Lupita Nyong’o in Miu Miu at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Posted on March 04, 2014

It’s been 24 hours since we’ve posted a Lupita update. Are you guys okay? Have you been holding up in the barren, Lupita-free hours?

We’ll tell you what: we’re glad she didn’t wear this to the ceremony because our disappointment would have been audible. On other continents.


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Obviously, she looks beautiful here, but she’d look beautiful regardless of what she’s wearing. The dress is just okay. The pale green of the fabric manages the rare trick of looking washed out against her skin. She can rock the whites and the near-whites like nobody’s business, but we think it’s safe to say her real style strength comes in how colors respond to her. We like the bust and the straps, though. They give the dress a lot of interest and if she absolutely had to pick a dress like this, we’re glad she picked one with a lot of detail near the face.

Our point is, she’s gorgeous and the dress is pretty, but the latter is one of the least interesting things she’s worn throughout the entire awards season poledance. Maybe this is her victory lap, then. Like she just wanted something simple and pretty to end the ride.


[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]



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  • @Biting Panda

    I love this. You can tell it’s a dress for working a room, celebrating a win, and feeling like a million bucks! Well chosen. She (and other winners) were on Ellen yesterday, it was Live, and bless her heart, she still hadn’t had any real sleep. What a high this whole weekend must have been. I’d like to think she’s burned her way onto the scene and we will be seeing lots more of her.

    • mshesterp

      I was neutral until I saw the last show, and I especially love it in motion. I think it’s a great “I won an award!” dress. Not too pretentious, not overly fussy or evening. Just a fun, fringe-y party dress. I actually think the whole thing looks great against her skin. Nice job, Lupita.

    • marlie

      I agree. You don’t to have to push your way around a crowded room and have to deal with a full skirt and a train. This was a smart move. Plus, all of that detail in the bodice will really stand out in photos, many of which seem to be waist-up at the after-parties.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    OK, OK! You’re right, as usual, but she looks very pretty and the statue makes a great accessory.

    • jen_vasm

      Hey, it’s a good ‘sit back in the corner, chilling with my Oscar and a flute of Dom, receiving congratulations’ type of dress.

    • The dress particularly seems to complement the colors of the Oscar statue…

  • ojosazules

    Really loving that little statue accessory. It goes well with the big happy smile.

  • I like it, but it isn’t really worthy of her. It looks like the dress of someone who didn’t expect to win.

  • Scimommy

    I don’t know. I kind of hate the fringe. Think it would’ve looked better without it. Much more boring, to be sure, but better.

    • Skippymom1

      Fringe and ruffles are an A cup girl’s secret weapon. Trust me on this. 🙂

  • MilaXX

    I like it as an after party dress. This is like the dress brides change into for the wedding reception when you still want to look pretty but be comfortable enough to dance and walk around in.

    • kmk05

      Those shoes read ‘wedding reception’ like nobody’s business.

      • MilaXX

        I don’t hate the shoe. I dislike these shoes with short dresses, but with a gown I think they are fine,

        • demidaemon

          Compared to her other shoe choices, these are a godsend.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Exactly- Prada was for the ceremony, and Miu Miu was for drinking and greeting. As lovely as the Prada is, that neckline was not built for moving around and hugging a lot of people.

      • Not unless you know them REALLY well!

        • Jacob Bowen

          Clearly Liza got to know her really quickly!

      • Alanna

        I was actually thinking the Prada looked comfortable… until you mentioned hugging people while wearing that neckline. Yeah, I don’t think Ms. Nyong’o wants those types of photos floating around right now!

      • cocohall

        I was thinking the same thing. She is not a busty girl ready to “pop out” but the Prada was still a very deep plunge and if the fabric got caught on someone else’s clothes during a hug, she would have been ready for her mammogram. This dress look like it isn’t going to cause any misadventures and the fringe says “let’s shimmy!”

      • butterflysunita

        I wonder if she was contractually obligated to wear Miu Miu to the after party? That would give her slimmer pickings, especially because I don’t think Miu Miu is really the best match for her style wise.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the beading around the neckline, good for dancing. I agree with MilaXX it’s great for the party. It’s a wonder that she didn’t wear Miu Miu to the ceremony as she is under contract , no?

    • AmeliaEve

      Miu Miu is part of Prada, so it wasn’t really going off brand.

      I love the neckline and bodice on this. It makes her look curvier. I don’t begrudge her a little va-voom.

  • deelup

    This is kind of a mess. The dress does zero for her. The headband and shoes with this particular dress is putting this in prom category. And the lip color is all wrong with the rest of her look. But because she’s stunning, she can somehow make it happen. Is this pulling a Jolie?

