Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci at the 2014 SAG Awards

Posted on January 20, 2014

Look, in order to save some time and not become more repetitive than we already are, let’s just all agree that everything Miss Lupita wears during awards season is a de facto WERQ, okay?


“12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California in a Gucci dress accessorized with Christian Louboutin shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.

We didn’t put her on our year end “Best of the Red Carpet” list because we felt her natural beauty and charisma were making some slightly awkward style choices look better than they actually were. But once the real awards started getting handed out, she and her style team seriously upped their game. We thought she was breathtaking in that Ralph Lauren number at the Golden Globes, but this one rendered us dumbstruck for a minute or two. That is by no means an easy dress to pull off and to be perfectly blunt, we suspect you need to be naturally striking in your looks to make this work. That treatment at the neck would look mighty silly on a lot of other ladies.

Oh, let’s not dance around it. Sorry, pale girls. Some looks are solely the province of the ladies of color. This would never work on Amy Adams.

What do we think of her hair?



[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

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  • thecitysleeps

    My eyes are not worthy, to be honest.

    • Donyelle

      I waiver between despising her and worshiping her.

      • Despising?

        • jw_ny

          I agree with the ?, but I took it to mean ‘jealous’…which is understandable.

          • Jealous I can understand. Despising would need a back-story!

      • Mrs. Julien

        She’s so refined I think I’ll kill myself.

        • AnneElliot

          LOVE the “Singin’ in the Rain” quote. One of my favorite movies ever!

          • Mrs. Julien

            Were you half agony, half hope that you would see it here?

          • Anna Vasquez

            You guys pierce my soul.

          • JulieTy

            CAPTAIN WENTWORTH!!!!!!!

        • Mary229

          As I understand it, she comes from a famous and well to do family in Kenya. Her father is a successful politician and her cousin is a recognized woman in media there. She went to very good schools. My guess is she had a lot of time and instruction on how to be refined. That is not to take away from her natural grace and beauty only to help people remember that she ::has:: has practice on being refined coming from the family that she does. So forgive yourself if you aren’t as perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • MoHub

        I think you mean waver.

        • AllisonAndStuff

          Monday morning corrections of spelling and word-use are an endless font of delight for all who read them. There’s just so much warmth, you know?

          Fabulous dresses aside, she always looks like she’s having the best time. Cheers, snaps, etc.

          • fiddlecub

            That’s pretty much MoHub’s thing. Whenever Mo shows up, I always feel the generosity of spirit!

            And Lupita is a goddess.

        • Donyelle

          I know what I mean. Obviously autocorrect doesn’t.

  • Love the hair, love the dress, and her MAKEUP IS AMAZING.

    • Sobaika

      Unpopular opinion but not loving her makeup choices – the blue of her eyeshadow clashes with the teal of her gown.

      • CelandineM

        I really hate the makeup choices here. It looks too juvenile and somewhat clownish to me. Also can’t with the Fresh Prince hair and the coral/ metal butterfly neck piece that is trying to eat her. Fabulous color on her.

      • fursa_saida

        Yeah, this is the first time where I’m feeling like the colors aren’t working for her. I think a more understated eye with the same lip color would have been lovely–the lip color is a really nice complement to the dress.

  • Alexandra

    I’m not sure quite what you mean by “sorry pale girls” on this occasion because this color is glorious on us melanin-challenged ladies!

    • TeacherH

      Yes, think of Reese at the Golden Globes. But maybe it is a different hit on us pale ladies– more beachy and summery? Whereas on Lupita, I don’t get that vibe at all. Then again, is it her coloring, or just that she is STUNNING?

      • Sobaika

        Agreed, I think it’s simply that women with different coloring wouldn’t work thislook this way – too beachy. Reese looked great as did SMG, who pulled off a similar color at the Globes a few years back. But not necessarily chic, you know?

        • nowlo

          Exactly. The strong contrast of her beautiful skin and that bold turquoise makes her look like a rare flower, an orchid maybe. On a light-skinned woman, the intricate details of the neckline would be less visible.

          • fursa_saida

            That, exactly. It would look like a mess instead of a bold pattern.

