1 to a tee. NR is def the best dressed out of all except she would have looked much prettier with a fresh faced look instead of a smokey eye with that dress. But she always does that eye so that may look best on her…

      • Lipsy says:

        +1! She looks way over dressed for the event compared to others who showed up but her hair, makeup and dress is amazing together!

        Mirada Kerr is pretty but she has a boy’s body… it’s so straight, where’s the waist?

  3. Lulu says:

    shewolf, you read my mind! Miranda has no waist to speak of! At any rate, I love Nicole’s gown. She looks like a butterfly.

  4. Oops says:

    I don’t like Nicole make up. Miranda Kerr is meh like usual (never understand how some call her a model), My favourite is jennifer

    • emmie_a says:

      I’m with you on Miranda – she has a cute chubby face and she is super skinny but I don’t get the whole hot supermodel thing.

      Heidi looks like a supermodel and her demure dress highlights her beautiful face — she doesn’t need all the sequins & feathers & poufs that she usually wears.

    • Me Three says:

      So agree. Why is she a “supermodel?” I guess if you’re stick thin, you too can be a super model. I don’t think her figure is all that great–she has no waist and is straight up and down and her face looks off somehow. Just don’t get her popularity, even with men. She doesn’t have curves and her boobs aren’t all that big. Surprised she’s so huge.

  5. Sandy says:

    I actually like Marisa’s shirtt.

  6. poppy says:

    why do the dresses look like they were purchased in a mall @ 1994?
    can’t even make heads or tails of marissa’s choice. maybe separately it might be ok but all together it is a holy hell of a mess. awful.
    love the silk trousers and tshirt but the lack of something is making it less dressy? i like things very plain/straightforward and like that the skin is mostly covered. classy and timeless. still, it needed just one thing like a necklace or a fancy hair do or something.
    that green is a beautiful color but the dress looks beyond cheap and does zero for her figure.

  7. kitkerenina says:

    The green looks like my kid fairy costume for Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many years ago…

    • LIVEALOT says:


      gorgeous face though, jhud’s too! Nicole looks striking while tomei looks strikingly bad. 🙁

  8. Hillbillyinthecorner says:

    I kinda like the brown velvet dress that Nicole has on….the rest of the outfits are blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….but that has a certain somthing and her makeup and hair compliement it and its really bazarre saying this because i really don’t like this woman at all ….

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I liked it, too, but I am with Celebitchy, I think maybe purple shoes would have been better, or teal blue?

  9. elceibeno says:

    I’m glad Heidi Klum stopped wearing the heavy eyeliner. She looked like a racoon.

  10. j.eyre says:

    I should reserve judgement on Miranda’s dress until I see the back but it looks like a cheap bridesmaid dress from the front.

    I love Jennifer Hudson’s outfit although I understand it is too casual for this event.

    Nicole’s dress is interesting. I would need to see it it person because it could be amazing – or awful – up close.

    • Polk8dot says:

      Jennifer’s outfit is really great. The pant fit is perfect.
      But what the hell happened to her face/head?
      Did FLOTUS start a new HORRENDOUD trend of heavy bangs that will hound us for years?
      Jennifer looks like she collided with a jet black witch’s cat, and it died on her forehead!
      Oh, my…..

    • flipflop says:

      The back of miranda’s dress is terrible. blech, I don’t like it at all with those wide black bands across her back

  11. Nev says:

    Nicole Ritchie forever.

  12. lflips says:

    Miranda has such a young, childish face; it makes me wonder what she’ll look like when she’s in her forties…

    • Annie says:

      I know looking young is normally a good thing, but if I was 30 years old and still had such a childish face/body as Miranda I wouldn’t like it. I’d get sick of people treating me as 15-18 years old, which is what she looks like imo. It will indeed be interesting to see how she ages. This is counterintuitive, but generally speaking, babyfaced people both male and female, do not age particularly well.

      So weird to think she’s the same age as both Kate Middleton and Kate Bosworth.

  13. Julie says:

    Nicole Richie’s dress looks like a microscopic close-up of a bug’s head.

  14. Pandora says:

    Classic Etro. I guess if you haven’t been exposed to much Etro, it might look weird.

  15. JH says:

    Omg- Nicole looks AMAZING! Her face and hair and make-up and body (commas omitted for effect) are impeccable! Jeez! I can’t see anything unflattering about her overall look at all! Best of the bunch!

  16. ya says:

    gosh Nicole ritchie really has the most beautiful eyes.

