WERQ: Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Posted on January 13, 2014

It’s January 13th and we’re 95% sure this is going to wind up on our year-end “Best of the Red Carpet” posts. Write this down.

Oh, and also…

Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a Ralph Lauren dress paired with Paul Andrew shoes, a Monica Rich Kosann clutch, and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 Collection

Bow down, fuckers, bow down.

This woman is stunning. Honestly, these pictures don’t quite do her justice. We saw her get interviewed by Giuliana and she’s absolutely radiant. Giuliana was even more tongue-tied than usual. You could tell she was actually a little unsettled by how striking Lupita is.

Not that we should really be using Giuliana as a way to back up our opinions. Oh God, kittens. What made us do that? Forget what we said about Giuliana. The point is, she’s gorgeous and this look, from tip to toe, is sheer, turn-your-head-and-drop-your-jaw FIERCE. The only thing that’s missing is the crown because she is clearly the GRAND HIGH EMPRESS OF THE RED CARPET.

You WERQ that magnificence, Miss Lady.





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  • SewingSiren

    Winner of the best dressed. Too bad we didn’t get to see her on stage accepting an award wearing this. She is fabulous.

    • Agreed!

      • Lattis

        This is the first time in my life that my jaw literally dropped.

        • majorbedhead

          Right? Mine, too. I even did a little gasp of awe. When I am rendered speechless, it’s really saying something.

    • Introspective

      My heart ached in particular when she didnt win. i clearly wanted to see her get it for the quality of her performance which moved me to tears.

      [but i also wanted to see the regal flotation and the brilliance of the red cape sweeping behind her as she moved thru the crowd to ascend to the stage. because fashion.]

    • Me Again

      This look is absolutely amazing. I’d put her in my top 2 of the night. I hope Elizabeth Moss also gets a WERQ. Her dress was amazing (unless her somewhat sloppy hair ruined it).

      • lunchcoma

        Elizabeth looked so good with her dress and her jewelry that I completely ignored the hair.

    • Bridget Smith

      She was super-cute when they won for Best Drama, though. She and Sarah Paulson clutching each other and grinning – adorable!

    • lunchcoma

      Lupita was robbed, but at least she looked great in the process.

    • ConnieBV

      I didn’t even mind the matchy shoes!

  • HVM


  • Diego!

    WERQ THE FIERCENESS! She looks STUNNING! I gladly bow! 😀

  • Ginger


    • Clueless_Jock

      So regal.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        YES! The perfect way to describe her.

  • Feathers McGraw

    Super-Pretty. I hope this single-handedly brings capes back to the red carpet.

  • I swear each time I look at her photos in this dress I get chills/goosebumps. I mean, this is damn near perfection. Then again, I have a thing for cape gowns. (See: Paltrow, Gwyneth in Tom Ford and Bingbing, Fan in Elie Saab).

    • charlotte

      I don’t even like cape gowns, but Lupita is an exception to every rule.

    • Aurumgirl

      But not, surely, the straight-jacket-cape-dress poor Cate went out in not too long ago. This is how to put a cape on a gown.

      • I had to Google to see the dress and LMAO! Oh hell to the no.

  • tallgirl1204

    I’m so glad that you gave this a WERQ! I was scrolling through the red carpet looks last night and this was the only one that made me gasp and cheer. Then I thought “Is it because she is so stunning that she makes everything look good?” (having learned this from the uncles) but then I thought, nope, she’s a fabulous woman in a fabulous dress (pay attention, Angelina). Also, she looks so dang happy. Nothing accessorizes so beautifully as a genuine smile.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    She is one of the most beautiful human beings I’ve seen in my 30 years on this planet. She can wear anything, she makes it all work.

    • Trent

      Right? The first time I saw her on TLo, I was literally stunned — she was THAT gorgeous. Her skin, her features, even the shape of her face — you just can’t stop staring at her (as Giuliana did last night). And this dress isn’t even that complicated. No frills, ruffles or weird black bands, just a modern, minimal gown in the perfect color for her. Stunning and flawless, and easily the best of the night.

      Also, she was wonderful in 12 Years a Slave and was SO ROBBED last night.

  • How will she ever top this at the Oscars?

    • Sobaika

      I suspect she will find a way.

      • A little part of me wants her wear a modern take on an African traditional outfit. Just a smidge. I don’t know if it’ll go over well with the American crowd but whatever. lolol.

        • I want to see her in a gorgeous, princessy, ballgown. 🙂

        • Rand Ortega

          Maybe something from Mexico (where she was born), too? That would be awesome.

        • agentilities

          I am with you on the traditional outfit.

    • MilaXX

      She’s been slaying it the so far. I have no doubt she will continue to kick butt for the rest of awards season.

    • megohd

      my thoughts EXACTLY. I don’t doubt she will, but … who would think you could top a red cape sheath?