      • Sunraya

        She has an inner glow. I think it’s her soul. It’s beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claudia Berry

      I don’t get it either. A pale lady would rock this with the right hair color, makeup, etc.

    • Anne At Large

      That surprised me too, I was thinking it’d be a nice look for Nicole Kidman with some different styling.

    • But we weren’t talking about the color of the dress. Specifically, that neckline treatment works better with some contrast behind it.

      • DesertDweller79

        Ah yes. True. I’m pasty white and that color would look amazing on me. The neck treatment, you’re correct, would need that kind of contrast.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Color aside, I think it’s interesting that Jessica Chastain wore a very similar dress to the Critics’ Choice Awards – simple silhouette, structural business at the decolletage – but one worked and the other didn’t. Thoughts, BKs?

      • maretha2

        Jessica Chastain’s dress didn’t fit properly, and Lupita’s dress fits perfectly. And the frou frou looked like it was overwhelming Jessica, whereas Lupita’s dress makes her neck look long and slim.

    • kimmeister

      Agree that lighter ladies look great in this color; i just don’t think the matchy eye shadow would be as successful.

    • melisaurus

      These super saturated colors and treatments belong to the realm of ladies with winter coloring. If you know anything about 1980’s style color matching. She looks nice because she has both pink and gold undertones to her skin, as well as clear eyes, and dark hair. A “pale” lady could look just as lovely assuming she also had the pink and god and dark hair and bright eyes. The most necessary thing that Lupita possesses that many women do not is the ability to wear this dress not let it wear her. Not unlike the masters La Swinton or Blanchet.

  • Diego!

    I love turquoise! And it’s a WERQ from head to toe! Hair is OK to me. But she was born to wear this dress. She looks PERFECT! You WERQ those butterfly wings Miss Lupita! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Love the hair, love the makeup LOVE that she went with golden (topaz? citrine?) earrings instead of more blue. Could quibble about the shoes but we know they are her weakest spot.

    • On her Instagram page she posted her dress and shoes, which were matchy Loubous. I did kind of wince when I saw the shoes.

      • But don’t you think for this look she had to go matchy with the shoes? The dress is such a dramatic commitment to that color, that I think I can forgive matchy-matchy shoes.

        • It’s not just the colour – it’s the platform.

          • Oh, are they turquoise hooves? Because if so, then I do feel differently.

          • I’m seeing a little hoof, yes, unfortunately!

          • luluransom

            I relentlessly adore this woman, so I got a little stabby when I saw the shoes. But then I think of Audrey Hepburn in white Givenchy w/white satin shoes and I forgive. Not sure I can forgive platforms though ๐Ÿ™

          • Exactly! Forgot to mention it was the combo of it being matchy AND platform.

  • I LOVE her hair. LOVE. IT. Reminds me of Grace Jones.

    Like I mentioned on Instagram, I’m enjoying seeing her cropped hair being transformed in so many ways during this awards season.

    • MilaXX

      Ted is having a blast with her hair.

    • terpsichory

      Yeah, but I don’t understand it! Wasn’t it close cropped just a week ago, or did it just appear this way? How can it rise so high, suddenly?
      I am obviously more ignorant in my hairxpertise than I thought, but this is basically magic to me.

      • d4divine

        A blow dryer straightened out the curl a bit.

      • emoryivy

        also, if you see ted gibson’s instagram you can see that he added hair. i was confused too!

        • terpsichory

          Ok, that makes sene. When I think of hairpieces I imagine fake ponytails or braids or those clip-on knots. This is so subtle, I’d never have guessed. The more you know. Thanks.

      • e jerry powell

        She was working a fierce bi-level with the side part at the Globes.

    • DesertDweller79

      Yes! My favorite part is becoming seeing what her hair is going to look like. It is so great that they are having so much fun with this, even though her hair is so short.

  • Anna

    BREAKING NEWS: Lupita Nyong’O runs the world. You may kiss her ring now.

    Love everything here, I’ve run out of words to describe her perfection.

    • charlotte

      Kiss her ring and then snatch it…

      • Anna

        If it were anyone else I’d agree, but stealing from a goddess would lead to eternal torment.

