Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci at the 2013 American Music Awards

Posted on November 26, 2013

Nicole Richie attends the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in an Emilio Pucci dress paired with Casadei heels, a House of Harlow 1960 clutch, and vintage Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent jewelry.





[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • TropiCarla

    Wow. I must have fallen asleep in anatomy class because what? Doesn’t everyone have a seam at the back?

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      she must have gotten a makeup artist to do a killer job of covering up her…err…seam

    • sojourneryouth

      Is it partially covered by that tattoo? Is that a tattoo, or some kind of ass-crack decal? I am just as confused as you. Possible ass cleavage makes me feel anxious and eewie.

      • Targettaste

        Thank you for “ass-crack decal.”

  • SewingSiren

    I once knew a guy who had a snake tattooed coming out of his ass. I don’t know why I always think of that when I see her, but I do.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      OMG-now I need a quick brain bleach to erase the image of the snake!

    • alyce1213

      I once saw a guy with a snake tattoo coming out of his crotch. I don’t know which is worse.

      • formerlyAnon

        Crotch. No contest.

        • fursa_saida

          I hate the ones where dudes get a naked lady tattooed on their stomachs and use the belly button for the vag. It’s gross on so many levels.

          • formerlyAnon

            [TMI warning] My #1 criterion: If I have enough enthusiasm for you that I am up close & personal with your private parts, I shouldn’t be forced to be disillusioned about you based on the body art I can see if my eyes are open. On your back, go for it. Between nipples and knees, please, nothing tacky, nothing gross, nothing excessively juvenile.

  • gabbilevy

    Well, cutouts are certainly having a moment, aren’t they.

    • At least there is no illusion netting.

      • barbarienne

        I think this stands out as the right way to do cutouts. It fits her perfectly. I don’t know if there’s a lot of tape and wire holding it to her body around the edges, but this works because the cutouts contour to her body instead of gapping in weird places.

        ETA: okay, so apparently it was falling off her rear. I still maintain that this works because it conforms to her. No gaps, no weird pulling, no crinkling of illusion netting (b/c no illusion netting). I’m not a fan of Ms. Richie, but this works for me.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree that this works better, in that aside from the too low back (JMHO), this dress does fit Richie well.

  • Mary Lauer

    Stunning. I would say classy/elegant even with the totally bare back. Not sure I am a fan of the gold eyeshadow choice. And SOME color on the lips, please?

  • Danielle

    The back MUST be tucked into her underwear. There is no other explanation.

    • Calinda_L

      I would bet money on that thing being glued on with epoxy.

    • Nope. Saw a clip of her in motion, having to constantly pull it up in the back. Drooping failure!!

      • sojourneryouth

        I CANNOT believe anyone would wear this without a thong, copious glue, and prayer. How tacky to have to always hoist up to prevent coinslottage!

        • NoveltyRocker

          Coinslottage!! HAHAHA

          • I’m dying over coinslottage; I gotta write that one down. Heeee!

    • Mary Lauer

      You are assuming she is WEARING underwear …

  • Calinda_L

    Her ass is so flat. Why wear something that accentuates that to such a degree?

    • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

      Indeed. Some styles just don’t work unless you have something in the back to hold them up. I know of what I speak.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I have the flat ass problem. I do every exercise to round it out but the exercises just seem to expand the whole mass and leave the buttocks in the same proportion.

        • Aurumgirl

          Yes, well, you’re not the first to come face to face with the truth about exercise and what it’s supposed to do for your body shape.

    • Little_Olive

      Well, thank you for saying bluntly what most of us were afraid to.

      Notwithstanding the fact that you are right, I drew the line of the dress on me -I have quite a prominent behind) and came to the conclusion that anything that starts below your hipbone and continues to drop, like that dress does, will hit you mid-crack. So who’s wrong this is, I’m not sure.

      • Is her crack obscured by the tattoo? That’s my theory.

        • Little_Olive

          God I sincerely hope not. That would be painful to watch (let alone to have done) and the stem (pun not intended… but why not) of many a fertilizer joke. I doubt she’d want to do that to herself.

        • Sarah

          I think, as aforementioned, our girl has a wee boot, hence an even more wee crease therein. Therefore, despite the amount of bare real estate back there, we are spared the actual crack.

          • mixedupfiles

            Could this be a strange manifestation of her disorder? Like, she wants us to notice how very small the butt is?

