Nicole Kidman in Elie Saab at the “Cinema for Peace” Dinner

Posted on July 15, 2013

FINALLY someone deploys the trendy white shoe correctly. There’ve been a lot of poor attempts lately, which forced us to conclude that proper utilization of the white summer shoe is harder than it appears. Trust Miss Nicole to get it right.


Nicole Kidman attends the “Cinema for Peace” dinner at Soho House in Berlin, Germany in an Elie Saab pale blue dress from the spring 2013 couture collection paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

Christian Louboutin June Leather Slingback Pumps

Maybe you have to be icy in that Nicole Kidman way in order to get them to work. Because that’s the word here, right? “Icy?” We just want to shave off some of that dress into our iced tea right now.

What’s the Kitten Call on her head? We like the hair, although it can be a little dowdy from the front. We like the earrings too, but we’re not entirely sold on that color with that dress. It’s got a baby shower vibe to it.



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  • Clearly she was working the “This is a Serious Event” look. That said, I think she looks smashing, including the very conservative do.

    • mshesterp

      Agreed–this is in the WERQ category for me…I think she looks just amazing. Love that dress so hard.

    • I agree with you. So why does she have a plain covered rubber band in her hair? Is there a shortage of fabulous barrettes?

      • Must be part of the whole “Serious Event” thing.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Didn’t she have a plain rubber band in her hair a couple of months ago at an even more elegant affair? I know it is tough to have a bad hair day but doesn’t her stylist come prepared?

  • jenrsmall

    I like the whole thing, it seems venue appropriate. But I did expect her to start singing “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”

    • drdarke

      YES, @jenrsmall:disqus ! She looks great – but great in a “I’m Starring in the EVITA Revival?” kind of way!

  • Sobaika

    A perfect icy gazelle.

  • carnush

    Love it. Gorgeous from head to toe.

  • The slash of powder blue eye shadow is a blow to my soul. The dress could lose and inch or two, I think. The hair is not finished enough, is that a sad little elastic band we see? Yet, she still looks lovely. Regal, even. But oh so icy.

  • mmebam

    Unfortunately, my eyes were drawn to that beautiful, vibrant blue on the other woman.

    • NBG

      Me too. Love it. I was recently told that this is the shade of blue you get when you ask for royal blue in a sari shop. Divine!

      • desi_girl

        Oh my god! That was on the Humans on New York photo of two women in saris, right? Internet is turning into a small world. (Sorry, I swear I am not stalking you. Read those comments when HONY posted that picture.)

        • NBG

          LOL, small world indeed!

          • desi_girl

            We really do! 🙂

  • H2olovngrl

    I think she looks striking. She also cuts quite an amazonian figure. Make up is very soft and pretty; I like it.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Only she can make blue eye shadow and a ponytail look regal.

  • NBG

    Would have preferred it if she went with an updo rather than the ponytail. Everything else is lovely.

  • Introspective

    love this. icy yes. conservative yes. but also playing to all her strengths. so im good with her grace kelly goes to a political event drag…

  • Emily Giovanni

    Love it, except the hair says “commoner who woke up late and didn’t have time to fuss with her hair.”

  • Diego!

    She does look very nice indeed… Her face looks less botoxed, doesn’t it? I agree with the earrings, they don’t go with this dress, but she looks very nice, I repeat 😀

  • I like the whole thing, including the earrings.

  • Annarosa

    dislike the hair totally! the rest is perfection. I adore Elie Saab.

    • conniemd

      Elie Saab knows how to make women look beautiful and elegant. So put a dress of his on a woman who also knows how to do Grace Kelly type beauty, class and elegance and she can’t go wrong.

  • Nancer

    This is all working for me. Beautiful.

  • lexilexi

    Love the dress, but I do miss her hairdo from the Jimmy Choo campaign… she looked so fabulous with bangs and a shorter cut.

    • makeityourself

      I’m kinda surprised that her contract with Jimmy Choo doesn’t require her to wear their shoes exclusively. I guess when you do a deal with a star of Nicole’s magnitude, she can call the shots.

      I love everything here, btw. Especially the pink earrings and the white shoes.

