Lupita Nyong’o at Calvin Klein’s ‘Women in Film’ Cannes Party

Posted on May 16, 2014

OF COURSE this was how this was going to play out. It was written in the stars.

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Lupita finally wears a pair of shoes that doesn’t offend us – and the rest of her look comes off kind of bleh.

The dress isn’t bad, but we suspect it looks better in person. It does nothing in photographs. And it kinda feels like she gave her hair and makeup team the night off. Which is fine, this isn’t the Oscars or a film premiere, after all. She’s gorgeous no matter what. But it did strike us as funny that she can’t seem to get both the shoes AND everything above them working at the same time. It’s an endearing little style blind spot for the new Audrey Hepburn.



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  • Noah

    I can tell the color and texture of the dress would make me gasp in person, but it ends up looking tarp-ish in photos.

  • moppet

    “the new Audrey Hepburn”
    I love you guys.

  • Moriginal

    French manicured toes will never not give me the willies. Even on Lupita.

    • numenah

      They require long toenails, which must NEVER happen.

      • SugarSnap108

        There are few things more disturbing to me than long toenails. (I teach yoga and am confronted with them on the regular.)

        • Ren

          I call them Jerri Blank toenails. Google the Strangers With Candy movie trailer. *shudder*

        • Erica

          I have a good friend with whom I’ve discussed this very topic of long, yucky toenails. She’s pointed out how her mom wears her toenails too long, and I concurred that mine does too. And mine gets professional pedicures, so this is an actual style choice. Is there something about ladies in their 60s and 70s NOT being disturbed by long toenails? Yuck. I hate it when I forget to clip the kids’ toenails and they are too long (they are too young for me to trust them with clippers) I feel like they’ve been neglected in some way 🙂

          • SugarSnap108

            I really think for some people, it’s laziness. I have friends who’ve told me they don’t wash their feet because “they’re too far away.” (They just trust that standing in the shower is enough.)

          • Trent

            Okay, eww. And EWW. I hope you’re not around when their shoes come off…) :

          • Clash D

            Yeesh. You need new friends.

            I kid. Well, not really. Come on, stank feet – that’s gross!

          • kimmeister

            Do they never wear hosiery? I keep mine cut down to the quick and the big toenail is still always cutting holes into my nylons.

        • macwell

          I’m sorry, but I think you’re reaching. Granted I only see 1 photo, but they don’t look extraordinarily long. They are French tipped, so maybe that’s what’s throwing them off for you? Whatever, whatever, I think the heels look great, as well as the dress. Doesn’t have to be a stunner at all times. Of course – that’s just me.

          • SugarSnap108

            I wasn’t reaching for anything, because I wasn’t commenting on Lupita. I was responding to the comment above, about long toenails in general. And I expressed my deep feelings on this important issue.

          • macwell


    • JulieTy

      Agree times a billion. They will NEVER not skeeve me out. I also wish French manicures would go away. They were on trend in the early ’80s. ENOUGH.

      • AC Simons

        I am so over French manicures. I see a lot of them down here in Texas, and the south in general. Yuck!!!

      • Aurumgirl

        Exactly. They lived out their look more than 30 years ago now. It’s a bit crazy to think they’re being applied as fake nails now as though they were chic. Nuh uh.

    • I am so pleased you said that! If your toenails are long enough for French tips they are too long!

      • kmk05

        They are synonymous with pornstars, to me, which never strikes me as a particularly sophisticated look.

      • Nicole

        I have REALLY long toe nail beds, so my pedicurist is always asking to do French tips on my toes because she thinks their pretty. Except, I think my long toes are kinda creepy, so I don’t want to draw more attention to them, and I also worry that people will think I don’t cut my toenails. (This is not me backdoor bragging, a la Jenna. Skinny toes are weird)

        • Rhonda Shore

          that reminds me of “Mean Girls” – MY NAIL BEDS SUCK!!!

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m loving it all. She looks more relaxed and settled into her place on the A List, because she is not styled to the nth degree.

  • BLauD

    I like the consistency of little foibles. It helps us mere mortals feel better. She isn’t always perfection, and she’s not an ongoing train wreck like other stars. Perfectly balanced between unobtainable and completely endearing.

  • Sarah

    I like the dress. That fabric appeals to my love of all things disco-fabulous, but of course in a very tasteful, Lupita way.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Did she put sparkles in her hair?

    • Sarah

      I wondered this too. I kind of want her to have done that.

    • moppet

      I’m pretty sure that’s what that is. 🙂

    • kimmeister

      It’s a daring choice, considering how easily it could read as dandruff or random paint drips.