    • T.C. says:

      She does. Not feeling her dress but her eyes are amazing. Jennifer Hudson is my favorite dressed of the bunch, Heidi Klum second.

  17. A Fan says:

    Super flattering dress on Nicole – the colours and fit are great on her. And her hair is a better (darker) shade than usual.

    But then I got to the shoes. Sigh…

    Miranda looks great – everything is beautiful (especially the shoes!)…

  18. Karolina says:

    Mirandas dress is fug.
    Nicole looks interesting, would not wear it but she really took a risk and looks good, not stunning, but she is rocking the dress. I like Heidi Klum best, her hair looks completely natural, don’t think she is wearing extensions in these pics.

  19. Birdie says:

    Nicole Richie is not wearing her wedding ring.

  20. littlestar says:

    I think Nicole looks amazing. She has such a unique style and rarely is ever a miss. She has been one of my style icons for a long time. And the shoes are a sexy contrast against the dress. Things don’t have to be matchy matchy! 🙂

    • fallen says:

      Yup, I think she looks great too! Love her hair color here, I don’t like it when she goes too blonde.

  21. Micah says:

    Big, Velvety, Moth, Vagina.

  22. lisa2 says:

    Damn Jennifer is wearing some heavy makeup. But I like what she is wearing. Mainly because I would wear that at a casual party.

    Miranda’s dress looks a bit cheap for some reason. I just expected more. She usually looks so great in her casual style.

    Nicole is there because??? I don’t know exactly what Nicole does.

    Well there will be load of pictures of everyone heading to some party.

  23. ILLNana says:

    Jennifer has some deep lines around her mouth ever since she lost weight. Has anyone else noticed?

  24. Southern Comfort says:

    Nicole and Jennifer were there to promote the newest additions to their clothing lines sold on QVC. The pitches were broadcast live from the event. You, too, can wear Jennifer’s pants (item #A231716) . . . for $69.75 plus tax:)

  25. hmm says:

    Whoa Miranda Kerr–is that a double dimple or a nasty scar? lol

  26. snark says:

    Love Nicole’s dress but with Miranda’s shoes.

  27. dcypher1 says:

    I luv nicole richies style. I luvd her dress too its very nicole boho.

  28. Red says:

    I think Nicole looks great. She has always had a weird Erte vibe. She looks like a death’s head moth in the full frontal shot. Creepy.And kinda cool.

  29. xoxokaligrl says:

    Is there a good reason people like Nicole Ritchie, but loathe Paris Hilton. They are both vapid spoiled rich girls.

    Anyways, JHud’s wig looks awful.

    • xoo says:

      Guess because nicole is a mom now?!

    • kibbles says:

      Nicole rehabilitated her image well by getting married, becoming a mother, and distancing herself from Kartrashian and Hilton. I think fewer people hate Paris now because she’s kind of faded away and isn’t as popular as Kartrashian anymore. However, Paris seems to still crave the spotlight and would probably love to have the type of reality star vapid popularity that Kartrashian is having right now. I don’t think it will happen for Paris unless she does something really outrageous. Her 15 minutes seem to be over.

  30. Snowpea says:

    Nicole R has BEAUTIFUL skin.

    Marisa looks like Sandra Bullock’s old aunt who walked through a spider web.

    Miranda Kerr as usual looks smuggity smug smug. Can’t stand the woman.

    Jennifer H looks the bomb in that pants/blouse combo.

  31. Dawn says:

    So I think they all looked fine except Marisa was not up to par. Other than that I am not seeing the extensions in Heidi’s hair, I think that is her natural hair.

  32. Jilli says:

    Jennifer needs a new hairstyle. Those bangs are awful. Kerr’s dress does nothing for her figure. It look blocky.

  33. Stacy Dresden says:

    Wow. Nicole Ritchie’s dress is really different and I love it on her! Her hair looks bad, though, and I agree the shoes are not working.

    Miranda’s dress is lovely but not flattering to her waistline. The colors altogether are gorgeous – the rosy lipstick with the clover green and the shiny gold pumps.

    I look at Heidi Klum and I think, “mutton dressed as lamb”. Again and again. SMH.

    Marisa, what have you done to your face, girl? And, holy camel toe.

  34. sky says:

    Miranda Kerr is like a Renoir painting…it looks good from a distance but up close…a big ol’ mess

  35. Jayna says:

    I love the dress on Nicole, and her smokey eye look really works with this look. I don’t mind her shoes as much as everyone else does.

  36. Kelly says:

    Why is Nicole Richie at an Oscar party?