Style Showdown: Nicole vs. Rachel in Collette Dinnigan

Posted on February 01, 2012

It’s purely coincidence that we’re doing two of these in a row. Normally, big-name stars don’t go out in the same outfit, in the same month. Maybe that’s changing, what with Cate & Reese yesterday and now Nicole & Rachel. Personally, we’re all for it. We never understood the thinking that Starlet X can’t wear a dress that Starlet Y wore once before. Oh sure, it’d be disastrous if they showed up at the same event, and certainly when a ladystar has a WERQ moment in a certain dress, then other ladystars would be advised to stay away. But two ladystars in the same month in the same dress, neither of them absolutely KILLING it and making the other look bad? We’re so there. And so are you.

Consider:

Nicole Kidman attends the AACTA Awards in California.

Very pretty. We’re loving Nicole’s latter-day understanding that soft looks and soft hair serve her much better than the crazy fashion robot looks she was sporting for several years there. Marriage, it seems, agrees with her. Or at least, that’s what she wants you to think.

But wait! There’s more!

Rachel McAdams attends German photo call for her movie “The Vow” in Munich.

We covered this last week and scored it an 8.5/10 in a Pairs Division post. We stand by that. In fact, we’re thinking, as good as Nicole looks, Rachel is edging her out just slightly. It’s better against Nicole’s hair and skin tone, but somehow looks less fussy and a little fresher on Rachel.

Collette Dinnigan Spring 2012 Collection

 

But once again, we turn the final decision over to the Kittens who are Bitter. We ask you, darlings:

Who wore it best: Nicole or Rachel?

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I think that is the best Nicole has looked in a long time, but Rachel wins this one for me. It comes down to preferring the way it sits on Rachel’s shoulders, I think you can see the sheer detail better, and thinking black shoes look better with it.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I agree with your shoulders-and-shoes analysis. It also looks to me as though the dress is pulling across Nicole’s hips. Or maybe it’s just wrinkled?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

        Nicole’s lace pattern runs in a stright line right across her hips. Rachel’s looks better on her shoulders too. Rachel FTW.

      • Anonymous

        The dress is definitely tighter on Nicole.

        It’s better proportioned (vertically) for Nicole, but Rachel looks better in it. But I think that’s less because of the dress and more because of Nicole’s giant noggin. How does she hold that thing up on her swanlike neck? Someone please tell me this is a Photoshop Disaster and not her actual proportion!

        • Call me Bee

          She’ll be crying herself to sleep on her huge pillow…

  • Anonymous

    rachel, def.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole just needs some type of bangs.

  • Anonymous

    Nic

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

    I think Nicole looks better in this dress -it fits her to a T, and her skin has color to it (I can’t believe I’m saying that) and it off sets the color of the dress better than it does on McAdams.  Also a little too long on McAdams….

    • Anonymous

       I was going to post the same thoughts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Isn’t this the perfect show of why taller women can wear that “mid-calf/tea length”? Though I picked Rachel, Nicole pulls off this length much, much better.  Rachel is around 5’6, where Nicole is around 6ft. 

    • Anonymous

      I think it fits Rachel much better than it fits Nicole- it’s so tight on her that the white panel under the belt makes her look a little pouchy in the belly.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

        I don’t think it’s a matter of the panel making her look pouchy – she’s almost 10 years older than Rachel and has had a baby later in life (your body doesn’t snap back as well). She needed a larger size tailored to her shape.

    • Anonymous

      The length is better on Nicole but I disagree that it fits. It looks a size too small  making it pull all over and giving it a fussy look. Rachel wins it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Charlotte Horseman.  My only quibble with Nicole is her hairline looks greasy, like she had on a headband for yoga class, and showered for the red carpet, but didn’t have time to do her hair, other than to brush it out.  NOT that I’ve been known to do that.  NOT that I get to walk red carpets, either.  But still.

  • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

    The fit is so, so much better in Rachel. Nicole looks like she can’t breathe, but then, her android non-movable face makes me think she’s not even alive.
    I’m all for comparisons too, but here the age difference makes it kind of cruel, if you ask me. 

