Lupita Nyong’o Style Double Shot

Posted on January 21, 2014

And now for your Daily Dose of Lupita. You’ve probably gone weak and light-headed from lack of Lupita today, so let’s get right to it.



Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 Producers Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a Stella McCartney dress accessorized with a Chesneau Heltzel clutch, Stella McMartney shoes, an Jamie Wolf jewelry.

That dress is such an unusual color for the red carpet that it took us a few minutes to decide what we thought of it. We like it. It especially works for her.  And it’s nice to see her in something so simple. She changes it up a lot in her style choice. Gotta love that.

Do not gotta love her taste in shoes, though. It still remains questionable.



Lupita Nyong’o attends the Entertainment Weekly Celebration Honoring 2014 SAG Awards Nominees in Los Angeles, California in a Valentino dress accessorized with an Amanda Pearl clutch, Paul Andrew shoes, and Platt Boutique jewelry.

Talk about switching it up. Who could’ve predicted she’d have the ability to work the shit out of “Drew Barrymore circa 2003?” Love everything about this. It’s sexy and adorable at the same time. Also: chic.







[Photo Credit: Peter West/ACE/, Andrew Evans/, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images]

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  • Danielle

    I declare her a Lifetime WERQ Achievement award winner. *bangs gavel*

    • Sobaika

      I used to think the same about Zoe Saldana before bad bad things happened to her (in the way of dresses).

      *lights candle in prayer for Lupita, may she ever sustain such grace*

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        I think we need a Lupita/Fan Bingbing style off! Let’s get these two tagethah!

        • ushoda

          for me, Fan bing bing all the way

      • Slanted & Enchanted

        Oh, I so dearly miss Zoe Saldana in her WERQ-ing prime. I remember the days when I used to save TLo’s entries on her until I needed a real pick-me-up during the day even without having any idea what she was wearing because I could safely assume it would be amazing. Sigh. Memoryyyy! All alone in the moonliiiiight!

    • ushoda

      can i hate those shoes on the second look?

      • Tatiana Luján

        Can I not hate them, but wish she’d worn kitten heels?

    • Pennymac

      Saw that pronouncement in my head and heard the gavel bang! Great word pictures. Plus, AGREED!

    • julnyes

      Not until she deals with the shoe issue.

  • Noah

    I’m still waiting for the first Lupita outfit I don’t like.

    • deelup

      The second look here is a bit iffy for me. I think she is actually making it work big time. On someone else it would be totally cray cray. That is the essence of good styling I suppose.

      • jen_vasm

        The shoe choice works on the second, I think. The dress is nice, but it if were a mite linger, I would love it more. I’ve never seen a dark skinned woman rock that shade of the first dress and it is hypnotizing to me. I so wish her shoes backed it up. I’m playing mental paper doll with her, changing out the shoes (metallic? nah. Snakeskin (but lose the clutch) maaaybe Loden? hmmmm)

        • Deedles

          I think I am with you on the length of the second one. I get the sense that with it being that short, it’s almost “stumpifying” her (scientific term) and she is certainly no stump!

          • Jackie4g

            The second dress is too short.

    • wisdomy

      The first one was it for me. That color is made of NO, even on Lupita, and those shoes are awful.

      • Noah

        But did you see her later in the nerd glasses? SWOON.

      • SRQkitten

        I thought that dress would be flat out fierce in a different color. I just don’t think it works as well as it could. Leave it to Stella to get in the way of Lupita’s luminescence.

        • melisaurus

          Yes bold jewel tones and tropical colors do her well. Bland tan looks dull all around.

    • Robin Murray

      Noah, I am with you. To me, she has that fashion je ne sais quoi that makes anything on her body look fabulous. I think part of it is she looks so upbeat and comfortable in pictures. That’s hard to fake. Helen Mirren has it, too.

  • warontara

    I love her! And blessings to you guys for not calling the color of the first dress “nude.”

    • Sartorial_She

      It’s the color of a Band Aid.

      • Samantha E

        The epitome of a bandage dress

  • stubbornthoughts

    She is so damn beautiful. I love the look of the first one, but up close, it looks like a dress made of bandage material. Not Herve Leger bandage, but actually Bandaid bandage.

    That second look is amazing. I’m convinced that, as long as she doesn’t wear matching coats, she will look great in all dresses of the world.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Just posted something similar…had the same thought re: bandage fabric.

    • EveEve

      Sadly, the fit of the first dress is not doing the left half of her torso any favors.

      • kimmeister

        Yes, I’m pretty sure human breasts aren’t supposed to look boxy.