        • demidaemon

          Yes, let’s not invite the Greek pantheon back into our lives. It would be more than torturous.

    • AudreysMom

      Lupita and Mrs Hughes!

  • M_E_S

    There is literally nothing about this that is not perfect. We are not worthy of her awesome

  • This is breathtaking. My Monday feels like a Friday all of a sudden.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • filmcricket

    With the caveat that she is stunning and that colour is amazing on her, this is not actually one of my favourite looks of hers. I don’t much care for the neck treatment, I loathe the shoes, and I’m not sure yet about the hair and make-up. However, she still glows, and her speech was great. I hope she didn’t shoot herself in the foot for the Oscar with it.

    • @Biting Panda

      Agreed on the dress. All that shit at my neck would make me crazy. But she is an alien goddess. Of course she is sublime.

      Shoot her in the foot? How so?

      • filmcricket

        Maybe I’ve watched too many Faux News clips on the Daily Show, but I could just picture some folks being miffed that an actress of colour with a foreign accent thanked a director of colour with a foreign accent for reminding America of its unpleasant history. The Academy may be more liberal than other parts of the U.S., but there’s still a certain ” ‘MURICA. Fuck yeah!” attitude there. I hope I’m just being paranoid. Also, no one watches the SAGs except film dorks and fashion mavens, so maybe no one will notice anyway.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Agree. Not a fan of the foofaraw around her neck and I’m not crazy about the hair, but she is so stunning and carries herself so well she still pulls it off.

  • mcbishop

    This woman is a work of art.

  • MoHub

    That woman can rock anything. Would love to see her in a potato sack.

  • I would never have thought all that wickety wack at her neckline could work, but damn if she don’t bend it to her awesome WERQ will. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • carnush


  • mcbishop

    Just realized something I really like about her, besides the obvious. She carries herself with such dignity. Wonderful smile, but beyond that, no hands on hips, no silly posing, no have-to-go-potty leg crossing, no coquettish mugging about. It’s so refreshing.

    • pinkxxa

      Yes, she just lets her body and what she’s wearing speak. Her confidence and grace are her best accesories….she knows she looks regal and doesn’t need to ham it up.

    • AmeliaEve

      I was thinking the same thing, and wondering if she has ballet training. One of the most difficult things to do is to act natural when you stand with your hands at your sides, but hers are held so gracefully, slightly curved and poised, that it reminds me of a dancer. I could say the same for her posture.

    • As I understand it, all that stupid posing is designed to make your body look better. Her body doesn’t need the tricks!

    • Introspective

      this. all this. a million times over. her carriage goes with her maturity and intelligence. she is not your run of the mill, empty-headed starlet. she moves thru the world with a sense of purpose and we are all the better for even being in her orbit.

      • Mary229

        To be fair, the fact that some of these women are more comfortable posing and modeling than others does not mean that they are “empty headed.” Comfort modeling clothing is not a sign that someone is smarter than another but a reality that some women, because of background and body image and a number of things, are more comfortable posing than others.

        Something to keep in mind as we celebrate her for everything lovely that she is.

        • Introspective

          to clarify my post, I didnt call lupita intelligent *because* she can model clothing. I called her intelligent because of what happens when she opens her mouth and brilliance falls out, like in her SAG thank you speech, which I loved. I noted that the grace of her carriage “goes with” the intelligence, as in it complements it well.

          more so wanted to call attention to her smarts, as I see it as part of her radiance and her star quality, which hollywood tends not to celebrate in women actresses, especially women actresses of color. if you thought I was implying that bad posing on the RC= unintelligence, I certainly did not mean that at all.

          • Mary229

            I totally agree that she’s very smart and well spoken. She went to Yale after all. Again though, it’s possible to be very smart and just not be comfortable speaking in public. I agree with you that her kind of intelligence presents very well. I adore her. I just always try to be careful about stuff like that mainly bc I’ve been bad about assuming things about people in the past and I’m trying to get better at it ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • fursa_saida

          Yeah, I can’t blame anybody for feeling the need to resort to “tricks” in a red carpet situation, especially when they’ve almost certainly been explicitly taught and told to do those poses. I get why people dislike them, but I don’t particularly think the stars themselves are the ones to blame for the pervasiveness of the standard four poses.

