Oscars 2014 WERQ: Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

Posted on March 03, 2014

What? Like this is a surprise. Let’s just get this out of the way.

 

Lupita Nyong’o attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood, California in a Prada dress accessorized with a 18K gold and diamond Fred Leighton headband and gold jewelry. 

Did you gasp? We gasped. We admit that the neckline’s a bit too broad and a bit too plunging for our tastes, but the color is ridiculously good on her and the flow of the skirt is breathtaking. Top it off with that regal headband, those stunning earrings and that even more stunning face and you’ve got a killer look. Just perfect.

And could her speech have been any more charming? She better get a ton of work out of this. If not, it’s pitchforks and torches time, amirite?

At any rate, you WERQ that moment, girl. PRINCESS snaps of WIN in an L formation.

 

 

 

 

 

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    • MaggieMae

      Sigh

    • Liz

      Gorgeous, although I too thought the neckline was too much. I kept staring at her muscle definition. I’m pretty sure that’s not what she was going for. Loved her speech.

      • Chris

        I was thinking that the whole time. The color and the flow of the dress was stunning but I just don’t enjoy seeing people’s sternums at a black tie event.

        • MoHub

          Or anywhere else for that matter.

      • bessann28

        Totally agree. The neckline doesn’t do anything for her. It’s a shame because other than that, this look is flawless.

      • http://logical-insnaity.com/ elizonthelam

        I would usually be one to agree with you on these type of necklines, but without the neckline as it was, i’m pretty sure it would have gone too pretty pretty princess.

        • Lucía Gavello

          I agree, the neckline gives it a bit of edge. As it was, it wasn’t my favourite look of hers (I expect to be alone on this one, but I am in love with her Gucci dress from the SAGs) but it was gorgeous nonetheless and her face… well, you can’t argue with perfect.

        • Glammie

          Agreed, it needed a bit of a risk, plus the contrast between her skin color and the blue is magnificant. Charlize Theron’s dress also had a neckline skin color/dress color contrast going on and it worked there too. I think the neckline took the dress from princess to goddess.

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        If anyone can rock that neckline, it’s her. I think her muscle definition is beautiful. (Athlete over here). She’s gorgeous. sigh.

    • Violina23

      Her speech was so earnest and sweet. Just felt so honest without being preachy. I felt a bit underwhelmed when I first saw the dress, from that neckline really, but it grew on me as the night went on. Sometimes the personality underneath just makes the whole thing come alive…

      • YourLibrarian

        I agree completely. I wasn’t sure about the neckline either, but her elegance, personality, and pure joy are what really brought everything together for me, and I ended up loving it. What a true beauty she is.

        • Violina23

          I know it sounds cliched, but she was really glowing!

      • TAGinMO

        Completely agree with your reaction to the neckline, and I think it’s absolutely a WERQ for overall impact.

        But my first, gut reaction was that it’s really too bad she wore her Golden Globes dress to the Oscars and her Oscars dress to the Globes.

    • vickilu

      Is that snake a bracelet or a watch? It’s awesome.

    • Matute Lyons

      Cinderella realness.

      • StelledelMare

        That’s what I was thinking everytime she was on screen. Gorgeous.

      • Sobaika

        Lupirella!

      • Evan

        I said down below that I thought this was her “Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday” moment.

    • MilaXX

      And could her speech have been any more charming? She better get a ton of work out of this. If not, it’s pitchforks and torches time, amirite?
      Hell’s yeah. I’m storming the castle. I actually teared up when she won.

      • Violina23

        I think it was the way she said that all dreams are *valid* that struck me so much. Because dreams don’t always come true, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dream big and go for it. I thought it was much more inspiring than the usual “I’m proof that anyone can do it” schtick

        • Introspective

          this is where my love for her renews itself all over. because she is more than the pretty face and killer fashion sense. she is incredibly thoughtful in her speeches. she sees herself and her work as really speaking to people, and so her words are always geared toward the bigger picture…

        • SugarSnap108

          Exactly. She’s inspiring but still grounded in reality.

        • cocohall

          I particularly liked how she acknowledged the real woman she was playing and how the character’s misfortune was never far from her mind as she was experiencing such good fortune. I always find it a little tacky when an actor who is playing a real person neglects to even honor that person with a mention. For example, Matthew M for Dallas Buyer’s Club. I liked his speech, (especially the shout out to his dad) but kept waiting for him to acknowledge Ron Woodruff or the AIDS crisis. In that vein, I thought Jared Leto was really impressive.

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            I agree; I loved her speech.

        • butterflysunita

          I loved the dreams are “valid” line. If she’d said “all dreams can come true”, it would have sounded like a Hollywood platitude. Dreams are “valid” just really touched and inspired me.

      • jw_ny

        She has such a rare combination of grace, charm, intelligence, poise, humility, beauty, etc., etc…

      • StellaZafella

        I was delighted when she took the challenge and stood right up to dance with Pherrell during Happy! She’s young and, for all her maturity, she knows what fun looks like.

        Between the blue of the gown and the shape of her hair with the circlet of diamonds I see a gorgeous Cinderella at the ball.

        • VioletF.

          Exactly. When I realized she dressed as an homage to Disney’s Cinderella, down to Cindy’s hairstyle and to dreams coming true, I burst into tears. I’m sentimental that way.

          • butterflysunita

            I didn’t get the Cinderella reference when I first saw the dress, but now that I see it I appreciate the look more. Having a woman of color dressed like Cinderella when she is celebrating a career accomplishment (not marriage) is actually quite powerful.

        • Vanessa

          I thought it was more of an undersea princess look–like she swam up from Atlantis to join us mortals for our celebration.

        • Darren Nesbitt

          On Instagram many people posted her next to princes Tiana in her blue gown. (Google Princes Tiana Lupita).

      • Alanna

        I am SHOCKED that she doesn’t have any — not a single one! — movie offers lined up. Then I think about it a little bit more, and I’m not surprised at all. (Goddamned myopic Hollywood jerks. GRR.)

        • mlurve

          I think she’s in that new Liam Neelson airplane movie? I’m optimistic that we will see her more in the future!

          • lillyvonschtupp

            Maybe she’ll walk down Tyler Perry Avenue. (God I hope not.)

        • Wendi126

          Just wait. I think she is going to be the next Meryl Streep in terms of a long career and many nominations. Both went to Yale Drama School and Meryl won her first Oscar for a supporting role in only her second movie (losing the year before for the Deer Hunter) She’s the real deal

          • sarajgh

            To be fair, Meryl has an advantage over Lupita, and that is that she’s white. Sadly Hollywood has such a shortage of good, quality roles for black women (or really any POC women, there hasn’t been yet an Asian actress winning).

            • demidaemon

              True. That just means we need to either a) make roles for her or b) show them that we want roles made for her with our wallets.

            • SierraDelta

              Demidaemon, write a role for her!

