Lupita Nyong’o Double Style Shot

Posted on April 14, 2014

Meow, Miss Kitty.


Lupita-Nyongo-Chanel-Antonio-Berardi-GLAAD-MTV-Movie-Awards-TLO (1)Lupita Nyong’o attends the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California in an Antonio Berardi dress from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection paired with a Judith Leiber clutch, EF Collection earrings, a Leroy’s Place ‘Grace Jones’ ring, a Joan Hornig ring, and Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Once again, major kudos to her hair people, who seem to be having a blast with her.

The dress? Honestly just okay. It’s not setting our world on fire but we have no objections to it. A non-matchy pair of shoes would have helped. We wish she’d branch out past the standard pump for her footwear choices. Even if you don’t want to get a pedi, which is perfectly fine, there are plenty of other closed-toe options.

But hey, at least we can’t claim she doesn’t take the occasional risk:

Lupita-Nyongo-Chanel-Antonio-Berardi-GLAAD-MTV-Movie-Awards-TLO (5)Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Chanel dress from the Fall 2014 collection paired with Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps.

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Once again, the shoes are a total needle scratch of a moment. But y’know? We’re slowly going from thinking this dress was an admirable attempt that failed to thinking that it really kinda works for her. It all gets to be way too much up around her shoulders and neck, but the skirt really looks great on her.

And everything above the neck is spectacular, as per usual. LIVING for that hair.




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  • Kathy

    Love everything about the second look, except the shoes. I don’t care for the color blocking and shoes with the first look. Her hair and makeup are fab in both.

  • Stacey Summerville

    I wish she had worn her glasses on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. She wore them when she presented, and it really set off the lewk.

  • Minor quibble, but I’m fairly confident that the light blue pumps are the Casedei blade pumps, not the first pair.

    Her overall shoe situation is completely incomprehensible. That said, she is so stunning and her hair is so fabulous that she can get away with a lot.

    • Donna Tabor

      Maybe she hates showing her toes.

  • Sarah

    I forgive her for the shoes – especially since I have a hatred of heels. (Not to look at – to wear.) Also, who could not forgive DAT FACE & HAIR.

    • Trent

      LIVING for the cat ear afro puffs! Serious Hello Kitty realness.

  • RussellH88

    I don’t like the first look that much at all. But the second one is Fierce Potholder Realness.

    • EveEve

      Indeed. The bands across the torso and reaching up her neck are reminiscent of the Padung tribal women’s neck rings. The rest looks like an ethereal four year old’s birthday party decorations.
      [And nobody’s going to be debating if that’s her real hair, so there’s that too!]

  • Stella Zawistowski

    That is one HELL of an overdesigned look. And she still somehow manages to make it work.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    LOVE the second look- I love everything about it. The first look is okay, but it’s more of a standard look for her. Fortunately, “standard” for Lupita is actually “super cute except for the shoes” so there’s that.

    • butterflysunita

      I would never have thought she could carry off a look like that but I think she looks fabulous–and the MTV movie awards were the right venue for this.

  • alyce1213

    The first look is, well now — it’s just a really ugly dress. I don’t care for the kitty ears hair — the whole thing is a needle scratch.
    Second look, however, is fabulous, hair is amazing, but shoes must be burned, they’re hideous.

    • demidaemon

      Pretty much agree with you. I opined in my own comment that the first was the result of fabric scraps sewed together, which, as I look at the dress more and more, seems like the only way it could have come into being.

  • Scimommy

    It’s a clown dress, but she is making it work. Somehow.

  • Glam Dixie

    The second dress is just too dark for her, she needs color against her skin but that may just be my own preference and I hate those royal blue shoes. I had those in the late 80’s. That second dress is way too busy. I kind of love the sky blue pumps though I’m sure I’m in the minority on that one.

    • alyce1213

      I think you meant to say “The first dress …” in your first sentence.

      • Glam Dixie

        Yes, exactly. Thank you.

    • Grumpy Girl

      I like the sky blue pumps, too. The second outfit just scream fun to me. And her hair looks so pretty–it’s a nice balance to the fun of the dress.

