Nicole Richie in Anthony Vaccarello at the 2014 AOL Digital NewFronts Presentation

Posted on April 30, 2014

Nicole-Richie-Anthony-Vaccarello-AOL-Presentation-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Nicole-Richie-Anthony-Vaccarello-AOL-Presentation-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Nicole Richie attends the 2014 AOL Digital NewFronts Presentation in New York City in an Anthony Vaccarello dress from the Spring 2014 Collection paired with Jimmy Choo ‘Kalmar’ braided rope sandals.





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  • imperfectlaura

    Kelly Osbourne hair and missing pants…not a good combination.

    • MoHub

      Only Kelly Osbourne can get away with hair that color. And Kelly’s is always styled well.

  • Patrick Cleary

    A shirt covered with cut-in-half Christmas ornaments, no pants, and drab purple hair. How can you make purple hair boring? Oh, Nicole…

    • GeoDiva

      I could not have said it better!

  • Stella Zawistowski


  • ThaliaMenninger

    I can’t decide if it’s more Cave Girl or Diaper Cover. Maybe Cave Girl Diaper Cover.

    • lizajane1776

      I vote Cave Girl. My immediate thought was Bondage Pebbles Lets Her Hair Down.

      • Kent Roby

        The outfit is Bondage Pebbles but the hair is Fruity Pebbles.

        • d4divine

          I thought she was wearing garters. When I realized those straps are part of the dress. I. Just. Can’t.

      • icm

        Pebbles was my first impression, so true.

      • Lorelei_D

        HA! Great minds…. before I scrolled down I actually thought “Wilma Flintstone on acid”

    • MilaXX

      Barbarella 2014

    • Darren Nesbitt

      I was there in the room last night. The AOL color scheme was deep neon purple, black and white. You got that whole “futuristic right now” feel form the big warehouse they outfitted with surrounding screens and lights (Think half-time at a basketball game). I will say when she walked out into the middle of stage this dress fit the scene more than Zoe Saldana’s flowing florals. I’m sure many found the bottom of that dress distracting when we were trying to listen about new Tv shows and websites.

      • alyce1213

        Thanks for the inside info. Seems the was dress right for the event. The purple hair makes more sense now (‘though I still don’t like it).

        • decormaven

          I get the futuristic bent, but it seems pretty funny that AOL is trying to present itself as pushing the tech envelope. They are always going to be stuck in time with “You’ve Got Mail.”

  • sugarkane105

    That kind of hemline will never NOT remind me of anything but a Tarzan loincloth.

  • E.Nelson

    Nicole’s hair (and the rest of her) looks incredible in the spread she just did for Paper Mag. When’s THAT being featured? Bitch snatched Kelly’s lavender hair sash away from her.

    • MilaXX

      I agree. I like all the photos except the gold Lanvin (I think) dress. I don’t mind the hair, but this look is just not working for me.

  • Capt. Renault

    Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling, too!

  • clatie

    what the hell am I looking at?


      • greymain

        thank you for THAT explanation.

    • gabbilevy

      An early midlife crisis.

  • Pablo

    At least she has cool shoes I guess, the rest is pretty awful

    • demidaemon

      I HATE those shoes. they look like torture devices.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Don’t look so proud of yourself, honey.

  • barbarienne

    A rare misstep. She’s usually so much better than this.

  • Anna

    Were those thigh straps really necessary? Do they really make the sweater that much more secure?

    They also make her look like she’s wearing garters without the stockings.

    • Kent Roby

      I think it looks like she forgot to pull her black panties all the way up. I wouldn’t be surprised if this “look” has a strip of toilet paper hanging out the back.

      • Anna

        That sounds about right.

    • sundaynightaddict

      It took me a really long time to realize she wasn’t wearing thigh-highs and I was so relieved for it – the dress is hiddy, though lol

      • Anna

        I thought she was too. @kitten mittons mentioned black jock strap, which is even funnier!

      • ballerinawithagun

        I know, I kept looking at her feet and ankle and wondering where the stockings were…

  • Sarah

    It’s like a cross between a cuirass and a brigandine. She needs the greaves, breastplate, a cuisse and sabatons. Then she’d be a total cosplay elf badass.

    • sugarkane105

      Mhmm… I know some of these words.

      • Sarah

        Disqus’s spellcheck does not. I got red crinklies for ALL of those, save breastplate.

        • Kent Roby

          Disqus’s spellcheck also does not like “Disqus” or “spellcheck”!

          • Sarah

            Right? Really, though. The Powers That Be in spellcheck land are woefully uniformed re: medieval armament jargon.

          • demidaemon

            Hmmph. I get spellchecked all the time for words like workshopping and almost any terminology regarding drag queens. In fact, that entire last senetence is full of red crinklies. Firefox’s spellcheckers need to get it straight. But, really, even greaves? WTF is wrong with them.