    • greyhoundgirl

      “all dresses of the world” I like that!

    • AudreysMom

      my thought exactly. It fits her beautifully, I love the neckline and I could deal with the color farther away. Up close though it really does look like Band-aid flex strips that you buy to cover scrapes on knees and knuckles.

  • Oh, I actually can’t get behind outfit #2. I don’t think that color is working for her at all.

    And is it me, or is #1 a shorter, burnt sienna colored version of Amy Adams’s SAG dress? I like both, for the record.

    • charlotte

      I can’t hate anything she is wearing, but #2 looks more like Kiernan Shipka’s dress in my opinion.

      • KinoEye

        Yes! I was going to write the EXACT same thing, but I figured a kitten before me had already noted the Shipka vibe. Even so, she still looks fabulous. The woman could rock a hefty bag.

        • ryenerman

          Yes, my thought was that the second dress should look twee as hell on a grown woman, but somehow it doesn’t. Such is her power.

    • scoobynacks

      Definitely had deja vu on the first dress.

  • deelup

    Took Lupita’s awesomeness to make me not even recognize a Stella McCartney frock. Good show.

  • marlie

    First look: I dislike the dress the more I look at it. I really don’t like the color. I like the color of her lipstick, but I think all of her makeup, with her skintone, is too monochromatic.

    Second look: Really cute. I like the mod look on her. The shoes work this time, and her makeup looks good. The bow/barrette/thingy in her hair is a tad too much, though.

    • kmk05

      I can’t believe Stella McCartney got her hands on Lupita and what she thought was ‘NUDE OF COURSE LIKE EVERY OTHER STAR’. Gah. Lupita is pulling it off despite that Ace bandage.

      The second is cute, but only because we’ve seen her do a lot of things and we know this won’t be her 4evah!style. Her ability to switch it up more than the actual look (barette notwithstanding) is what is selling it to me.

    • Sobaika

      Ooooh, I disagree – the color is dull but is set off marvelously by her skintone.

      • twigg

        The color isn’t that bad, but that fabric makes it look terrible.

  • Ragnarockette

    The clip in her hair is mega-adorable. Can this woman do wrong? I think not.

    • rosanegra

      So delightful to see close cropped natural hair with adornment! Refreshing.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Lupita’s making ALL the day’s “boo boos” go away in her Band-Aid dress!

  • lobsterlen

    I posted this earlier when it was sort of off topic. Sorry for the repeat but it rocked my small little world… My husband of 30 years, who never notices fashion, gay gasped when when
    saw Lupita Nyong’o in her teal gown. I thought he was kidding at first
    but then he said something about her simple jewelry choices were perfect.
    I was floored. Maybe there should be something beyond a WERQ for her if
    she is having straight nonfashion interested men take notice of fashion.

  • crash1212

    First shoes look mega ouchy. Love the silver pump in the second look.

  • Rhonda Shore

    She’s amazing! Even looks divine in a dress resembling an ace body bandage!

  • My goodness, they must have glued that hair ornament to her scalp…….just doesn’t seem like there’s enough hair to hold it otherwise! Also, Miss Lupita is one of the few people who have made a Stella McCartney design bearable to the eyes. (Although I could swear the material is Ace bandage in origin.) If that doesn’t put her in the fashion pantheon, I don’t know what will.

    • mommyca

      Ace bandage??? Hahaha, I thought the same thing!

    • Truthiness2U

      The jewel thing is on a black headband she’s wearing.

      • warontara

        Beat me to saying that. Plus us kinky gals can usually get things to stay put without much length.

  • Janice Bartels

    That first look is so strong- a totally different goddess look.

  • @Biting Panda

    I do not care for the first dress, at all. It’s giving me Flintstonian vibes. Blech.

    Love the second look. I find barrettes twee, but I’m loving…LOVING…how she has changed up her hair every time.

    • mommyca

      Totally! If this is not a Vilma dress, I don’t know what is…. I mean, it even looks like the fabric is not even hemmed…

  • Pennymac

    One question: WHO IS STYLING HER? So many fashion wins, in such a short time!

    • pinkxxa

      The same lady who is styling Michelle Dockery, I find that she is very hit and miss with Michelle but nails it always with Lupita. The shoes are usually the miss in Lupita’s case

    • justineyy

      From my instagram stalking of Lupita + her stylist, I think her & Lady Mary share a stylist….which makes Miss Lupita even more amazing, cause she WERQs any look thrown at her while Lady Mary does not.

    • MilaXX

      Ted GIbson – hair, Nick Barose – makeup & Micaela Erlanger – stylist. No I’m not obsessed, why do you ask?