    • Sophie

      I agree with you whole-heartedly, but I think the fringe is putting her slightly out of “pulling a Jolie” territory. I do love the earrings though.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I saw this and was also glad this was not her Oscar dress. I don’t care much for it.

  • decormaven

    I love the green beading detail on this- good choice for the afterparty. Definitely a mix and mingle outfit. Looking forward to more critiques from the VF party scene.

  • jw_ny

    I like the dress…it doesn’t compete with her…accents her. The green beaded fringe looks fun too, and adds sparkle up near her already luminous face…she’s beaming!

  • I don’t know… I think she looks pretty great. I don’t love the dress but it’s nice enough and she looks fabulous in it.

    I think I’m just blinded by Lupita love. She could wear a trash bag smeared with dog poop and I’d probably still worship her.

  • M_E_S

    I wish the fringe was all green beads rather than green and white- I think that pop of color would have made the dress work better. Not that it matters too much- I’m pretty sure Lupita could be wearing a paper bag and making it work like gangbusters. And that golden accessory (and that smile!) certainly doesn’t hurt.

    Bow down, mortals!

  • par3182

    A Lupita post is not a Lupita post until you bitch about her shoes, Uncles.

  • VioletFem

    I like this. It looks like a fun dress to wear, especially after such a momentous evening. The statue makes a great accessory with this dress as well : )

  • RussellH88

    I didn’t even know the dress was green. I honestly thought it was white.

    • vitaminC

      Photography is balanced for white skin. When non-white people are photographed, the image has to be overexposed to pick up skin detail, which blows out highlights (or high-key tones, like the pale green of her gown). It’s still basically a 19th-century technology, for all its recent advances.

  • merciblahblah

    It’s just Meh to me, and her makeup, which is typically ON POINT, isn’t working so well here. I really love the orange lipstick on her, but not with this dress in that color. Sigh. Now I have The Sads.

    • demidaemon

      Considering the time of day and the chances for a touch-up, I think she looks amazing.

  • mlle

    It’s a lovely cut, but not her colour. I also don’t think it looks great with gold, which you’d think would have been a factor in choosing it.

  • annrr

    my only nitpick is I wish she’d go with different shade of lipstick. I feel like we are seeing a lot of this one and it is so orange

  • Judy_S

    It’s a pretty dress but it doesn’t look very comfortable for dancing, especially since she just about has to keep the shoes on to avoid tripping. Nice for schmoozing, though, the way it frames her face.

  • RescueMe23

    I was waiting for her to start making out with that statue…easy Lupita…you get to keep it for more than just one night.

  • LeelaST

    The dress is very meh for me. Those straps look like adjustable bra straps.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    It’s not my favorite, but I have to give kudos just for showing up in anything other than pajamas.

  • Glad she kept the headband!

  • marlie

    I like it – the dress is beautiful, but definitely for the after-party, and not the main event. But I hate how the green is washed out in photos. Hopefully it stood out a little better in person.

  • RuthGo

    I thought it was fun. I still feel like she burned through her great dresses too early. I was disappointed by both these dresses. She should have held the red caped dress for the Oscars. It would have been a moment for the ages.

  • Little_Olive

    Great party dress, though the bottom half is a little boring. I’m officially over the headband.

  • Penguin Mom

    Love the dress. Love the fringe. Love the smile. The look is perfect for the after party, imo. Now the headband I could do without. It had done its duty, posing as regal tiara-ish headwear with the scrumptious Oscar dress. Now, in the afterglow, it is unnecessary and distracting.

    • Gatto Nero

      I think she would have needed a full-on coif redo without the headband and so probably decided to simplify things.

  • Heather

    Bridal shoes.

  • bessann28

    Do not like the fringe. At. All.

  • fringebenefit

    No. No no no.

  • Danielle

    I need the name of her trainer, her arms are insane.

  • You know, I really loved this. Striking and unusual and really draws the eye. Love the colors and don’t think she looks washed out at all. But yes, definitely a dress better suited to the after party. Also, god help us, those shoes.

  • Gatto Nero

    I love that she switched from full-on princess Prada for the awards to fun Miu Miu party dress for this event. It’s a nice “victory lap” look — it’s lighthearted, and the modified version of the deep vee of the Prada is a nice callback.
    I’d have loved to see her in a different color, but overall she’s done a superb job this season — in all respects!

  • kimmeister

    The hyena ears strike again!

  • stubbornthoughts

    I don’t mind this dress, it’s looks white and I LOVE her in white. I wanted her to wear white to the Oscars. I think the headband looks better with this dress because it’s not as juvenile as her ceremony one. I don’t know, I felt very underwhelmed and ambivalent toward her choices Sunday night.

  • smh4748

    I really like this dress a lot, though I agree it would be a disappointment at the actual ceremony. But I think it’s very pretty, and I have no problems with something simply being “very pretty.”