  • Danielle

    That second look would literally work on no one else on Earth. Queen Lupita makes it sing.

  • Crystal

    That MTV Awards hair is some of my favorite hair I’ve seen on her. I love the sleeves. I’m vacillating between thinking the neckline is too much and thinking that a lower neckline would make the dress too psychedelic cha-cha diva. Although there ain’t nothing wrong with that either.

  • Darcy H

    Her HEAD in that second look. *fans self* Seriously her hair/makeup team deserve an award.

    Also, I think she’s totally pulling off that dress.

  • CB

    Just a heads up–the captions for the two outfits are reversed. The first is Antonio Berardi at the GLAAD Awards; the second is Chanel at the MTV Awards. Regardless, she is making that Chanel work like few could. Love her hair in both.

    • Ah, that would explain it — I noticed that the Casedei shoes were not part of the first outfit.

  • Noah

    Miss Lupita is kindly and graciously requesting that you pay the fuck attention.

  • I really like the matchy shoes with the first dress, although I wish they were a more interesting shape. I love love love her hair with the second look and I am amazed by how she can wear a really complicated dress with at least 5 too many design elements and not be overwhelmed by it. But those shoes I do not like.

  • @Biting Panda

    The first dress feels very much like it is from the Fall collection. Too heavy for April. But I love how it is setting off her gorgeous skin tone.
    The make up for the second look is magical. I don’t like it much, head-on, but from profile, it is to die!

    • Sarah

      I love the makeup for both – the green shadow in the first is really pretty. I swear, her head is like an eternal CoverGirl shoot.

      • RL McGruder

        Lancome, darling, Lancome! πŸ˜‰

    • kimmeister

      Yes, the silver eye makeup in #2 is what stood out to me the most. Gorgeous.

  • Betsy

    Pains me to say it but I hate both dresses. She looks like a board game. I know she’s a style icon but I just can’t give her a free pass on everything.

  • Kent Roby

    I don’t like the first dress/shoes at all, but the second look is really fun, and it’s one of those dresses that hardly anyone else could make work.

  • gayle

    The hair for the MTV awards is fantastic!

  • Hair and outfit #2 is a yes. Hair #1 is a bit too Dilbert’s Boss for me.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I liked it until I read this. Now I can’t stop laughing.

      • random_poster

        Same for me!

  • VioletFem

    LOVE everything in the second look including the shoes.

  • VioletFem

    The hair in look #1 is reminiscent of her hairstyle for the NAACP award earlier this year.

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    she always looks awesome, but what about some pants once in awhile? i wonder what she looks like on a daily basis… can you imagine her in jeans?! lol

    p.s. the captions are reversed on the photos.

    • MilaXX

      She wore pants on Jimmy Fallon. A royal blue jumpsuit that she later wore to a basketball game.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the bag or the shoes in the first look. I love the dress in the second look. As for the shoes, at first I disliked them but then she posted a picture of herself curled up in a chair on her IG and the shoes worked. Maybe they are too editorial for this look, or maybe they work better in person. Maybe it’s just the power of Lupita.All I know is I am now completely sold on that second look, shoes and all.

  • d4divine

    I totally agree about the shoes…don’t really understand why her people have difficulty on that point, but Lupita mastery of pose is fantastic! My God, the foot positioning and that hip knee action. Bam!! Bravo!!

  • ccinnc

    The only thing I don’t like about the 2nd look is the dress hides her amazing deltoids.

  • marlie

    Both events, her hair and makeup are outstanding (seriously, her hair in the Chanel confetti-like dress – DAYUM)*. I really like both dresses, although the second one is growing on more the more and more I look at it. The print sort of looks like a kid’s arts and crafts project, but I sort of like it.

    *The captions are reversed, the confetti dress is Chanel. The black, purple & gold is the Berardi.

  • kmk05

    Love everything about the second look, including the shoes. No one else could pull this off.

    The first one is kind of standard, no? The dress and shoes are relatively forgettable.

    Her hair and makeup is, in all cases (and as always) phenomenal.

