Lupita Nyong’o, Style It Girl: ‘I wasn’t the girl who bought the fashion magazines’


I think Lupita Nyong’o is on most people’s “Can’t Wait to See What She Wears to the Oscars” list. Lupita is certainly on my list, along with Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett (!!) and hopefully Anne Hathaway. Annie will be there, won’t she? Please please please. I miss Hathaway’s Oscar Beav and Oscar Nips, I really do. Anyway, Lupita is aware of the interest in her Oscar style, but she’s playing it coy. She was on Good Morning America yesterday and when she was asked who she would be wearing, she only said “mum’s the word.” It won’t be Dior – Jennifer Lawrence will be in Dior, and she might be the only one Dior is dressing for the Oscars. I doubt Lupita will wear Armani – everyone’s saying that Blanchett will do Armani. Will Lupita go with a well-known fashion house (Valentino, McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein) or some lesser-known designer (who she will put on the map)? We still don’t know. But Lupita talked about her style with The Daily Beast, and she’s dropping a few hints:

With all due respect to Jennifer Lawrence, her primary competition in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar race, Lupita Nyong’o has been crowned the de facto red carpet winner this awards season for her sharp fashion sense. For her efforts, she’s been spotted sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, graced the cover of New York Magazine’s Spring Fashion issue, and has fashion houses like Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney “begging” her to wear their designer gowns on Oscar night.

“Until all this, I hadn’t been a student of the fashion industry as a formal industry,” Nyong’o told The Daily Beast. “I wasn’t the girl who bought the fashion magazines, I’d always just worn what appeals to me. I know that even if I don’t buy the magazines and stuff, with fashion and style, you pick up influences all the time—if your eyes are open, you’re being influenced by fashion and style, whether you like it or not.”

The 30-year-old actress first sought fashion inspiration from her mother, Dorothy, who serves as managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and also runs her own communications firm. She describes her mom as “a very colorful dresser” blessed with an “unflinching” approach towards clothes—an attitude that Nyong’o has adopted herself. Once she became enmeshed in the acting world, she turned to some timeless Hollywood icons for sartorial guidance.

“I’ve admired from afar people like Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, and Cate Blanchett,” says Nyong’o. “When I knew I was going to be doing the press tour for 12 Years A Slave, I got to work and started researching what was happening in the formal world of fashion to try and articulate to myself what my style would be in it all. It’s been a great education—a great discovery—to find clothing artists who are doing things that I feel express something about myself. And there are so many.”

As far as Nyong’o’s own style is concerned, she’s been known—like her mother—for juxtaposing colorful dresses with her dark skin, resulting in a striking and elegant contrast.

“I love color and gravitate towards solid block colors,” says Nyong’o. “I like clean lines and a classic look, but I also like to have a sense of humor and wear things that put a smile on my face.” She pauses, and laughs. “I like to wear things, I don’t like things to wear me. I don’t like fuss!”

[From The Daily Beast]

I think Lupita looks best in solids – the rare times when she’s worn a pattern, I haven’t really cared for the look. I tend to believe that with Lupita’s face and her petite frame, she really doesn’t NEED anything but clean, minimalist styles. You don’t want her slight figure to be overwhelmed with fabric or a bold pattern, and you don’t want to take away from her face either. In a perfect word, Lupita would wear… Gucci, Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein to the Oscars. Those three houses do clean, minimalist styles very well.

PS… I’m including some of Lupita’s DuJour editorial, just because we haven’t posted those photos before. I’m also including some of Lupita’s red carpet looks from the past two months.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Definitely something solid color, and minimalistic, I hope.

  2. Tx says:

    I would love to see her in Calvin Klein. Like J Law in her red CK when she was nominated for Winters Bone. Whatever it is, I hope she keeps it simple. No more Givenchy. Please.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I’d love to see her in Tom Ford, actually. He can really put together some stunning outfits and he’s the polar opposite of the frou-frou Marchesa cr*p that we see a lot of these days (though not on Lupita, thank god.)

  4. Hannah says:

    My money is on Calvin Klein.

  5. blue marie says:

    I’m hoping for a bright, bold color. I can’t name a designer because I don’t know the difference, I wait for everyone else to tell me who it is..

  6. Lark says:

    She’s so pretty. My guess is Valentino or Calvin Klein. I’m kind of worried this is going to be a Viola/Meryl situation where Jen walks away with the Oscar (and I like Jen, but no in this case). I bet after the Oscars she’ll sign up for more projects and it will be interesting to see who she works with and what kind of films she’ll pursue.

  7. Lucy says:

    Whatever she chooses to wear will be amazing, I’m sure.

  8. The Original G says:

    Isn’t Valentino on everyone’s sh#t list after tweeting about Amy Adam’s handbag at PSH’s funeral?

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Would you just look at her in that white crop top and skirt? Just look at her face and her skin and her eyes and mouth…I just about faint she’s so pretty. She has such a natural elegance, too. There’s something Audrey Hepburn about her. Yuck, I’m gushing, aren’t I?

  10. JaDeRu says:

    She’s just flat out gorgeous. She can wear the plastic garment bag the dress came in for all I care. And still look incredible!

  11. Luna says:

    I’m very intrigued about Lupita’ s street style. Haven’t seen any picture.

  12. yennefer says:

    I saw her face without makeup the other day… And I was stunned. Her bare face is a combination of innocence, sexiness and glamour… whatever it means, it sure exists on Lupita’s face. Makeup takes away her clean elegance. She should watch Tilda Swinton in my opinion.

  13. Down and Out says:

    Beautiful lady. I hope she does Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein, too. She needs something clean, without unnecessary embellishment to distract from her stunning looks.

  14. Lea says:

    She has such a beautiful face,it’s so striking! I hope CK or Valentino,mostly I agree that should be some design wich highlights her figure and doesn’t take away from her face.

  15. Maritza says:

    As long as it isn’t orange, black or copper color.

  16. Maria says:

    She is the true heir to Audrey Hepburn. No doubt about it.