Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira Continue the Slayage Tour, at the “Black Panther” South Africa Premiere

Posted on February 20, 2018


Sorry. We’re still on a high from seeing this film. We’ll try to be the totally objective red carpet assessors that you want (and that we never actually were).

We keep saying this, but it keeps being true, so we say it all over again: It’s amazing to us how many more or less mainstream designs were taken by their style teams and turned into something with an Afrofuturist bent to it, just through styling and matching the garment to the right wearer.


Lupita Nyong’o in Kevin Mayes

Somehow, she snagged yet another gown that looks like a Dora Milaje uniform from the film. To be totally fair, we’d probably have an issue with the way the gold trim is utilized if this was on another wearer in another context. But on her, promoting this particular film to a South African audience, we think it’s just about perfect. Bold, regal, and brilliant, with enough of an edge and a difference to set it firmly apart from traditional western fashion. The earrings and bangle are both spectacular, but it feels like the look could’ve used slightly bolder, more attention-seeking gold jewelry.


Danai Gurira in The Row

This is pure chic, which a vaguely non-western, lightly tribal feel to it. It’s head-turning in the extreme, but like Lupita’s look, we feel like the jewelry should be doing more work to bump it up. Also: she looks amazing in blue.



Style Credits:
Lupita Nyong’o: Custom Kevin Mayes Red and Gold Dress | Alexandre Birman Jewelry Douriean Jewelry
Danai Gurira: The Row Navy Halter Gown with a Crochet Collar | Jennifer Fisher Jewelry


Styled by Micaela Erlanger (Lupita Nyong’o) and Thomas Carter Phillips (Danai Gurira)

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]




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