Lupita Nyong’o in Christopher Kane at the “12 Years a Slave” European Premiere

Posted on October 21, 2013


Lupita Nyong’o attends the premiere of “12 Years a Slave” during the 2013 BFI London Film Festival in a Christopher Kane dress paired with Christian Loboutin pumps.

Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Collection


Because that’s what it takes to wear a difficult dress like this. That’s what it takes to make T Lo look at someone wearing a getup they don’t even like all that much and exclaim “GORGE!” in response. We have to admit, the primary-colored version on the model looks even more difficult to wear, but we find ourselves wishing Miss Lupita had attempted it. We have a feeling she could’ve made it work and it would’ve been a bit more visually arresting than the version she has on.

Still, she’s rocking the shit out of it. And her makeup throughout this entire poledance has been impeccable.  She’s a stunner. We find ourselves salivating over the prospect of seeing her in haute couture on the Oscars red carpet. If this is how she looks in a Christopher Kane, what’s she gonna do when she has an array of Dior, Givenchy, and Chanel gowns to choose from?



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  • She’s honestly one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

    • AnguaVonUberwald


      • RedRaven617

        Yup. I was thinking the same thing.

    • twocee

      Agreed. She was profiled on something over the weekend and between her looks and her accent, I think I’ve found my new girl-crush.

    • Clueless_Jock


    • MaryAtRealityTea

      I know! I keep forgetting to look at the clothes because I’m too entranced by her face.

    • Aurumgirl

      I’m going to have to agree with you there. And she just beams, as well!

  • TLJezebel

    She is luminous!

  • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

    Truly stunning.

  • Little_Olive

    Just perfect. Indisputable WERK IMO… actually I don’t love the shoes, but it’s not easy and her skin color would have made lighter shoes look weird.

    But that FACE. Woof.

    • ovarB

      I was thinking the same thing on the shoe. Perhaps a metallic shoe??

  • SewingSiren

    She certainly could have pulled off the multi colored version. Stunning never the less in the (not so) basic black. The shoes look pinchy though.

    • marlie

      Since stylists seem so determined to put everyone in black THIS is the way to do it.

  • Anna Vasquez

    Aaaaaaand What.

  • And oh, that dazzling smile!

    • Lucía Gavello

      She has one of those “best accessory” smiles, you can’t help but smile with her, you just HAVE TO.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      A gorgeous smile indeed. And, after seeing “12 Years a Slave” yesterday, it is such a pleasure to see that smile.She’s utterly heartbreaking and wrenching in that movie-holds her own with the two male leads, which is no small thing.

  • shirab

    Those arms and shoulders! If mine looked like that, I would never wear sleeves, ever.

  • JasmineAM

    This dress fits like a glove. She has a fantastic body and her smile is like a million watts. Beautiful woman!

  • filmcricket

    The primary coloured version showed up on … Chloe Moretz? I think? … recently, and up close all that first-year home ec stitching looked pretty cheap on that bright fabric, so I’m kind of glad she went with the more sophisticated version.

    In other news, this film is amazing, and utterly, utterly brutal. Lupita’s wonderful in it.

    • Derek_anny

      Seconded. On my second look through I noticed how “colorful” her face is. What with the red lips and blue eye shadow, the colored version of the dress would have tinged toward clown.

      • marlie

        But I love the way that her makeup references the original version of the dress, without being clownish.

  • Glam Dixie

    What a gorgeous woman, dress is a bit tight across the hips, but it’s hard to quibble with someone who looks that good.

  • She’s amazing.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I don’t like the shoes, but everything else is fabulous. I want her to really show out and wear some sort of fabulous color, like a warm yellow at the GGs or the Oscars.

    • Billie_Dawn

      Absolutely. If she defaults to black or something equally colorless for the really big events, I will weep for the lost opportunities. She can probably rock all sorts of crazy colors.

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      I don’t like where the hem hits her at the leg. If it were above the knee with a different shoe – maybe a sandal? – it would be absolutely perfect. Of course she’s so gorgeous I had to look like 4 times to even notice the dress. haha

  • crash1212

    The version she chose to wear is so much better than the model version, which actually hurt my eyes. She’s rockin’ it and she’s beautiful and I’m gong to see her movie this weekend…with lots of tissues.

  • ringthing

    Beautiful. That lipstick is perfection.

  • ashtangajunkie

    With a face like that, she could show up in a burlap sack and I’d still be gushing.

  • nannypoo

    I love the colorful version, but it looks more casual and too sporty for the event. This version is dressier and more sophisticated. She always looks comfortable in pictures. No duckface, no Igottapee pose, just a beautiful woman smiling for the camera.