  • I haven’t seen her movie yet but I was really disappointed when she didn’t win, mostly because I just wanted to stare at her some more, but also because she’s so intelligent and eloquent that I was really looking forward to her speech.

    I’m pretty much obsessed with her, even without seeing “12 Years a Slave.”

    • Sobaika

      Watch it immediately.

  • EEKstl

    I gasped when I saw her on the RC. Stunning perfection.

  • Courtenay P

    WERQ!!!!! I squealed when I saw this. Goopy, take note – this is how it’s done.

  • CeeRich

    Best Dressed Indeed. WERQ and *fingersnaps*.

  • Absolute perfection in every single detail.
    I am in Awe.

  • Spreecord

    This is a rare case of the matching shoe being completely, perfectly deployed.

  • @Biting Panda

    Stunning. I hope Hollywood doesn’t do that thing it does, where it finds a unique, unknown talent, uses them once and then tosses them aside because they don’t know what to do with them. If she’s shut out of awards season wins, I am going to worry even further.

  • Maya

    Perfection. Stunning woman in a stunning dress.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Flawless. Not a bad move anywhere from the hair to her feet. I thought she was robbed, but she looked gorgeous anyway.

    • Introspective


      this may sound cheesy, but if she came out looking like this on a night when everyone else looked, well, like that, in a way lupita won.

    • Evan

      She woke up like this 😉

      • Introspective


        (cause there’s no other word for lupita but flawless)

      • Flawless!

        (And I’m trying very hard to not use that word since the song came out. Which is hard because I love the video.)

      • michael tanner


      • Jaeda Laurez

        You know my heart. 🙂

    • fursa_saida

      The movie was shafted in general. (Yes, I know it got Best Drama, but in every other category it was ignored–and I honestly am not sure it would have won that award if the Globes didn’t have two categories to spread the love around.) Pitt and Fassy need to step up their glad-handing.

  • Introspective


    on a night when 50% of the dresses were particularly fug this was a sight for sore eyes.

    when the ensemble accepted the award for the movie my eyes were only on her. when the camera whizzed across the audience for candids, my eyes only went to her. she KILLED it.

  • Sobaika


    And also robbed.

    • MilaXX

      So robbed I wanted to throw things. Don’t even get me started on the lac of awards given to POC last night,

      • Sobaika

        If I talk about lack of POC receiving recognition I’ll end up in a rage-induced Monday morning coma. But I’ll say this: Matthew McConathing turned in a strong performance as did many other recipients – there are arguments in their win’s favor. But Lupita as the clear-frontrunner in a career launching role. There is no excuse.

        • Introspective


          snorting just occurred over here in spite of myself. and in spite of my shared anger at the snubbing of poc all over the place.

          • Sobaika

            I like him! And he’s done some really interesting work the past two years or so. Just can’t spell his name 🙂

          • Jacob Bowen

            What is STUPID is that he was 100x better in MUD than he was in Dallas Buyers Club (in which he was still very good) but MUD got no recognition.

          • demidaemon

            Unfortunately, MUD missed the awards release window, which is stupid yet still exists.

        • Rand Ortega

          Oh, Sobaika of the beautiful name, thanks to you my keyboard is covered in coffee & I can’t stop laughing. When will you cease to amaze with your brilliant snark & humor?

          • Sobaika

            Bless you, fellow kitten.

        • MilaXX

          ITA. As much as I like JLaw, her win over Lupita was a joke. Do not get me started on Gravity.

          • marlie

            I saw Gravity. I LOVED it. BUT, I still think Steve McQueen should have won.

          • Sobaika

            See, that’s a category where I think there’s an argument to be made. I personally wanted Steve McQueen to win, but I’m not mad at Alfonso Curon. Gravity was a technical achievement that precious few people could pull off. So while it certainly doesn’t deserve Best Film or Actress (BYE, SANDY and take your sad pinata dress with you) I’m okay with Director.

          • marlie

            Yeah, I don’t necessarily think McQueen was “robbed” the way I think Lupita was robbed, but it still would have been nice to see McQueen get some individual recognition.

          • I’ve read a couple of interviews with McQueen and I just don’t think he knows how to play the game. I can’t imagine him poledancing for awards.

          • Sobaika

            He does NOT suffer fools, this is true – and nor should he. If they can award David O. Russell after his antics, then Hollywood can deal with the McQueen side-eye.

          • Introspective

            this. all this. but again white privilege makes everything poc do to the same or lesser degrees incredibly different/worse/insufferable.

          • SassieCassy

            preach. isn’t he the one who called lily tomlin a see you next tuesday?

          • KinoEye

            I remember seeing Hunger a little while after it came out. I was totally blown away, and put Steve’s name down on the need-to-know list. Then I saw Shame. Out of this world. I haven’t yet seen 12 Years, but on the basis of those two incredible films I know it’ll be transcendent. McQueen is too damn good for Hollywood. He makes art. He doesn’t need awards to validate it, although it would be nice if these people recognized unbelievable raw talent when it slaps them in the face.