    • Trent

      Well, she’s obviously growing it out, which I’m a wee bit disappointed by, because I LOVED her close-cropped style. But I understand wanting a change, and I’m curious to see if she takes her fro to Cameo “Word Up” levels (young-uns, Google it).

      • FibonacciSequins

        That was an A+ reference!

        • Trent

          Thank you! And I love your Disqus handle…( :

          • FibonacciSequins

            Thanks. 🙂

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Many years ago I made a Halloween costume for my daughter using that “only at the holidays” glitter fabric from Jo Ann’s. The outfit started disintegrating part way through the night as the cheap-ass material began splitting anywhere there was a seam or any pressure on the fabric … and the material looked JUST like the material Lupita’s dress is made from. Also hate the fit in the bust and the horizontal opening in the front. This is a rare miss for Lupita — and this from the person who LOVED her Met Ball outfit.

  • Anna

    It’s not my favourite, but it’s not Prada either so yay. My celebrity best friend (according to Buzzfeed, so it must be true) is happy, so I’m happy.

    • Kitten Mittons

      So, I wandered over to Buzzfeed for that, and my celebrity best friend is Selena Gomez.

      Just put me out of my misery before that actually happens.

      • Anna

        Quel horreur!!! Take the test again until you get a result that you like 😉

      • marlie

        Don’t worry, we won’t let something like that happen.

        • Kitten Mittons

          I knew I could trust y’all.

      • Trent

        Thanks a LOT for bringing this up. I just went over there, and I got Britney (bitch). Now I’m gonna be depressed the whole day…

        • Kitten Mittons

          We can wallow together.

  • Danielle

    She looks relaxed and relatively comfortable, so I can’t bring myself to ding her.

  • Beardslee

    I love the fit and silhouette of the dress.

  • MilaXX

    I like the entire look. My only quibble is the boob window.

    • Julie Parr

      I was about to say essentially the same thing.

    • decormaven

      Midriff peeptoe.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Tit Transom

    • Rhonda Shore

      It’s odd…and it really doesn’t photograph well. I’d also suggest that navy isn’t L’s best color…

  • rockin robin

    But why? Why that little strip of flesh under the boobs? If it’s not flattering on Lupita, it’s not going to work for anyone.

    • Ginmaru

      Is that where you tuck your cell phone if the dress doesn’t have pockets?

      • marlie

        You’d need to do that above the boobs. Otherwise, the phone will slide right down your torso, past your waist, right to the floor.

        • Ginmaru

          Unfortunately, not my torso!. Lol. I have an anti phone dropping speed bump there.

  • EEKstl

    Always gorgeous, of course, and that dress really is beautiful. For me it’s that the color of the dress does nothing for her. She does spectacularly well with bright, bold color and this is a bit on the drab side for her. But still…it is Lupita and that is a good thing. Shoes really aren’t bad!

    • Constant Reader

      I agree. I think this could sing on Lupita in a different color.

  • Who would do this to her? This colour on her is awful, just dowdy and it does not sing. Please Lupita write it in big words on your stylists whiteboard – NAVY BLUE NEVER FOR LUPITA.

    Plus the material looks like she better stay away from naked flame. 🙁

    Speaking of naked, are those the Nudist by Stuart Weitzman that everyone is suddenly wearing?

  • Fuchsiaforever

    I LOVE this dress! For some reason it reminds me sweetly of my semester abroad in Paris 1997, glamorous, shiny, chic, fun. The shoes are boring, but not offensive at least.

  • James

    Hardly the new Audrey. Anyway, while I like her looks usually, this one not so much, though I think without that strip of flesh it wouldn’t have been bad at all though I’d pick another color. I love the hair, it’s relaxed and youthful.

  • MoHub

    Not crazy about the underboob slit in the bodice. Looks like a seam that came apart rather than a deliberate design feature.

  • BrooklynBomber

    She’s stunning but that dress just looks all wrong. (On top of which, it sure doesn’t look like Calvin Klein. Metalic?Sparkly? What gives, CK?)

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    I actually really like this dress, but I don’t think the shoes go with it at all. The hair & makeup are fine, especially since this seems to be a more casual event.

    I love Lupita, but I suspect if this was on another starlet, it would get a lot more fashion-hate!

  • GillianHolroyd

    oof, that color is not flattering. The sparkles just compound the error.

    I don’t think the underboob slit really works but it’s fun to watch designers come up with ways to slice up a garment.

  • DagnyReardon

    Color is awful on her and that is really hard to accomplish.

  • flamingoNW

    The make-up looks great, but that dress is horrible…. Too bad. Was hoping for some Lupita Awesome.

  • Anne Elliot

    the fabric looks so cheap

  • Nancer

    I adore this dress! I think it would be beautiful in person. The color probably doesn’t photograph well. But the dress is really gorgeous.