    She looks good with that Oscar too. 🙂

  • raeb23

    maybe it’s because we’re celebrating carnival here but i think the beaded fringe makes this looks like a formal carnival costume…i like it!

  • Julie Parr

    She’s got to be exhausted after her pole dance and win.

  • kt

    Fancy dinner on the cruise dress. Although good call for something tight after that gorgeous and voluminous awards dress.

  • susu

    This is random and totally unrelated to the dress, but it just occurred to me while looking at a picture of Lupita yesterday that she reminds me of someone (at least in certain shots): the girl the main character fell for in A Bronx Tale. What’s weird is I was instantly stunned by Lupita’s beauty, and never had much of a reaction to the Bronx Tale girl. Anyway, carry on! 🙂

  • Sunraya

    I actually like this better than her Oscar dress. It seems more “her.”

  • traceyishere

    I think she just wanted something she could walk in without risking her life.

  • MarissaLG

    I do not love this dress. Yes she looks more comfortable than before. but that could also just be post-Oscars glow. I think it was a bad choice.

  • sherrietee

    You like the bra straps? I wasn’t a fan.

    • formerlyAnon

      At first glance they read as bra straps to me too, but when I looked again my brain translated them into a smaller version of those metallic rings that were once common to join straps to a gown. In the late ’60s, early ’70s maybe? So then I was o.k.

  • formerlyAnon

    I agree with all the likes & the comments saying it’s an easier dress in which to mingle.

    I could not live my life being photographed, all I can think of looking at the dress is “oh my god the coffee stains!” Even as a wee young thing, “afterparty” “after hours bar” ANYthing past midnight or one translated into a mad stalk for caffeine.

  • kategs

    I have such a girl crush on this woman. It has been so much fun to watch!

  • Akemi

    Perfect post-Oscars dress. Definitely not the show-stopper that her Oscar dress was, but I’ll bet she was really glad to put on something much less fussy for the rest of the night. No way she could have navigated all of that fabric with the Oscar in her hand!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I love the beaded fringe and the shape of the neckline, but the color of the dress just isn’t there. Still she looks a wonderful as always.

  • susan6

    Hey, she’s wearing half of a bedlah. She forgot the matching fringed hip belt. Love white and green, and it looks fabulous on her.

  • VicD

    Did you see the outfit she wore on Ellen on Monday? So cute! Double shot?

  • judybrowni

    Sorry but I’m getting Ice Dancing Costume out of the bodice.

    Although she’d seriously fuck up her blades with that hem.

  • Lilyana_F

    Ok, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it – I hate that tiara thingy, it looks super silly to me, especially in profile.

  • AthenaJ

    My only issue with the color of the beading is that it makes me think of something the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders would wear. Lupita herself looks gorgeous and radiant as always.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Maybe it was the last dress on the planet that she hadn’t already worn.

  • I bet she looked like a billion bucks in person. The camera can’t handle her dress.

  • livesarah

    I thought it was white! A good choice for the party, the beading made it a bit more fun- and it really suits her.

    • RectPropagation

      I can sort of see that it’s a really light green in the second photo but only when I went back to look. The dress still looks white in the other photos.

  • e jerry powell

    It’s a party dress. She’s at a party. I’m cutting her some slack, particularly because she spent the earlier part of the evening wearing the same designer. Muccia is getting her money’s worth from Miss Lupita.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I like the shape of the dress and the straps are cool but that beaded fringe is so tacky and an ugly color to boot. Kelly green and crystal? Ugh.

  • poorellensmith

    I agree that the dress is pretty but maybe a bit underwhelming. But all praise the baby Jesus that even though the shoes aren’t spectacular or anything, they don’t detract from her look. PROGRESS, people!

  • Kent Roby

    I saw a feature the Entertainment Tonight with the stylist for Lupita and the stylist for Charlize. With Lupita’s stylist, all I could think was that he literally has the easiest job in the world, because he is blessed with a client who can make so many of his really-bad decisions (like matchy shoes) somehow work because of her ridiculous beauty. Of course, Charlize is also a ridiculously-gorgeous goddess, yet I don’t think that she can get away with bad dyed bridesmaid shoes, so I was more interested to see what her stylist had to say about the process of the fittings of her custom couture.
    This dress is a white-and-green feathered headpiece away from being a glammed-up Pocahontas costume, but our Queen Lupita still somehow makes it work.

  • Shawn EH

    Maybe it’s comfortable? It looks comfortable. I love how she kept the tiara and the earrings. If I were she I’d never remove them! Permanent Princess!

  • Clash D

    I can’t stand that precious headband thingy but the dress looks great.

  • peachy

    meh. but she gets a pass.