Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci

Posted on May 22, 2012

Oh, no, no, no, Miss Nicole. This won’t do at ALL.

Nicole Richie attends 40th Annual FiFi Awards in an Emilio Pucci dress paired with Brian Atwood pumps. Clutch by House of Harlow 1960. Meus Jewelry.

Emilio Pucci Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Isabeli Fontana

Late-sixties Streisand never wore mullet skirts and  she sported cat-eye makeup, not smokey-eye. Must we teach you EVERYTHING? Should’ve consulted a drag queen or two before attempting this one.


This is a costume party, right?

[Photo Credit: Donna Ward/PR Photos,]

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  • hillmad

    I dunno, I thought she looked pretty… I’m not a fan of the mullet dress, but this is about the least offensive one I’ve seen.

    • I do too and I’ve never really been into her looks OR mullet dresses but I’m kinda digging it.

    • That could be because at her height, it’s less a mullet dress and more of a train.

    • That could be because at her height, it’s less a mullet dress and more of a train.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      I think her hair looks fantastic, and I like the neckline of the dress. It really suits her. Maybe this should be a Scrolldown Fug  instead.

  • MightyMarshal

    I have to say, I actually like it. I almost feel like it needs a necklace, but the hair is so dramatic and attention pulling that I feel like a necklace might have looked cluttered and been overkill.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    too tiny a gal for that much mullet…..

  • I actually love this. I think she looks sexy without being slutty. There’s a whole lot of refreshing in that.

  • petalfrog

    She’s a tad short for this… I imagine Linda Evangelista in this. However, it’s fun and she does look happy and healthy.

  • belfebe

    Love the hair and makeup.  But girl, that is not your dress.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I love this…for Nicole.  Tired of the hippy-chic bit.  She looks pretty and dressed up.  And this is one of the very rare times when the dress looks better on a petite girl, than the leggy model (looks like maternity lingerie on the model)

  • AWS

    Didn’t Madonna wear the white version of this during her “Like A Virgin” performance at the VMAs in the 80s?

    Anyhoo, I’m not hating this.  It’s not boring and she’s rocking the dress AND the shoes…

  • Imasewsure

    It’s funny though… if you could crop her from bangs to hips, it’s the prettiest I’ve ever seen her look… unfortunately that kind of cropping is still illegal in civilized societies… as is, it is too Streisand-y for words…. 

  • Sara__B

    Her hair and makeup look great, and the dress would have been great, too, IF it had been all long or all short. That’s the most extreme mullet differential I’ve seen yet!

  • I’m not a mullet dress fan, but I like this look. Good on her to lengthen the front of it and put her hair up. Sexy and classy all at the same time. I’m a fan of a fellow tiny girl who disregards anyone who thinks she’s too small to pull off a look like this.

  • Zippypie

    Hair is too tall and mullet is waaaaay too long.  I hate these mullet dresses.  I just want a pair of shears to chop it the eff off.  She’d look so pretty without that ridiculous train.

  • hughman

    Needs more Mantilla. 

  • ConstanceGrace

    I think she looks great. I don’t know how it can be a Streisand costume when the dress and makeup are all wrong. So the hair reads Babs, I don’t think everything else has to, too–it keeps it from being a costume (which it doesn’t seem like to me anyway).

  • Too much dress!

  • SpcilK

    She looks like black Goldie Hawn from the neck up. Not a fan of the mullet skirt, but she looks rather cute.

  • SpcilK

    She looks like black Goldie Hawn from the neck up. Not a fan of the mullet skirt, but she looks rather cute.

  • MoHub

    At least it’s longer in the front than it is on the model.

  • MoHub

    At least it’s longer in the front than it is on the model.

  • Judy_J

    Would be a good look if not for the mullet skirt.  The train in the back ruins the dress.

  • I kinda like it, and her make-up is beautiful.

  • pattyw

    Cut off the mullet and I think she looks sensational.

  • marilyn

    That is too much dress for her.  Is it a negligee or a dress?  I thought her hair was morein the Dolly Parton genre.  Nicole is a beautiful petite woman.  She needs to avoid stuff like this.

  • judith traherne

    c’mon, what else would you wear to the FiFi awards? this is perfect.

  • crash1212

    While not a fan of the mullet dress, at least the one she’s sporting is longer in front than the model’s. Yikes! I love her hair and makeup. Nobody rocks the full bangs like Nicole does.

    • giiiirrrr

       Yeah, her eyes are just the most incredible color – she should always play them up and the bangs and makeup do just that.

  • Who’s funeral is she going to?

    • calimon

      or Gothic wedding…same diff.

  • Who’s funeral is she going to?

  • I would have given this a WERQ!