            • demidaemon

              Actually, she is now in my dream cast for my novel should it ever be turned into a screenplay. She has the elegance and inner fire one of main characters have, not to mention she almost looks exactly as I picture this character, if she were just a hair taller. I would so willingly change that for her to play that role, though.

            • SierraDelta

              Make it so.

            • demidaemon

              I WILL DO MY BEST, CAPTAIN.

            • lillyvonschtupp

              Not true. Japanese actress Miyoshi Umecki won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the Marlon Brando movie ‘Sayonara’ in 1958.

            • Evan

              That was 56 years ago though!

            • sarajgh

              Sorry, I should have clarified: I meant winning in the Best Actress category. And as Evan said, that was seriously way too long ago. All I’m saying is that Lupita has a clear disadvantage compared to Meryl (or rather any white actress, whether they’re talented or not). I truly hope she has a good career after this, she deserves it.

            • SierraDelta

              You’re probably way too young to have even heard of this bit of racism, but here goes:

              There was a gorgeous woman named Merle Oberon, whose film career began in the late 20s. Her greatest acclaim came in the early 30s in England and then in Hollywood throughout 40s, although she continued to act until the early 70s. She was nominated (but didn’t win) for Best Actress in 1935 and worked steadily for most of the next 20 years.

              There was always a hint of mystery about her background and she told conflicting stories throughout her life, but that only seemed to enhance her exotic allure. The big career-killing secret she hid was that she was Anglo-Indian. If the studios had known that she was mixed race, they would never have hired her, and presumably many of her male costars would have refused to work with her. Any romantic scenes would have been impossible.

      • Vanessa

        Her speech was both personal and universal

    • JackieOBlue

      Gorgeous, she is a class act all the way.

    • lexilexi

      I’m in awe of how many ways she can do her hair. Sometimes it seems so short – positively cropped and then next it’s standing 3″ high. I love it.

      • rebecca escoses

        for me you are super majestic, you’re speech really gave hope to under estimated

    • TropiCarla

      At this point I doubt I could love her more. She was pitch perfect last night — looking gorgeous, dancing gleefully with Pharrell, smiling graciously. Then that speech. Her last line made me openly weep. I hope all the children of the world receive her message.

    • Bozhi

      I was really disappointed with this dress. Horrible neckline and side boob. Loved the color, skirt and back.

      She and Blanchett should have traded dresses.

      • wisdomy

        I was as well. I didn’t gasp. It’s just… pretty. Too pretty. Too easy. Absolutely anyone could have worn it, and IMO when you’re dressing Lupita Nyong’o for the Oscars, you dress her in something that screams I AM LUPITA NYONG’O, AND NO OTHER WOMAN ALIVE COULD ROCK THIS DRESS LIKE I DO.

        • Sunraya

          Absolutely!! I think that was a big part of my dislike for it on HER. She could wear almost anything. Why go princess-y and pretty. It would be like Tilda showing up in a chiffony, princess dress. I would hate it on her. So it’s not so much that she didn’t look pretty – she did. It’s that I thought she really was going to be a style icon, and this took her way back to just being another pretty woman.

        • Chiclet

          Yes! I thought it was a merely pretty dress, nothing to rave about. I think people are just getting carried away with Lupita Love that’s why a lot of people love it. It wasn’t striking enough to merit a WERQ.

        • VioletF.

          I was with you at first. I wanted to see her in something fierce and bright. Then I realized she dressed for her speech. It was an homage to Cinderella

          • wisdomy

            Oh, I totally got the Cinderella reference, it could only have been more literal if her headband actually connected to her earrings. I just don’t care for it.

          • not_Bridget

            She’s been doing fierce, bright & fashion forward things all award season. And we’ve loved them.

            But she played the fairy tale princess last night. The Oscars are the pinnacle & she was respecting that fact. Of course, not everybody could wear that princess dress–it would have been vulgar on a more buxom lady.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      Much respect for her recognition of Ukraine AND Venezuela! I do love a clever woman. She’s pretty too, which a woman should be if she can. But someone said she had green nailpolish on? I would have loved that with this dress!

      • MilaXX

        She posted on Instagram. It looked like a soft seafoam green,

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          I see what you mean – but I can’t see the frog ring on her in these pictures either! Must have been a last minute change of plans on her hands.

          • gabbilevy

            She showed off the frog ring (apparently the flog has significance to her family?) on that otherwise idiotic E! manicam

      • mcbishop

        I think that was Jared Leto, actually…..but it was a wonderful speech in any case!

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Oh, OK – the Guardian reportage was faintly confused this morning (having to correct one caption because it went out as Bradley Manning, not Bradley Cooper was pretty funny).

    • Sunraya

      I have to say, I am really surprised you liked this. The color was boring (as I said on Twitter last night, this is very 1979 prom-y) and the silhouette is just like in the Cinderella movies. I don’t know. I don’t like grown women looking like Cinderella. Of course, her purse matched. (eye roll.) I also hated the neckline on her. It is all ribs and sternum and muscles.
      I am definitely in the minority, though. I think she is fabulous and was hoping she’d bring the drama, and she brought the princess.
      Out.

      • mshesterp

        The first thing I see when I look at her is sternum, and that’s not aesthetically pleasing to me. But I did enjoy it more as I saw it in motion (and her joy at wearing it), and I think it’s one of those situations where she made the dress more than it was because of the wearer.

        • Sunraya

          Absolutely!! I did say I didn’t dislike the dress, please don’t chase me with a pitchfork!! I just have gotten such a high opinion of her fashion chops that this seemed safe, princess-y and a letdown. But I think everyone went generally pretty safe last night.

          Sigh. I miss Cher.

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            Don’t we all miss Cher?

      • kmk05

        She hasn’t brought the princess yet, though! She has brought plenty of drama and fierce, so in a way I understand her (and/or her stylists) trying a different vibe, which she (of course) carries out beautifully. That woman is a chameleon with her attitudes.

      • pookiesmom

        But it was very clear to me that she was sending a purposeful message–both with her look and with her speech–to the girls of America (and beyond): you, too, can be a princess. Whatever your skin color, wherever you were born, your dreams are valid and you don’t have to stop dreaming them because your skin doesn’t look like Cinderella’s. No pitchforks here; if it’s not your taste, it’s not your taste. That said, I do think she was clearly aiming to reach a broader audience with her attire and I applaud her for it. I think this was stunning (not the most fashion forward, but again, that clearly wasn’t her goal with this).

        • Sunraya

          I understand that, but have to say, what is this American fascination we have with princesses?? I thought we got rid of all that monarchy crap over 200 years ago. And I didn’t expect that from her. She seems too self-assured to have to dress like a princess to make the point that you can achieve your dreams, no matter your skin color.

          • scoobynacks

            How does dressing like a princess make someone not self-assured? Nothing wrong with wearing pretty clothes and carrying yourself with class and strength. That’s not confined to some dream of being a princess (you can have that while looking like something else), but no reason being a princess has to mean some subservient thing. Girls can reclaim the idea of a princess as one of a strong woman if they want.