          • Sarah

            Oh, I wouldn’t call it a disorder. She’s just a tiny, tiny lady. But, I’d bet when this was tried on, the fact that she was probably a bit too short and the cutout in back rode so low was reckoned not a problem since she has such a small derriere. Too bad that the didn’t try having her walk around in it, since it seems word is she had to keep hiking it up all night.

          • sojourneryouth

            You could be right, but then it really isn’t her dress, because it makes odd proportions look totally jacked up. You just look at her back and go “?????”

          • Now I’m ROTFLing! :,D

    • bravobravp

      It is concave

      • Calinda_L


    • marlie

      I’ll give that she doesn’t have a naturally large rear end, but this dress is also making it seem even smaller than it already is.

  • She must be deploying that Japanese sock glue.

  • Kent Roby

    The back scares me just a bit, but she looks really pretty from the front. Praise little baby Jesus in the manger that there’s no ice skater “illusion” netting added!

    • Little_Olive

      Those are some well-placed quotes. I’ll start using them, thankyouverymuch.

  • This entire thing needs a better stylist. The fit on the ass is terrible, the yellow-gold eye shadow is a bad call, and the accessories need to start over. Basically, I like the idea of the dress, on her, at this event, but there are too many changes needed to be able to call it homerun or a WERQ,

    • CakesOnAPlane

      Yes, all of this. Also, I like to think she was aglow with the holiday spirit when she set her spray tan level to Burnished Turkey.

  • lobsterlen

    Having a very visible passion play crawling out of your ass crack is a very distracting.

  • Verna Challenger

    How does she keep the back of the skirt from sliding down? It looks rather loose to me.

    • MoHub

      Evidently, she couldn’t and was seen pulling it up repeatedly.

  • boweryboy

    oh. my. god.

    To her credit, at least she didn’t fill in the cutouts with orthopedic grade illusion netting.

  • nannypoo

    I have come to expect better from her. She looks fine from the front but the back is really slutty.

  • Little_Olive

    No. This makes me so ANGRY!!!! I was loving it so much until what we all know by now!! Disappoint!! And more importantly, how did no one in her team realize what was going on back there? WTF PEOPLE!?

    • Anplica Fiore

      What do we know by now? Inquiring minds want to know!

      • Little_Olive

        …the half-assedness (hee hee) of what is going in with the back of that dress, of course.

  • tereliz

    This “American Hustle” look really works for her, with her golden skin and her big eyes, but the dress does not look like fun to wear. She had to be adjusting the back all night.

    • marlie

      I agree. If it weren’t for the fit issues, I’d love this on her.

  • lehen

    i thought people were embarrassed by their tramp stamps these days…

    • She is. One of my favorite tweets of hers is: “I woke up this morning feeling pretty good about myself. And then I remembered I have a tramp stamp.” I feel her.

  • Sarah

    Hmm. Despite the unfortunate nuditay on her rear, I’m thinking that a certain Miss Aguilera is probably seething with jealousy that her white cutout dress didn’t come off like this.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Cutouts. Everywhere. So Gwen Stefani is pregnant so Hollywood is holding a interim ‘Best Abs’ competition?

  • I think it looks cool and sexy from the front, plus I glad she committed to the cutouts and said no to the icky illusion netting trend. And love, love the jewelry. But obviously, that is way too much booty crack. Any booty crack is too much booty crack.

    • Little_Olive

      Agree. Except… I see NO booty crack here. Hm.

      • I think the tat camouflages the crack. You could squint, but why would you want to?

  • MoHub

    So instead of scrolldown fug, we have turnaround fug. I hope she didn’t need to bend over for any reason.

    • teensmom99

      Was just about to say this and am glad I read through the comments first!

  • padma sallah

    I cannot sign off on that back. When a dress is just one buttcrack away from a malfunction, it’s not a good look. I do like everything else tho, even the gold eye shadow.

  • ana170

    I was okay with this until I saw the back. She shouldn’t wear dresses that accentuate her complete lack of a backside.

  • ballerinawithagun

    It started out so classy, but that then she turned and we discovered that the dress belongs to Miley.

  • In_Stitches

    Decent enough look for a photoshoot, but not for real life.

  • We can only surmise the many times she had to hike that thing up so as not show the butt crack…much like young men hiking up their saggy pants.

  • TLJezebel

    Nicole, I’m begging you. Eat something!!!

  • I was sort of OK until I got to the butt-crack baring back. NO, you can’t do this, even if you’re 5′ tall and a size negative 2.

