Fashion Spotlight: Lupita Nyong’o

You may remember Lupita Nyong’o from the TV series Shuga, but it was her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013) that earned her critical acclaim; she went on to win an Oscar, as well as a 2014 Academy Award for best supporting actress. Just recently, she has been named the world’s most beautiful person for 2014 by People magazine – 2014 really is her year!


Generally unknown within the fashion world, Lupita Nyong’o shocked everyone in the industry with her Golden Globes dress. Floor length and caped, in a vibrant red; her Ralph Lauren dress left us all instantly enthralled! But like us mere mortals, Lupita has made a few mistakes on her style journey, so here are some of Lupita’s best and worst outfits thus far….


What’s your favorite look? Let us know in the comments!

The Bad:

Lupita at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards

She rarely puts a foot wrong, but this Lanvin Resort 2014 gown left a lot to be desired. The left side of her gown looked far too large and the dark colours failed to flatter her gorgeous complexion. The one redeeming feature was her glittered belt, which gave some sort of shape to an otherwise, shapeless dress.


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Lupita at the Met Gala

No, Lupita hasn’t been transported to the 1920s but she certainly looks like she has! Her feathered flapper Prada dress certainly split fashion critics. The emerald beaded dress came complete with matching green, sparkly shoes and an emerald headband. Lupita is known for taking fashion risks, but we just aren’t sure about this bizarre dress.

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Lupita at the Oscars After-Party

We love androgynous style, don’t get us wrong, but Lupita’s Prabal Gurung tuxedo-inspired wrap dress, complete with white Christian Louboutin heels, didn’t inspire us. The dress/tuxedo combination confused us – why not just choose one or the other? What made the look slightly less mismatched was the vibrant pop of purple on her lips, which made the look more interesting.

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Okay, enough whining from us, lets look at three of her best looks to date…


The Good:

Lupita at the Oscars

The 2014 Oscars was a big night for Lupita, not only did she win an Oscar but she also took our breath away with her Grecian gown. The actress wore a pleated, baby blue custom dress designed by Prada. With her sexy, plunging neckline (right down to her navel!) her Fred Leighton headband added some welcomed sophistication. We adored this look!

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Lupita at The Golden Globes

The likes of both Gucci and Prada fought to dress her, but Ralph Lauren beat the bunch and dressed the Kenyan beauty (really well, we might add). Her floor-length, dramatic red gown was our favourite look of the night.

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Lupita at the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

The Oscar-winning actress wore an Alexander McQueen black and white summer dress with a twist. The structured cut of the dress brought a modern vibe to the wardrobe staple, and the pleated skirt helped to create a womanly hourglass silhouette. To add to the chic and simple look, she wore a wide rimmed hat and black, open-toe wedges. She proved she looks fab on and off the red-carpet.

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