  • Sam Smith

    I’m pretty sure the second dress is from the MTV movie awards, based on both the backdrop and another site, and that makes it a perfect look. MTV is a little wacky and this dress fits the bill while also being attractive and eye catching.

  • deelup

    If I didn’t know Lupita were in these dresses, ie if I cover her head so her beauty can’t overwhelm me, both looks are horrendous. It’s only her sheer gorgeousness that puts a veil of acceptance over these scary abominations.

  • Anna

    Love the hair and makeup for both looks (and the woman, of course), but I can’t say I’m crazy about either of the dresses. I like the second one marginally better, I’m getting a 99 Luftballons vibe from the print and the colours, which is sorta fun.

    As always though, she has the power to make it work somehow.

  • colleenjanel

    I am starting to believe that she must have some terribly jacked up toes, since we never see them. And I’m relieved by this thought, because it means that she may actually be flawed like the rest of us. The perfection was a slight bit unsettling. πŸ˜‰

    • Sorry, her feet are just as awesome as the rest of her. We saw them in the shoes she wore to the NAACP awards, the shoes she wore to Palm Springs and a few other times. If you scroll up to the post and click on the tag for Lupita N’yongo, you will get all the posts of her on TLO and you can see her perfect – and quite cute! – toes for yourself. πŸ™‚

      • colleenjanel

        Nooooooo … say it ain’t so! ***SOB***
        Such perfection just isn’t natural. And it’s not faaaaair!!!!

  • Darren Nesbitt

    TLO I wish you would have posted a photo of her wearing glasses on stage. She looks so great in her thick black frames.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The first dress is a meh, nothing ground breaking. I loathe the second one for lack of editing. Without the sleeves and a slightly lower turtle neck it would have been great. Her head always looks great and I’m loving all the styles they manage to come up with.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Although I love the sleeves by themselves, I think they should have been removed from this dress. Erase the sleeves in your mind when you look at the pic, keep the high neck and now there is sort of a halter effect aaaaand: the look is much more balanced and less noisy. I love it. The shoes need to be red. Her face and hair are, as always, TO DIE FOR GORGEOUS.

    • Grumpy Girl

      After my heart: I always find myself thinking “the right color is red”–for any kind of accent thing. But I think that’s why I like this blue pick–because I never, ever, ever would think of it on my own. And the color is so pretty.

  • Qitkat

    I am awestruck by the second look and dress. To the point I would give a Werq.
    I can only marvel at her hairdresser’s ability to give her short locks such a life of their own.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That may be my favorite of her looks so far, just because it is so different, and I can’ t think of anyone else that could pull it off like her. Astounding.

  • NMMagpie

    Full on Cosby-sweater realness.


  • SophieCollier

    I LOVE that second dress. It looks like it was inspired by elaborate African beadwork and jewelry. She clearly loves it too (she’s posted a few selfies in it.) Don’t even mind the shocking shoes.

  • MissMariRose

    She’s serving some Eartha Kitt realness in that first look.
    The less said about the second look, the better.

  • decormaven

    Glorious- she pulls off two looks that I’m pretty sure I would not approve of if worn by others. The glance over the shoulder in both looks- that’s STAR presence, people. Bowing down…

  • julnyes

    Oh the shoes…. besides that I am in love with that second look!

  • Fuchsiaforever

    I have issues with her preference for secretarial pumps in every color, but for the rest BRAVO! High marks to Ms. Lupita!!! Both dresses are spectacular!!!

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her hair in the second look in life-affirming.

  • Imasewsure

    Love love that second look but as usual have to TOTALLY IGNORE HER SHOES (yes I am yelling because I’m so tired of having to do this with her). That dress is amazing though

  • msdamselfly

    I think that first look is the best I’ve ever seen her look. Love the neckline and shoulders on her. She also looks great in metallics and the green purse looks so good with the dress. THe kitty hair is fantastic.

  • Samantha Ann Mauro

    The second look immediately makes me think of the African tribal women who elongate their necks with stacked metal rings, which I’ve always thought was a shockingly elegant form of body modification. I love it!

    • Miss wks

      Yep. My thought exactly. She was born to wear that Chanel….

    • BobStPaul

      I actually thought Masai necklace but we’re on the same wavelength.