  • deelup

    It sort of looks like shiny car carpet.

  • Judy_J

    When I look at the bodice of this dress, all I can think about is the binding MGM did on Judy Garland’s breasts during the filming of the Wizard of Oz. It just looks uncomfortable to me.

  • boweryboy

    I’m most offended by the French pedicure. That will always read tacky to me.

  • Sissy

    I love the fabric and the cut-out is kinda sassy. She’s perfect, I dare her to wear something I hate. And don’t even say that Met outfit cuz I quite enjoyed that too.

  • Betsy

    It hurts me when she has a misstep but I just can’t give her a pass here. That said, her face and skin are perfection and she is the ONLY worthy person to be the “new Audrey Hepburn.” Short of Christy Turlington, no other mere mortal has come close.

  • KinoEye

    Thank you for acknowledging that she is truly heir apparent to Audrey Hepburn. People love to say that about so many different actresses, none of whom hold a candle to Queen Lupita (I’m looking at you, Natalie Portman). She’s stunning no matter what she wears, but this does seem a little off. Love that shade of midnight blue on her, but like a few others and the Uncs said, probably looks better in real life than in photos.

    • Betsy

      Remember the Jennifer Love Hewitt debacle?!!

  • Malek

    That dress looks like it’s made of glamour denim.

  • cocohall

    I don’t know from photography, but the lighting seems to be working against her. I remember Oprah once talking about how good black people looked on her show because she had lighting that was designed for her/darker skinned people. I bet that in person Lupita was breathtaking.

    • That’s interesting – there was a really good article doing the rounds recently about how biassed photography theory and even filmstock is towards light skins.

      • cocohall

        I used to work in textbook publishing many years ago. Of course, all the books had photos of kids from a variety of racial backgrounds. It was nearly impossible to make fair skinned people and dark skinned people look good if they were in the same photo. This was admittedly before the advent of photoshop and all the color correction was being done by adjusting levels of ink. So printers had to try to find a balance. I would imagine that at most events, the lighting, if it is going to be flattering to anyone, is most likely going to be skewed to the group that is biggest in numbers, which is still often going to mean white folks. Lupita is also darker, which is usually not going to work to her advantage in terms of lighting at events like these. Oprah did a show recently with Phyllicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis and some younger black starlet that I didn’t recognize. To hear these phenomenally talented women discuss color, in particular, Viola Davis, who is darker skinned, and how many limitations it still placed on the roles they got was fascinating. And sad. Things are inching forward, but emphasis on ‘inching.”

  • SugarSnap108

    The coin slot in the middle of her torso seems unnecessary. Not the greatest color for her, either. But, as always, DAT FACE.

  • mjude

    what is up with the fabric?

  • Missy

    If she got everything working all at once the world would explode from fabulousness. She’s doing us all a favor.

  • SewingSiren

    I like it better on her than I would on anyone else, except maybe Rooney Mara. That’s about it.

  • Daisy Walker

    Wish the earrings were larger or a necklace instead. Hate the underboob window.

  • AnaRoW

    I keep thinking that dress would amazing in white. The color, lack of contrast, and glitter combine to make the fabric look cheap, which I’m sure it isn’t. I’m not crazy about the shoes either. I had a pair of shoes with a similar style once and they were the one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to wear so I can only feel pity for others who’ve worn them since.

  • gloriana232

    I love the sparkle in her hair though!

  • Tee

    The French pedi has to go! Looks like she had her toes done at the Wally-mart nail “place” (because you can’t call it a spa or salon).

    • CanIbeFrank

      I abhor the French pedi. It makes no sense to me because toenails shouldn’t be long enough to have much of a white part anyway, so why would one want to highlight?? Ugh.

      • Tee

        Amen sister!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    it needs zhuzh-ing. Where are the accessories, the jewelry, the SOMETHING to make it pop? She’s stunning, but she always is.

  • Julie Tilton

    Is there a single color that DOESN”T look amazing on her?

  • Imma Mäder

    Am I the only one here who doesn’t really like the dress? I think the underboob cutout is unnecessary and the point where the skirt flares out makes her hips look a little wide.

    • alyce1213

      I hate the dress.

    • demidaemon

      I pretty much hate the dress as well. Terrible fabric and the aforementioned weird cutout.

  • TaurusKW

    I hate the tiny strip of skin under her boobs with a fiery passion. Designers, what are you thinking?!?!?!

  • alyce1213

    Ouch. There’s nothing about that dress I remotely even like. The fabric is stiff, like a tarp, and tacky shiny, the boob window is awful. Her hair ain’t doing much and it looks a little unintentionally lopsided. The shoes — better, but they’re the Weitzman nude sandals that everyone’s wearing. The French manicured toes (and fingernails, I think) are dated and make me nuts. This is quite disappointing.