  • VeryClaire

    Pretty flawless and I too, have a hard time with white shoes.

  • gabbilevy

    Not a fan of the Severe Center Part, but her face looks lovely and soft and her photo partner’s sari is stunning. Nicole looks good, but not groundbreaking.

  • Lola Channing

    a conservative ‘do? This is the do so many designers had going on the runways. It’s simple, classic and chic.

  • kipper

    I think this is close to perfection….

  • Nikko Viquiera

    see what happens when you lay off the botox for a while? she looks so relaxed! facial expression for the win!

  • filmcricket

    Wish she weren’t wearing Louboutins; I feel like the pink around her face is clashing with the red sole (and yes, I’m serious). Hair’s pretty awful, but otherwise she looks great.

    • Jessica Freeman

      my only nit pick about louboutins…sometimes the red sole is too much for the shoe.

      • flamingoNW

        in this case I think it helps. To me, the 100% white is tacky, and it breaks up the iciness just a touch. Gives it a touch of luxury, and I didn’t even specifically think Louboutin when I saw it.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      To filmcricket and Jessica Freeman, as I mentioned in a reply to another comment in this post, the red accents on the shoes are the trademark RED SOLE design that
      indicates the shoes are Louboutin footwear. That’s not decoration; the
      red’s a trademark. It’s an indicator of source and is, I assume because I sure don’t own any Louboutin shoes, used on all his products. Trademarks are not only words (LOUBOUTIN), but can be designs, combinations of words and designs (e.g., logos), or even colors. In addition to the red sole design, for example, the color pink is a registered trademark owned by Owens Corning for glass fiber insulation.

      • veleri

        I believe anyone knows that 🙂

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Well, then there should be no objection to a trademark owner’s displaying the mark. I’m not quarreling with you, but design and color marks that secure a federal (I’m speaking of US trademark law only here) registration need to be used consistently, widely and enforced against imitators whether innocent or intentional. I assume that a woman chooses Louboutin shoes to wear because she believes they compliment her outfit and overall appearance, but I doubt that the trademark red sole particularly is factored into a clash/compliment calculus evaluation. I could be wrong, of course, and I better get back to work here at IP Central on billable trademark matters!

          • veleri

            I just think the comments were about her decision to wear Louboutins: choosing louboutins (instead of other designers’ shoes) implies wearing red, and red, in this outfit, does not really work. And I agree with that.

            I wouldn’t have chosen red either. I believe I would have opted for pale pink. But then again, I only wear converse shoes, so maybe I’m not the right person to discuss about things like that. 🙂

          • veleri

            However, this reminds me that about a year ago Mr Louboutin decided to sue YSL (and Zara) for copying his trademark sole. I don’t really remember how it ended up though.

          • filmcricket

            …Uh, yeah, I know all that. I don’t own any, but I work with someone who has several pairs, and yes, they all have the red sole. @veleri:disqus is correct, I was questioning her decision to wear Louboutins, because the red clashes. It being a trademark doesn’t change the fact that the colour doesn’t go with the rest of the outfit, and I’m quite sure she could get her hands on Manolos, Jimmy Choos or any number of other pairs of designer footwear that would not clash. But thank you for the ninth-grade lecture on trademarks.

  • joanna dash

    Oh hell to the no to the hair and that sad little elastic band! It looks like office supplies. I can’t even. The dress and shoes are wonderful although (and yes I’m being super nitpicky here) the hem of the dress needs crispness. It looks like she hemmed it herself while watching tv.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The shoes work because the dress is so damn gorgeous. She looks great.

  • veleri

    A hair tie? SERIOUSLY?

  • marlie

    She looks AH-MAZING. I just love this. And yes, first time I’ve seen the white shoes done correctly.

  • veleri

    I wish she ditched that hairstyle and decided to go for the red bob instead.
    I loved her in the Jimmy Choo campaign. She had fire, now it’s just plain beautiful ice.

    (Sorry Christian, I hate the shoes, but don’t worry: I’m just a girl who always wears all stars.)

  • nannypoo

    I like everything but the length. Reminds me of my grandmother, who always said that a lady should wear her skirt that exact length to cover the back of her knees, which is the ugliest part of a woman’s body. She also admonished my sisters and me to always undress in the closet. Clearly anything that reminds me of that particular grandmother is best avoided.