          • Sobaika

            12 Years if a very different film but it’s also a very Steve McQueen film – it feels like a physical experience. He often uses bodies in his storytelling, it’s almost visceral. Highly recommend you see it soon.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            (patting seat on virtual sofa)Come sit down by me, we’ll open a bottle of wine and tackle Gravity. Still puzzling over Lupita not winning last night…

          • MilaXX

            *sits next to you*

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            We’re on! Drinking wine, snarking about Gravity and then on to the fabulousness that is Lupita!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I turned to Mr. Bitchbitchybitchy and pronounced this award as bogus…he had to endure my wrath for the next five minutes. As much fun as JLaw was in American Hustle, Lupita N’yongo was absolutely shattering in !2 Years a Slave, and I’m gobsmacked that she didn’t win.

          I can’t argue with McConaghey’s win-he’s terrific in Dallas Buyers Club,as was Jared Leto-so happy for him, too.

          • demidaemon

            I really hate the way the GG has their awards set up. There should really be separate awards for supporting actor/actress in a comedy and drama, if they are going to split them up everywhere else. Still, yes, from what I’ve heard, JLaw, while fabulous, was entirely outacted by pretty much everyone else nominated.

            Don’t even get me started on how they do the TV awards. It makes the way they do film awards look logical.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I agree about splitting the supporting actor/actress GG awards-it’s two more awards, which would mean you get to make two more people happy-what’s not to like? Or is logic a concept foreign to the GG’s?

        • lunchcoma

          Yes. Lupita was robbed, and while I can understand each of Matt’s and Jared’s and Cuaron’s wins on their own, the overall trend of the night seemed to be to grudgingly give 12 Years a Slave Best Picture without having too many of its participants individually recognized. I’m disappointed.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I was disappointed, too. I would so love to see both Chiewetel Ejiofor and Lupita N’Yongo win for 12 Years a Slave-those roles had to be particularly challenging and they both gave genuinely profound performances.

          • fursa_saida

            What really worries me is that I have the feeling 12 Years won Best Drama partly because the Globes have the split categories–so they could grudgingly give it an award while still hugging American Hustle nice and close. AH is exactly the kind of movie Hollywood loves to death (the only way it could be more Hollywood’s Sweetheart would be if it included a movie within the movie). The momentum for Oscar is looking profoundly disappointing.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I told Mr. B3 last night that the only part of the Oscars that I’m looking forward to the montage of clips saluting the dear departed from 2013.
            Yes, AH is precisely the kind of film that Hollywood likes to reward. Don’t get me wrong, I rather liked it for featuring a bunch of actors I like, but the story is slight, and Russell let his actors, IMHO, chew a little too much scenery.

        • fursa_saida

          My favorite part was when McConathing (everyone is going to adopt this–you know that, right? His name is too annoying to spell) was clearly struggling to remember Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba’s names. Reel off the two white nominees…pause…camera goes to Idris Elba, who squirms…

          I understand that both of those men are fairly new to the American media consciousness and that is also an explanation (what with Tom Hanks and Robert Redford being guys whose names I’m sure he’s known from childhood), but it just kind of summed up the whole night to me.

          • Sobaika

            Ooooooooooffff, that was awkward. He was clearly stoned/drunk but yeeesh. It thought it was weirder that they didn’t pan to Chiwetel Ejiofor when his name was called.

          • fursa_saida

            Did you see his face while McConathing was talking, though? I wanted to hug him. They were graceful about it, but I’m pretty sure the whole 12 Years contingent were very aware they were getting the whole shaft.

          • Introspective

            i peeped this too! both mc conathing’s drunkey neglecting to address his black cohorts in the category as “mr.” as he did for the white men, (which made my teeth hurt) and the side eye idris gave as a result. those cameramen worked overtime to make sure we at home saw all the moments of shade up close and in HD.

          • Danielle

            Favorite part of the night was when Tina and Amy were rattling off harder to pronounce names like Chiwetel and Idris and said Tom Honks! I guess we should be glad Guliana wasn’t calling Chiwetel “Little C” like she did with Quvenzhane Wallis.

          • marlie

            At this point, they’re not THAT new, and I certainly would have at least practiced pronouncing the names of my co-nominees, just in case I won. I was also peeved when someone presenting an award (I forget who) pronounced “Philomena” incorrectly.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I believe that was Leonardo DiCaprio who mispronounced Philomena-and every awards show should have a cheat sheet for their presenters so that names are pronounced correctly. Now the grammar police retires to her fainting couch…

          • Sobaika

            Judy Dench IS Philomania.

    • I felt like she was robbed, too.

      Mind you, haven’t seen any of these movies.

      • Verascity

        Having seen all of them, she was insanely robbed.