    • demidaemon

      I could totally see that. It would be the perfect look for ComicCon or Blizzcon. However, neither of these are where she is going.

      • Sarah

        Yes, the gold bits definitely read “sword averting bosses” to me, and I’m reading a fantasy trilogy right now, so I couldn’t help but go there.

        • demidaemon

          And the cutouts would seem less atrocious if there was leather or metal bits behind them. Truthfully, this looks like the top from one of the peon job classes in Final Fantasy Tactics. By the way, which trilogy are you reading? Right now, I’m bouncing between Game of Thrones and a book that categorizes much of the food in classic Americana.

          • Sarah

            Riddle of Stars by Patricia McKillip. It’s a one-volume compilation of her Riddle-Master trilogy. I’ve had it for probably 20 years, but I needed something and I had nothing at home from the library that was new, so I decided to re-read. It’s good.

          • demidaemon

            I love rereading old favorites. Of course, as an English major and on again-off again literature critic, that’s part of the job. 🙂

  • marlie

    I hate all of this. Everything. I almost yelled out loud “NO” when I saw her hair, and then it just gets worse and worse as you scroll down.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Those giant gold hemispheres on a black background remind me of the costume Conan O’Brien wore for his “In The Year 2000” prediction skits. I think she looks better in that hair color than Kelly Osbourne, but that’s not saying much.

  • Wow……that is a whole lot of awful in one getup. I think Nicole needs to have alters, like Chloe Sevigny. This one might be “Updated Raquel from One Million BC”.

  • alyce1213

    Her hair is really awful, but I’m gonna cut her a little slack because she’s wearing the hell out of this loony “dress” which is a top. One would expect Rihanna to be trouncing around in something like this, but I think Nicole can pull it off too. Not saying I love it, but I’m not totally hating it either — it’s kinda fierce and fun. Same for shoes.

  • decormaven

    Lord love a duck. That’s the silliest outfit ever featured on this site. I’m still chortling over the backdrop. AOL Connected? To what?

    • Kent Roby

      AOL is still working hard to connect me, and about a 14 others, to the world through email.

      • decormaven

        Hope it is working for you.

      • Jessica Freeman

        You and me Kent….it was my first email address and all the things are linked to it and the idea of changing it feels daunting…I have at least graduated from dial up.

        • Kent Roby

          There’s something better than dial-up?

      • demidaemon

        Including my mother!

  • MilaXX

    iCannot. I’m okay with the hair, I’m okay with the face. I even like the dress until I get to the bottom. That hem is simply one step too far.

    • mjude

      thank you

  • altalinda


  • JauntyJohn

    Mad Max: Beyond Blunderdome

  • greyhoundgirl

    What an awful scrolldown! The hair is awful–lavender with black roots is not a look I favor. When I thought the “dress” was a shirt I was all for it. But then…Someone forgot to snap their onesie shut.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Kudos to her, though. When I wore bodysuits back in the day, if mine came unsnapped it went flying up to my navel. Maybe she has hers pinned to the black jock strap she’s wearing to prevent this. I’m impressed.

      • greyhoundgirl

        Kudos to YOU–you’re thinking adult’s garment. I’m thinking of a onesie that a baby wears that snaps over a diaper!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Ha! Well, when it comes to bodysuits, probably kudos to no one. Snaps on the crotch, without a diaper for cushion, aren’t so much fun.

          Maybe she’ll reinterpret feety pajamas next, if your onesie theory is correct.

      • demidaemon

        Jock straps are only flattering on anyone a)male and b)with a substantial ass. Nichole, however, is neither of these, so should know better about wearing this outfit.

        • Kitten Mittons

          It was a bold choice, to be sure.

  • I had no idea someone had crossbred Evil Peter Pan with My Little Pony.

  • Angela

    The words “bondage elf” suddenly popped into my mind.

  • B_C_J

    Omg, no! This is horrific from head to toe. I don’t understand the lavender hair trend but if you are going to draw that much attention to your locks, make sure they don’t look as limp as wet dish rags. The dress looks like it is coming undone. The shoes at least are interesting.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    yeah, no.

  • crash1212

    Dunno, I think she’s kind of pulling this off! While the model is trying to look fierce, Little Miss Nicole actually is. I would not wish any of this on anybody else, but I think she’s rockin’ it.

    • alyce1213

      We are so in the minority.

  • Denise Alden

    I can’t imagine the bet she lost, and to whom.

  • NMMagpie

    Between the hair and the court jester reference of the dress, this is all kinds of NO.

  • SewingSiren

    Is it a pixie costume?

  • Shelby

    Oh dear. I normally think Nicole Richie can pull almost anything off, but no. Not this. Ever.

  • LeelaST

    She looks like she escaped from Gladiator prison – shackled feet, studded tunic, sickly hair.

  • Maluca

    It looks as if her panties are falling.

