Nicole Kidman in pink-sleeved Carolina Herrera at LA premiere: ugh or meh?

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

I’ve been saying this for years now, but I’m going to keep saying it until people get it: Nicole Kidman used to be The One on any given red carpet. She was always the best-dressed. She was always elegantly turned out. She was always perfect on every occasion. But around the time of her marriage to Keith Urban, Nicole completely lost the thread (get it??). Nicole now wanders around in twee doilies, cutesy animal prints (as in, she has animals stitched onto her boobs) and Miss Havisham couture. Or she’ll fling herself in a completely different direction and go Full Showgirl. It’s bizarre. Anyway, last night was the LA premiere of The Beguiled and Nicole chose to wear this strange Carolina Herrera dress. The dress included sheer, hot pink sleeves with a ruffled cuff. SERIOUSLY?? Is this the look??

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

Here’s Kirsten Dunst in Chloe. I don’t really hate this, but just to be clear: I am going to immediately like everything else so much more than Kidman’s Herrera. I think this is too pale for Kiki and her hair is bad and the shoes are wrong. But in general, the dress is okay.

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

Elle Fanning in Naeem Khan. I don’t know. She looks so much like her sister Dakota in this dress. Elle was wearing so many vivid colors in Cannes, and now this dark metallic? A missed opportunity, I think.

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

Emma Howard (the youngest main cast member in The Beguiled) in Self-Portrait. This is cute, but it should have been longer.

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

Sofia Coppola in Valentino, with her “date,” Quentin Tarantino. QT and Sofia are really old friends and they’ve known each other forever and they dated way, way back in the day. I don’t think they’re dating now? I believe he’s still with his longtime girlfriend. It feels more likely that he came out to support his friend, don’t you think? As for her Valentino… this is my favorite look of the premiere. I would wear this. I had a dress a lot like this in 1998. (Although I think this is a jumpsuit.) Also: when did QT morph into a Carradine?

U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled"

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  1. Alix says:

    Never mind the (hideous) dress, what is Kidman doing to her hair???

    • zinjojo says:

      OMG, her hair! The dress is bad enough, but what in the world has she done to her hair. The color is so washed out, it looks completely fried and also like it has about a pound of dry shampoo still in it. And center parts don’t work on everybody — just because it’s a trend, doesn’t mean you should do it, and that’s the case here. The sad part is that she used to have beautiful hair when it was naturally curly and red. She needs a new hair stylist, cuz whoever she’s using now is not her friend!

      • Paris says:

        I think, that Nicole damaged her hair with bleaching. Her hair is extremely brittle.
        I like her dress, but I hate her sheer sleeves with a ruffled cuff! Hate! Ewwwww!

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      Her hair and her makeup !

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Egad, those eyebrows. Looks like someone held her down and took a sharpie marker to them.

    • QQ says:

      Ya’ll mean her wig?

      Sofia is the best Here, also I’m still pretty sure she’s married to the guy from Phioenix ( he has amazing new Music BTDubS)

    • DystopianDance says:

      Well, yes, she was IT on the red carpet in my day. However, I have a sincere soft spot for her- what she went through in her divorce, and how beautifully portrayed the adoptive mother in Lion. Sigh. I just see her as It, still, and I actually like her hair.

  2. nemera77 says:

    Nicole’s hair looks so dead. Like a bad wig. Hate the sleeves on the dress. If they weren’t there it would be OK.. just a meh dress but the sleeves make it a no. Not crazy about any of the looks actually. Nicole and Elle should have switched dresses. Nicole’s dress looks too young for her and Elle’s dress looks too old for her

    QT reminds me more of Johnny Cash actually

  3. Connell says:

    I liked the dress, Nicole is practically a fountain of youth. Is that her hair, or is that a wig?

  4. minx says:

    I don’t even know what to say about NK anymore.

  5. JennyJenny says:

    Oh my Nicole…..
    No. Just no. Who designed this mess and thought, “Yes, this just needs some loose pink pantyhose attached for sleeves!”
    And her hair? Is that just some bad extensions?
    I’ve always liked Nicole and she was always so stunning on the red carpet.
    Doesn’t she deserve better than this?