            Lupita’s got Mexican and Kenyan citizenship, and grew up almost entirely in Kenya. She doesn’t have to go along with American baggage about the royals. You’re projecting.

            • Sunraya

              Of course I am projecting. Whose opinion did you want??

              I wasn’t going to say this, because it is all sort of anthropological, but yes, I think she bought into the idea of the American/Anglo Saxon princess with this almost exact replica of a Cinderella dress. That is what struck me. And in this country and other western coutries, the princess (Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty) has always been saved by a man. They are not Pocohantos. They are weak and need saving. Look at Princess Diana. Her downfall was blamed on Prince Charles, because he didn’t “protect” her. William is lauded for “shielding” Kate Middleton from the press.

              In that context, seeing Lupita, a strong woman who doesn’t have an American background, dress herself like Cinderella made me sad. And I don’t have to like this dress, or like the princess idea, and you didn’t have to be snippy.

              Edited to add: Now I am REALLY ducking, and this was perhaps a bit too reflective for a fashion site, no disrespect to the intelligent men who run it. I will do a piece on this on my own blog.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              I think you’re oddly singling her out for something countless other awards nominees do. The princess gown is an awards season favorite and has been for decades. Jennifer Lawrence won last year in a gown far more “Cinderella” than Lupita’s.

            • Sunraya

              Jennifer Lawrence is 23 and not known for being a fashion icon. And I have to say, I have been a reader here since way before you changed your names, and I have always been respectful. I am a little hurt that you choose to call me “odd” when people here have said pretty negative things about her body. So I think I’ll bow out.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Wait… what? We didn’t call you odd. You’re being too sensitive here. We just think it’s odd that you’re singling her out for criticism for something we see all the time on awards show red carpets.

          • pookiesmom

            Like it or not, a lot of girls out there look up to princesses and want to dress like them. You argue that Lupita “bought into” the idea of the Anglo princess by dressing like Cinderella. I could just as easily argue that she is rewriting–rebranding, in fact–this narrative to include a broader spectrum of skin colors/hair colors/backgrounds/dreams/goals. In no way is this an occasion where “she is weak and needs saving” by a handsome prince–in fact, just the opposite. By employing princess attire at the exact moment when her own hard work, determination, and skill have earned her extreme success in her chosen career, I would argue that she is subverting that very trope.

            Look, I think the fascination with princesses can be problematic too. Not because of the clothes that princesses wear, but because of the narratives that they often signify, of passive women waiting to be saved by strong princes. It really has very little to do with the clothing, IMO, and everything to do with what that clothing signifies. Lupita is transforming the meaning of wearing a Cinderella dress, and not only that, she’s saying that women of color can be just as breathtaking (good god! more so!) as the blond haired, blue eyed princesses of the world. AND she’s doing that while being her strong, smart, articulate, engaged self–thus challenging the connection that dressing like a princess means being weak or passive or needing to be saved. I think that is so, so valuable. Sure, she could’ve gotten her fashion on and worn something jaw-dropping, and I’m sure she would’ve looked perfect. But do you really think that just as many 9 year olds would dream of being Lupita if she were wearing some avant-garde slinky thing?

        • DTLAFamilies

          Great analysis. And it ties in well with the speech she gave at the Essence awards of learning to love her dark skin and see it as beautiful.

          • pookiesmom

            Yes! I was totally thinking of that speech when I wrote this. So much love for this woman.

    • Sunraya

      Oh, I do have to add that I hated that headband thing. It is what I used to put on my daughter before she had hair. I think her stylist failed all around this time, which is pretty shocking.

    • laura

      Honestly, I think the headband was a step too far into precious. She could have taken that off and been pitch perfect.

      • Blair Sylvester

        I also thought her hair would sit much better without the headband . With that style of hair the headband looks tacked on

      • Caaro3

        Agreed! The hair is perfect, the head is perfect, the face is perfect. The headband looked all wrong; should have 86’d it.

    • Emily Giovanni

      She looks amazing but when she was hugging everyone and going up to the stage to accept her award, I was terrified that her dress wasn’t secure enough and she was going to suffer a wardrobe malfunction. (I should have more faith, but my stress level really goes up during live events.)

    • StillGary

      so pretty, sigh. I thought she should have been Oscar Queen for that color next to her glowing skin, alone.

    • Pablo

      I started clapping when she won and got so emtional after her speech, she truly is an isnpiring woman

    • mozzer0906

      This was way too Cinderella for me, especially the headband, which needs to fly away and find its home on top of a twee star. I expected something so much more fashion forward from her, not something so basic.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Pure class, top to bottom.

    • Tanya Wade

      When I first saw her dress, I felt let down, and I worried. But someone posted a shot on Twitter of her moving and walking with the skirt in her hands, and suddenly she became a Degas ballerina and I was bewitched.I think we miss a lot when we don’t see the movement of some of the dresses. So I give it a WERQ, and in a night of really boring fashions and not enough color, I salute Our Queen Lupita.

      • NightOwl

        SO TRUE. My first reaction was “….oh. Pretty I guess.” But then she moved around and I saw the sparkles on the bottom and I was all “LUPITA IS A FAIRY PRINCESS!”

      • DTLAFamilies

        Completely agree. I think the naysayers need to look at some video or one of the photos where the fabric is swirling around her body because that’s when the vision for this look is realized.

      • JeanProuvaire

        Degas ballerina! That’s the perfect way to describe it. I hadn’t been able to put my finger on it.The way the dress swirled around her while she was walking up the steps to accept her award pretty much erased all my criticism. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dress move as beautifully as Lupita’s.

    • Kate

      I hated the headband and the earrings together. Way too much going on up there.

      That said, she is so lovely it’s unreal. She could’ve shown up in a sweatsuit and it wouldn’t have mattered.

      • Joanna Genthert Everett

        That is what I said when I saw them–really hated the headband–not quite sure what would have made it better–maybe a gold ribbon al the way around–just looked weird when you saw it from the side.

    • ChaCha_70

      Her princess moment, so proud! Who else burst into tears when they announced her name?

      • jennifromcali

        Boo-hooing now, just remembering it!

      • MilaXX

        *raises hand*

      • VioletF.

        *Raises hand, and passes her bedazzled tissue box*

    • Introspective

      indeed this fashion win perfectly foreshadowed her big win. she killed it. I was so proud, like I was her mama! luv huh.

    • SewingSiren

      Stunningly beautiful. One of my all time favorites. I don’t mind the open low neckline at all because of the overall innocent quality of the dress. The earrings and headband are top notch. And the speech – heartfelt.

      • MilaXX

        She was so graceful the way she held the dress to walk up the stairs to accept her award.

      • SugarSnap108

        That’s exactly why I don’t mind the sternum-bearing in this case. The balance of the overall look is perfect. If she’d had a slit up to her thigh ….

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      flawless. her speech brought a tear to my eye. she is wonderful and deserves it all! i’m so glad she won.