  • Mothra

    Um. Where do I start? Roots? Shoes that are too big? the black plastic trash bag decorated with drawer pulls, with garters?

  • ktr33

    The shoes are hot, but I hate everything else. The purple hair ages her A LOT, not sure why. Maybe because the styling is just so… nothing?

  • Jessica Freeman

    I feel dirty for how long I leaned in to try and figure out what was going on…only to realize those aren’t thigh highs, just straps. Thanks a lot, Nicole.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      I was utterly confused, “why am i seeing the tops of her thigh highs?..oh wait those are just straps”…nevermind…

  • Betsy

    This whole look is a Star Trek (original series) flashback. No idea which episode — maybe an amalgamation of several. NOT a good look, head to toe.

    • demidaemon

      It really only works in the craziness of sci-fi with a heavily developed world.

  • Julie Parr

    I think this version of lavendar hair really suits her. I only wish I had the kind of life where it was acceptable to dye my hair purple! Also, though she is missing pants — those legs can handle it.

    • Nancer

      I know! I missed my chance at purple hair, and now I’m going to have to wait until I’m at least 70. Bummer.

    • Imasewsure

      That’s what I thought too… much better color than the Osborn geriatric lavender and cute enough…. even the top of the dress… good.. and then the rest… but the hair, I’m on board with it

    • kimmeister

      Those are some awesomely cut and toned legs.

  • conniemd

    Lavender and black really clash.

  • FibonacciSequins

    At least her makeup is good.

  • Gatto Nero

    When will this purple hair trend die? It looks good on precisely no one.

  • frannyprof

    To quote our Dear Gay Uncles: “whut”

  • sagecreek

    So sad. Just as in her last outing, she looks at least 20 years older than she is.

  • DagnyReardon

    This is just sad.

  • Tinkerbell is working street corners to make the rent now?

  • Monabel

    What a ridiculous appearance! Defying boredom!

  • PeaceBang

    Everything about this is wrong and sad. She looks like a high school kid who got attacked by someone who ripped her clothes and threw her out of the car to walk the rest of the way home. I want to call Child Protection Services.

  • formerlyAnon

    No. Unless you’re dancing for tips, there are no circumstances in which the public should see the top of your thigh highs.

    • demidaemon

      Somehow, I feel that the illusion of thigh highs is worse than wearing thigh highs.

      • formerlyAnon

        In theory, probably yes. But I cling to the idea that in practice, in the flesh, there wouldn’t be the illusion that there is in photos. (I know. Probably that’s a stretch.)

        • demidaemon

          True. But it’s nice to pretend that awfulness won’t exist in an alternate version, like you say. 🙂

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She just needs a weapon strapped to her thigh and we could call her “Purple Galore”…

  • Danielle

    WOW I was NOT expecting that scrolldown holy shit.

  • StillGary

    “summon our slutty court jester,” ordered the queen.

  • Kate4queen

    I’m kind of speechless… what am I seeing here?

  • JP

    This is my official WTF of the day.

  • Valdri8

    Gripper Stripper Toes

  • Nancer

    Huh. Let’s debate. The dress is overly tricky, but the fabric is nice. I like that since there was so much going on at the hem, the rest of the dress (big gold thingamabobs aside) was kept so simple. I often think that it is really hard to come up with something different when designing clothing. While I can’t say I exactly like this, at least it’s something that I haven’t seen before and it didn’t veer into total tackiness. So. Not wild about it, but at least it’s something off the beaten path!

  • “…and that’s when Sparky the Elf’s friends decided it was time for an intervention, boys ad girls.”

  • BluesD

    She’s younger than me but looks at least a decade older. What is aging her so much? Is it the hair?

  • Janet B

    First thought: Still with the hair?!
    Second thought: Haahahahaahaaa

  • Qitkat

    This entire look is just so bizarre.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Okay. I hate the hair, but am questioning my taste level (thank you, Nina Garcia) because I don’t hate the, um, “dress” as much as I feel I should. The thigh straps are weird and the shoes are wrong for the, um, “dress” but I think she’s kind of pulling it off.

  • Lily

    How did this ever make it down the runway, much less to a red carpet event?

  • Nathan

    Two words: slutty Dalek.

  • greymain


  • Laylalola

    Can she and Kelly Osbourne not see their reflections or something? What’s this trend with God-awful purple/lavender hair? I can’t imagine anyone is actually copying them.

    • BluesD

      Kelly Osbourne has to have purple hair due to her contract. I don’t know Nicole’s reason.

  • nannypoo

    Oh, come on. She had made herself sort of respectable and now she just looks like an idiot.

  • First thought…OH MY GOD…Her panties are falling off! Second thought…. OH MY GOD…thats a stupid outfit!