    • Anonymous

      Spot on. Whenever Nic-droid shows up in a showdown, I’m defaulting to the other contestant unless or until she lets the kink back in her hair and the curves back in her bod.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel. Nicole looks like she can’t move her arms in the damn thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

    Am I being a pansy if I call it a tie? I think they both look great, for different reasons, but I honestly couldn’t pick a winner.

    • MilaXX

      It’s a tie for me as well. I can see good and bad points on each look.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a draw.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins easily here.  Nicole is looking good, but it looks a little tight on her, like she should have gone up a size and then tailored down a half.  Also, I think Rachel’s styling works a bit better, imo.

  • Anonymous

    The same dress with three different pairs of shoes, none of which are quite right for the dress.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahVotes Sarah Bailey

    Nicole.

  • CQAussie

    Absolutely Nicole Kidman looked WAY BETTER than Rachel McAdams.  First – it fits Nicole better and doesn’t make her legs look like stumps or make her look frumpy like it’s doing to Rachel.  Second – Nic’s shoe choice was definitely better than Rachel’s, who looks like she’s got no feet.  Nicole’s skin tone is working great with this dress, Rachel looks washed out.  It’s a toss-up in the hair department, I think both ladies looked great.  But Nic for the win, for sure!

  • http://twitter.com/Moondragonic Charlotte

    My vote is for Nicole. It works better against Nicole’s skin tone and the length on Rachel’s dress makes it look a bit frumpy.

  • http://twitter.com/caratweets Cara

    I vote Nicole. They are both lovely, but it looks great with Nicole’s coloring; plus the dress looks a skosh long on Rachel.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T3AKDE5FZ7RMCWOKNQBWNQ3NUQ JD

      Agreed.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so glad for the last 3 comments.  My immediate reaction was “Nicole, for sure!” when I saw the pictures and I was shocked to find that almost everyone disagrees with me.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    This is a tough one! I think Nicole looks great in this, but I think it looks a smidge better on Rachel. It doesn’t help that I love both of these ladies; there’s no personal preference to break the tie!

  • Anonymous

    Rachel. It all comes down to the styling and the fact she’s using black shoes, which is a better way to finish the look to me.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  The hair and makeup are better, and the just seems to work better on her.  Nicole looks great, but Rachel has the edge.

  • Anonymous

    I think the dress just suits Rachel better; it’s flattering her figure in a way it doesn’t for Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or does Nicole’s head look HUGE compared to the rest of her body in those pics?  Is it because of the camera angle?

    • mellbell

      No kidding. I look at Nicole and all I see is head, shoulders, and sternum. I look at Rachel and I see a pretty dress.

  • Anonymous

    oh, and Rachel definitely looks better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Rachel.  Nicole is too tan for that sheer stuff going on at the chest. It looks just right on Rachel.  

    • Anonymous

       This. I don’t think it works with Nicole’s skin tone at all. Then again, I am incredibly pale and tend to favor clothes that wash me out.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  It looks like she can breathe.  It’s doing weird things to Nicole’s pelvic region.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole – it works with her coloring better. Rachel looks washed out. 

  • Susana Reyes

    I like how Rachel looks best. The way it looks like it is bunching up/wrinkled on Nicole distracts me.

  • Anonymous

    I like it better on Nicole actually. Seems more proportional to her longer legs and I prefer it with her coloring/hair color.

  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

    Rachel – even though her  feet disappear on that black carpet!

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Rachel. For reasons others have noted.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Nicole’s is maybe the wrong size.

  • R. L.

    Nicole.  I like it better on her because the dress matches Rachel’s skin. 