    • supri_supri

      It is no red cape dress (aka everything) but I love that she saved this romantic moment for the big show. This is her modern princess ballgown and her chance to be dreamy and soft instead of fierce-fierce-fierce. I love the emotion of it and that it was a smart way to cap off her beyond successful awards season run.

      • TAGinMO

        I said this earlier in reply to another post, but given the volume of comments I’m going to repeat myself. My only real complaint about this look is that, in retrospect, it feels like she wore her Golden Globes dress to the Oscars, and vice-versa.

    • B_C_J

      This is pretty but I prefer the green Dior she wore to the BAFTAS.

    • decormaven

      I’m good with all of this. She said she wanted a dress color that made her feel close to home; the color read better onscreen than in these shots. Lupita’s been a class act throughout this entire journey, and I can’t think of too many actresses who have done the same in their ascension. [Deserved standing O]

    • boweryboy

      She’s lovely, but I was disappointed with her dress. The fashion build up to this moment was much more exciting.

    • FrigidDiva

      Eh, this just seemed kind of disappointing to me. I love the color, but the plunging neckline was too much. Also, really did not care for the headband at all.

      • MaggieMae

        I was won over when I saw it in motion. Initial reaction seeing the stills was disappointment. Nay on the headband too.

        • FrigidDiva

          Seeing it in motion, it was really lovely, I just wish the neckline was higher in the front. I’m not a huge fan of the huge V in the front and in the back.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I have to say I didn’t gasp, but she looks ethereal and regal and she was the best dressed of the night. And her speech was the most charming and beautiful thing of the night, so she better just keep going up on her ascention.

      I’m not going to shout WERQ because it seems too vulgar to shout it to such an otherworldly creature. Instead, I’m bowing down and praying to her from now on.

    • filmcricket

      Disagree, I’m afraid – I was really disappointed. The colour is lovely, as is the skirt, but that top is unflattering and just doesn’t look like it fits.

      Her speech was delightful and I got teary-eyed. She’s just the best.

    • SugarSnap108

      Goddess.

      And yes, I’m heading to Home Depot to get a pitchfork, just in case.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I agree. Not Princess, the Goddess Lupita.

    • Betsy

      I loved the whole thing not only because it was spectacular but also because Lupita somehow managed to surprise me by going all “Princess” on my ass!

    • cleva1

      And how adorable is her brother?! I was delighted to see him featured prominently in Ellen’s instantly viral selfie.

      • MilaXX

        That selfie picture made me remember when she said her brother lived his life as an exclamation point.

    • jw_ny

      truly outstanding! I am so happy for her, she deserves the win.

      The color is beautiful on her and I like the plunge in this case…the amount of coverage and V shape of it makes it not boobtastictacky. Accessories are absolutely perfect.

    • http://www.lindamerrill.com/ Linda Merrill

      Some days, when you know you’re having your Cinderella/Bell of the Ball moment, you dress the part. Nothing wrong with princess if it’s backed up with a lot of substance, which this lady has.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Didn’t like it on the carpet but when she was sitting, and on stage it was beautiful. She said that the color reminded her of home. She is so intelligent, humble, and incandescent.

    • Funkykatt

      Just read your quotes on the fashion in the Sacramento Bee. Really cool. It felt like my cousin was being quoted. And now off to work. Congratulations guys!

    • deelup

      Seems like she was purposely going edgier lately so this princess look could stand out. And it does. I think it could have been better, but she looks phenomenal.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Only on her! Is it pink and blue?

      • VioletFem

        It’s Nairobi Blue.

    • VioletFem

      The color is divine. I didn’t much care for the plunging neckline, but the dress as a whole was absolutely beautiful on her.

    • Jacob Bowen

      You guys, I found out I am 3 degrees of separation from Ms. Lupita! My college does a BUNCH of sponsoring for young girls from Africa, and one of my friends from college, who is from Kenya also, has been friends with Lupita’s younger sister. I saw the facebook tag Akinyi made last night and about passed out.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        I love that!

      • Bexxx

        She went to my (very VERY small, extremely alternative) college- my Facebook feed was blowing up last night, and the school sent out a glowing email blast this morning. It was awesome. Hope she comes back to do a talk sometime as the alumni community is very close and connected to the school.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I LOVE the headbands she has been rocking lately, I think they are a cool way to show that not only little girls get to rock the headband. Her pinky ring was also DIVINE!

      • Evan

        I actually would have preferred it without the headband. As someone else said, it kind of dipped it into precious for me.

    • Skippymom1

      Coming from a flat chested woman, with a flat chested daughter – I absolutely APPLAUD this look. Why should this look only look good on a C cup or better? Why do only the well endowed get to look “great” in a dress like this? And yes, I gasped. Then wondered if I could buy it in a similar green hue for my daughter’s upcoming college graduation formal.
      Lupita you are stunning!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jessica Freeman

        I actually think this is a better look on the less endowed. It’s nice not seeing overflowing boob.

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          I agree .. when I saw Lupita in this dress, I thought that only someone with her model-like figure could wear this dress without looking vulgar. Instead she looks ethereal and elegant.

          • Jessica Freeman

            Did you see Heidi Klum? Boob every where. Imagine that.

            • Sunraya

              I missed her!! She did it again!! Gotta go look!! I hope the Uncles do a post about her. :)

            • Jessica Freeman

              I am not sure she attended the Oscars. I follow her on Instagram and saw it. She may have attended a viewing party. Its shiny gold and low cut. Everything Heidi requires in a look .

    • Jessica Freeman

      I too wished it hadn’t dipped as low at the neckline as it is, but she loved it and looked so lovely in it. She said her inspiration was “champagne bubbles”. Not fully seeing it, but in motion it was stunning.

      • MilaXX

        I think it was the way it shimmered ever so delicately. It didn’t always come through in photos.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Yes, unfortunately the only time I saw the shimmers on the skirt was when she was on the red carpet describing it. It seemed you could only really see it when she pulled the skirt out.

    • Evan

      I think this was her Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday moment.

    • Lolo Andre

      FAB!!! BB I’m gonna miss your face and your Werqs. Plz come to play once in a while. Love. Me xoxo

    • Eva_baby

      This dress isn’t as gasp worthy as her Golden Globes or SAG dress, but it is the perfect dress for her for the Oscars. It is the final dress of the an award season where she has without a doubt been cast as a Princess. It is romantic and pretty and moves beautifully. It mostly likely sums up everything she has been feeling as this process has been unfolding for her. I think this dress is a worthy exclamation point to the end the story of a stellar fashion year for her.

    • heartbot

      Real life Disney princess.

      • Hrfe

        Its basically Cinderella’s outfit but modern and fabulous.

    • marlie

      And the photos don’t even do her justice, because there was some sort of sparkle (sequins? beading?) in the skirt. It was just gorgeous. She looked absolutely stunning!

