NICOLE & JOEL
Wedding style: Over-the-(Big) Top
Nicole Richie is all for dealing with an elephant in the room. Her December 2010 Beverly Hills wedding to Joel Madden drew upon historical royal extravagance – they were inspired by the French palace of Versailles – but it was the pachyderm that greeted their 155 guests that made a lasting impression. "Nicole getting an elephant and not telling me is typical of our relationship," Madden said of his wife'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."
From: My Wedding, My Way
We know, it's hard to get past this hair. But let's focus on her outfit for the time being. Nicole looks straight out of the '70s in a long-sleeve beaded Saint Laurent mini (and yes, more white pumps) at the AOL's Digital Content NewFront in N.Y.C.
CHOOSE FORMFITTING OVER BAGGY
You'd think that tempering the sexiness of a sheer piece with a looser silhouette would make sense, but as Nicole Richie (in Emilio Pucci) and Demi Moore (in Valentino) prove, tight and see-through beat baggy and see-through.
6. REVEAL YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY
No lipstick, no eyeliner, no problem! A selfie is all about you, after all, so let your good looks (not that new shade of shadow) take front and center. In that spirit, take it all off like Nicole Richie, because nothing is worse than trying to pass off your one-on-one photo shoot as a full-blown Glamour Shots session. (But please do keep your clothes on – this isn't that kind of self-portrait.)
After being arrested for heroin possession in 2003, Richie headed to rehab to clean up her act. However, in 2006, under the influence of Vicodin and marijuana, she found herself driving the wrong way on the freeway – and facing jail time. About a year later, though, she announced she was pregnant with her first child – and sober. "I'm in a completely different place right now," she told Diane Sawyer. "I owe the baby my life."
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.
Halle Berry's asymmetrical hemline didn't win you over, but we bet Nicole's will. She wears the white mini with a moto jacket, smoky eyes and slicked-back hair to a party for Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book.
NICOLE RICHIE & FRANK OCEAN
Is that the look of love? Perhaps a shared love of Valentino. The two stars – she in a strapless ruffled mini and he in camo pants and a graphic tee – lock eyes at the show.
NICOLE RICHIE & JESSICA ALBA
We're hoping we see a picture like this in 20 years, of the two at the wedding of Nicole's son to Jessica's daughter. For now, we'll settle for the stars having a tête-à-tête at the Stella McCartney show.
It's all black everything for Nicole who attends a pre-Grammys Salute to Industry Icons in Beverly Hills in the (non)color head to toe – dramatic black liner, a reptilian-print LBD, a coordinating clutch and pumps – save for her killer red talons and H. Stern jewels.
There's so much going on with this outfit, we almost didn't notice her new hair! Nicole attends the Ferragamo VIP dinner in all-black ensemble featuring a furry bodice, sheer polka-dot sleeves, a leather pencil skirt and studded heels and a white clutch (both by Ferragamo).
MOST SURPRISING SHADOW
Nicole Richie is so fashion-forward that she can make something as retro as frosted baby-blue eye shadow feel fresh and cool. Inspired by the star's Naeem Khan gown, makeup artist Beau Nelson used Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Single in Sky with Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Pencil in Midnight to create the look.
No wonder she's a judge on Fashion Star. Nicole totally sells this periwinkle embroidered Naeem Khan gown, fringed House of Harlow 1960 clutch and earrings by H. Stern. And with those glam retro waves, we think she might be also pitching a new show: Hair Star.
From: The Best Dressed List
If date night had a uniform, it would be a dress with an exposed front zipper, just like Nicole's LWD, which she pairs with studded black Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and a House of Harlow 1960 clutch. You probably don't need us to tell you why your guy will go slack-jawed over it…
From: Love Her Outfit!
In years past, we've stripped our wardrobes of almost everything that could be described as "sunny" once summer ends, but this year, we're holding on to this bright and cheery piece. More advanced girls can contrast theirs against bold colors and patterns à la Nikki Reed, but if you want to take it easy, do asNicole Richie did by wearing a butter-colored clutch against an all-black outfit.
From: Star Trends Worth Trying
If you're not a fan of traditional evening bags, here's a cool alternative. Nicole's Simone Camille "Lulu" style looks like a fancy drawstring suede pouch with hand-beading and an antique metal strap.