      • SpillinTea

        My question is, who is PAYING to for all these fabulously talented people to style her? Do stylists work for free during award season to get their own names up? Or does this come out of the promotional budget? I mean, I know I’D volunteer to work with a Queen like Lupita, but Ted Gibson doesn’t need the promo and he is NOT cheap.

        • MilaXX

          I don’t now her individual contract, but I was under the impression that most celebs hire their own team. You are right though, Ted Gibson is not cheap. He also works with Debra Messing and Christina Ricci.

          • SpillinTea

            Great info! Thanks!

  • She looks stunning in the first photo but those sandals are not it.

    The 2nd photo is flirty and fun but still has a bit of sexiness. Liking the adornment in her hair. Nice touch.

  • CeeRich

    It’s Lupita….OF COURSE!

  • filmcricket

    The first dress is really only working because it’s on her. It’s another one of those things she elevates by wearing it. The glasses she wore while presenting were awesome.

    The second look is probably my least favourite thing she’s ever appeared in. I don’t think twee works for her.

    • conniemd

      Agree with your comments on both dresses. I think she is like Cate Blanchett in that she elevates everything she wears, just because of her own inner beauty and glow and because even if she wears something odd, it is never, ever tacky or cheap looking.

      • Jessica Goldstein

        She reminds me a lot of Cate Blanchett, too, in her power to elevate iffy dresses by virtue of beauty and presence.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Does Cate have a stylist?

  • teensmom99

    Shoes are perfect with the Valentino.

  • tallgirl1204

    I dissent on the second dress. I believe that dress belongs on Kiernan Shipka. I also dislike the “decorated front, plain back” effect of the second dress. I know it’s a “thing” right now, but it always reminds me of a cheap Christmas sweater.
    This said, I believe she is the only person in the universe (except maybe a pale-skinned redhead, who then would be criticized for matching her hair color?) who could wear that first dress. Lovely.
    Is it just me, or is her mega-watt smile looking a little wan?

    • Sly

      The “decorated front, plain back” effect is merely a practical design choice. When you have embroidery as dense as this, you have two outcomes when a person sits:

      1) It’ll be so uncomfortable, that sitting for long periods of time is not an option.
      2) Depending on the fabric the chair is made of, those sequins, and crystals could catch on the chair and be pulled off.

      • tallgirl1204

        I can buy that partially… I could be satisfied if there was some cascade of decoration on to the back that faded toward the bottom, or better yet if the decoration was designed to to trickle away at the bottom of front and back. I personally find the contrast too stark. But thank you for ‘splaining.

        • Sly

          Yeah, I get that. You welcome, It was no problem!

  • Chickadeep

    Lurve the Valentino mini on her! Simultaneously sweet and chic, which is not a combo you see often enough. The bronze classic (i.e., not crazy high) stiletto is fab with this, as is the headband (which I do not usually love…too twee on most; on her, it works). Her stylist is EARNING THAT PAYCHECK.

  • bookish

    I’m a little confused by her hair. Its so short in these pics, but was styled pretty high just the other night. Is it just really tightly curled here and can be fluffed up? She also sometimes has a peak at the center of her forehead and sometimes doesn’t. I have stick straight hair, so can’t relate to her hair styling. Thanks!

    • AnnaleighBelle

      My daughter said the higher hair was a weave. I cannot corroborate the veracity of the observation (I’m white, she’s black). My daughter also claims a lot of women have gotten butt implants, so I’m not sure she’s a trustworthy observer.

      • MilaXX

        I think the high top fade may have been a partial weave, The other looks w/ the exception of the fake widows peak were likely hers.

    • DTLAFamilies

      I’m pretty sure the height difference is due to a pick. The widow’s peak was painted on, and the fact she could pull that off should tell you something about her powers of eleganza.

    • MilaXX

      Shrinkage is a big deal with ladies of color. Te widows peak was a cheat though.

    • bookish

      Thanks guys. Interesting reading about her widow’s peak from the other day.

  • procrastinatrice

    I love the first look. Classy as hell. I disagree on the second look though. The combination of that hair clip with that cutesy dress is giving me a toothache. And the shoes don’t go.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    “Lack of Lupita” will be in the next addition of the DSM.

    Symptoms: weakness, light-headedness, delusion that you could look as good in a dress as Ms. Nyong’o…

  • ojosazules

    The color of the first dress is amazing on her.

  • acevedob

    The first one looks like a band-aid. The second one is cute. BTW, is the cut of the first one a new thing? If so, I don’t like it.

