We've ogled her cutout dress enough (worn to the American Music Awards in L.A.), now it's time to focus on Nicole's hair. The front part is teased and it's pinned in the back, while the side sections are slicked down and tucked in tightly underneath.
Nicole tested the (purple) waters by posting a digitally enhanced Insta that made her dirty-blonde strands look purple. The nearly 100,000 likes must have convinced her to do it for real.
She was just another rich reality starlet when she appeared alongside childhood pal Paris Hilton on the hit FOX series The Simple Life, which attracted 13 million viewers in 2003. But after a falling out with Hilton, the show was canceled; when it was picked up by E!, the duo chose to film separately. Soon she was facing more heat, this time for her drastic weight loss and a DUI.
The comeback: The star began focusing on family life with beau (now husband) Joel Madden and their children Harlow and Sparrow. She also put her energy into designing, launching several successful fashion labels bearing her name.
It's never just basic black for Nicole! She accents this super-low-backed dress (check out those cutouts!) with an emerald green necklace and cuffs (both her own design, of course) for the launch of her House of Harlow Fall 2014 jewelry line in NYC.
Fashion fact: Florals are huge right now. So of course the style risk-taker is going all out via a bloom-printed Givenchy topper. Paired with J Brand leather pants, sexy pumps and purple hair, she proves you can make a pretty pattern totally edgy. (And no, we don't expect you to swipe the purple hair part.)
From: Love Her Outfit!
Is it strange that we think the most noteworthy part of this outfit isn't the bra-baring mint lace crop top or the lavender hair, but rather the extremely wide-leg pleated white Alberta Ferretti pants Nicole wears to Licensing Expo in Vegas?
NICOLE & JOEL
Sure, every guest was special at the December 2010 wedding of Richie, 29, and Madden, 31, which took place at the Beverly Hills estate of the bride’s father Lionel Richie, but one really stood out: an elephant. The pachyderm was among the 155 guests invited to the Versailles-inspired fete. "Nicole getting an elephant and not telling me is typical of our relationship," the groom said of Richie’s whimsical good-luck charm. "But if there's one time I want her to have the craziest thing she wants, it's the day we marry."
The style star, who has parlayed her hippie chic flair into multiple fashion lines, including Winter Kate clothing and House of Harlow 1960 accessories, hit the big leagues at this year's Met Gala when model Britt Maren wore a Winter Kate gown down the haute red carpet. With handbags now a part of her accessories range, Nicole's signature boho style is soon to be on arms everywhere.
NICOLE & JOEL
Level of sweetness: Your junior high secret admirer
The parents share two pretty special gifts: daughter Harlow, 6, and son Sparrow, 4. So what'd Madden give Richie for her 32nd birthday last September? "I will stop referring to u as my baby mom to all my friends & people I don't know," he quipped to his wife.
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HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960 JEWELRY
Nicole Richie loves to model her own designs, especially the more affordable ones (like this House of Harlow gold arrowhead pendant, $75, and stackable rings, $75), proving that statement bling doesn't have to leave you with a painful credit card statement.
NICOLE RICHIE'S HAT
"I saw her on Candidly Nicole in this super-adorable fedora. Want it for fall!" – Michaela
Out with the straw fedoras, in with the wool ones. Sigh. But we're fine with the season switch, considering it means wearing hats as cute as Nicole's Bec & Bridge Akubra "Bianca Adventurer" topper, available for $240.
IF YOU'LL BE DANCING ALL NIGHT ...
Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" isn't on most holiday party playlists, but on the off-chance it does come on, you'll be prepared if you show up with a high fishtail as major as Nicole Richie's. (Don't forget to wrap a section of hair around the base to cover the elastic.)