  • Shawn EH

    Love the MTV look, chic and calls back to some of the old 80s Logos! Such a weird event to be a part of; how do you ireverently celebrate a slavery film?

  • conniemd

    I hate that royal blue color block on the first look. On the second look, I’m in love with that dress. I think I’d love it even better if the sleeves were just ripped off or left unadorned black, as it is a bit much. Love the fun colors and light feel of the dress, which is why the sleeves need to go.

  • Judy_S

    The second look would be great if the backdrop wasn’t so busy. Unless it’s the background that makes the dress look merely tolerably rather than intolerably busy, I dunno. It is an insane dress but she looks so cute in it.

  • B_C_J

    Both dresses are attractive but both need to be shortened. Her shoe choices are painful. However overall, as usual, she looks radiant.

  • colorjunky

    WTF with the totally cheap, overly matchy-matchy, unflattering shoes. It’s so OBVIOUS!

    • That is interesting re them looking cheap because I would be willing to bet none of these shoes are cheap. You’re not likely to find Louboutins for less than $500.. Casadei can be found anywhere upwards of $200. Neither of which are something I would call a cheap shoe. And yet they do look a bit payless.. not sure why this is the case.

      Especially not sure why when we know Lupita can rock shoes from time to time.. but clearly they have to be the right ones. Why can she make the most complicated outfits sing, but the shoes do not sing..

      Lupita, you are a mystery.. I will always j’adore her regardless though.. πŸ™‚

  • Sophie

    Nice hair in the second picture set. I thought I only had a problem with the hem length in the first set, until I understood the colour-blocking in that last picture…

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That Chanel dress is a lot of look, and I give Lupita credit for trying it. Love, love her hair in both looks. The continuing shoe flubs give her an almost endearing air of being merely human, fashion wise.

  • It’s Kimmy

    The second look was beautiful when she appeared on-stage. The colors were GORG!

  • kimmeister

    Her hair for both looks is outstanding. I had a very negative first reaction to the 2nd dress, but it has gotten a little better upon further inspection. It still looks like a PR candy store challenge dress though.

  • MannahattaMamma

    It’s like she said I WANT TO WEAR ALL THE COLORS and then did so.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The first look doesn’t excite me, but I LOVE the second look, and I think the shoes are really cute, just not for the dress. The second dress also gives me a bit of “Wonder Bread Chic”.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Dayum and DAYUM. LOVE HER!!

  • Drunken Housewife

    I love that Chanel on her so much. This may replace the turquoise-necklace-effect dress during Oscars season as my favorite Lupita red carpet look. It’s elaborate and colorful and playful and fits her like a bespoke glove. My one bitch: the red heels of the shoes are lost on the carpet, which jars the eye, making you wonder if these are weird optical-illusion heelless shoes or what.

  • I’d kill for hair 1/10th as versatile. Have we EVER seen her with a bad hair day?

  • formerlyAnon

    I really like the second look, but for the shoe color.

  • deech_sea

    I love the hair, dress, and shoes in the second look. When will she be appearing on the screen again? The public enjoys basking in her presence.

  • Uncle Spike

    Shoes, shoes, shoes. 99% of the time, you declare them awful for a look. And when you declare a shoe perfect, I need a fainting chaise, so rare is the event. And aside from your aversion to matchy-matchy, I’m stymied. I am no fashion maven, but even considering this…I’m totally lost. TLo, can you do a master class (or post) on what constitutes a perfect shoe for a look?

  • I love the second look, full stop. Don’t even mind the shoes.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Someone has to say it. That first hairstyle makes her look like she has cat ears.

    The weirdness with the second pair of shoes is made more so because the spikes are red and disappear against the red carpet.

    • boweryboy

      I think TLo already did: “Meow, Miss Kitty.”

  • Maybe she doesn’t like to show her feet. Some people don’t. I’m not one of them, but I understand it.

  • Makeup in the second look is breathtaking, especially in the last shot looking over her shoulder. I don’t care what she is wearing there at all. That face pose is everything.

  • J’ADORE that second dress!