  • Renee Thomas

    Rachel.
    BUT — I would have given it to Nicole if hers wasn’t too tight. She’s a better age and height for the dress, but the wrinkling of the underskirt… it could have been stunning but instead looks ill-fitting.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kati.irons Kati Irons

    I think that Nicole, who too often has the “fashion automaton” look, looks very comfortable and sexy in this look, while Rachel has a more prim & proper vibe.  I’m giving this one to Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  Looks way too tight on Nic.  Also Nic’s head looks too big for her body – like a bobblehead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

    Nicole all the way if only because she shows off the dress better. What’s up with Rachel McAdams? She looks like she has no neck.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  They both look good, and I so agree with your Nicole review. She looks healthier than she has in a long time.  But her dress doesn’t seem to fit her as well underneath the netting, and maybe it’s the lighting or photography, but the black/cream effect looks better on Rachel, and her dress seems to fit better and hit her shoulders just right.  Although I like Rachel better when her hair is darker.  Actually the dress looks best on the model. 

  • Anonymous

    Nicole. It complements her skin tone sooooo much better and I think she looks fresher in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6416893 Jenna Kuhmann

    I love it on Nicole. 

  • Anonymous

    Rachel for the win. The fit is better on her dress across the hips. I like how the dress is sitting on her shoulders better. As an aside. Not liking the blonde hair on her all that much. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s too tight on Nicole. Otherwise, there must be something different in the lighting.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  Black pumps were the way to go and she looks more relaxed.

  • Anonymous

    It looks best on the human one. The alien with the very large head frightens me.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel definitely wins; I don’t like the way this dress sits on Nicole’s chest/shoulders. They both look pretty nice, though.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got to give it to Nicole. She looks amazing, and Rachel looks, well a bit stouter than usual in this number.

  • Brad and Anne White

    Rachel.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole.  The length is better on Nicole, and I prefer the more delicate shoes over the black pumps.

  • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

    Rachel wins

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QP4RBTAZX6QTHZZSJ2YT7DGO7Q Brittany

    Rachel. There’s something weird about this dress for me though – the way it accents the area right below the waist in a bizarre way. It’s a slightly mature dress, and the more mature the lady, the more mature it’ll come off. Hence Rachel’s age gives her an unfair advantage here.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Rachel’s fits better. And I like the color better on her for sure. 

  • http://twitter.com/leslielies Leslie S

    I think Rachel wins just barely. it’s soft and romantic on her. the fit is too tight on Nicole, but I do like the length on hers better than Rachel.

  • Anonymous

    I love it on Rachel, though they both make it work.
    Will you be posting results so we know who the Bitter Kittens thought wore it best?

  • Anonymous

    Rachel’s got it, hands down. The neckline works better on her – and did Nicole have the skirt modified? The pattern is slightly different, and not quite so flattering as a result. Whereas Rachel’s has a pretty, floral effect, Nicole’s looks more starkly divided into lines. It gives the whole thing a sort of dip-dyed effect, which… I’m sure is not what she was going for.

    They both look great, though. Really.

  • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea Jody Lee

    Rachel.  On Nicole the dress looks too tight and her head and shoulder too big.

  • http://profiles.google.com/clairehaley1 Claire Haley

    Rachel by far. I actually think it suits her complexion better. Or maybe that’s just my pale-girl solidarity talking.

  • Cathy S

    Rachel, although it was a close one.

  • Layne Alexander

    Rachel. Always Rachel.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thekate Kate Musgrove

    Nicole, mostly because of the length.

  • Anonymous

    The length is definitely better on Nicole, but I have to go with Rachel for the win.  Nicole’s is too tight.  I don’t know if that’s changing the black pattern or if that was on purpose, but as it is (on Nicole), there is a figure-widening band just below the curve of the bust, effectively removing that curve from her body, and another widening band at the already-widest part of her hip.  The resulting look is that the dress is too tight because she has big hips and a small bust:waist ratio, which is almost certainly false.  On Rachel, the black on top covers more of the bust and on the bottom, it falls away from the middle of the waist (There is probably a real word for what I am trying to say), making her waist look smaller.