  6. Ashamed 2 b a Fl girl says:

    I thought the cuff on Nicole’s sleeve was a hair scrunchie!

  7. SusanneToo says:

    Rip off the hideous sleeves and maybe ok. And isn’t Sofia still married?

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree, I actually really like the rest of the dress, it’s the sleeves that ruin it for me.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Yes, her husband is in the French band Phoenix and they have two children. They played on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. I love their music.

    • Janetdr says:

      Ruffles = patriarchy

  8. LAK says:

    I thought Sofia is married to Thomas Mars. When did she get a divorce?

    • theothercleo says:

      They’re still married. She thanked Thomas in her acceptance speech in Cannes.

  9. Idky says:

    Sofia always looks awesome. Love her minimalist style.

  10. Jeesie says:

    Kidman’s always been drawn to these sorts of dresses. I feel like people only remember her most iconic looks and forget the dozens of others similar to this. She likes sleeves and frills and interesting adornments.

    I don’t mind it. I’ll take something ugly but different over a steady stream of dull black or nude column dresses any day.

  11. Dttimes2 says:

    Are we sure thats Tarentino??? Wow he looks totally different

  12. Scal says:

    Coppola is still married right? I think she and Tarantino are just friends.

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      They dated very long time ago ( before or after her marriage With Spike Jonze)

  13. Miss M says:

    Is Kiki pregnant?!

  14. Beth says:

    Those sheer sleeves kind of ruined the pretty dress. I can’t say anything bad about Nicole Kidmans hair because if it was thinner, it would be exactly like mine.

  15. Maria F. says:

    i think the Nicole’s hair is a big problem. Change that and the sleeves and the dress is quite pretty.

    I prefer Elle in pastels.

    To be honest it seems that nobody wanted to go big and steal the spotlight, it being a ensemble, so the outfits all are pretty but now WOW.

  16. PunkyMomma says:

    I’m stunned Carolina Herrera designed that dress – her designs are usually a bit more understated and sophisticated. Those sleeves – eek, and the pot scrubber cuffs – just no.

  17. OSTONE says:

    Au contraire, I find Nicole’s style still so dead on. She takes risks and elevates anything she wears. That green Gucci earlier this year? Amazing. I would rather see Nicole showing interesting stuff on the red carpet than the same, boring and repetitive strapless gowns everyone wears. Her hair and the Botox, that’s a different story altogether.

    • Millenial says:

      I like her style too! She’s always wearing something interesting. Her style has a bit of je ne sais quoi and it adds to the over “mystery” I think she maintains.

      FWIW, I’m not wild about the sleeves, but I like the dress.

    • teacakes says:

      Both Nicole and Kiki have that It factor when it comes to red carpet – they’re usually either glorious or wtf, and sometimes gloriously wtf. Which is Nicole here.

      (Nicole’s green parrot Gucci at the SAGs, Kiki and her Death Star Met Gala dress….. I dare anyone in Hollywood to top them)

  18. Magnoliarose says:

    The print of the dress if ok but more as a retro garden party cocktail length dress. I won’t discuss the wrist scrunchies. Kiki looks like the lifestyle is catching up to her. The dress is fine. Nothing special. Emma looks cute, not blown away. But at least the color is nice.
    Nicole’s hair is a tragedy. It looks like a straw mess.

  19. Neelyo says:

    I recall the exact moment when Kidman lost her fashion mojo. She’d been on a streak since the 90s. Everyone was awaiting her arrival at the 2004 Golden Globes and she showed up wearing this:

    She’s never been the same since. People blame it on the death of L’Wren Scott but this was long before that.

    • Don't kill me I am French says:

      Her hair,her hash makeup,her botoxed face,Her fake boobs !!😱

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Yeah, it has been so long she really dressed great (there has been some occasions of course where she dressed well) that I don’t know why people expect her dresses to be great.