  • SugarSnap108

    These may be my two least favorite Lupita looks that I’ve seen. But I still can’t hate. She just elevates everything, even Stella. Shoes, though, are her Achilles’ heel.

  • CPK1

    I love love love everything about the second look. But although she looks beautiful the first dress looks like a cheap bandaid

  • greyhoundgirl

    I grow weak and light-headed every time I see pics of her–wow. She owns it all.

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  • lrober03

    I think the first one is one of my least favorite Lupita looks. That being said, it’s still way above most of the other looks I’ve seen recently. She can do no wrong

  • Trickytrisha

    The second look is breathtaking. Love the hair accessory – it softens her look a bit. Everything about this is so damn pretty.

    Then we have Stella McCartney Strikes Again, this time in questionable pumpkin, or some other gourd color. Leave it to her to make Lupita less than marvelous. The fit at the bosom is downright bad.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    How can most of her shoes be so bad???

  • ChaCha_70

    Thanks boys. I knew you wouldn’t let me down in giving me my Lupita fix.

  • Suse

    I love that 2nd dress ~ so ’60s, which is my favorite era for clothes. The 1st dress makes her look like an Egyptian goddess. She’d be my pick for a remake of Cleopatra.

  • MilaXX

    1.She made a Stella dress look cute. I wish the sandals were metallic.
    2. Love the headband and for a change the shoe works.

  • Judy_J

    She looks positively groovy in that flower power mini. This gal’s got a great sense of style.

  • kimmeister

    Others may burn me at the stake for heresy here, but I vastly prefer the Stella McCartney over the Valentino here. The terra cotta color works on her and I don’t hate the shoes. I hate the second dress but do like those shoes.

    • boweryboy

      I like the Stella more too (I threw up a little on my laptop just typing that). That’s why I posted I think she’s a goddess for not only pulling off a Stella but also for making me like it.

  • NinjaCate

    The first one is iffy for me. The shape and cut are sublime but I’m not loving the colour AT ALL. I really dig the second one.

  • carolynmo

    Imagine being her right now. “Ok, what amazing dress do I get to wear today?”

  • murt

    Love the makeup for both looks.

    • lizajane1776

      YES! The lip color in the second is perfect and subtly pulling from the dress! (And now I am wondering how it would have looked with the first! More paper dolls!)

  • jw_ny

    The 1st one reminds me of an ace bandage…color and fabric, and overall looks dull. I really dislike it.
    The 2nd one is very cute…cute is not something I’ve ever written about Lupita before, but it works without being twee, although the barrette is close to teetering the line there.

  • In_Stitches

    It took me a while to come to a determination on the first one as well, but it landed in the win column for me as well, largely because I decided the color is sullen pumpkin and I can get behind.

    • sagecreek

      God, thank you! I was sitting here trying to figure out what that color could possibly be called. Sullen Pumpkin it is!

  • StillGary

    Call mr jelly, but the first dress isn’t doing the heavy lifting — I don’t know if it’s the weird length or the fact that the top doesn’t fit especially well, but it’s too ace bandage — but again, if anyone can rock an ace bandage, it is this lady.

  • quiltrx

    I think that first dress is the first color I’ve seen on Lupita that I thought she was NOT carrying off very well. I don’t think that’s anyone’s color.
    And whoever her makeup artist is, he/she REALLY knows what to do!

  • So…silly Q perhaps, but they just keep changing manicures for every premiere? I see two different nail colors and I’m assuming these events weren’t far apart. Guess it’s all part of the insanity.

  • Try as I might to like that first dress, I can’t. It’s the color more than anything. Magenta crayons used to make me sick to my stomach, literally, I would get queasy just looking at them and I’m kind of having that reaction to this color. Now that second dress is right up my alley. J’adore!

  • understateddiva

    I love how sleek she looks in the first look, but I really dislike the silhouette of the second. I feel like high-necked sheath a-line dresses make the wearer look like her head is out of proportion to her shoulders. Especially in these red carpet pics where the photo is taken from a high angle. They just don’t give the body a long line. Change the neckline or add a sleeve and the weirdness would go away.

  • boweryboy

    She a goddess for being able to werq a Stella McCartney.

  • That second dress is so cute it almost makes me angry.

  • That first dress is setting off her skintone beautifully.

  • unbornfawn

    That woman sure knows how to wear a dress! Love her hair. Simple and natural. Frames her face so beautifully.

  • Call me Bee

    That first dress is…just… so perfect on her. Awful shoes, though. Second look could have been really bad, but it works on her. I haven’t seen her wear anything ugly yet.