    Also, though both are clearly off-the-shoulder, on Nicole, it kind of looks like it’s off the shoulder because 2 minutes ago it was aggressively pulled that way.  On Rachel, it looks like a design element.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel just looks softer and prettier in it than Nicole.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    They both look great, but have to defer to Rachel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

    I think Rachel…for me it comes down to the shoes. Black just looks better to me.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. I think it makes Rachel look dumpy, it’s too long and it’s the same color as her awful hair. Nicole FTW on this one.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  The length and color are better on Nicole but the fit is wrong.  As said above, none of the three are wearing the right shoes for this dress but Rachel’s look better than the other two.  The shoulders look best on the model but Rachel is far and away second best so she wins.  Rachel or Rachel’s stylist should have have had the dress shortened so that it hit her legs where the dress hits Nicole and the model’s legs.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins by a mile.

  • Anonymous

    And, btw, Unks, I love this feature!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aboutelle Ashleigh Boutelle

    The dresses are different and I think that changes each look a lot. Nicole’s version is very horizontal whereas Rachel wore it runway style…I like both, but defer to the “original”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1162085042 Diana Martinez

    Looks better on Rachel, and somehow more casual.  Nicole’s feet look tortured. 

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  I prefer the sleeve up higher on the arm as she and the model have it, as opposed to the lower and more stretched way that Nicole is wearing it.  The bust looks too tight on Nicole too.

    Does Nicole head look disproportionately large?  I’m creeped out a bit.  ;)

  • Anonymous

    Such a beautiful dress.

    They both look great, but I’ve actually got to tip it to Nicole. I think it’s better with her slightly sunnier skin tone and I like the proportions on her taller frame. Also, better jewelry.

  • Anonymous

    Based on initial reactions, Nicole gets the win in my world. As a short lady, I understand how much it sucks,  but the dress makes Rachel look stumpy :(

  • Anonymous

    Rachel FTW, by far. The dress is pulling in weird places on Nicole. Plus Rachel has a fresh-faced ease that Nicole can’t seem to capture, no matter how hard she overworks the hair and face.

  • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Cassie (C.M.W.)

    Nicole for me; it’s down to the hemline, I’m afraid, and I noted that Rachel’s fell too low when I first saw this dress on her.

  • Anonymous

    Eh. It looks best on the model.

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    rachel mcadams for sure, nicole had a bad tan going on and awful awful shoes/feet

  • Anonymous

    I’m giving it to Rachel just because Nicole’s is giving the impression that her straps are sliding down her arms and in danger of revealing her boobage to the world at any moment.

  • Anonymous

    Team Rachel. Nicole looks like her dress is too tight (never a good thing). But I agree with the others who say Nicole looks better than we’ve seen in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, I kinda like it on Nicole best. Maybe it’s the shoes. I like Nicole’s sandals better than Rachel’s pumps.

  • Shoelover1512

    I have to go with Nicole. The length just looks so much better on her.

  • Anonymous

    I’m Team Nicole. Better length on her, offset better against her skin tone. McAdams is lovely, but I fear this isn’t her dress.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole! And the model.  Clearly, it works better on a taller person with long legs.  And Rachel looks awful, so washed out.

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    Nichole has the better skin tone with the dress. I think the reason Rachel looks fresher, is because Nicole has about ten years on her. I’m giving the win to Rachel though, because looking at them I guessed the age gap was 20 years. 

  • Anonymous

    Rachel. It fits her better. Nicole’s is just a smidge too tight in the waist and around the shoulder piece.

  • Sabina Kallstrom

    NIcole. It’s better with her coloration and the length looks just right.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I think Rachel definitely wins. I can’t really say why…maybe because I really don’t like Nicole’s shoe choice? I don’t know, but Rachel.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    I like it better on Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel, but barely. I think they both look good but something about the way the shoulders look on Nicole just isn’t working whereas I have no complaints with the way the dress looks on Rachel. I do like Nicole’s hair better, though. Any chance you’ll tell us the winners like with In/Out?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LN3YDEEKSR6XINKBYKN72NB74 Elaine

    Rachel for sure. Nicole looks so overprocessed and stiff and unnatural. But I guess that’s more of a general statement : )

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Rachel.  Nicole looks like she just rolled out of bed and grabbed the dress of the floor–the skirt is wrinkled and has a big crease, and the sleeves don’t look right.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    I love Nicole, but Rachel bags this one!

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  I want to yank up the sleeves on Nicole’s.  Although, I do agree that Nicole is looking much better these days!

