We got some flack for not including any Lupita looks on our year-end “Best of the Red Carpet” posts, and for that we did feel just a tiny bit guilty. But we stand by our reasons why we didn’t include her and this ensemble provides a very good illustration of them.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in an Elie Saab couture ensemble paired with Christian Louboutin strappy sandals and Cartier jewelry.
Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture Collection
She’s stunning. She really is. But the fact that she’s so beautiful, plus the fact that she has a highly talented makeup artist who never lets her leave the house with anything but a flawless face tends to blind one to the faults of the outfits she chooses to wear. And the fact that she’s somewhat adventurous and attention-seeking in her fashion also tends to allow one to overlook certain issues.
The dress is fabulously gorgeous and looks spectacular on her. The coat, however, is almost disastrously bad on her. It’s way too … “First Lady,” if we’re being nice, “Queen of England,” if we want to be a bit bitchier about it. It has an elderly socialite vibe to it that even she can’t overcome. And we have to say it: She has a tendency to pick matchy, yet somehow focus-pulling shoes that aren’t very flattering. She’s well on her way to becoming a style icon just for putting the work in and looking good so consistently, but to our eyes, she’s not quite there yet on the detailing.