      • lunchcoma

        I’ve seen most of them. She was robbed. Nothing against Jennifer Lawrence, who did an admirable job with what was given to her, but the performances aren’t comparable.

  • Laura Elizabeth

    Absolutely stunning.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Magnificent. Luminous. Breathtaking. And every other word the others aimed for and missed. She is art.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    The Beyonce mic-drop of dresses. Go home until awards season is over bitches, Lupita’s running things now.

  • bayusc

    I love this. I really do. And TLo are right, she looked even more impressive while speaking with GR. However, am I the only one who sees this and thinks of Gwyneth Paltrow, at the Oscars, in Tom Ford (white). Just saying…

    • @Biting Panda

      No, I don’t think you are. I myself went back to compare the two. Of course, I think Lupita did it better.

    • carnush

      Yeah I thought of the Gwyneth look instantly. Still, this is amazing.

    • Spicytomato1

      I thought of Gwyneth, too. Another site is saying, surprisingly, that Gwyneth did it first, and better. I thought the Tom Ford actually was wearing Goop a little bit. Not so with Lupita, who completely owns her look.

    • I thought of GOOP, but I think the colour, off-the-shoulder neckline and all around demeanour of the woman wearing this one brings this out on top!

      • marlie

        Plus, those details make them totally different dresses. I don’t think they need to be “compared.” Goop looked great in hers, and Lupita looks amazing here.

    • understateddiva

      The repeat of that cape element with the exact same shape seemed a misstep to me – I immediately thought of the dress you mentioned! But it doesn’t seem to have dimmed the reception to this dress. I want to see something new and exciting from her, I KNOW she can serve up elegant.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Can we talk about how gutsy this was from an emerging young star? Most of these girls default to princess gowns or safe columns but she said fuck this and busted out a grandmaster level gown and owned it. And let’s also talk about her hair because unfortunately going around with your natural hair is still a daring move for a black woman in the public eye.

    • It seems to me that the stigma about natural hair for women of colour is much stronger in the USA than in other parts of the world. I know she was educated in the US, but I hope she’s spent enough time living in Africa to be able to get past some of that.

      • agentilities

        Many of my friends from Kenya and Uganda for as long as I have known them have worn their hair short and natural. They have the perfect bone structure that I am envious of for the short look. For us West Africans who have experimented for so long with the perms and weaves it is refreshing to see many of us going back to our roots. I hope the “Nollywood” and “Ghallywood” ( no originality whatsoever) actresses in particular are taking notes.

      • marlie

        It’s strong, and it’s STILL not well understood. Any time you have schools banning hairstyles like afros, there’s still something wrong with how American culture sees hair.

        • Definitely. Most of the British-born black women I know in London have cornrows or braids, or perms, but the women born in Africa or the Caribbean are more likely to wear their hair natural. Pretty small sample size, so I can’t really generalise.

    • lunchcoma

      I think that part of it might be that – despite looking quite youthful – Lupita isn’t a young girl. She’s 30, has a couple of degrees, and has worked in film production. Not that there aren’t older women with dull, safe style, but I think part of what we’re seeing is a person who’s had a lot of time to grow into herself before catching the public’s eye.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m getting the impression that this young woman has a level of confidence and poise beyond her years, which comes across in her performances and we’re seeing it in her fashion choices. I love that she’s so comfortable with her natural hair style-it’s her, and it works so beautifully with her features.

  • RussellH88

    This is gorgeous.

    This is a dress that needs someone who can really serve it. It’s not a dress that does all of the heavy lifting, you need to be a Walking Goddess like Lupita to put it on and force all mortals in a 50 foot radius to bend at the waist and bow down.

  • Ok, I am going to take a moment to say this and then run before everyone deads me with their eveil eyes.

    I wish this were a different colour than red.

    It is like this blends into the carpet, and while Lupita is rocking it, and she looks amazingly stunning.. I feel like she perhaps deserved a bit more from this outfit which would have been provided if it were a different colour. And you can see in the first pic, how great it looks when there is not so much red carpet in the shot, and also in the shot with the model how that pops when it is not on the same colour floor.

    **She should never merge with the background in this way**

    Alternatively, the red carpet should have been changed to a different colour for the evening. 🙂

    Ok, I’ll be running now, please do not dead me. 🙂

    • @Biting Panda

      I vote for a change in RC color. But I agree, it was a shame that the majority of the pics we’ll see of this, she’ll be blending in. Just think of how amazing she must have seemed, in person, away from the red carpet!!

      And if you people shittily downvote @snoskred, get over yourselves. We politely disagree here. We’re minions with opinions. The opinions part is pretty crucial.

      • Introspective


    • Introspective

      i hear you, and thought about this same issue. but in the end, my reaction was the exact opposite… i thought that despite her look’s coordination with the carpet from head (or shoulder) to toes, the dress is so stunning that she clearly stands out. and owns the shit.

      so my vote would be for the red carpet’s color to be changed when some phd level fashion like this is coming thru.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I thought it was orange until I saw the runway photo.