  • Anonymous

    Despite some thigh fit issues, I have to give this bout to Nicole. Rachel looks like a youngster who got a dress out of her much taller mom’s closet and can’t quite fill it out.

  • http://twitter.com/felicitas_s Felicitas Strautman

    rachel. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m going with Nicole. I like her styling of the dress and pulling the straps off the shoulders is very flattering. I also prefer the length on Nicole, coming just at the knee.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Rachel. I think the dress is too romantic to suit Nicole. I don’t think soft suits Nicole Kidman at all. She always looks angry and in pain. I think severe and simple looks work best on her.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

    Nicole wins it, but only by virtue of being taller. That hemline is just better suited to taller women. I still think Rachel looks nice, though.

  • vmcdanie

    I’m going to vote for Nicole but I think that could be because I like her movies better.

    And yes, I eat this shit up.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed about Rachel winning. I would go further though and say that I like it on Rachel but I don’t like it on Nicole. 

  • Anonymous

    Nicole by a big margin!  The sheer looks very drab against Rachel’s skin and hair color.  Plus the length is much more flattering on Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    It breaks T Lo rules, but it’s almost like this dress is supposed to match Rachel’s skin. It’s like the sheer and her skin become a canvas, together, for the lace.

  • MilaXX

    I call this a tie. I like how the netting looks on Nicole’s, but I think Rachel wore a better shoe. Rachel’s top makes her face look 2 shades darker than the rest of her body.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole wins. I like the length better on her and that she didn’t just go for a black pump. Rachel looks like she could go down a size.

  • Anonymous

    Long time lurked here. Just have to say the skin tone issue decides it for me – it is simply all wrong on Rachel. If Nicole lift the shoulder straps a bit and sorted out the sizing and/or the wrinkling going on in the lining it would be perfect. Rachel has simply chosen the wrong dress, however acceptable the fit is.

  • Anonymous

    agreed with nicole’s coloring working better, but rachel still wins! she does make it look so easy.

  • Anonymous

    *lurker*

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    Rachel.  Nicole’s hair is too washed out for a nude based dress.  As an aside, it makes her forehead look even bigger.  Not that that’s related to the dress, but still, Rachel takes the win.

  • Anonymous

    This is a tough one but I say Nicole by a slight margin.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole. Rachel’s doesn’t seem to fit as well to my eyes.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel’s shape is better for it. Nicole is not particularly hourglassy, and the way the dress gets paler again below the belt makes her hips look oddly puffy, to my eye. The dress is much kinder to Rachel’s figure.

    I actually think I like the colors better on Rachel than on Nicole–oddly, the degree to which the sheer shoulders blend into Rachel’s skin is making that part of the dress look more substantial, whereas on Nicole it just looks weak because you see through it so clearly.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole. Not only do the skin tone and hair, work better, but fit and length suit Nicole better than Rachel. Rachel looks a bit washed out, and it looks too long on her, heading into matronly territory (fresh? really? I don’t see it), and the fit on the torso is too big on Rachel.  Nicole also very smartly removed the bow on the belt. 

  • Anonymous

    Racole…

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, guys, I’m going to give Nicole the edge because of the skin tone issue you so rightly pointed out.  Rachel looks fresher because she is further away from her ‘use by’ date.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel rocks this dress, I don’t like Nicole in it at all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/katherinempg Katherine Pisarro-Grant

    Absolutely Rachel. First of all, Nicole’s dress is in serious need of ironing. I also think that with her prominent clavicle, the neckline is a little too severe. Plus, her bridesmaid shoes make it look cheap. On Rachel, the dress magically transforms into something elegant and unique. Her hair looks soft and gorgeous, too. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually like it better on Nicole, though perhaps she’d be bett served by going up a size

  • Anonymous

    Nicole.

    But it looks like there is less black on the dress Nicole is wearing. 

  • Toto Maya

    Definitely Rachel. It’s much more flattering on her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264609232 Samantha Ritchie

    Rachel. for sure.