    • KinoEye

      Yes to this. She radiates confidence, intelligence and class. She doesn’t need all that fake posing nonsense to knock ’em dead. And it’s not something that can be faked, it just IS. She has that essence. I’ve said it before, but in the words of David Lynch, “That’s the kinda girl that makes you wish you spoke a little French!”

  • Eva_baby

    This is like the white dress she wore at the Critics choice. By all rights it should not work. it just shouldn’t. Not only does it work, but it is really just lovely to look at. And her make -up is to die! I saw a close up and the light blue eye shadow on the inner eye that slowly smudges out to a darker purple into the outer eyes is just lovely. She and her team are killing it!

  • Constanza รlvarez Espinoza

    Uber WERQ.
    I had a mini heart attack when I didn’t see the word “WERQ” on the tittle of this post. It should be, even if Lupita herself is a WERQ.

  • MilaXX

    I love the entire look and I love the hair. The high top fade appears to be a micro trend happening with WOC. Erykah Badu & Issa Rae have also debuted similar cuts. I am completely biased and in love with this young lady.

    • Introspective

      indeed. have seen some comparisons on black blogs between erykah and nefertiti, given how high her hair goes. i love the trend as well. a throwback and at the same time fashion forward.

      • MilaXX

        YES! It’s like the Grace Jones cut but with a modern twist.

  • When I first saw this, I, too, gasped. That color is gorgeous on her, the dress shows off her amazing figure, and the neck thing looks fabulous on her. But if we’re going to get hypercritical (not that anyone invited me to do so, but it is the internet), I don’t totally love the hair — it seems an awkward length. And did she splatter something on her dress? Or are those spots on the photographs themselves?

    But let me stress: I do think she looks amazing here.

    • If you look at other photos on the google the spots are not there, I think this was on the camera lens.

      • I want that to be true, but they seem to be in the same place on the dress in more than one picture. Doesn’t take away from how well the dress works for her, or how beautiful she is.

    • tereliz

      I agree with Snoskred, I think those are spots on the camera sensor.

  • bellafigura1

    Brilliant in every respect. WERQapalooza.

  • MilaXX

    Can we also say how much better this looks on Lupita than a similar version that Katy Perry wore? On Lupita we get to appreciate the entire look whereas on Katy all we saw were boobs.

    • In Katy’s defense, she does have a great rack.

      • MilaXX

        I agree she does, but I thought she looked awful in that dress.

        • demidaemon

          Certain necklines just aren’t the best for busty gals. I think this would be one of them.

  • Denise Rambo

    Did she stop at “In-N-Out” on the way to the show? There are SPOTS on her dress!

    • bellafigura1

      OK, I guess I can stop rubbing at my screen now.

    • If you look at other photos on the google the spots are not there, I think this was on the camera lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ballerinawithagun

      That or the person steaming her dress lost control of the iron and left water spots all over.

      • I suspect you’re right – over-zealous steamer, which is why you see them in some shots and not in others: they’d dried.

        • Donna Luder

          I can see the same kind of spot in the third photo, on the goldenrod wall on the right, level with her eyes. It looks identical to the ones “on” her dress but would be on the lens or the sensor.

  • MaggieMae

    Wow, she is owning that color.

    I prefer her hair shorter. Quibble.

    • kimmeister

      I prefer it shorter too, because this hair always reads “Fresh Prince” to me, but I can’t say it looks bad.

  • gayle

    I am going to need a video tutorial on how to do that eye makeup ASAP

  • nannypoo

    I am not a fan of the tall hair but she is so fabulous in every way that I totally agree, let’s just declare her an automatic WERQ. This color, the fit, the neckline, everything is beautiful on her. I especially love the way she poses for pictures. She looks comfortable and natural every time.

    • MaggieMae

      Right! The posing is beautiful.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Absolutely regal. This color looks great on me so it would look great on Amy. The issue would be the butterflies that would send it into fairy tale princess land and that is definitely not something that Amy wants to revisit.

