Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo attend the premiere of “Queen of Katwe” at the Roy Thompson Hall during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
While this particular phrase has rather quickly passed into cliche, there are still times when it’s really the only phrase that will do…
Come through, Miss Lupita. Take your place on the pedestal so that we may commence the bowing down.
Honestly? Even after an Oscars poledance that’ll go down as one of the most explosively stylish in history? This may be the single best Lupita Nyong’o look of all time. It’s not the first FLAWLESS look she’s worn on a red carpet but this is the one most perfectly suited to her. This is the one look only she could have made happen. It’s a pure stunner and easily in the Top 5 red carpet looks of the year. You WERQ your queenly perfection, Miss Lady.
Before you jump all over David’s ensemble, know that it was provided by Kutula by Africana, a Los Angeles design house whose founders have origins in Zambia and Nigeria and have been designing and providing African-inspired fashions using African-sourced textiles for 40 years. It’s clearly way outside the bounds of what we expect from male stars on a red carpet – and to be perfectly honest, we don’t have the background or vocabulary to effective critique it. Of course this ensemble is thematically appropriate for the event, but it’s also a great way of reminding us how limiting the suit-and-tie red carpet ensemble can be for certain men. David has always had problems wearing high-end western suiting on the red carpet because the proportions never quite worked for him. The Euro-style skinny suit of the past few years isn’t a look that every man can pull off. We raised our eyebrows a bit when we saw this look, but we came around pretty quickly on it. He cuts a much more impressive figure in this getup – and standing next to her in THAT getup – than he would if he’d shown up in a skinny plaid Burberry suit or something. If we have any critiques, it’s that the top is a little bit tight on him and the shoes are perhaps a bit too matchy and focus-pulling.
Custom Carolina Herrera Yellow and Blue Embroidered Gown and Matching Headpiece
Tiffany & Co. Jewelry
Amanda Pearl Clutch
Custom KUTULA by Africana Ensemble
[Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images – Video Credit: Disney Movie Trailers via YouTube]