  • Anonymous

    RACHEL!! Rachel looks comfortable in it and Nicole doesn’t. And Nicole will always lose points for distracting us with her botox problem. 

  • Anonymous

    I might have to give the (very slight) edge to Kidman. The length is so much better on her. I think it looks a little heavy at the bottom on McAdams because it is too long on her.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Rachel. 

  • Anonymous

    Rachel takes this solely on her skin and hair tone fitting the dress better.

    But Nicole has been looking really well lately. Well done, stylist!

  • Anonymous

    go Nicole….you rock

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

    Rachel

  • Anonymous

    Hey, they both look great and it’s a beautiful dress.  I say it’s a tie!

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins because she looks more comfortable in the dress.

  • Anonymous

    nichole, i say, for the same reason’s kurious kat cited-  fit, coloring, and length.  it is a little tight around the butt, however.  on rachel, it looks about a size too big, and it washes out with her hair and skin tone.

  • marilyn

    Nicole.  She is taller and more slender than Rachel.   Everything looks better on women who are taller and more slender.  I don’t particularly like this dress because of the two-tone liner, and the really noticeable liner color sits on top of the hips.  But, that is another rant……  

  • Elias Pineda

    rachel

  • Anonymous

    Nicole, by a half-mile.

  • Anonymous

    I vote for the model…

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    Going with Nicole. More flattering on her body. On Rachel I think it has a certain odd shapelessness around her midsection,

  • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

    I’m not sure I care who wears it better – I just REALLY hate how it looks white in some places and taupe or grey in others. 

  • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

    Rachel.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

    RACHEL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

    although i don’t think the color is particularly flattering on either one.

  • Nancy Karpen

    The dress looks fresher on Rachel.  Nicole looks wrinkled.  The simple shoe works better as well.  

  • Anonymous

    I like it better on Rachel, though the length works better on Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins for me; I just can’t get past Kidman’s immobile face….

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s the lighting that makes it look fresher on Rachel

  • Anonymous

    The model captures the best elements of both ladies: Nicole has the height advantage, so the hem hits just right; but the slightly looser fit on Rachel (especially the shoulders) emphasizes the whimsey, so it’s no longer your average ‘little lace dress’. However, on my screen, Rachel looks like she is tiptoeing in a vat of tar, so apparently she loses out on the shoe choice alone.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel. Her skin, no matter if it’s lighting or nature, seems to work well with this dress.  She also looks somehow softer in the dress, but I can’t figure out why.  I sortof like Nicole’s shoes though.  But I like a shiny shoe.

  • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Helen

    the length of the skirt doesnt serve Rachel’s legs so well, it made them look thick & bold. One inch shorter or longer would have made big differences. the lighting may have helped Rachel look fresher than Nicole.   but  the dress looks best on the Model.

  • Anonymous

    Audrey and I both vote for Nicole on this one. The dress just looks better a scoche tighter and more figure hugging. Except that she loses half a point for the lining bunch.

  • Maria McGarry

    Nicole.  Ties go to shoes.

  • Anonymous

    rachel by a million miles.
    less desperately provocative, less showy. more elegant.

    sign me,
    tired but not particularly bitter.

  • Anonymous

    I think Rachel looks better in it… Nicole also seems to have moved the bow in the belt over to the side — which I think looks odd.

  • butter nut

    nah, Nicole is wearing the shit out of it.  she’s bringing something to it.  Rachel is just wearing what someone put on her & it looks weird on her skin tone.  

  • Anonymous

    Rachel – because she’s not trying to get everyone to notice her purchased boobs like Nicole is.  

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    I can’t pinpoint why, but I like it better on Rachel.
    (Actually, it’s probably because I don’t care for Nicole, but I do like Rachel.)

  • Anonymous

    Rachel – she looks less fussy in it. I think it is a fussy dress. Don’t like it.

  • Judy_J

    I think Nicole’s body type suits this dress better. Rachel looks a bit stumpy…maybe it’s the length. Bot Nicole’s head looks abnormally large. Camera angle, perhaps?

  • Anonymous

    I do think it looks better on Rachel. For some reason this dress makes Nicole’s body look small, and her head freakishly big. Also, for some reason she looks like she isn’t standing up straight. 