  • Nancer

    Wow, she looks fabulous! Love this. I think the dress is beautiful, but it really takes someone with a killer bod and a lot of confidence to pull it off. Which she is doing with ease.

  • Joanna Carver

    She was absolutely incredible in 12 Years a Slave.

    • Sobaika

      Understatement of the year.

      Also, I was watching an interview with her and she was talking about how she is Kenyan but born in Mexico and calls herself a ‘Mexikenyan’ and I think I’m in love with her.

      • julnyes

        I am a bit tired of slave / servant movies, but this does look good and has a number of people in it that I like … is it worth seeing?

        • Sobaika

          It’s excellent.

          • julnyes

            Okay it appears unanimous – I’ll try and see it this weekend.

        • filmcricket

          It’s marvelous. Warning for serious squick, though, which is as it should be considering the material, but still, very hard to take.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Most definitely. Ejiofor and Fassbender are both excellent; the entire cast is terrific. The narrative of Solomon Northrup is also worth reading-I read it before I saw the film.

      • Joanna Carver

        You’re right. She was Earth-shattering. Life-changing. Just amazing.

  • The only reason I can see this not being a WERQ is because all of her posts would have to be WERQs. Her faaaaaaaace!!

  • RussellH88

    I like the original, but she’s really turning it. I can’t wait to see her Oscar pole dancing because I have a feeling she’s going to bring it.

  • steeg of their own

    I really wish she’d worn the colorful version, but even the black and silver edition looks great on her.

  • Rand Ortega

    Meet our newest Alien Overlord. All Hail!

  • queen b*tch

    I need to add to the ever growing list of adulations – she is just fabulous

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    With that face, body and skin, she can rock about anything (or almost anything).

    Damn, she’s beautiful.

  • PastryGoddess

    Girlfriend is made of WIN

  • Rand Ortega

    Please Hollywood, please do not squander the incredible beauty & talent that is Lupita Nyong’o. Don’t relegate her to supporting girlfriend roles, best friend roles or ignoring her altogether because you don’t have the insight/talent to create roles for amazing women of color. Don’t do what you did to Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Sonia Braga, Lucy Liu, et al. & pretend because of her race she can’t carry a movie. Considering this is the 21st century & the world is changing (70% of all feature film revenue is now from global box office), NOW is the time to expand your talent demographic by making Lupita & those actors like her into lead movie stars in order to grow your profit base.

    • tereliz


      Also, I love you.

      • Rand Ortega

        DAW! Mwah!

    • MilaXX


      …….also marry me Randy cause I love you for this.

      • Rand Ortega

        Wouldn’t Lupita make an unbelievable Modesty Blaise? Sweet, ladylike & gorgeous on the outside, unpredictable, ruthless & deadly on the inside. Matt Bomer could play her right hand/best friend, Willie Garvin.

        • MilaXX

          Never heard of Modesty Blaise so I googled. Now I’m intrigued, but I’d love to see a kickass female character so I’ll preemptively say “Yes.”

          • Rand Ortega

            She’s a Brit invention. Quite popular across the Pond, even today . A female answer to James Bond. There was a movie version in the ’60’s. Don’t think it did very well. Probably scared the begeebers out of the men of the era especially.

        • boweryboy

          Good call on Modesty Blaise. I love that movie (along with the Derek Flint movies). She would be awesome and would rock her costume changes.

          I would also like to add to your Hollywood don’t list to please do not cast her in stupid black comedies that continue to perpetuate black stereotypes. Tyler Perry I’m looking at you.

          • Rand Ortega

            Yes! Well said!

          • Rand Ortega

            PS: While I’m more partial to the Matt Helm flicks, Derek Flint was super hot! James Coburn in white turtleneck & tight white jeans? RAWR!

        • TropiCarla

          WOW! I haven’t heard of Modesty Blaise in years. We had that comic strip in the local (Trini) newspaper when I was in primary school.

          This girl is KILLING me with her fierceness. I am making a valiant attempt to grow my natural hair long and she just makes me want to go back to the barber shop with this photo.

    • marlie

      Well said. Bravo!

    • Introspective

      this says everything im always saying about women of color in film. seriously. hope someone out there from studios is a tlo lurker…

      and to echo the entire choir of love for her, this woman is stunning. just radiant.

  • boweryboy

    I’m relieved she didn’t do the primary color version because that thing is fug. My only quibble is her lip color, but outside of that gurl is fierce.

  • kmk05

    MMMYESSSSSSSS. Simply fabulous.

  • tereliz

    This is a tricky dress that might have looked cheap if not for the classically chic styling. The band across the vamp of the shoe really helps bring the texture of the dress down to her feet, imo. She always nails it on the styling, actually.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks fabulous, and look at those arms…stunning.