  • TheOtherChristina

    Initially I felt like this would be a WERQ if the skirt were all one length. Then I saw the last picture and I decided that it’s a WERQ regardless. That hair is really working for me.

  • Tafadhali

    I was digging this so much until mullet skirt. I…just don’t understand that trend.

  • TieDye64

    This might be good IF this weren’t a dreaded mullet dress. A black lace mullet dress at that.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    I disapprove of the trend of dyeing your eyes to match your hair. 

  • I actually think this would be adorable if the hem was even. I think she pulls this era off really well.

  • LilyPad

    I really like the top 2/3 of the look so much that the mullet skirt didn’t bother me as much as it usually does. I think she is IN!

  • Lina_bee

    that is so not her dress. The hair is cutely retro, tho.

  • Lina_bee

    that is so not her dress. The hair is cutely retro, tho.

  • I think she looks great!  Certainly better than I’ve ever seen her look.  It’s a Mad-Men-inspired look – part Barbra, part Betty Draper in Italy.  She had the taste to lower the front of the skirt a bit.   She looks grown-up and sophisticated.

  • ballerinawithagun

    She looks great great, just cut off the train!

  •  love the hair and makeup.
    front of the dress is too short.
    back of the dress is too long.
    she looks really good, though.

  • I actually like this, but maybe it’s the lighting or something – the color of her eyes – literally eyes, not eye makeup – is freaking me out.

  • That’s a lot of dress for such a tiny gal

  • The hair and makeup are pretty fab and really play up her looks, but…ugh, mullet dresses. Especially ones like this, which are essentially a minidress with a train. I like the bodice a lot, though.

  • formerlyAnon

    Might have been cute with an even hem above the knee.

    She’s pretty, here. And her hair looks very good. But knowledgeable hair-watchers, how much of that hair is hers? I thought she used to have just dreadfully thin & mistreated looking hair. I find it hard to believe this kind of turnaround is biologically possible.

    • MilaXX

       My guess is none of the bun that we see is hers and maybe half of the bangs came from India.

      • formerlyAnon

         Thank-you for your educated guess. I wonder about her hair every time I see her.

  • Qitkat

    At 5’1″ she is far too petite to wear this hideous black peacock dress.
    She has beautiful eyes though.

  • sashaychante

    I like her hair.  I really don’t get mullet hemlines.  Does anyone remember the ’80s when bike shorts with a mullet skirt/train were popular?  I’m scarred by this recollection, so perhaps this is why I don’t get the mulletress. 

    • Pennymac

      ARG! Flashback!

    • MilaXX

       YES! Didn’t Demi Moore or somebody wear one to an awards show? Can you imagine the fun we would have on these blogs if TLo was doing this in the crackstatic 80’s?

      • sashaychante

         It was DEMI!  That is the flashback I get whenever I see the mullet hemline.  ACK!  The 80s were so WACK!

  • norseofcourse

    Honestly, when I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was Charo. 

  • carpediva

    Cut the mullet and I think she’d look stunning.

  • merciblahblah

    I actually love her hair and makeup, and would love the dress if it weren’t a mullet. All short, and I’d be on board with the whole shebang.

  • AnaRoW

    I think she looks cute.

  • PrunellaV

    Hurrah! The new Pia Zadora!

  • I disagree. I saw this outfit on another site and thought she looked fabulous and that she’s finally got her sh** together. She’s not emaciated anymore or too young and immature looking. She looks like a stylish young adult.

  • I was scrolling down, thinking she looked really pretty, wondering what TLO was talking about, and then I saw the mullet. I don’t understand, I just don’t.

  • I like it. The only mullet-skirted outfit I’ve seen that doesn’t make me cringe … it’s a bit modern-day Empress Josephine.

  • SewingSiren

    Not a fan of the mullet hem. But Nicole wears it much better than the model.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I know – it’s awful on the  model, isn’t it? I love Pucci, but this dress, yeesh. . . 

  • She’s far from being my favourite person in entertainment, but I kinda dig her choices on the red carpet. In the end, she never goes for safe, and I can’t not respect that

  • Tashina Savage

    I love this look on her. 

  • sherrietee

    I’d love that dress if it weren’t a mullet.  Seriously love it.  Just lop off the back half and gimme.

    • Pennymac

      I agree. I was dismayed to see the mulletted back. As a short cocktail dress it would rock!

  • kikisayshi

    It’s pregnant Snooki!

  • LambeeBaby

     In the first photo, approximately 1/4 of her look is taken up by her hair…arrangement and it looks odd. I would love the dress without the “party in the back”.

  • I think I love this – which is the first time I’ve ever said that about a mullet dress. She has a way of making things that I otherwise hate totally work.