  • Aly Light

    I’m with Rachel. The lace is cutting Nicole at the wrong place, and the color isn’t flattering her as well. Plus, she’s that star who annoys the hell out of me for slightly inarticulate reasons (I mostly blame Cold Mountain).

  • Anonymous

    I vote Nic, because it doesn’t disappear on her skin quite as much. It’s pretty much my dream dress though, so I think they both look fantastic. However, Rach-your hair color makes me melancholy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2A3RYQVKJZKZNKS5W2ASCAKSI Lynne

    Seriously, I think Nicole is too old for this dress…. of course Rachel

  • Anonymous

    Nic wins, the dress is too long on Rachel.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole.  They both look great, but when a 44 year can rock a look as well as a 33 year old…well, that says something.

  • Maria Figueroa

    Rachel. I think Nicole might be a little…tall for it? It looks too small on her and the sleeves look droopy.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wears it better because SHE is fresher looking. Nicole fills it out better. The more I look at this dress the less I like it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    Rachel!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

    Rachel by a mile.  Nicole looks so bizarre – she used to be so beautiful. And it’s not that she’s aging.  Aging would be fine.  It’s all the fake crap she does to herself in an attempt not to age.

  • Anonymous

    So here’s the thing of it, Nicole has had that thing tailored within an inch of it’s life; Rachel allowed it to drape.

    Winner? Rachel, on sheer effortlessness.

  • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

    Rachel. Brava Nicole, but this is so a Rachel win.

  • Anonymous

    more than just slightly – the next botox Nicole gets should go directly into her spine because her posture is terrible lately. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.r.markiewicz Tom Markiewicz

    weird; it looks too young on nicole, and too old on rachel. no-one wins.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Both look good. Rachel wins although I *so* wish she’d go back to being a brunette. I’d sign a petition.

  • Anonymous

    For some reason, it does look better on Rachel. Can’t say why though. Is it because… the lining is straighter??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZGSQMHRCO7LAIOWG2HD74V6XU Marcie Dreyfuss

    The dress fits Rachel better. Or should I say, she is wearing the better fit? It seems a bit too small for Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t particularly love this dress on either of them. It seems to make them both look frumpy. If I had to pick one, I would go with Rachel, just because it is styled slightly better and she’s giving it more oomph.

  • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

    Hmm, i think Rachel fills it out better but neither of them are werquing it. I have issues with Rach’s hair colour too, ich.

  • Anonymous

    NICOLE

  • Samantha Irene

    nicole has a massive wrinkle or scrunch in the lining that’s driving me nuts. Rachel wins because it’s sitting better on her, and I like her lack of tanner, plus the black shoes look more modern than the strappy gold do… Though she could use some more color on her face or a small necklace or cuff or something to set it all off

  • Anonymous

    My vote goes to the nameless model….just sayin’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405004314 Cindi Tracy Aune

    Jeepers. I always thought Kidman was the whitest woman on the planet but damn, Rachel is practically transparent :O

    I give the nod to Nicole because the dress “shows” better on her skintone.

  • Anonymous

    Prefer the length on NK but the fit on RM.
    Prefer the smoother underlayer on RM (NK’s is creased, both above and below the waist).  Not excited about the shoes on any of them, including the model:  NK’s strappy silver seems an odd choice and RM’s solid black pumps do her longer hemline no favors.  The less said about the model’s nude-with-toe-cleavage pumps the better.

    a DRAW, I guess:  a good look that just barely misses, in a quibbly sort of way, on both.

  • lilibetp

    I prefer it on Rachel, too.  And the lining in Nicole’s seems to be riding up or something.

  • Anonymous

    nicole. the dress is too much the same color as rachel’s skin. I thought so the first time around too.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole’s hands down.  But the shading on the dress makes both of them look like they have a pouch.  

  • Anonymous

    Nicole’s hands down.  But the shading on the dress makes both of them look like they have a pouch.  