    • Jennifer Schiller

      No worries. I agree. I felt the same way about the shoes (which, while I love with the dress am getting vertigo from the look). She looks stunning and I am totally in love with the hair, but I do feel the almost exact shade of red on red on red takes away just a smidge. I do think she’s still rocking it more than the model though, red carpet be damned.

    • I was hoping there might be some shots of Lupita in this dress on different flooring, and if you google there are a couple of her before she left where she is on a beige carpet and while not in love with the beige carpet, I am in love with how much more awesome the dress looks without the matching carpet.

      There are also some gorgeous shots of her in a red knee length dress with red shoes, it is a gorgeous colour on her.

      It is an enormous shame that the red carpet was red because if one is going to deploy the cape one wants it to have the biggest effect possible – there are some shots from waist high where she is kind of twirling the cape and you can’t see the carpet and those are stunning photos.. but anytime the carpet comes into it the impact is lost somewhat. 🙁

      I have a sad about this. I wish the carpet had been green or blue, it would have taken this to another level entirely. I also have a sad she did not win. But I have a happy because her talent means many more years of red carpets and Lupita. 🙂

    • OK I FOUND THE GLAM CAM 🙂 it is a gif


      SO much better!

      • fursa_saida

        OH MY GOD. She looks like the High Priestess of I don’t even know what.

        • This gif is on a running loop in my head. I have no idea what was going on with the gold ticker tape stuff but I truly think that stuff should automatically shower down around her wherever she goes. Just because. 🙂

      • intheyear2000

        That gif seriously looks like she’s computer generated. Flawless is an understatement.

    • marlie

      I think changing the color of the dress might have lost some of the “wow factor,” but I do hate when the ladystars in red end up blending into the red carpet. Maybe a change in RC is called for? In this case, though, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t tell where her dress ended and the RC began.

    • pookiesmom

      Normally this bothers me, but it didn’t bother me here at all. She looks like a fierce fashion phoenix rising from the red carpet. Like she and only she belongs there.

    • fursa_saida

      It looked absolutely incredible when she was onstage for the Best Drama acceptance, though. That doesn’t invalidate your point–it actually supports it!–but she and her people had to be thinking about the possibility that she might win for Best Supporting Actress. If she had, this? Onstage? Beyond killer. Fashion massacre. As it was, she was up there in a crowd of people and I actually gasped out loud and cried, “Oh, Lupita!” (This is not normal behavior for me.)

    • TeacherH

      Your point is valid, but I think it was choice to look fabulous on TV at a small price of looking slightly less stunning in the still RC photos. On E’s RC special and during the GG show, you kept seeing stars shot against a background of mostly tuxes. Lupita stood out like a beacon of gorgeousness in the red against all those B/W penguins. The losers were the ladies in black who often ended up looking like floating heads on a black background. And since she managed to outshine every other person there in the still RC shots, red or no red, it was a good decision in my book.

  • Evan

    “I only wear things that speak to me.” – Lupita Nyong’o

    • MilaXX


    • decormaven

      Then, dear, always listen to those small voices. Stick to your guns when others try to shout above you. All the awards to you. (Bowing down…)

    • NBG

      This must have said “You will rule the world.”

  • MoHub

    Perfect. There is no other word for her.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    She looks absolutely flawless and radiant.

  • MilaXX

    She won the night as far as I’m concerned. She is just so beautiful. I love her.

  • Victoria Anzalone


  • Introspective

    ok with this post alone, its clear Im SO not getting any work done today…

  • Aidan B

    Flat-out fabulous. My favorite of the night, I think.

  • Anna Cabe

    I don’t know if I want to be her or switch teams and marry her. Lupita’s fierceness scrambles all certainty, it’s that powerful.

    • marlie

      Somehow be her bestie? I bet she’d be a sweetheart.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I just caught her interview with Giulana Rancic on the repeat of E!’s Globes coverage, and N’Yongo comes across as very grounded, and unaffected-lovely

  • Danielle

    Absolutely jaw-dropping. She truly is a star.

  • bxbourgie

    She’s breathtaking. Every time I see dark skinned women wearing beautiful colors on the red carpet it amazes me how these designers refuse to diversify their runway models. We can SELL THE GARMENT honey! Gorgeous gorgeous!

  • newleaf1

    Spec-frigging-tacular. Honestly. Not just the dress and shoes, bags and makeup. LOOK at that FACE.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Her makeup artist is a genius. If I had the chance to paint her face, I would just stand there drooling for hours over her beauty.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The dress on it’s own is perfection, but she really makes it sing.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Supergirl for a new generation.

  • Margaret Hardin

    her interview was one of the best that i saw last night. so soft spoken and intelligent. luv huh.