    • anyalama

      Seriously! She’s so stunning I almost can’t stand it.

  • MilaXX

    My new girl crush. She looks great. I also scored ticket to see this tomorrow. Given what I’ve heard, I’m just gonna skip mascara altogether.

  • Synnae

    Actually I like this version a lot more than the coloured one, this one is classy, the coloured one clowney. Make-up and styling are impeccable too.
    And great set of guns!

  • Aaminah Khan

    I love this fierce bitch so much.

  • Sunraya

    Fabulous! We may have another woman to bow down to!

  • Lanus


  • msdamselfly

    Gorgeous face and style but not liking the way the chest looks

  • amber.


  • SugarSnap108

    DAYUM. I only sorta like the dress, and hate the shoes. But she’s one of those ladies who elevates everything.

  • Cathy S

    I wish she’d gone with the colors but she’s is amazingly beautiful.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • titaness25

    she’s wearing blue eyeshadow and red lipstick and looking fierce as shit. I adore this lady.

  • formerlyAnon

    That’s how transparent/translucent materials should be used in [most] evening wear. Subtly and minimally.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I am loving her. Even if I don’t love every part of her outfits broken down, they always seem to add up to a fabulous whole. It probably helps that she’s gorgeous and always smiles.

  • marlie

    This look deserves a “DAYUM!” Lupita looks amazing. I love her sense of style (or her stylist’s), and how well she wears the clothes she’s put in.

  • WOW, she is stunning, and she is SERVING. Take note, Tilda and Cate and Zoe, you may have to give Lupita the key to the fabulous washroom.

  • poggi

    I love her look. She is beautiful, fierce but also looks happy and like she is having fun. The ability to be fierce and SMILE seems quite rare. I agree she will be fun watch come awards season.

  • LuNy has one hell of a team.

  • alyce1213

    So gorgeous, and I agree she could have rocked the original colors, wish she had.

  • NBG

    Zoinks! That is how you fill a dress! Snaps!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    She is going to win the best makeup award that all the fashion bloggers give out every year.

  • jen

    I love this girl!

  • Perfection.

  • BrooklynBomber

    What a gorgeous woman!

  • neonseattle

    my goodness, she’s a vision!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    BEAUTIFUL! The silver and black version is so much more chic than the multi-color version, and the shoes compliment this perfectly. And her hair and makeup are perfect – she’s just so stunning!

  • Trickytrisha

    This… is… well, perfect.

    This young woman is having the most impressive step into the spotlight that I’ve seen in many a year. Lots of great press about her acting and fashion sense. Yay for her, and I can’t wait for more.

  • demidaemon

    I am so glad she avoided the primary color version and asked for the modified monochrome version. That primary color thing looks like a hot mess looking to happen. She has proven that she is not only beautiful, stylish, and talented but also smart and savvy as well. Kudos!

  • joything

    I want this woman to go the Cumberbatch route and be in 14 movies a year for the next three years, so she can do RC for all of them. Yowza!

    • bellafigura1

      I’d like to see her opposite Cumberbatch or Idris Elba, zowie.

      She’s a vision.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I would love to see N’yongyo(spelling?) and Idris light up the screen!

  • Dagney


  • LaSylphide

    Holy Moly, she is just beyond gorgeous. And bye the bye, I still dislike transparency and/or cutouts, but if you’re going to do them, this is the way.

  • jw_ny

    I’m also interested to see how she progresses in her style…she’s certainly one to watch! She’s set the bar quite high for herself already. I’m wondering if she is “that girl” that can wear “anything” and look amazing.

  • quiltrx

    That’s a killer dress, and she is working it!

  • bertkeeter

    Her face is so fresh and beautiful! Love the dress…shoes a bit conservative!

  • Miranda


  • mightbewrong


    That’s all.

  • pdquick

    That, motherfuckahs, is a WERQ!

  • decormaven

    Wow, she is really hitting her stride on the RC. Really enjoying her looks. Brava!

  • Lilyana_F

    Damn, she’s flawless!

  • Charlotte Mackey

    I saw her face — and I smiled; I noticed the dress about 4 seconds
    later. That’s the effect of Lupita Nyong’o. And when she isn’t
    smiling, you are in awe of that quiet stillness in her beauty. I
    believe that at this point, she’s in awe of her world fame, but, by her
    demeanor, she’s listening and learning and interpreting. CAN THE LADY
    ACT? YOU BETCHA! The dress? I am reminded of a lovely black opal with
    a few white striations. And oh yes, she wears it well. I even adore
    the length as it accents her willowy lines. I sincerely hope she
    is blessed with more opportunities to hone her craft and showcase her
    talent to the world’s audiences. Good Luck, Lupita!