  • SRQkitten

    LOVE this look! And I’d also give a WERQ to her acceptance speech at the SAG awards. Future nominees should study this, as she was able to give thanks to what felt like all the key peeps in a non-rushed manner, including her alma mater, Yale, and then told short funny story about her father’s reaction to her getting this role. Totally charming!

    So glad to see her recognized for her acting in this role!

    On the other hand, not to sure I’m willing to sign off on the Stella she wore to the Producers Guild awards, style was fine, not too sure about the color.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love it- even the fade. It’s such a lovely, bright color. And her makeup is gorgeous. I feel like I say this over and over again. But for real- she’s everything.

  • mlle

    Gorgeous girl in a gorgeous dress. And, note, stylists, how much better your stars look in dresses that fit them perfectly.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    i love that her team can do so much with her hair….it was skull tight one day and puffy and amaZing the next. she is a wonder, her gays deserve a raise.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suรกrez

    Poor Jessica Chastain: this looks like the dress she wore on the Critics’ Choice Awards and she got served by miss Lupita.

    Having said that, I don’t really like this dress, not even on Lupita. And I like the idea behind the hairdo, but it’s a little bit too high and it deserved a full-on glamorous look.

  • Linzenberg

    I, too, bow down, and I think the fade is brilliant. Besides giving her Grace Jones fierceness, it allows the eye to move away from the fabulous neck treatment and sort of “calm down.” Without that little bit of extra height, her head would be overwhelmed by the amazingness of the collarbone area. It’s like those aerials on the top of the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building. Without them, yes, they’d still be amazing works, but they’d look stumpy somehow. Both Lupita and her team deserve Ph.Ds in styling.

  • I bow to the upstart new nature goddess.

    Love that ring! And the color combination of that lady’s dress in the background of the last picture if very interesting. I never would have thought to put those two together.

  • mmebam

    I love her hair, and I’m fine with the matching shoe.

  • SugarSnap108

    Good lord, this woman WERQs seven days a week. Does she never get tired?

  • aahlife

    Besides the obvious, I love two things about her. First. Her hair. It is natural, not blond or a wig. Two. Her smiling – looking happy and being herself while her photos are being taken. No pouts, vacant stares and faux model poses.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think the hair is not my favorite, but being a fellow short haired gal, I do know the challenge it can be to do something different…so kudos to her for at least trying. This dress would work on very few people, but it really sings on her.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks lovely. I want to see her head in profile before I comment on the hair, I suspect that in profile she looks absolutely regal.

    But I want to go on record that in a year when necklaces seem sparse, that is a GENIUS dress.

  • jw_ny

    She’s stunning as usual…but the hair is rather Kid-n-Play-ish (not sure which was which)

    • DTLAFamilies

      I thought the same thing! But I give her all the credit for taking risks with her hair and just taking risks period.

  • Superb. Period.

  • Alfred Cox

    She’s just a boss. Simply put. The color is gorge along with the 1980s School Daze hair. Love it.

  • redhead with tattoos

    Love the hair. Love the VARIETY of hair she’s been showcasing. As an outsider just looking in, sometimes i think hairstylists keep women of color with natural hair oscillating between very close cropped and various versions of a ‘fro. Lupita’s shown off how versatile natural can be — from dramatic parts, to simple close cropped, to this flat top. LOVE IT ALL.

    • JP Neil

      It’s inspiring to see her rock different styles. Not every natural can (or wants to) achieve a gigantic ‘fro.

  • CLoverleaf

    I’m not super fond of the hair, but it’s better than the drawn on widow’s peak from the other day. She’s still amazing though.

  • pookiesmom

    She is in a whole new class of WERQ-dom. Other WERQ-ers bow at her alter. We need a new term for LupitaWERQ. UberWERQ? Goddess WERQ? The Platonic form of the WERQ?

  • Claudia Berry

    It’s Micaela Erlanger’s work, her styling on Lupita has been flawless. She also styles Michelle Dockery who is rather hit and miss.

    • That is really interesting! I would never have guessed that the same person was behind both of them. I was NOT a fan of Michelle Dockery’s dress for this event.

      • Claudia Berry

        Right? I find myself not liking most of Dockery’s looks.