      And further cementing my belief that my mother has no idea about fashion, she actually said that Lupita looked frumpy in this.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        Haha! “Frumpy” doesn’t apply to a woman with a plunging neckline like that!

        • marlie

          That’s what I thought too! I told my mother that we were obviously not looking at the same dress because – she was gorgeous in this.

      • Skippymom1

        Marlie you do have an eye exam scheduled for your Mom, right? Can you get one for mine too? She would say the same thing. hee

        • marlie

          I think that when my mom decides she doesn’t like something, she come up with arbitrary criticisms that don’t necessarily apply. I still wouldn’t have agreed with her, but if she’d said that this was vulgar (another of her favorite adjectives), I could maybe understand where she was coming from. Ah, mothers. ;)

    • ElaineMarie34

      I think I like her in the dress better than the dress itself. I sometimes wonder if I just don’t get the meta of Prada. I didn’t really love that violet Uma Thurman thing either, that the world went crazy for. But it doesn’t matter – Lupita is beautiful inside and out, she was softly radiant, genuine and gracious, and she won the night!

    • Anna

      Heaven sent from above.

      She’s certainly made other bolder and more interesting red carpet choices, but by GOD, the woman has earned her fairytale moment and she should not be denied. She is just pure class.

      • Jessica Freeman

        My thoughts exactly. I really wanted her to come out in something bold, but she obviously wanted to finally go the princess route since she had a hand in the design.

        • Anna

          I love that she takes risks, but am not surprised (and I really can’t blame her) for going that route on Oscar night. She was clearly having a blast, and felt and looked like royalty. The colour was gorgeous and she really did remind me of Cinderella.

    • V No Privacy

      I hate that neckline does to her boobs, but everything else is Grace Kelly perfection so.

      • Labeachnative

        That. The femininity of the dressed fought terribly with the sternum and pec muscle definition. It was jarring and sufficiently distracting that the overall beauty of the dress and the wearer were compromised, in a non-trivial way.

        • Amy

          Disagree. She has a beautiful, athletic physique that in no way detracts from the dress. She looks like she could be a dancer.

    • Sadie-Ann

      The top isn’t my favorite, but the bottom and back are fantastic. And her face of course, but that part was never really up for debate.

    • RescueMe23

      Can we be done w/her now?

    • Lily

      There’s a picture of her holding up her skirt as she climbs the stairs to recieve her award and I audibly gasped “actual real-life Cinderella” out loud to my computer. I wasn’t 100% sold on it to start, mostly because this didn’t seem to be a standout in the line of exquisite gowns she’s worn this season, but the way it flows is nothing short of stunning. She looks incredible.

    • MaryMcClelland

      Well Prada has definitely redeemed themselves after last year’s Anne Hathaway disaster!

      • Laura Renee

        And after their custom dress for Lena Dunham! And their recent NY runway collections! Isn’t it nice to see them sober up and prove they can still put together a serious show-stopper?

    • NMMagpie

      A Lupita ™ without having to discuss the shoes! What could be better?

      Seriously, though. Incredibly beautiful.

    • Jessica Goldstein

      I wish the neckline where narrower and shorter, too. But look at her! Specifically, look at that picture above where she’s looking over her shoulder. That’s pretty much facial perfection, and this is my favorite makeup look for her.

    • Lilyana_F

      Breathtaking! The only thing I really don’t care for is the headband, it reads gimmicky to me. Other than that, pure WERQ, indeed.

    • kmk05

      I might not particularly like the dress (it’s the plunging neckline for me), but it’s a WERQ because we’ve seen her bring all the attitudes already, and she hasn’t yet brought ‘princess’. But now she has, has been delighted with it, and what better night for it? She doesn’t dress twee, and this is a great occasion for her to dip her toe into the princess style.

      • AnneElliot

        Yes, for me it’s the plunging neckline AND the side boobage at the armholes. I’m so over the sternum-baring styles.

        • kmk05

          I’m just grateful she doesn’t have much going on in the boob area because that would definitely have gone sour.

    • Anna

      Flawless! And what a gracious speech – a complete class act.

    • Sarah

      Lovely color. I will be glad when these low sternum-barers are out, but nobody can deny she looks amazing.

    • mariavii

      Very pretty dress. She is so articulate and intelligent and thoughtful, but I was distracted by the stupid twee headband.

    • MarissaLG

      I LOVE the neckline. I thought it worked so nicely with her figure. I’m still a little unsure about the headband but the earrings are MAJ. Totally deserved WERQ.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Wasn’t a fan of the headband, but I can excuse it because pretty much everything else is absolutely flawless.

    • Danielle

      That Sky blue is absolutely breathtaking on her. WERQ, Miss Lupita and enjoy your well-deserved Oscar!!

    • Alfred Cox

      Absolutely amazing. The color is to die for, the neckline very “bam bitch” in its effect and I LOVE the headband. Who can pull off a headband at the Oscars other than our Queen?

    • James

      I don’t like the sternum baring neckline, so I am afraid this is not a favorite of mine. There’s also a lot of definition to her upper body part that just doesn’t go with this style of dress. I love the skirt part and she has such style and grace but the top half plus that twee headband just do not make this a WERQ for me, sorry to say.

    • twocee

      The neckline took it out of WERQ territory for me, but everything else was beautiful. I’m a bit meh on the headband–but that’s just a taste difference. She looked stunning.

    • Alyssa

      I absolutely love the earrings she (or her stylist) picks out…they are always unique, yet beautiful. I would love to own just about every pair I’ve seen her sport! Also, the color and flow of that gown are truly breathtaking on her.

    • Lilithcat

      No to the dress. It’s bland and boring. Like so many of the Oscar dresses this year. I don’t know what happened, but I’ve never seen so much “meh” on a red carpet.

    • MartyBellerMask

      WINNER WINNER WINNER WINNER. I just LOVED her reaction. The speech was wonderful, but the reaction shot when they called her name was perfect, joyous, awesome. You GO, girl.

    • BobStPaul

      I didn’t care particularly for this dress. Didn’t like the neckline and somehow the color even seemed a little off to me. As usual, her make-up and hair were perfection and she looked radiant.

    • pookiesmom

      DIVINE. I know some are disappointed that she wasn’t more risk-taking in her choice of gown, but to me this sends a clear, undeniable message: Bow down to your new princess, America. Breathtaking.

    • Jenna621

      I’m not sold on the hair/headband. I thought the dress was pretty but the neckline needed to be closed by an inch and brought up by a few inches.

    • LawGal

      Fantastic color and dress, but I can’t forgive the headband. I just can’t. It looks very similar to the headband my two year old daughter picked up from Family Dollar.

    • Jaime

      That neckline is better suited to D-cup boobs. Which in no way implies that *she* should have them, but it could have been tweaked to be more flattering in that area.

      • TAGinMO

        I have to disagree here, and rather vehemently I’m afraid. It’s the less-endowed ladies who can best get away with sternum-bearing. Anything past probably a B-cup starts looking vulgar.