    • Little_Olive

      Yes! Unlike JLaw, who always kinda disappoints me on that front.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Damn. Dayum. DA-YUM. That is how a rising star gets noticed. BAM.

  • Martha Anderson


  • Leah Elzinga

    her makeup gay is FANTASTIC. So, sooooo good.

  • marlie

    Lupita is just breathtaking here. GORGEOUS. This might be her best makeup ever, and her makeup is almost always perfect. And the dress is singing on her.

  • pookiesmom

    GURL. Unreal.

  • Ten Ten

    Was there any doubt?

    I would honestly just go back home and think of the quality of my celebrity status.

    We are ALL unworthy.

  • Yes, this is MAGNIFICENT. That should be her Disney alter-ego name, like Maleficent. I don’t mind the usual shoes.

  • TAGinMO

    I think we all knew she’d be at or near the top of the Best lists, but the degree to which she exceeded already high expectations is amazing.

  • amaranth16

    She is just perfect. The dress is unspeakably gorgeous, and her makeup is astonishing.

  • Ramon Figueroa

    Now, that’s how you do a cape!

  • Verascity

    YES. It’s a shame you only use still photos because it was a thousand times better in motion. Gay-gasp worthy. Stunning.

  • SugarSnap108

    Goddess. And her smile is just … yeah.

  • MsKitty

    My jaw is still on the floor. I’m convinced that Ms. Lupita could step on the red carpet wearing a burlap sack and combat boots and still WERQ the hell out of it.


  • kat

    I loved that Amy Adams also had a cape with her dress, and took one look at Lupita, and then walked the red carpet without the cape. there’s no comparing. Gorgeous.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Very smart move by Amy Adams. BTW-I’m now declaring a personal moratorium on viewing Adam’s cleavage-after American Hustle and last night, I’ve seen all that I ever need to see.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Girl doesn’t fuck around.

    She wuz robbed, BTW.

  • luluransom

    I’ve rarely seen a look so perfectly suited to the wearer and so perfectly executed. This woman is truly stunning, in the literal sense. She elicits gasps.

  • Lisa Bertman Hoffman

    She was the only one who took my breath away last night. She looks amazing!

  • Little_Olive

    Lovelovelove that she wore an american classic such as Ralph Lauren. Utter perfection.

  • Le_Sigh


  • Rand Ortega

    She wins. Fashion. The Internet. Movies. BOOM!

  • Clydette Wantland

    She is beautiful!

  • Saturnine

    Stunning woman in an A-level dress worn perfectly. 2014 Best Dressed for sure.

    ETA: hee hee: the model looks like a sulky teen playing dress up in comparison

  • Tricia

    Bowing down, every day. I am completely enthralled with this woman.
    Even if she didn’t look this goddamn fabulous, I’d still be in love with her for her performance as Patsy. I’m sad she didn’t win.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Bowing.the.fuck.down. N’yongo is absolutley flawless and owned the RC last night. WERQ!

  • Jaye Tyler

    Now if she can maintain this level of sheer excellence through awards season and beyond (shall we say, the next 6 months?) I vote we bestow upon Ms. Lupita her Honorary Fashion Doctorate. She has been shutting it down (or at least turning off the overhead lights and locking up before she leaves) throughout the poledance, and now we see what she brings to the first Classic on the Awards Circuit.
    Her only real competition of the evening was Lady Galadriel, and that alone should tell you something.

  • halleygee

    Wow, she is gorgeous and looks amazing in that dress.

  • VioletFem


  • gigi kennedy

    absolute PERFECTION!

  • barbarienne

    I saw photos of her last night, and I was like, “Tom and Lorenzo and the BKs are falling over dead from how spectacular this is.” I know I did. I think we can officially pronounce Ms. Nyong’o one of the most beautiful, well dressed women ever.

  • Sam Smith

    I luv this look, my only complaint is red on the red carpet. I don’t like how she blends into the carpet.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I completely agree — gorgeous. I gasped when I saw her on the RC last night during the show.

  • Jean Genetic

    She looks better than the model in it. This is an FLO, For Lupita Only

  • MsMajestyk

    Gorgeous! I’ll have to find her in motion to see the cape at work. I hope she had an assistant for bathroom breaks. I had insomnia last night, so my mind was wandering to inane subjects.

    • DTLAFamilies

      I saw a photo last night of the cape blown back from her body and it was stunning. If you google “Lupita cape in motion,” the photo comes up in the top row of results.

  • Kent Roby

    Stunning, dramatic, yet “simple” (i.e not overworked). Perfection.

  • Shawn EH

    Gold accents to shocking red; the only way to go, but imagine how many would have flubbed it.

  • KinoEye

    All hail the goddess of high fashion. Lupita be thy name.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    OMG. There are no words to say. She just looked amazing. She’s just stunning. And her hair is beyond cute.

  • Zaftiguana

    She looks so amazing that it almost makes me cry (I am also seven months pregnant, which may have something to do with it).