  • alyce1213

    The second dress is adorable and very groovy. Gorgeous.
    The first I don’t like. The fabric is ace bandage-atrocious. The wavy front is just more Stella McCartney gimmickry masquerading as design.
    Her head is exquisite, as always.

  • LJCdoc

    OMG, she can even make Stella McCartney look good. She can officially Do No Wrong.

  • MannahattaMamma

    stunning. she (and her team) should give lessons to the other starbies about how to dress for these events because even when it’s a flop, it’s an INTERESTING flop (and rare).

  • SewingSiren

    The first look is particularly regal. The second just good fun.

  • Kelly Sowers

    You know she’s good when she makes me somehow not HATE a Stella McCartney piece.

  • pookiesmom

    Is there any color that she can’t WERQ? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone pull off the color of the first dress (and make it sing, no less!).

  • Tracy_Flick

    That second dress made me squeal in delight.

  • Missy

    She’s just so *symmetrical* it’s totally mesmerizing. I just want to look at her and keep looking at her. She’s carefully edging her way into the “can do no wrong” category for me, style-wise.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    The truth is it’s all her. It doesn’t matter what she wears, she’s going to make it work without it looking like it’s working to work. You could put her in a dress made out of seaweed and dog shit and we’d be snapping our fingers at her saying “Work”. It’s science. She is the Sun.

  • flamingoNW

    The bottom one is the worst I’ve seen her and she still looks pretty fab. That length is not her best, but the dress is pretty cute. Oh to have skin color that looks so good with so many things…

  • e jerry powell

    This child is KILLING ME. I don’t know if I’ll live to see the Oscars at this rate.

    She’s starting to seem superhuman.

  • tetisheri

    Oh, just so beautiful.

  • MoHub

    That gal can do no wrong!

    • decormaven

      Joining the chorus. It’s been a while since I’ve seen someone so young get it right so often on the RC. Kudos to her style team.

    • sagecreek

      Agreed! I’m wondering if she, Tilda and Kiernan Shipka were ever in the same room at the same time, would there be some kind of antimatter explosion?

      • MoHub

        Probably enough to power a starship. Of course, Queen Helen would have to be in that room as well.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    That first look is amazeballs. She works that second dress, but the barrette and makeup are questionable to me.

  • Sayana Yoga

    Anyone else getting a bandaid vibe from the first dress?

    • Orange Girl

      Yep. Love the shape, color looks like a bandage.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love #she and her cute little looks- she can go super sophisticated, even a bit sexy, and then bring it down to fun and cute.

  • carnush

    The shoes from the second look go with the dress from the first.

  • Sam Smith

    Neither of these looks is working for me. The brown dress, to me, seems to end up looking kind of drab, kind of like the beige dresses on the white ladies. And I don’t like the shoes in either shot, again it almost looks like she is not wearing shoes b/c they are too close to her skin tone. I like the second dress better, but I think its too heavy looking.

  • Diego!

    I agree with the shoes in the first picture. I love the second one too. Attagirl x 2!

  • sagecreek

    I am having SO MUCH FUN. I’m going to be very sad when awards season is over and we’re back to the usual talk show entrances and parking lot snaps.

  • save_the_hobbit

    She’s just flawless. Also, every star in the world should hire her stylist.

  • GorgeousThings

    Nope, sorry. That first dress is doing heinous things to her left boob. And the color looks like something you’d find in a baby’s diaper after changing formulas.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m trying to focus on the clothes, but I can’t stop looking at her beautiful, beautiful face. She’s gorgeous anyway, but her makeup is flawless in both looks.

  • Monabel

    The Valentino dress is infantalising and heavy.

  • Bernadette

    Shoes from look 2 would have been an improvement with look 1.

  • Winter_White

    Tom. Lorenzo. Which of you…or both of you…? You need to will your bodies to science, so that one day — far, far in the future — your brains may be studied by experts to find out how you were able to glance at that second dress and immediately, with gasp-inducing precision, evoke “Drew Barrymore circa 2003.” You do that so often, and it is the coolest superpower ever.

    Anyway: Lupita is so radiant and graceful…I prefer the first look for her.

  • E. D.

    Love the first one (even the shoes), but the skirt on the second seems too short.

  • Katherine Leay

    she looks good with any color, is unbelievable. I agree with the shoes choices.

  • demidaemon

    I do wonder how edited that Stella is, considering it actually looks like someone normal designed it. Love both looks. Love the head styling in look two. Shoes on one are horrible (no surprise, since Stella made them); shoes on two are okay.

  • Lilyana_F

    Hot damn! This girl is just giving me life every time!