        • DTLAFamilies

          D-cups in that dress would be total porn star AVN awards.

        • Jaime

          D cups are not vulgar levels of big (she says, owning a pair), particularly if they’re appropriately wrangled so they’re not falling out. Generally the point of a dress that low is a touch of inside-sideboob, not sternum. Lupita’s ridiculously beautiful, I just don’t think that shape is flattering on her chest.

    • Pennymac

      Everything about her, starting with the dress, just floated on an entirely other plane of existence. Brava!

    • Erica Woods Tucker

      I wasn’t crazy about the neckline either. But I loved the entire look. She had an amazing night and just looked fabulous. She rocked the night.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Her gown, the colour, her speech. Lupita has cemented her place in my heart – she’s absolutely divine.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      By virtue of her attitude, her charm, her gentle playfulness, her litheness … clothes fall over her body as if those clothes enjoy being worn by Lupita. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn

    • kategs

      breathtaking.

    • Granny panties

      I thought it was kinda boring at first. I totally thought she looked beautiful though. When she took the stage the dress looked more exciting.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        This dress is one that really comes alive when the wearer moves.

        • not_Bridget

          Like when she floated upstairs to receive her Oscar…

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Exactly-floated is just the word.

        • DTLAFamilies

          The photos of her where the skirt is flowing around her body are absolutely stunning.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Best dress of the night. AND THEN SHE WON!!! :)

    • HobbitGirl

      I’ve got to disagree with you, TLo! She is stunning because she has poise and gracefulness and an innate pleasantness that reads well in pictures. But I really hoped this color would be more saturated. Both she and Kerry Washington chose almost dull colors when they are capable of carrying off gorgeous ones. The dress is pretty, but it’s not a WERQ for me because it’s just such a boring pastel.

    • bertkeeter

      The neckline is “perfection”! She has the body / bust that makes that plunge chic, not trashy! It was like watcjing a 21st Audrey Hepburn walk up to the podium!

    • Judy_J

      Flawless. Those earrings are TDF! She nailed it all….the dress, the award, the speech! And I love that she thanked the woman she played in the film. This girl’s got CLASS!

    • Lexistential

      Total dream-come-true dress for someone who is clearly having the time of her life, and went on to have a magical night. Beautiful color and fluidity and accessorizing.

    • Janet B

      The belle of the ball.

      • 3boysful

        I does, between the blue, big skirt, and headband, give off a Cinderella at the ball vibe, doesn’t it?

        • Janet B

          Yes, without being a giant ball gown.

    • elleg929

      I didn’t care for the neckline at all. The bare sternum is not a good look for her but she keeps revisiting it. I know I am in the minority here but not cute.

      • Little_Olive

        I’m with you. And while all the pieces are stunning, there was something of with the jewelry.

      • 1964edithgrove

        I don’t feel the love for ANYONE’s bony chest.

    • Belvane

      Your statement about Cate’s dress sums up how I feel about Lupita’s, unfortunately: “She looks pretty. We’re just walking our way through a vague – and slight – sense of letdown.”

    • Qitkat

      Sometimes I think if I see another sternum baring dress that is praised to the heavens, I think I will scream. And here we are again. And yet…it’s Lupita, whom I have learned to adore, just from the many posts on these pages. Last evening, from her interviews on the red carpet, to her stirring, emotional, lovely speech on stage, I found her to be so real, and down-to-earth, and the opposite of so many fake people in the business, that I didn’t really care if the dress wasn’t my favorite. It’s a lovely color, with slightly unconventional personal touches as the headband, and beautiful other jewelry.

      Truly, a star is born.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Why would anyone offer someone whose category has yet to come up…FOOD??? lol- imagine how in knots your stomach must be! (except for good ol’ Merryl, just love her wonderful detached bemused aura..
      the pizza bit ran a bit long Ms Ellen.

    • Aurumgirl

      I really don’t like the dress much but the colour is fantastic on her, and when she stepped up to the podium to receive her statuette and held the skirt out, she looked regal and elegant. It all came together there!

    • VCR1

      Gorgeous. She is flawless. I love her bangle, it’s perfect! Looks beautiful with that dress!

    • Cheryl

      What this reminded me of, in terms of colour, shape and the subtle sparkle in the skirt was a magnificent iceberg. If you’ve ever seen an iceberg, it’s a stunning, gorgeous thing.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      this look didn’t make me gasp,but when Lupita walked onstage to accept the Oscar, the skirt was absolutely gorgeous-when she lifted the skirt you could really appreciate the pleating and the movement. Her speech was perfect-I wish her much,much success, in every aspect of life.
      And yes, I teared up when she won.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Grace Kelley callback. Well executed.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Having reviewed a retrospective of all Lupita’s looks this awards season, I have to say, I found this really boring and safe. Yes, she looks good. But I guess my expectations for her were so high that I expected something more dazzling than this. It was just OK, and the head band that everyone was kvelling over was just too twee for my tastes. I think Sandra B’s dress was more of a WERQ than this, especially if we grade on a curve.

    • Daisy Buchanan

      I can’t find it now but someone in the Lounge asked about Lupita’s lipcolor. I just heard it was Chanel Melodieuse (in case the poster is lurking here now).

    • MK03

      She co-designed it. Ugh stop being so perfect, Miss Lupita.

    • RuthGo

      I disagree with this WERQ. I think stronger colors like the red at the Golden Globes or the green at BAFTA serve her much better and I really don’t like seeing someone’s ribcage. I was actually really underwhelmed by this. I LOVED her speech and I still adore her but I wanted more of a moment than this.

      Also, her brother looks like Lupita playing a drag king.

    • AMartel

      Perfect. Liked the neckline; she looked demure in spite of it. Only a young and athletic lady could get away with that. Loved the gold band in her hair.

    • alyce1213

      She looked lovely but I’ve seen that dress before, many times. It was a safe choice, very classic.
      I was concerned about wardrobe malfunction with the extremely deep neckline, but it seems the double-face tape was the hero of the night.
      Lupita was not my favorite look of the evening, and this wasn’t my favorite Lupita look of the awards season. But, still pretty.

    • brown-eyed girl

      You can’t really see the true color of the dress in these photos, but it was beautiful on her. (I can’t really picture anything that wouldn’t be beautiful on her.) Did not dig the headband.

    • Henry Maler

      I feel like this years “Best of the red carpet” post should just be Lupita.

    • Laura Livingston

      Best thing about this dress? We didn’t have to see her shoes. I was underwhelmed.

    • stubbornthoughts

      Disagree with this being a WERQ. I think her acceptance speech was a WERQ moment, but this dress left me wanting. The headband was way too juvenile (I didn’t realize she’s 31 – whaaaat?!). I have loved her hair styles throughout her red carpet campaigning, so this was a bit of a letdown. The color and skirt are both gorgeous, but the silhouette has a been there, done that feeling. I would’ve loved to have seen her in something more constructed and modern and stark white. She could’ve made Naomi Watts’ dress SINGGGG. Nothing will beat her Globes and SAG, one-two punch. Poor thing set the bar far too high for me!