    And fun with her hair again! Major props for showing how much versatility there really is even in the most simple natural cut.

  • Melissa Rose Mulchahey

    totally gorgeous. But so similar to the white cape/dress Tom Ford thing that Gwynnie wore a few years ago. That was my first thought when I saw her.

  • webslice33

    gorgeous!! i love her in that film!!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Best dressed of the night for sure.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    My first thought was exactly what the Uncles said, “STUNNING”.

  • Imasewsure

    Sorry but no special love from me since it’s already been done. TF should actually sue RL for this. Gorgeous woman and gorgeous color

    • marlie

      The TF and the RL are distinctly different to me. The Ford is a dress with a cape over it; the RL is a dress with a cape attached. Also, one is off-the-shoulder; the other is not. All fashion designers essentially go back to the same well for ideas, so I don’t see it as one copying the other, unless there are more specific features that are copied. If that were the case, we should have been screaming sartorial plagiarism for years because of the endless stream of identical-looking sweetheart-necklined, mermaid gowns that we see year after year.

    • demidaemon

      If every time a fashion designer copied an idea from another one they sued, we would never see any new collections because the money would be tied up in courts and lawyers.

  • Monabel

    All true, but I would like the dress a skosh less tight.

    • conniemd

      And without the tummy wrinkles, WERQ nonetheless.

  • susu11

    I’m pressed as hell that she didn’t win, but she looks FLAWLESS. That color on her is to die for.

  • lifeisastory

    She looks fantastic. However I’m not a big fan of red dresses on the red carpet. Especially when it’s a fabric that’s almost the exact same shade and blends right into the floor.

  • Tracy_Flick

    You know how acting seems like it must be easy and natural, until you go to a high school play and are like “oooohhhhh, yeah, I guess there is something to it.”? She makes dressing for the red carpet look so simple, then you see stars like the Mad Men ladies who have been doing it for years and still can’t quite get it.

  • Joy

    I’m going to print a picture of this and post it on my wall for incentive after I’m done with whole pregnancy situation!

  • Rhonda Shore

    This really is perfection. Period.

  • Jess Collett

    It’s appropriate that she has a dress with a cape. Because she is a queen.

    • Toby Wollin

      Yep – perfect dress for her, perfect color for her (the only other color I’d want for that would be something in the yellow-gold but that might be over the top..). My only beef with this dress (and it’s technical) is that this is not a dress that you want to do anything but stand there and look magnificent in. You can’t dance in it; you can’t hug anyone in it; you can’t raise your arms above the waist in it. But other than that – amazing.

  • Hiptobesquare

    Best look of the night.

  • French_Swede

    Beautiful! Reminds me of the white dress Gwyneth wore to the Oscars a few years ago.

  • Super_Red

    FLAWLESS. Absolutely FLAWLESS. so perfect. She looks 100% better than the model.

  • Lisa Hager

    Her hair is giving me life.

  • Famatta

    African women always kill it. Poise style and brains

  • LaSylphide

    We need new adjectives for her. ‘Stunning’ just isn’t enough.

  • ailujailuj

    She is liquid.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Holy shit, I’m actually speechless. Best best BEST dressed of the evening, you elegant, chic, goddess you!

  • formerlyAnon

    Stunning and my brain shouted “WERQ” as soon as I saw it. She has such poise, as well. (I know that makes me sound about 80, but still . . .)

  • Absolutely flawless.

  • Liz Baker

    The imagery doesn’t the dress (or her) justice. It was gobsmackingly gorgeous in person.


    Beautiful woman and PERFECT dress, styling, make up…everything!

  • e jerry powell

    The only comparison I could manufacture was Carmen Dell’Orefice. I had to lie down for a minute, I was so overwhelmed

  • frabjous

    It looks better on her than it does on the runway.

  • murt

    She looks so much better than the model does in that dress it’s crazy – like a trillion times better.

  • crash1212

    Ditto. What you said. Perfection. In every way.

  • Doozie58

    This was so stunning. That color against her skin tone, her body, her posture, hair, makeup – absolutely striking.

  • I saw a picture of her in this with the cape flowing out behind her. It was amazing. Who brought the wind machine? Why is that picture not up here??

  • Nimith

    She looks lovely. Am I the only one here that’s reminded of Emma Frost?

  • Dreamwr8tr

    She’s flawless (as in maybe someone might photoshop her sclera if they’re over zealous), the star of a movie nominated for multiple Golden Globes, and an expert clothes wearer. WHY ISN’T SHE ON MORE COVERS?! I hope it’s because she’s declining and not because she’s not being offered, because that would be mystifying, especially since designers offer Lena Dunham clothes.

    • Caaro3

      Photoshop her sclera? You have a unique mind.

  • Ashley Stacey

    I can’t stop looking at that last picture. She looks like a goddess! Love everything about this look! Bow down indeed!!