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  First, it looks like it fits her right, hugging her body without being too tight.  On Nicole, it’s too tight.  Second, it seems more flattering that the row of dark lace across the hips seems to dip down on Rachel, while it cuts straight across Nicole.  On the other hand, the length seems better on Nicole than Rachel; in the latter case, the hem length takes it slightly toward dowdy.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel!

  • Anonymous

    Nicole

  • Anonymous

    Nicole

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins, her skirt fits her better (Nicole’s is tight & bunched a bit).  Plus, Rachel looks more comfortable in it, that always wins

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the model wore it best. It’s ill-fitting on both Nicole and Rachel. The glowing middle makes everybody look fat. Why did the designer over-complicate? Seems to be a recurrent theme these days.

  • Anonymous

    I like they way the top half looks on Rachel better, but the length looks better on Nicole and she picked the better shoe. Rachel looks like she’s footless!

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.  Nichole looks like she hasn’t quite gotten the dress all the way on–it’s slid way down on her arms, like she hasn’t shrugged all the way into it, it’s too tight on the hips, so it doesn’t sit properly.  Admittedly, Nichole has the better skin tone, but that’s all she has going.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel wins because it fits her better and (IMHO) suits her coloring better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Rachel wins.  I really liked the way the dress was lighter around the waist when I saw it on Rachel, but somehow it just makes Nicole look thicker there.  Also, the colors make Nicole’s skin tone look uneven.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Both pretty good. Rachel I think wins, but not by much.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I think Nicole is knocking it out of the park on this one. The fit, especially around the shoulders and bodice are great, plus she doesn’t have the ‘disappearing feet’ effect that the black shoes are having for Miss Rachel. Plus, the length on Rachel is just a big NO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

    Is it just me or do the shoes make Nicole’s feet look enormous? Maybe it’s the angle of the shot but I nearly spit out my coffee when I saw those feet.

  • Noelle Haland

    Rachel. I like Nicole’s length a little better, but hers is too tight, weirdly bunchy and just more forced-looking than Rachel’s.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole by a country mile.

  • Anonymous

    The proportion & fit are better on Rachel. Both look great though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

     I have to recuse myself from this one, because to me the reason Rachel looks better has nothing to do with the dress and everything to do with Nicole just not looking very good what with having that giant head and being so sickly pale and skinny. Rachel looks young and healthy, because she is.  It’s not the dress.

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress on the model. Madly love it, in fact. But it’s a bit too small and awkward on Nicole, who looks hunched over in it, and the length is frumpy on Rachel. Tie.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Nicole, hands-down. Rachel somehow manages to make the dress look frumpy. It’s too long on her, too.

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    Rachel, I think it looks softer and more feminine on her.

  • Call me Bee

    Eh–neither one.  It’s not a particularly flattering dress on either one of them or the model. 

  • Anonymous

    looks fresh on rachel, dowdy on Nicole Rachael wins!

  • Anonymous

    I have to say Nicole…I like her accessories better, and it also looks better against her skin tone, although some static guard would have been helpful…also, Rachel somehow makes the dress feel more subdued.

  • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

    Nicole.

  • akprincess72

    Rachel NEEDS to change her hair color!!!

  • http://twitter.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

    Nicole. 

  • Anonymous

    Considering that one of the contestants is human and the other a Stepford Wife whose face is Botoxed and plumped to the point of being unable to render any expression — I’m going with the human. Rachel, you win.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Hem length is better on Nicole as well, but for some reason, Rachel looks better — for no apparent reason other than, she just does.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole.  Although I might change my mind if I saw them sitting.

  • Anonymous

    Rachel.

  • Anonymous

    Late as always, sorry.
    I say : Rachel wins the competition hands up !
    On Nicole, it looks tight and sultry while on Rachel it looks sweet and fresh, more like the designer view.

  • michelle

    rachel!

  • sterlingrose

    The dress just looks like it fits Rachel better. And why does Nicole pull the sleeves down?  She did that with the black and white (forget designer this early in the morning) and it looked weird. What is it about showing off her shoulders?   It looks awkward on Nicole, it pulls and is off kilter whereas Rachel wears it gracefully.