  • Garcia Loca

    “What do we think of her hair?” Grace Jones realness. Which is never bad, in my book.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Hair to toe, j’adore.

  • marlie

    I love it all. Her makeup, the color, even that weird neckline. And her hair is *awesome.*

  • StillGary

    A longer hairstyle style — even a very simple updo –would have fought with the adornment. So glad Lupita got this dress and kept it from going tacky.

  • Mary229

    I love seeing the neckline up close. That detail is gorgeous!

  • CeeRich

    She looks flawless. AGAIN. She is not afraid of color. She changes up her cropped hair (You werq that hair Ted Gibson.). Her makeup is flawless. I cannot wait to see what she wears on Oscar night cause I am sure she is saving the best for last.

    • SRQkitten

      Exactly! The suspense is building because she has, with her styling team, done such a superb job through awards season. Her Oscar dress will probably be the piece de resistance.

  • Kent Roby

    I see the neck treatment as Disney birds pulling the gown on her. Yes, she’s so fierce that she’s being dressed by animated birds. And, Uncles Dearest, I will certainly agree with the Lupita = WERQ assessment.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I don’t know. I adore Lupita, but that neck piece looks a little tacky to my eyes. I love the hair though and that color is amazing on her.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I freaking LOVE that neck piece. It reminds me of the vintage Stanley Hagler pieces that I lust after but won’t buy (because they are huge and I am too short and midwestern to carry them off).

  • cocohall

    I didn’t think her red dress could be improved upon, and then I saw this. Just breathtaking. My favorite look of the night. And as much as JLaw’s candor can seem refreshing, could someone seat these two together at a luncheon or something so a little of Lupita’s excess decorum can spill onto Jennifer? Talk of armpit vaginas should stay in the hotel room or wherever she got dressed. Just not good Red Carpet banter. I think all this Red Carpet/Awards show pressure is taking its toll on Jen.

    • demidaemon

      I think she seriously wants a vacation, and it’s starting to spill over into her demeanor.

      • cocohall

        I agree. Really, no matter how much innate cool you have, it is hard to ride this bullet train as long as she has and not let it get to you. She is young and talented, but is going to burn out at this rate. I hope her family/team has scheduled some down time for her once the award season is over.

  • Herr Meier

    how come her hair became SO much higher overnight?

  • xmixiex

    She is/looks stunning. I’d like to see her hair a little closer cropped on the top, though.

  • Sally Spannagle

    This is a better version of Jessica Chastain’s blue number she wore a few posts back….

  • ckokopuff

    Ok, but anyone else who wears matching eyeshadow gets an eyeroll from you two. I think you give her a pass on a lot of stuff you wouldn’t let others get away with.

    • I’ve been reading this blog a long time, and I don’t think this is a fair or true statement.

      There are situations in which a fierce matching eyeshadow is entirely appropriate, and this is one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • And just to add to this. I have taken a closer look at these photos and also photos elsewhere. The eyeshadow does not match the dress – it is a darker shade of blue, perhaps cobalt.

    • But none of the rules are hard and fast – anyone gets a pass if they break a rule fabulously. And as Snoskred said, the eyeshadow doesn’t actually match the dress, it’s quite a different blue.

      • Gatto Nero

        Yes, that’s right. It’s closer to the blue created by the shadows in the neckline piece.

  • Miranda

    no one is supposed to be able to wear turquoise and look good, which is a color I love….so I’m upset that she can…and I can’t. If I wore that color I would look like “no”…I bow down.

  • Amanda Miller

    Is there a color that DOESN’T look awesome on her?

  • Mia Moreno

    Gorgeous! I am officially in love with her. Breathtaking and so exciting to see her fashion.

  • Kelly

    By all rights, I should hate the neck tackiness, but I don’t. Paired with the lovely simplicity of the rest of the dress, the trim ceases to look like something from Michael’s craft stores and instead looks different and chic. This was my favorite look of the night, though in truth, I’m not so fond of the high hair. Looks like someone left the limo window open on the way over, and she got caught in the breeze. On the other hand, I guess the extra height gives her a more formal look, and it does help balance out the neck bling. What I don’t like is the ring — looks like the costume “cocktail rings” my grandma wore in the ’60s. One question — are those grease spots or something on her dress? Or do I just need to clean my monitor?