      I’m probably in the minority here, but I think everyone is overhyping this dress. It’s okay for her dress to be okay, and for her to still be fucking phenomenal.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I love her, love the speech, was thrilled that she won, but the gown is a bit underwhelming. It’s pretty, but a bit simple. My guess? She and her stylist didn’t know she was going to win, or the dress would have had much more impact. My theory has always been that the ones who win KNEW they were going to win because of the dress. The ones who are certain pull out all the stops – JLaw from last year, Cate from this year, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts for “EB”. You know that they know they’re taking a statue home. Going by the nominee gowns last night? JLaw thought she and that stunning red Dior were escorting Oscar home. None of that’s carved in stone, but it’s always been my Oscar gown theory.

      • alyce1213

        I feel the the other way. The buzz has been so huge, how could they not know she was the leader? I think they planned this as a “this is my moment” outfit — big dress, headband, and all.

    • stagmania

      I don’t know. I liked this a lot, but it’s not a werq for me. Between the color and the headband, all I can think is “Cinderella”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234087433 Jen Freeman

        That’s why I love it so much, she is doing the most elegant and gorgeous version of Cinderella possible, and it’s her first Oscar. Let her have her beautiful princess moment, she’s obviously deserves it.

    • Akemi

      I love it! My favorite of the night.
      My favorite moment was the way she picked up her dress to go up on stage. So dramatic! The perfect Oscar Moment dress.

    • DTLAFamilies

      To all the people complaining that the dress is too Cinderella: it’s supposed to be. She’s a dark-skinned black woman with natural hair and she’s a motherfucking princess. Take that Disney.

      • Anplica Fiore

        I think she’s doing an awesome job at redefining what beautiful encompasses. I’ve not seen such her like yet, but hope to see many followers!

        • alyce1213

          I’m not sure I get how she’s ‘redefining’ beautiful? She’s conventionally beautiful — pretty, pretty, pretty. It’s all there to begin with.

          • Anplica Fiore

            Very dark & not afraid of her natural hair. There have not been many movie stars who embrace their ethnicity as well in my book!

            • alyce1213

              There are many movie stars (also ‘just working’ actors) who deeply embrace their ethnicity, you underestimate.

          • RectPropagation

            Conventional beauty is white skin and straight hair. Dark skin and kinky hair are not considered to be pretty or feminine using mainstream definitions of beauty.

            • alyce1213

              Not for a long time, and not to me.

            • RectPropagation

              OK. Do you run a movie studio? Modeling agency? A major magazine or clothing line? Because those people don’t agree with you.

            • alyce1213

              Why so hostile? None of us here owns a movie studio or modeling agency, we’re talking as the public, as fans, as people.

            • RectPropagation

              You can’t ask a question and then accuse people of being hostile just because they answer you.

              You wanted to know how she’s redefining beautiful. She’s redefining it by being a black woman with dark skin and her natural hair because those things aren’t typically viewed as beautiful or feminine by the mainstream. That’s reflected in who movie studios pick to be the female romantic lead and it’s an assumption held by much of the general public as well.

            • alyce1213

              Perhaps it was your tone. I’m out.

            • DTLAFamilies

              Read my response to Sunraya below.

            • Sunraya

              I think that is she were redefining beauty, she wouldn’t have bought into the Anglo Saxon Cinderella princess nonsense. That is why this dress has bugged me all along. I didn’t want to comment further, but your comment that she is “redefining” beauty with this dress just rings the opposite to me. To redefine beauty would have been to stick closer to her style we have seen all year: strong colors, strong lines, bolder. That is beautiful, too. and now, I’m out, too.

            • DTLAFamilies

              You should read what TLo wrote about Kerry Washington when she also did the princess look:

              The reason Kerry Washington is important, and the reason someone like Diahann Carroll practically genuflected before her last night, is because, like Carroll did in her heyday, Kerry tends to upend our culture’s expectations of how a beautiful woman of color is supposed to look. She does the full-on fashionista thing, which is huge in a lot of ways because that world is still largely cut off from women of color, as evidenced by their near total lack on the runways and magazine covers. This is in contrast to, say, Beyonce, who is more in line with the kind of women of color who tend to get celebrated for their beauty. Kerry’s style isn’t Beyonce’s “Look how gorgeous, sexy, and fierce I am.” It’s a more Vogue-approved “Look at the incredible taste I have, as well as
              the skill I have in wearing these garments. Look at how chic I am.”

            • RectPropagation

              Yes, thank you!

              People keep acting like the Cinderella thing has been overdone but it hasn’t for black women, especially darker skinned black women. I don’t understand why that’s so hard to get. Maybe they’ll get it if they know the words are from TLo.

      • scoobynacks

        Pa-reech. And I don’t get why people are hatin’ on the headband either. Without it, the look is less regal. Besides, Cinderella had a tiara. Let Queen Lupita wear her headband.

      • numisita

        I agree completely. The Oscars are the biggest movie awards show, and are usually the only ones reported on significantly in most countries in Africa. If ever there was a time to show that dark-skinned, flat-nosed, natural-haired women don’t always have to be fierce, animalistic, and exotic (think spreads of Alek Wek and Grace Jones), but that they can also be soft and pretty, this is it. A whole lot of young African women were watching, and over here it’s a bigger deal than you would think.

      • Alloy Jane

        Huzzah! Now that I think about it, and in light of her speech at the Essence awards and last night’s speech, I feel like this look is totally political.

        “No matter how your heart is grieving
        If you keep on believing
        The dream that you wish
        Will come true.”

    • webslice33

      I am not loving this, I’m sorry..for me it looks like a bedsheet…

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        I’d like to know where you purchase these fabulously pleated bedsheets.

    • Aidan B

      Infinite WERQs. I expected her in something a bit edgier, to be honest, but I can’t deny that she looks breathtaking here. Plus DAT SPEECH. She is perfection.

    • kmc1138

      I gasped when I realized it was ice blue (thought it was white, at first glance), then gasped again when she swept on the stage to accept her award and I realized she looked like a modern Cinderella.

    • Call me Bee

      I know everyone fell over themselves to praise this, and it certainly is beautiful and dramatic, but I can’t get passed the too-long hems. When picked up the skirt to walk up the stairs, she looked like a kid playing dress-up with her mom’s too-long prom dress. Her speech, though, was awesome. A little too rehearsed, I thought, but heartfelt.

    • Michelle Gennari

      She is a winner all the way around. This isn’t my favorite dress I’ve seen her in – but her skin tone is glorious in any color.

    • Harley

      Actual Disney Princess. Luv huh.

    • Bexxx

      Love the dress and love the color, which she said she chose because it reminds her of her hometown, Nairobi. Beautiful.

    • LeelaST

      Liked her speech and the viper bracelet.

