Nicole Richie opted to shine the spotlight on an emerging designer when she hit the red carpet at the 2012 ALMA Awards held in LA yesterday evening.

Seemingly unfazed by a possible wardrobe malfunction, the designer wore a dramatic Mathieu Mirano Fall 2012 gown.

Her gown features a silk skirt with a sheer bodice decorated with black-and-gold leather paillettes.

I love that Nicole offset the dramatic nature of the gown with smoky, kohl-rimmed eyes and a slicked-back hairdo.

A Nicole Richie look wouldn’t be complete without some accessories from her House of Harlow line.

Credit: Style.com & Mathieu Mirano