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Love Love Love Love Love everything. I’m not sure anyone else could have pulled this dress off. And then she won too! And the whole world saw the dress and how stunning she looked! Just icing on the cake. I will say i liked her hair better at the Golden Globes, but this works too.

  • Joey Melliza

    i don’t know about this one, it’s not really doing it for me…

  • Sara Hottman

    I love that hair with the dress; it keeps the look from looking to cutesy. Plus, with that face, she could do anything with her hair and still be crazy, crazy hot.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I actually don’t love the trim. It looks sort of stiff and Pinteresty to me. And I hate the matchy eyeshadow. But that color is amazing and the fit is perfection.

  • webslice33

    it’s her body that makes those dresses really cool…

  • ailujailuj

    the hair reads sophisticated retro bouffant to me and is simply lovely. I am of the pale creatures so I just sit and stare at Queen Lupita. And I really really want my own colony of butterflies fluttering at my decolletage. what girl wouldn’t?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I am impressed with the variety of looks they get out of her very short hair. And yes, she was probably born a WERQ.

  • SewingSiren

    Loves turquoise as a stone and as a color. Love her. Love +Love. All good.

  • Melanie_Bee

    I think she looks incredible. That color looks incredible on her, and the decorative bit around the neck is somehow perfect – it would look silly on many, but I think the simplicity of her hair and just her stature and the way she carries herself, it makes it all come together so perfectly. I feel like she makes the dress look good and the dress makes her look good – a perfect match!

  • BobStPaul

    I much prefer her hair more closely cropped. Otherwise, she’s perfect.

  • MsMajestyk

    Jeez, she just doesn’t quit with the Fierce. That hair!

  • dulcian

    J’adore the color, the ring, and the neckline beading, but the matchy shoes and eyeshadow keep this out of the WERQ running for me.

  • lojoso

    I may just be a dumb white woman but what happened to her fabulous hairline from the other day? Honestly curious!

    • Gatto Nero

      That hairline (the widow’s peak) was constructed, as was this modified “fade” look.

      • lojoso

        Oh, so I am just dumb! Thanks (:

        • Gatto Nero

          Not at all. I only knew because other commenters (MilaXX and others) explained it in the other post.

  • Alexa42

    Fan Bingbing 2014.

  • Gatto Nero

    I actually like the hair. The bit of extra volume on top helps to balance the weight of that ornate neckline.

  • gefeylich

    Thank you for saying that, and you’re totally right: the only white women who might pull off this gown are Cate Blanchett or SWINTON, or possibly Rooney Mara on a good day (and that’s a crapshoot). It is the sort of dress AnnE Hathaway or Kristin Wiig would attempt to wear, and both would look absolutely ridiculous in it (and end up on a thousand “Worst Dressed” lists). However, Nyong’o looks otherworldly in it. Wondrous. Miraculous.

    Her hair looks fine – slightly Grace Jones/Janelle Monae-ish, but nothing extreme. It suits her face and it suits the dress.

  • Gara St. James

    Stunning. She appears to have that rare ability to put almost anything on and elevate the garment to HER level.

  • paintedfish

    GAWD, how can she possibly top this for the Oscars? It just keeps getting better and better.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m expecting that she will walk on the RC at the Oscars and simply blow everyone else away-that’s how high my hopes are.

  • LJCdoc

    WERQ!! In theory, I’m not crazy about the hair, because it reminds me of Will Smith circa 1990. I’m pretty sure if I saw anyone else wearing that hair, I’d split a side laughing. Yet, she still manages to look completely flawless, hair and all.

  • decormaven

    Like a boss. And that ring- fabulous!

  • Trickytrisha

    The only thing I could possibly wish for here would be a better bra. That’s just a quibble though. This lovely woman has a spot reserved in the Pantheon.

  • Holy shit.

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  • Anna Proffitt

    just because it wouldn’t look good on other people, why does that discredit the look? it looks fabulous and striking on her and wouldn’t on most- that should be an ACE card, duh.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Lupita is simply exquisite. and I am thrilled beyond words that she won the SAG award-richly deserved.