  • Trickytrisha

    Not totally in love with her new hairdo, but this is a triumph – which we all expected, of course. It’s so freaking cool to watch the emergence of a new style icon happen so quickly and distinctly.

  • Lily-Rygh

    It’s almost unfair to put Lupita in a dress so absolutely fierce, given that she could look chic as hell in a belted potato sack.

  • bouionice

    This looks better on her then it did on the runway. Totally killer.

  • judybrowni

    Wowee zowee, she kills it!

    Makes the professional model look like an amateur.

  • mdcoon127

    Bow down indeed!

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Fascinating, her bio says “Kenyan-Mexican” that explains her amazing bone structure…

    • CKMia

      She was born in Mexico because her parents were exhiled there at the time but she’s 100% African.

  • butterflysunita

    Exquisite. She really makes that dress sing–on the model it looks sort of ordinary.

  • Sunraya

    This is a woman who glows. Literally. I can see the glow coming off of her. The model looks like she is a mess compared to this. I cannot think of anyone else in Hollywood who has glowed like this. She must have a beautiful spirit, there is no other explanation.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Fabulous, fabulous. Also, fabulous. ETA: Also: short hair!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Helen from PR was IRATE that Lupita was being praised for being in a cape (she liked it) because she was told on Project Runway that capes weren’t a thing…..CLEARLY Lupita is team-Helen and is sending a GIANT F-U to the judges. FIERCE.

  • camdiggidy

    The woman is a goddess. She has been *slaying* event carpets left and right. And goddamn if she doesn’t werq this dress better than the runway model. Just awesome, in the most literal sense of the word.

  • kimmeister

    I’ll be the odd-BK-out by saying I wish she had worn different colored shoes, but everything else is spectacular.

  • fauxhawk

    simply flawless

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    She elevates this to another level of….. BK’s, help me out here? The model works it, sure, but Lupita more than WERQS it. She’s so close to the Mirren/Blanchett/Swinton level of utter perfect no matter what. To me.

  • Kelly

    Wow, I love this. It’s one of those rare swirly dresses that looks just as good at rest as it does in motion.

  • KayEmWhy

    Perfection, absolute perfection.

  • bellafigura1

    She, yes, is everything. Also, that is one truly beautiful dress. Props to Ralph.

  • elzatelzabelz

    She is the personification of Beyonce’s “Bow Down, B*tches.” WERQ. Glorious WERQ.

  • quiltrx

    I wish I had a life that entailed wearing caped gowns on a daily basis. And I wish I would look even an eighth this good doing it. Perfection!

  • CeeQ

    Damn awesome. Can’t fault. Loving the jewels! That dress is hella fierce.

  • bertkeeter

    Stunning! Only deal is from the back that big pleat in cape looks a bit odd….just don’t turn around!

  • kerryev

    Yow!! This made me say a curse word when I first saw it.

  • supri_supri

    How does the model look so boring (and bored herself in this yet Lupita so radiant? She just sparkles. There is something very sincere and at ease about her smile.

  • Gatto Nero

    Oh yes.
    And those sculpted shoulders are killing me.

  • Seriously. Lupita shut. it. DOWN.

  • DeTrop

    The BEST look of the night. Wow.

  • p_capet

    werk of art

  • guest2visits

    Actually I thought Giuliana and Lupita both had some amazing luck with red gowns this week. Of course, totally different looks – Lupita is stunning in this simple chic red. GR almost never looks this nice, it’s was a great dress for her though.

  • Crystal


  • Judy_J

    Stunning….gorgeous….fabulous…..amazing….beauty beyond compare. This girl has it all and then some. THIS is how it is done.

  • Liz Lake

    Lupita looks better in this dress than the runway model. Hopefully she gets the Oscar for her role, because she is amazing! Can’t wait to see what she wears for the rest of Awards season.

  • smh4748

    She did red carpet right. She did January right. She did makeup right. She did accessories right. Damn!

  • docholly

    Best. Dressed. Ever. flawless. but I agree we should have been able to see it on the stage accepting the award.

  • Kathy Monkman

    I gasped when I saw this look. It’s like something supernatural in the fashion sense…other worldly. Every single thing about it..wow.

    • Kathy Monkman

      PS she looks FAR better than the model on the runway!

  • greyhoundgirl

    The. Best. Ever.

  • Flawless.

  • ailujailuj

    I just watch Lupita on Jimmy Kimmel (Hulu) and not only did she wear the most ROCKIN little A-line dress (in a surfer dude print!) she is absolutely charming and engaging… talked about all the american 80s tv shows she grew up with and talked about how she and her b.f. put together a “meet-n-greet” list of people she wanted to make sure she met on the R.C. how fucking adorable is that?

  • DesertDweller79

    Perfection! Best of the evening. Wish she would have won the award so we could have seen her on stage with this.