  • queen b*tch

    A loose bun would’ve looked better. Love the dress, indifferent about the shoes (cannot abide white shoes even if they are perfectly deployed)

  • Sweetvegan

    She looks great! The white shoes work because they’re delicate. A white pump would’ve been totally different.

  • desi_girl

    That dress reminds me of Kate Middleton, for some reason!

    Also, we must all imbibe from Queen Nicole the art of putting an arm around someone and maintaining a safe distance from them, all at once.

  • Veronika Pashkina

    Beautiful. She also looks about 11 feet tall here, I love it.

    • flamingoNW

      She IS 11 feet tall!!

  • NC_Meg


  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I’m choosing to believe Nicole had a fabulous updo that got irretrievably damaged in the limo and the beautiful woman in the sari had an elastic band in her bag. She selflessly donated it to Nicole and helped her arrange her messy locks. Because of peace and cinema.

  • flamingoNW

    That’s a total WERQ. Man, she can really WERQ it when she wants to. Could anyone fit better in that dress? Love every bit of it.

  • MilaXX

    I like the hair, not the earring. I think a lavender may have been a better choice. I do like the white shoe here even of I’m not a fan of that particular shoe.

  • decormaven

    I rather like those earrings’ color- it adds warmth to her face, which could look a bit sallow with that icy blue. Agreed- the white pumps work in this situation. Overall, she looks great.

  • Belvane

    I like the earrings with the dress, but I don’t like the red accents on the otherwise lovely white shoes.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      The red accents on the shoes are the trademark RED SOLE design that indicates the shoes are Louboutain footwear. That’s not decoration; the red’s a trademark. (And one that was hotly litigated.)

  • Julie Chase

    I love the whole look.

  • Shawn EH

    I think she’s playing with the red accents on the shoes with the pink earrings. Maybe too subtly, but not matchy-matchy at least. She looks great, the ice queen amazon next to her friend.

    • drdarke

      The woman in the lovely blue sari is not a NRI woman filmmaker like Nira Nair (KAMA SUTRA: A TALE OF LOVE) or Gurinder Ghadha (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM), but the UN’s ” Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Lakshmi Puri”. I’m guessing she’s responsible for the event…..

      • nannypoo

        I wondered who she is. She looks beautiful in that gorgeous color.

  • jhedman

    On my screen, the earrings disappear from many angles because they match her skin tone exactly. I’m not sure what they were expected to do, but the effect is they don’t do much of anything, and with her hair pulled back like that, she needs something more. The size and shape are fine, but not the color. Otherwise, she looks amazing, hair tie and all.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Oooh, I love this, right down to the shoes. Not a huge fan of the Goody elastic holding back her hair, although ever since I saw her with that red bob in the Jimmy Choo fall ad campaign, I’ve been hoping that she’d make that change permanent.

  • prettybigkitty

    The dress has a baby shower vibe to it? That is one fabulous baby shower! Or did you mean the earrings?

  • SewingSiren

    Lovely. Especially the earrings.

  • Jake Donohoe

    To me she is totally rocking the Samantha from Bewitched goes to a cocktail party. I hope Darren doesn’t do something stupid.

  • Terry

    In that first photo she looks like a Barbie doll for some reason.

  • GorgeousThings

    I’m not convinced on the hair, though maybe it’s hot and humid in Germany right now? I know here in Boston I’d just be pulling my hair back in a ponytail if it was long enough. It’s hot and muggy.

    I love the earrings. I think the coral takes it just outside baby shower. The shoes are pretty, but my feet hurt just looking at them.

  • formerlyAnon

    The earrings are o.k., but I’d like a bit more intensity of color. Hair is good face on, but she needs something in the back – fake hair or scarf-enhanced – SOMETHING to let her make a sleek faux bun/twist.

  • Anathema_Device

    Still don’t like white shoes, but these are okay, mostly because they are not full-on, heavy-looking pumps. I like the look overall, and her head is fine with me. I think the earrings were an attempt to warm up the look, in that coral/turquoise-pairing vein.