  • quiltrx

    WTF are the FIFI awards?

    I like her hair.

    The dress looks like it started as a good idea that went crazy along the way.

  • egl48

    Very pretty.

  • Sophie Collier

    I like it from the waist up.  Her hair looks chic and the makeup is nice too.  But that skirt’s got ta GO.

  • MasterandServant

    Actually, I think she looks pretty and healthy and happy. The best of the mullet dresses that I have seen- I think it suits her frame

  • Haha! IMO she stopped just short of Pia Zadora. Nice try, Nicole!!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Oh look, Angie Dickenson’s Slutty Friend.  OUT.

  • MilaXX

    So close. Not a train wreck look, she just had a few missteps. In fact if the dress didn’t have that mullet train I would cosign it completely.

  • In that outfit and styled that way, she looks like an actress from a 60s Italian giallo film. Brava!

  • She looks like a cast member on GCB

  • Rebecca Jay

    Beautiful.  And good god, those eyes!

  • I kind of like it!

  • BayTampaBay

    I think she looks great. 

    Cut the mullet hem off the dress and I think you may have a WERQ.

  • Bah. It looks like a modern Babs. She’s looks totally cute. Come on boys…

  • jjfg

    Is this from the Elvira collection?  At least she didn’t wear the cross…

  • I think she looks beautiful! And I am not a fan of mullet dresses, but this is really pretty on her. Sorry, guys, I can’t join your snark on this one. Please don’t revoke my unborn fawn status!

  • I think she looks really feminine and pretty

  • Looks like Paula Abdul and Barbra Mandrell had a baby.

  • EEKstl

    From the knees up I think she looks beautiful; love the hair, dress (minus the hemline, which I despise) and make-up.  Yes, it’s 60’s redux, very Casino Royale (the Peter Sellers version), but I’ve always loved the style of that period so maybe I’m biased.

  • Her feet make me cringe in pain.

  • oh em gee!!! THATS WHY I LIKE THIS! hahaha because she’s channeling fanny bryce/barbra streisand. i get it now!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I absolutely LOVE the hair and the big earrings and the make-up on her and the dress is awesome until we get to the mullet part. This would have been so cute had it been a short babydoll dress. Might have even been a WERQ for me. Dammit, Nicole!

  • From the neck up she is absolutely WERQing it.  I don’t love the mullet dress, but I have to say, she’s pulling it off quite nicely.  Had she cut off the mullet part of the dress and it been a short length it would have been a total WERQ!

  • VicksieDo

    I love this look.

  • TomBord

    and she’s of interest because she………….??????????????????????????????????????

  • hair and makeup look fabulous. She needs to be a good 5 inches taller – or better yet, the dress should have been altered for a shorter person – because she’s got the figure and it looks so much better on the model. 

  • love the hair!

  • Jellybish

    The dress is okay, but the hair and makeup added about 15 years to her age.

  • Lilithcat

    What the heck are “Fifi awards”?  Best dressed poodle?

  • piecesofconfetti

    I love it! 

  • Rand Ortega

    Just watched “Funny Girl” last night so this is quite retro chic to me. The proportions on the dress are…interesting, but not offensive. The beading is gorgeous. The styling is a bit wonky w/ the smoky eye, but the hair is spectack!
    Sorry TLo. As always I bow to your expertise, but from a layman’s perspective I love it.

  • kat89

    I think she looks cute, and I normally hate mullet dresses.

  • babydoll on crack

  • I’m kind of loving the hair/eye makeup combo. It really makes her eyes very pretty. Just hate the dress.

  • lilazander

    I detest mullet dresses, but this dress has a potential when the mullet is edited. Beside, Ms. Nicole looks great. Gosh, she cleaned up so great.

  • texashistorian

    She looks really good. Dress is okay, thought at the bottom it’s wtf. She gives off an air of mystery, which is exactly what she should do, because every time I see I ponder the mystery of WHO is she, and WHY is she famous, and WHAT has she done?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I think she looks FAB!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I think she looks FAB!

  • mmc

    I fairly certain my 15 yo daughter would flip for this look, especially with the big ole cross the model is wearing.  Sigh.

  • sweetlilvoice

    It amazing how good she looks now. Motherhood agrees with her.

  • samo_samo

    I think she looks cute. I have no issues with this look.

  • PeaceBang

    Charo! Hey, um, is Nic Richie still famous? 

  • LinXGUA

    My, that’s an unflattering dress! emphasizing the wrong areas… it looks lazy, outdated, tacky  and sad. How the designers at Pucci approved this thing? It’s like they hate women or something.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She missed the Dark Shadows premiere by a week or so.

  • I agree, I think it’s her height and her hair.  This would probably work better on a giant person.