Nicole Richie dared to bare at the 9th Annual Style Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York City last night.

Opting for an all black ensemble she wore a super short, skin-shunning Anthony Vaccarello dress from the designer’s Spring 2012 collection, the reality-TV-star-turned-fashion-designer could’ve tipped the balance into trashy.

The sleek fringe and accessories, however, save the day. The strappy Costume National shoes match the spirit of the dress, while the understated clutch by Edie Parker and earrings by Nicole’s own label – House of Harlow – enhance rather than detract from the dress.

A high plaited bun, metallic eye make-up and Neil Lane jewels complete her look.

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