  • Sunraya

    I mostly love the look, but for some reason the fit at her waist reminds me of girdles.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Perfection; the color of the earrings is just the flaw woven into the rug.

  • jackie cohen

    I’d love to see her curls again.

  • Danielle L

    Lovely, in a “mother of the groom” kind of way.

  • padma sallah

    AW YISS. A lovely sari!

    I like everything that Nicole has got going on, except for maybe the earrings. I am kind of not feeling them as much. I suppose something silver would have been way too bang on though.

  • LaSylphide

    I think a simple hair style is good for this pretty dress. It might have been nice if she’d used something that doesn’t look like an elderly rubber band, though. A little bling on her George would have been nice.

    The dress color is beyond gorgeous on her. Why oh why does she (all lady stars, really) wear those blah non-colors?

  • fitzg

    I still hate the white shoes. They will never not look geriatric to me. Silver would have been nice.

  • Daisy Walker

    Love everything except the shoes.

  • lrhoff


  • Andy Morris

    The hair, combined with the colour of the dress and shoes, give me a very ‘Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ feeling. Which I love. She’s been looking very well recently, I think part of that is her new richer hair colour. It really suits her a lot more than the platinum look she sported for a while. Also is it just me or has her face relaxed/not looked as though she’s had work done moreso in the last while?

  • frannyprof

    I love everything except for the sad ponytail rubber band.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks fabulous. She is completely in her wheelhouse. The hair is working OK for the look.

  • capybara_cafe

    Hate the earrings, old lady hair, but DAMN that dress looks made for her, and I love the shoes.

  • Anniebet

    I’m wondering if there are many women in the world who could stand beside Nicole and outshine her in this kind of setup. Towering height, elegance and beauty are hard to beat. That said, the lovely woman in the sari is making a damned good attempt at drawing my eye.

  • girliecue

    A sleek, simple ponytail is fine, but this looks like an oh-god-I’ve-got-to-out-the-door-NOW job. A simpe hair accesory over the elastic band would have made her hair a non-issue.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Overall fabulous! I don’t hate all white shoes just plain pumps. These are sensational!!!

  • kalisa

    Man, look at how super-thin her pony tail is. It’s like she’s losing all her hair.

    • murt

      She lost her hair a long time ago unfortunately – it’s nice that despite that, she tries to work her natural hair sometimes without extensions etc. I think she might be using a hair-thickening spray or powder (like Toppik) on the top to hide bald spots, which results in that ‘duller’ look she often has.

      • kalisa

        REALLY?? I had no idea. I agree that it’s nice that she’s trying to do it naturally, but a surprise given her long-running affair with botox.

        • murt

          Yes – I notice it because I struggle with the same thing myself – but luckily my hair is not quite as thin as hers. It’s actually pretty common among women and there’s really not much that can be done, other than to hide it with Toppik, or extensions etc.

  • E. D.

    WERQ for me!

  • lilyvonschtupp

    I love you. DONT TOUCH ME!!!!

  • Just Me

    My goodness, she looks stunning…and I now completely understand and applaud Queen Helen’s deployment of stripper shoes. If I had to stand next to that tall, tall drink of water on a red carpet, I would look like her “little person” friend.

  • PeaceBang

    Entirely fabulous. And someone even managed to get some volume out of her totally fried hair, bless their hearts.

  • altissima

    Did she do here hair herself? Looks a bit sloppy with the crappy hair elastic visible. Then again, I s’pose she hasn’t much spare hair to wrap around the band.

  • DCSheehan

    Hover hug alert. If you’re going to hug someone then touching them is required. Otherwise you look like you’re about to shove them to the ground.

  • amaranth16

    Outfit is lovely. Hair looks dull and unhealthy. Time for a hot oil treatment.

  • icy, yes. if betty draper time travelled to the 21st century. january jones, take notes. the shoes are ideal and so are the earrings. they give a pampered chinese princess vibe to the look. the hair is of no consequence.

  • Beautiful–both women!

    And I love those earrings with this dress–they complement the white shoe deploy, and they pick up the subtle flash of pink in the dress’s beading.

  • librarygrrl64

    This white shoe hater agrees. Well done, Nicole.