    The necklace is rather lovely and it hits in exactly the right place. She does wear white like nobody’s business.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I love the dress (from the front) on her body. Taking it up so her butt is not almost falling out would have done wonders for the overall look. I am really not loving the gold eye shadow. So very close…

  • Tara Watson

    she looks old and her skin is all saggy. She’s a beautiful woman but she looks wore out.

  • JasmineAM

    She has the prettiest eye color. That’s the only positive thing I could think of.

  • MilaXX

    Her fake tan is a bit too orange. The dress works but only because she doesn’t have a booty. Otherwise this would be vulgar instead of borderline tacky.

    • anyalama

      I believe a tramp stamp is more vulgar than a “booty”.

    • Jumpingjacks

      To be honest I think this dress would only work with a booty, something to hold the fabric up.. I feel like it could slide of any moment..

  • kimmeister

    I think the problem is that she’s not tall enough for this dress. If her torso had been longer, the back wouldn’t have hit so low.

  • crash1212

    I love this look for her…until she turns around. Somebody needed to hoik that back up a couple of inches. Other than that – this is beautiful tip to toe.

  • Garcia Loca

    I can see her ass tattoo disappear in her butt crack.

  • Rebekah B

    Even though it shows more skin than the white cutout dress of Christina Aguilera’s the other day, this one looks so much more expensive and almost classy (OK, maybe classy is the wrong word) the way Nicole styled it. Well, at least the front does. The back, not so much. Also, I must have that bag.

    • alyce1213

      Right. This dress is much finer material and it’s well-lined and constructed. This looks like couture, Christina’s looked off the rack at a not very good store.

  • alyce1213

    The back needs to come up about 3-4 inches so the fabric follows the curve of the butt (small as it may be) rather than drop flat from where it is. Such a shame, because otherwise, that’s so her dress. Love the chunky gold jewelry.

  • webslice33

    i was gna give her a WERQ til she showed her back…

  • decormaven

    There’s a little bit too much exposure in the back view for my taste. I do like the gold jewelry, though.

  • Kathy

    Okay, I didn’t see it in any of the comments, so I have to say it: Now THIS is cracktastic.

    • lobsterlen

      I am not religious at all but Ass Crack Crucifix should never be a fashion statement.

      • Kathy

        I know, right? What was she thinking?

  • Jana33

    I think this has a 60’s Beautiful People look; a young Italian contessa. The contessa was missing the tats and the clutch but the chunky gold jewelry looks great.

    • formerlyAnon

      I agree 100% – from the front. I was thinking EXACTLY that till I saw the back and my fantasy crumbled.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Instead of scrolldown fug, it’s turnaround fug.
      And I long for the day when our celebrities are no longer covered in tattoos and piercings.

  • I was going to say she looks really elegant. Then I saw the tramp stamp and was reminded of the early 00’s…

  • BlueBell42

    Hungry, jaundiced, and too much crack potential. Dislike.

  • GeoDiva

    The eye makeup and the tattoo are so tacky.

  • IAmJ

    She doesn’t look a day over 48.

  • Nika E

    I was like you better werq this white dress, gold jewelry, cutouts and everything then it got to the back pictures and it was like no u damn near have ur ass hanging out and if I was her I would never in a million years want to show that tattoo that thing is low budget

  • JauntyJohn

    I liked it better when Ali MacGraw did it – but to her credit, Ms. Simpson is not exactly doing a *bad* job of it.
    Just not a very good one.

  • lifeisastory

    Something about the earrings and the hairstyle are making shape of her head look…odd.

  • Liz

    This makes her look tall, it was a WERQ for me until she turned around. A bit low in the back for me.

  • River

    Don’t love the low back, bleh. And this certainly isn’t a stretch for her…she has the perfect Hollywood figure, lovely complexion, etc. and the dress isn’t particularly interesting.

  • smayer

    She has what my mema calls a “rail tail.” And that dress isn’t helping it out in the least.

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    This is what my grandma called a “salmon ass,” because salmon don’t have asses.

  • frannyprof

    That dress needs a curvier gal to do it justice.

  • marlie

    If this wasn’t SO low on her rear end, I’d love this. This dress is a perfect fit for her sleek and somewhat simple aesthetic. But the way that the back of the dress scoops so low does weird things to the proportions and makes it seem as though her body is a little off (and we all know it’s not). But I like her hair, and her makeup and her gold accessories are perfect.

  • I love her. Let me disclaim that first. The make-up looks like a Sphinx …can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But the real thing is…I don’t think I’d draw attention to my no-butt in this way. It’s just awkward as ass. *pun intended*

  • suzq

    It’s a shame she caught her clutch in Heidi Klum’s dress fringe.