  • cocohall

    Why hasn’t she snapped the under carriage of her onesie? And although I have come to accept that Kelly Osbourne has committed to purple hair/wigs, I cannot forgive this of anyone else. And then the thigh highs and the shoes. Although Miss Richie’s legs look fantastic.

  • Tricia Rose

    She looks like a lost child from ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome’.

    • quiltrx

      I see we caught the same vibe LOL!

  • Imasewsure

    I loved this… until I got to the hem… ummm NO

  • lalahartma

    I think I am afraid.

  • Oh dear.

  • boweryboy

    Some one is seriously desperate for attention. And she really is trying to make the violet hair a thing, isn’t she? So, does this officially mean Kelly Osbourne is a trend setter now?

  • BrooklynBomber

    I like her, but WTF is this look?

  • ChiKat67

    No. Just no. To all of it.

  • kimmeister

    I just bought a wig that exact shade of purple last weekend. I’m going to wear it to a Crazy Wig party. I can’t imagine sporting it at a public event.

  • YoungSally

    I’m confused are those hem-bands to keep the triangles from showing the good china in a stiff breeze or are they really nasty thigh highs with no visible sign of panties? Paz De La Huerta — this dress is for you!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    OK. Time to stop with the purple hair trend. It just looks silly. Pick a shade of blonde, auburn, brown, black, do highlights but please, no more purple.

    • DinahR

      I SO agree. Why is this hair color a thing? I’ve yet to see anyone that it’s flatters, and the roots one gets…. egads.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        This must stop….

  • quiltrx

    Just the thing if you’re going to the Thunderdome later.

    • Tricia Rose

      Right on!!

  • Dagney

    meth is a helluva drug.

  • demidaemon

    W.T.F? This is so try hard that it is giving me a migraine. Just go home, Nichole, and don’t come back until you’ve recolored your hair, put on a pants or a new dress, and burned those shoes.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    The blouse is actually quite fun.

    Oh. You mean that’s a dress? Missing some essential bits, imho. This would look so much better with a pair of trousers beneath.

  • sk8tfan

    Stop trying to make purple hair happen.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I like the idea of the giant studs on this fabric…but nothing else. The rest of the design needs to be scrapped instantly.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    She looks terrible. Full stop. Head to toe BAD.

  • what not

    Elderly gladiator.

  • TLJezebel

    For the love of God, EAT SOMETHING!!!

  • embers618

    Apparently they’re doing a live action mash-up – Tinkerbelle: Beyond Thunderdome

  • MannahattaMamma

    another entry in my own private category called “WTF Dressing” because seriously? If *this* is what you wear to some promo campaign for AOL (that’s still even a thing?) then what do you wear to your S&M weekends? A navy-blue suit and blouse with a ribbon?

  • a_liking

    such pretty hair, such a bizarre dress. I WILL DEFEND STRANGELY COLORED HAIR TO THE END!

  • Man Dala

    That hair is so unflattering, it makes look like she has a strange disease that’s taking over her head. I don’t like the naval knots shoes.

  • Tracy M

    Lately when I see photos of her, I can’t focus on what she is wearing because I’m distracted by the gauntness. Frankly, I’m worried about her- her skin is pulled tight and sinewy. Health is more important than fitting in sample sizes, sweetie. Please eat something.

  • Fannie Wolston

    I like it all, she rocks it.

  • xmixiex

    nothing about this is ok.

    AOL still exists?

  • butt-flap realness

  • MissFern

    How does she walk in that?

  • BitterOldQueen

    “so this purple-haired girl escapes from a concentration camp disguised as a Dalek…”

  • MarissaLG

    If it was a regular mini dress this would be super cool. Really a shame.

  • Jeanettesca

    Looks like the snaps on her onesie broke and the hair makes her look like a little old lady.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Ok so she’s going through her breakdown now, I guess?

  • Melissa Mendes

    Please don’t let pointy crotch flaps be the new mullet dress…

  • AceOn6

    Fruity Pebbles hair only works with very white skin. Time to change it back or ditch the tanning booth. You can’t have both.

  • Aurumgirl


  • belfebe

    Oh, honey, no. Purple hair looks awful and she looks like she’s wearing a diaper. That dress wouldn’t look good on anyone. Not even the model.

  • Mary Lauer

    Kelly Osborne hair and Lena Dunham no pants outfit. Just say no.

  • EEKstl

    My eyes!

  • shopgirl716

    Her legs look fantastic, her poor feet are tortured. They’re trying desperately to escape from the shoes.

  • Andrea Lentz

    I love her lavender hair. that’s all.

  • camillegal

    woah i wish i didn’t scroll down!

  • Nicole


  • Kristen Lewis

    I like the top of the dress… before it ends as a loincloth.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    Looks like a sad attempt at a sexy Dalek Halloween costume…

    • THOSE EXIST! And are far more fabulous than this, yes.

  • JynxTheCat

    that hair ages the fuck out of her.