    • CMSmith1848

      I LOVED how it moved. She picked it up so as not to trip (looking at you JLaw!) I stayed up until 4:20am German time so I could see her accept. I was not disappointed!

    • SAA

      Beautiful color… and I loved the bottom of the dress, but I was not a fan of the top – way too separated, all I’m staring at is her rib cage, which probably wasn’t the intention. Her face is stunning and she owned this look, which only adds to her beauty. Not a werq for me (I’ll leave that to her red GG dress), but she was gorgeous for sure.

    • Truthiness2U

      I loved this look. At first, I was like hmmm compared to other looks she’s had. But then I realized she looked like Cinderella, like a magical Disney princess, and that was awesome. Especially for her fairy tale night. The dress also moved amazingly well, it floated on the red carpet before the event, and she looked amuh-zing from behind, when she picked up her skirts to get her Oscar. It looked like wings.

      And yes, her speech was charming, and she is charming. And I agree. I don’t want this to be the end of her getting lots of good acting gigs.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      Reminds me of the moment in My Fair Lady when the royal lady said… Charming….sigh.

    • nowlo

      So pretty. I think this would have looked too saccharine on almost anyone else, but for her, on that particular night: magic.

    • alwaysanswerb

      I wanted to love this so badly, but I hate the neckline and headband. The color and movement were perfect, but in stills the neckline jumps out more than anything.

    • French_Swede

      Her chest is too masculine for a neckline this low. Otherwise, ***perfection***!!!

      • Trickytrisha

        Thank you for saying outright what I’ve tiptoed around since she became a thing. A bit more cover up and this would be an all time favorite. She’s delightful.

      • Truthiness2U

        This gown didn’t have issues with fit in the bodice area. It didn’t show anything that can’t/shouldn’t be seen at award ceremonies. Lupita looked pretty, and seemed comfortable with how she looked…as well she should. And that’s good enough for me.

        I personally sometimes like a “masculine” looking chest. I loved how Grace Jones looked back in the day, on her album covers.

        We don’t all to look a certain way with our bodies. I know I don’t want to have to worry if my chest is too “masculine” for the clothes I wear.

    • Karen Clark

      Stunning, though I agree about the plunging neckline. Her chest bones made me feel uncomfortable; almost looked like scars from a mastectomy.

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      I think it’s possible that Lupita’s recent plunging necklines inspired the bevy of plunging necklines at the Oscars. You could say that there are always plunging necklines there, but the particular shape of them called back Lupita’s recent looks so closely, I had to think she inspired them. And I think she wore it best of all last night.

      Her speech was so gracious, so wise and thoughtful. She set a new bar for speeches as much as for fashion.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Cinderella! I thought it last night and I think it even more today.

    • SorayaS

      She looks flawless and this look grew on me over the night. When I first saw it I just thought it was too literally Cinderella which made it a bit cheesy in my eyes.

    • mdcoon127

      The perfect Grecian goddess look…just wonderful

    • Laura Renee

      I too was initially underwhelmed, but I’ve been looking at this all day and love it more and more all the time. Yes, I think this is going to be a Gown for the Ages.

    • Mojone

      I don’t think I particularly like this dress but she makes it happen. She has a magical glow and a fierce adorableness that is completely original.

    • Mrs. O

      I absolutely love this view of her sternum. It’s like she’s saying, “This is me and I don’t mind!” I think it’s devastatingly sexy in its uncompromising authenticity. And the back-to-front symmetry is aesthetically superior. The woman is a clotheshorse and she’s way ahead!

      • Truthiness2U

        She totally reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. It isn’t that both are just genetically blessed, though they both are. Both can rock short hair in a ways that few mortal women can. I think both women have a grace, and poise that goes beyond their genetics. Both seem to have such innate elan, that it informs what they wear, and how they wear it, in really amazing ways.

    • guest2visits

      Loved everything about this – the simplicity, the color, the jewelry was unique and perfect… she looked wonderful.

    • pdquick

      I generally hate the combination of blue and brown, but this color was made for her skin. It is divine!

    • Ana the Hated

      The whole time I wanted to see if she was wearing Danskos under that gown, knowing her penchant for terrible shoe pairing. Someone was clever enough to get her a shoe-hiding ensemble.

    • lalagigi

      Pretty girl, pretty dress, but not earth-shattering. I liked the red Ralph Lauren much better. Like Ann Hathaway last year, I’m over her overexposure. Thank goodness the awards show are over.

    • lillyvonschtupp

      PRs Anthony said “She’s not a princess. She’s a QUEEN” :0)

    • Alloy Jane

      <3 <3 <3 for Lupita and I'm so glad my sister calling me over to confirm that the longhair dressed as a waiter was Jared Leto, because if not, I would've missed her win and her beautiful acceptance speech. I saw her behind everyone during the selfie bit and yes, I did gasp. And then I screeched "She looks like a princess!" The blue looked richer on tv than it does in these photos, but I suppose that has to do with the dimness of indoor lighting.

    • elzatelzabelz

      I was underwhelmed. We know what she’s capable of pulling off, and this was too-sweet, princessy, and meh. The color was pretty, but otherwise, I wanted more.

    • grasshack

      so jealous of how great she looks with that super short hair!

    • Bridget212323

      This is the best example of BEAMING – she could have worn a hefty bag and she would be best dressed of the night because she was completely in the moment and enjoying herself completely which is SO refreshing these days. And I also loved the dress on her – she floated onto the stage…

    • murt

      I loved it yesterday, but looking at the pictures today I would have preferred a less plunging neckline; something more like the neckline of Lauren Hutton’s version of this dress back in the ’70s.

    • livesarah

      I’m glad you mentioned the bodice, it bugs. But despite a tiny bit of disappointment that she didn’t go for something a little more ‘out there’, she still well-deserved the WERQ. She’s amazing.

    • pookiesmom

      Yes, exactly! Like, if Lupita had been around when I was a little (white) girl, I’m sure I would’ve looked up to her and thought “wow, I want to be like her someday.” For this gorgeous, talented, articulate woman to essentially embrace the role of “America’s princess” is HUGE.

    • EEKstl

      A bit too much thorax but this was a dream dress on her. This was her Princess Moment, and it was right on the money. Stunning.

    • Ana Ced

      She looks beautiful, and this really is stunning. But the headband is for some reason very distracting, and I feel like its trying too hard to make the look seem sweet. Still deserving of a WERQ though

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      It is a shame the photos kind of wash this dress out. Looking at it on the teevee, it was a totally different colour and there were little sparkles to be found in the skirt..

      Absolutely perfect for her, and I did gay gasp, much to the surprise of my family in the room watching it with me, who had no idea who this person was. And I was all “There she is!” and they were all “who is she?” and I was all, where have you been living the past few months? It is LUPITA.

    • Pterodactyl111

      I want earrings like that so bad.

    • KFeat

      So pretty.

    • pop_top

      Serving up Cinderella. I loved it! Every single inch. I wouldn’t have been surprised if she’d been wearing glass slippers.