  • Sunraya

    Love the dress, hate the tattoo with it. Just doesn’t go,with the white elegance.

    And can someone inform me? What does/did Nicole Richie do that she gets her picture taken? And beautiful clothes loaned to her?

    • Jaeda Laurez

      She is Lionel Ritchie’s daughter, she has a successful accessories line called House of Harlow, she has/has had a couple of reality TV shows.

      • Miranda

        wow…the standards are really dropping.

      • lobsterlen

        She is also married to Joel Madden singer in the band Good Charlotte.

      • BrooklynBomber

        And wasn’t being Paris Hilton’s bestie the thing that initially brought her to attention?

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    This is brilliant from the front. Shame about that rear view.

  • MissFern

    That clutch is amazing.

  • formerlyAnon

    Gawd. I was going to award borderline WERQ status and go on and on about elegant women hosting cocktail parties poolside in palatial desert homes. Then I saw the back. What a let down. Even without the tat, I’d have wanted a tiny bit more coverage. Ah well. At least I can’t distinguish a butt crack.

    I DO feel about 1,000 years old when I have to admit that it’s not just the (for me) slightly too much bare skin in the back for elegance, the tattoo itself brings it down. I feel a bit like you do when you surprise yourself with some bit of stereotyped metaphor or analogy that draws on sexist or racist assumptions that you would deny that you have.

    • BrooklynBomber

      YEs – from the front it’s a wonderful almost, but the back, oy vay!
      I think she’s really beautiful and is made for something like this, but not exactly this.

  • Droopy drawers and yellow eyeshadow? Ugh, no.

  • Hairy clutch is hairy.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Her skin is WAY too orange, and the dress is nearly giving us a booty call in the back. Honestly if the dress were just a teense higher over her ass cheeks, and if her bronzer was dialed back about five settings, she’d look great.

  • Trickytrisha

    If you’re gonna highlight your ass, make sure you actually have one. This brings to mind 90 year old ladies in nursing homes.

    • BrooklynBomber

      “If you’re gonna highlight your ass, make sure you actually have one.”

      (So nice it needed to be said twice!)

  • dorothea_brooke

    Well that’s in poor taste. Signed, that person.

  • allcapsERINN

    If you zoom in on that shot of the back (I’m so ashamed) you can clearly see that tattoo is crack-camouflage. It’s the fact that she has absolutely no butt that’s kinda throwing people off.

  • VicksieDo


  • LeelaST

    What’s the point of a tramp stamp if you don’t show it? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • justinastar222

    Nice. Classy tramp stamp Nicki.

  • dschubba

    Didn’t Foxy Brown wear this in the “I’ll Be” video in 1996?

  • quiltrx

    IT’S ALMOST DECEMBER. You look like a creamsicle that’s half lost its wrapper.

  • RedRaven617

    To me, she looks way older than 32. I can’t my finger on it….

  • hmb

    The only no for me here is the gold eye shadow. She can, and does pull this off. One of a few who could.

  • cocohall

    On Fashion Police, Kelly said that Nicole had some sort of wardrobe malfunction and it wasn’t supposed to ride that low. They had footage of her hoisting it up on the red carpet, to no avail. They presented together, so I assume Kelly was in the know about whatever went wrong. Unfortunate, because the front is terrific.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Looks great from the front, awful from the back. I’m always just relieved to see she actually turned out to be a decent person that I pretty much forgive anything she wears anymore.

  • amaranth16

    The proportions of this dress seem designed to suggest that she doesn’t have a butt. Not that it’s modest in size, but that it literally doesn’t exist.

  • jjtxgrrl

    Gross. Too fake tanned….to skinny….too low in back. Tacky tacky.

  • Fred Vaughn

    The big backless cutout took this straight to Strippertown. Sad, because it’s not bad from the front.

  • Omigorsh, it’s her funnee lil bumbum

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The Cher comeback thing is interesting, but the tramp stamp should not be showing. Plus this makes her torso look looooong and her legs short. Fug.

  • NinjaCate

    I totally love this look actually and I think she looks super cute, but… she just doesn’t have the ass to make a back scoop that low look flattering. *don’t stone me*

  • Gatto Nero

    The ultralow back trashes this up — and she hasn’t got the curves in back to carry this style, literally. The dress is sagging.
    Eye makeup is truly scary. The yellow shadow makes her look ill.
    I know she’s just shilling her own brand, but the House of Harlow clutch clashes with the gold jewelry.