  20. fiorucci says:

    Nicoles hair damage would be a lot less apparent if it was in an updo. I don’t see the wiglet or extensions at all- you would think they would not use fake hair that was not a nice texture. Nicole obviously doesn’t want to go back to red which I think was not her real colour anyways. So I’d advise her to go for some darker blonde pieces. I’m sure it’s not one flat colour now but some more variation would help the appearance of the texture. Darker blondes can be very flattering. Especially since her skin is very fair and she doesn’t seem to play with bronzer or anything

  21. Arock says:

    Apparently Nicole kidmans hair is all wig and extension, but at this point you’d think she’d just go with a bob or let it rest for a couple of months.

  22. Sehar7 says:

    She will always give me the creeps.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I need to get to the optometrist asap. I read your comment as, “She will always give me the crepes”…

  23. LolaB says:

    Literal lol at the David Carradine comparison.

  24. Karen says:

    She is out every night and in different countries the past week. How does she do it? I think she has been in London, Nashville and then back to Paris and then to LA. She must sleep well on planes. And hair, makeup and dresses. I am exhausted getting dressed up to go to a wedding.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I don’t understand it either. And I thought her kids live in Australia. Am I mistaken? Since flying constantly to there to see her family too seems impossible. She always seems to be everywhere.

  25. Heather says:

    I love Nicole and I think she looks great. She is still elegant to me and very well dressed. I adored her in Big Little Lies – more Nicole, please!

  26. teacakes says:

    I don’t know, I actually enjoy Nicole going full wackadoodle Miss Havisham – better to embrace the crazy than be boring. And say what you might about her, she doesn’t look boring.

    I don’t mind Kiki and Elle’s dresses but this isn’t a patch on the dresses they wore to the Cannes premiere, that glorious periwinkle on Kiki (she should give a masterclass in how to show off your boobs, she always looks luscious and never tryhard when she goes low-cut) and the lilac on Elle.

    Sofia is easily the best-dressed of the lot here, though – I covet that Valentino and her poise. And it’s sweet she’s still friends with QT, they obviously still respect each other (also I doubt she’s dated him any time in the last decade, she’s been with Thomas Mars the entire time).

  27. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I thought Emma Howard was Kate Hudson with some extra weight at first glance.

  28. Marianne says:

    Nicole’s dress is very pretty without the sleeves. They just look like a weird afterthought.

  29. KLO says:

    Nicoles arms look literally exactly like mine when I have a sunburn. I literally thought she had one because I am fair-skinned like her. HIHI

    Sofias dress is perfect.

  30. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I actually don’t hate Nicole Kidman’s dress (altho I think it would look better without the sheer sleeves). Actually, I think Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning should swap dresses. They would both look so much better in the other’s dress.

  31. themummy says:

    I think I would have loved Kidman’s dress without those godawful sleeves. Those sleeves turned something that could have been amazing into absolute crap.

  32. anniefannie says:

    I think the problem w/Nicole’s hair is similar to mine. It looks like her hair is white/with no pigment. I started getting white hairs when I was 12 years old. It’s very difficult for that hair type to hold any color so unless you’ve just had it colored it can look washed out and or flat. She definitely needs better wigs or extensions though. I think she should just color the base of her hair a dark ash blonde to create some contrast?
    I’ve never, ever seen a Herrara gown that fussy! It’s too youthful for her which is a shame because I think that’s her biggest issue . I wished she’d just lean into aging gracefully because i think she’d be gorgeous if she’d relax , not be so overwrought…

  33. Joannie says:

    She’s wearing a wig. Apparently her hair isnt in good shape due to overprocessing. Red hair doesnt go grey it fades to a lighter shade. Her skin looks great!

  34. Jag says:

    The sleeves and the hair are not good. Cute otherwise.

  35. A Fan says:

    Sofia Coppola looks really good. And, in comparison to the freak that Nicole Kidman has become, she looks earthy and beautiful.

    [*Very refreshing.*]

  36. Felicia says:

    I don’t think that’s a wig. If she was wearing one, she could afford one that doesn’t look like fried over-processed hair. What she needs is to discover Olaplex which is the be all and end all for over-processing damage, at least as far as what is available these days.
    Sleeves… maybe she’s getting to the wobbly skin over the triceps age?

  37. Amberica says:

    Kirsten is wearing pants. I don’t hate any of these, tbh.