  • Anna

    I don’t know what it is about Lupita, but even those toenails I can forgive. She comes across as so genuine, even in photos (something about her face tells me that what you see is what you get with her), that her charm makes up for any faux-pas. The more I see Lupita, the more of a fan I am.

  • Qitkat

    I haz confused. Aren’t these just the very same strappy high heel sandals that are in the over-used hate column for this season?
    The dress is just OK. Love the asymmetrical earrings, especially the way the left one cuffs around the outside while still being a pierced type.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes but they actually work for her in this case. It’s like cocker spaniel hair which sometimes works for a particular ladystar in a particular look. Not loving that dress at all though

      • Qitkat

        I’ve never been in the dislike column for them on anyone, except when they don’t fit properly. But I’m not a shoe person, because bad feet (sobs quietly). The BKs would HATE my sturdy, sensible shoe collection, I would be thrilled if I could wear these, even for an hour or two.

  • Looks like she swam through an oil slick on way to CANNES! Dress could have worked…but fit is off … too tight on hips!

  • suzq

    If that blue were just a little lighter and brighter…I actually love the shape and texture.

  • deech_sea

    I wish the bust fit differently and the skirt were longer and less flared, but mostly I liked this: “It’s an endearing little style blind spot for the new Audrey Hepburn.” She could wear a burlap dress, and still look like a princess, couldn’t she?

  • WaterGhost

    This quarter’s Audrey Hepburn?

  • marlie

    I don’t love Lupita’s hair, but I think her makeup looks good. The dress is pretty, but simple, though I think that sliver of skin under the bust in unnecessary. Nice rebounds from the disaster that was her Met Gala outfit, though.

  • msdamselfly

    I love her “au naturel”

  • OhSheila

    The funny part is I know for a fact that her beauty team was with her. They walked the red carpet and everything. I liked the outfit much better with her jacket

  • P M

    This just confirms my theory about dark-coloured mascara on darker skin tones: it does nothing. That looks like navy mascara on her and it’s just sitting there doing her no favours.

    • formerlyAnon

      You have given me the phrase to describe the majority of my wardrobe “It’s just sitting there doing her no favors.”

      There’s something so dispassionate, so without malice, and yet – so unenthused and, finally, quietly damning about it.

      • P M

        Shall we name that poem the Broken Spirit of the Western Wage Drone?
        But for real, I love your wit.

  • webslice33

    her star is starting to fade away…she was the flavor of the month…

  • B_C_J

    I agree gentlemen. The shoes are very nice. The dress is at best forgettable but also awkward looking in the bust. The makeup is fine, the hair not so much.

  • bluefish

    Hate what this style of dress does to a woman’s bust. Somethings don’t need to be reinvented. Pretentious shelf move to disguise the fact that it’s a nothing dress. Love her hair.

  • Sunraya

    I do not like this dress at all, but I hate cutouts and flattened boobs.

    Her face is glorious, as always.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Any outfit that prompts me to think “peek-a-boob” concerns me.

  • demidaemon

    It’s so true. It’s always head to ankles or ankles below only for her.

    As for the dress, hate the fabric and the weird under the bust cut out. It’s kind of ugly, really. I actually don’t mind the hair or make-up so much.

  • LeelaST

    I’m not on the Lupita bandwagon (I am alone in this, I know). This just says mall cheap – shoes, sparkle fabric, bare midriff/underboob area, hair.

  • Madeline Zappala

    is there glitter in her hair? magic

    • understateddiva

      I was trying to figure that out too. Couldn’t tell if it might be a trick of the light.

  • FridaStaire

    I read the other day that Lupita wrote, produced a directed a film about albinos in Kenya. Clever, and into social justice as well as gorgeous.

  • Man Dala

    She bounced back quickly from the ‘psychotic dreamcatcher’ look she sported at the Met Gala.

  • gefeylich

    I don’t care about the dress, although it fits her well – she’s so luminous, and her skin and smile are so lovely and warm, that she looks as fabulous as usual.

  • the dress is ok, the shape is flattering and fitted well. but i don’t think the dark color suits her. and she desperately needs jewelry to bring some light into the look. shoes, as TLO noted, are lovely. i’m not loving the sort of cone-headed hairstyle.

  • e jerry powell

    She looks pretty glowy otherwise.

  • Columbinia

    It’s that dress you try on and want to look absolutely stunning, but in the end you have to admit that it falls just a bit short of stunning and you leave it in the dressing room.

  • Crystal

    I really just want her to bring the ugly shoes back.