  • somebody blonde

    I go back and forth on the hair. Overall, I think it goes, but when I look at just her head, it looks too late-80s.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Can we coin a new term for her since WERQ is unworthy?- I propose “BDB” for “Bow Down, B*tches,” because- Damn.

  • I’ve run out of superlatives.

  • alyce1213

    This isn’t my favorite from her. I covered her face and took a good look at the neckpiece, don’t love it. The color is wonderful, but the dress is just okay, too long, and matchy shoes. Not her best.

  • Holy Shitballs!

  • DesertDweller79

    Best look yet! OMG, I LOVE it!!! I am stunned at what her styling team is doing with her hair through awards season. Great work there. Makeup is fabulous, as always.

    What I LOVE here is how she cleverly managed to sidestep the epidemic of missing necklaces in Hollywood lately. (Remember necklaces? I miss those.) Yay for her!

  • LaSylphide

    What is there left to say about her beauty and style? As to the hair: love it. And it amazes me she can get so many styles out of that close cut. Finally, I want a complexion that, apparently, looks gorgeous with any color.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Her gowns always seem to fit her perfectly. She must have just the right proportions, or else she has somehow talked the designers into tailoring things to fit her.

    • Sly

      This gown was custom made for her by Gucci.

  • quiltrx

    Interesting dress, and I’m pleased to see that there was no illusion netting (aka The Easy Way Out) deployed for the neckline.
    But honey, if you’re going to go Grace Jones with the hair, you’ve got to go ALL the way.

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  • boweryboy

    Gorgeous. That blue is amazing against her skin. She is officially the first person on my list of women I would go straight for.

    The hair is giving me Grace Jones life. Love it.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Definitely another WERQ. How does she do it?

  • NBG

    Simply adore the way the top of the dress frames the perfection that is her face. Her figure is amazing, of course, but the dress seems to say “I’m up here, everyone!”

  • stubbornthoughts

    I prefer her with the shorter ‘do, but nothing wrong with this one! The eye makeup, HOWEVER, is distracting me from how beautiful this dress and color are on her. Would’ve much preferred the more natural tones from her Globes look.

  • Akemi

    I am so in love with this dress. Well really, I am so in love with HER in this dress, because you are correct; very few people could pull this off as well.

  • Qitkat

    Killer color; killer necklace bodice; killer look. All the other dresses wanted to go hide under the bed.

  • Pound of Salt

    The hair is the only thing I’m loving here

  • CeeQ

    Exuberant. Amy Adams was elegant in that smooth, slightly out of reach way but this is elegant in a life giving way. All of my words are gone after seeing this. All I can manage right now is….blerg!!! HOT!!! Love!!!

  • Closet Crisis

    Y’all said it. Grace Jones hair. Love it. The colour of the dress is amazing on her, but I’m not sold on the built-in-statement-necklace treatment. Can you imagine getting a hug from her? Or maybe that’s the point.

  • hmatz

    I just absolutely worship this woman. Love, love, love!

  • Be yourself

    Actually what I find interesting is the question about her NATURAL hair. Because Hollywood is inundated with black females who use harsh and unsafe chemicals to straighten their hair and then add tons of extensions to look like someone they are not then that is the norm and beautiful. She is beautiful with her natural hair. You must love the way God created you to be confident about who you are. She is not a pale or Caucasian girl with long hair. She is an African with kinky, coarse hair.

    • RectPropagation

      So often when I do see a black runway model* with her natural type 4 hair there’s almost none of it. They tend to keep it very short. So I’m digging that she let it grow out a little, even if only for a little while.

      I also like high top fades, period.
      *I can only think of one other actress off the top of my head who wears her hair natural and has type 4 hair.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Shouldn’t it be about a quarter of an inch shorter? That hem is doing something weird.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I love the hair. It’s funky.

  • e jerry powell

    She needs to be careful. She’s in serious danger of wresting the title “Second Coming of Grace Jones” away from Ajuma Nasenyana…

  • julnyes

    She is fabulous, but I have to say I am not a fan of the hair, shoes or make-up.