  • Patrick Cleary

    That second look is too much for anything else, but for MTV, it’s kind of perfect.

  • boweryboy

    I can’t even focus on the lovely Lupita because I’m probably gonna hafta buy me a Grace Jones ring. Just saying.

    • MilaXX

      I would LOVE Lupita to do a Grace Jones biopic.

      • Joanna

        Other than not tall enough, she would be perfect.

  • I love how the red heels blend so much with the red carpet that it looks like she’s tip toeing her way to the premiere.

    • Joanna

      I noticed that, too. Like her shoes have no heels at all. It’s a great optical illusion.

  • crash1212

    Love that second look with all my heart and soul…even the shoes.

  • Christine Hart

    Actually really liked the blue shoes, for once.

  • suzq

    Love the MTV dress. Black or red shoes would have been perfect. The Berardi dress makes me mental. The early teens of this century will be noted for the manufacturers who couldn’t be bothered to make an entire dress–yet charged us for one anyway.

    • alyce1213

      I do agree, but black shoes because red would disappear on the RC. About that Berardi – as demidaemon said: fabric scraps. The second dress makes up for it, though

  • prettyinmink

    I would love to have access to her makeup gays for just one day. It would be life-changing.

    • MilaXX

      Her makeup artist is hysterical. On his off days he post mock tutorials that riff off youtubers.

  • GeoDiva

    Is there some type of hairstyling Hall of Fame? Her team is hitting it out of the park every time! I had no idea you could do so much.

  • Trickytrisha

    Second dress deserves an Oscar of it’s own. The shoes, both pair, could be Razzie nominees. Her smile is so effortless and engaging, how could you help but adore her?

  • The second dress would be absolute perfection on her without those twitchy sleeves. And she is getting her money’s worth out of those Louboutin pumps. She has worn them on at least 5 ‘red carpets’ I think.

  • DesertDweller79

    The first look is surprisingly blah.

    But, I think I love this second one. It is really fun! I LOVE her hair. The shoes are questionable, but not as bad as the ones in the first look.

  • Akemi

    The second dress is further proof that she is able to pull off what no mere mortal can.

  • icm

    This comment will make sense to the Canadian kittens ,The sleeves on that second dress I swear are made with smarties.

    • raeb23

      haha…not a Canadian but totally agree with the smarties assessment!

  • NinjaCate

    HER HAIR. I DIE. She ALMOST makes me want to chop my locs off so that I can try out some of her TWA style. She looks amazing.

  • Milos Mom

    I very much prefer the dress she wore to the MTV awards. That is GORGEOUS! I love that it is so textural and festive.

  • demidaemon

    I am surprisingly very PRO the second dress. The first one looks too much like the designer sewed a bunch of scraps together and called it good. Shoes on both are pretty much a fail (though the second look’s are the bigger needle scratch), but that is par for the course with her, 95% of the time.

    • B. Garcia

      Any stylist who matches the eyeliner to the shoes should have to spend time in the stocks.

  • Synnamin

    Oooh. Now I totally want to see her play Catwoman

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    How many passes are you going to give for unforgivable shoes? I say 2 more.

  • ms_kat

    She looks best in a dress that isn’t merely a sheath. She is gorgeous, but when her dresses have a little nip in the waist and a slightly fuller skirt, she looks fabulous.

  • Clash D

    Funny how famous beauties like Halle Berry do absolutely nothing for me – but Miss Nyong’o is luminous everytime she hits the RC.

  • lojoso

    My grandmother had rag rugs that looked just like the top of that second dress….

  • Ali2044

    Makeup in the second look is DIVINE. My god, this woman is just physically flawless.

  • SewingSiren

    Both looks are stunning. Hair, make-up, everything, But the second, the confetti dress I just love. It’s like a modern update of Betty Draper’s party dress, (the one she went insane in).

  • Her makeup artist Nick Barose is all kinds of amazing! T.Lo, you should follow him on Instagram (@dilokritbarose) if you don’t already, he’s super hilarious and judgy (in a funny way) of makeup mistakes (he even posts fake tutorials on how to achieve looks like contouring and highlighting). You’d get along just fine haha πŸ˜›