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Why We Can't Be Totally Mad at Nicole Kidman's Outfit

11/05/2012 at 11:30 AM ET

Nicole Kidman, Audrey Hepburn
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Usually when we see Nicole Kidman on a red carpet, we’re hit with some envy over her statuesque figure, pretty hair and hot husband. But needless to say, seeing her in the outfit she wore Saturday to Derby Day in Melbourne, Australia, did not instill such feelings.

Kidman donned a L’Wren Scott creation for the big race, complete with an over-the-top hat by milliner Stephen Jones. And while we were ready to rag on the outfit a bit, upon closer inspection, we realized it was inspired by Eliza Doolittle’s (Audrey Hepburn) famous race ensemble in My Fair Lady — one of our all-time favorite films.

Additionally, the dress was created by Scott as part of Livia Firth’s (yep, Colin’s wife) Green Carpet Challenge, which tasks designers with making event-worthy gowns from sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Kidman’s dress was made with end-of-line British lace, therefore “supporting the remnants of a traditional fabric industry and organic silk,” according to a release.

“Using all British fabrics, we wanted to prove that green and eco can be glamorous,” Scott said in the release. “But then again, what wouldn’t be on Ms. Kidman?”

While Kidman does look like she’s a few days late for Halloween, we suppose her inspiration — and her purpose — are both admirable in our book. Tell us: How do you really feel about Kidman’s ensemble? 

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martine on

Nicole Kidman was by far the best dressed.!! Are you serious?The writer of this article has no idea.!! Her outfit took my breathe away and she was just so elegant.It was wonderful to see such elegance.Nicole kidman is devine.!!

trish mc nulty on

I like Nicole but she looks tightly bound in this dreadful outfit.Like an old school marm.All trussed up and stifled.

Shune innes on

Are you kidding me? She looks beautiful no matter what she wears!!

Mel on

I actually really like her outfit.

Angela on

For all the glamour that is the races, I can understand the hats and fascinators and such. But, for the life me, why did Nicole decide to ‘costume’ herself? She is a lovely woman…must be wanting to play Audrey Hepburn in a film…………..

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