Lupita Nyong’o in Chanel at the MTV Movie Awards: adorable or awful?


Lupita Nyong’o had pretty much the only outfit anyone was discussing last night. We’re so used to, so primed to waiting for Lupita’s next style and then when she showed up in this Chanel… eh. Is it disappointment? I don’t know. This Chanel is not cute, for sure. But is it “not cute” in an interesting way? And even though it’s not the best, I think it’s kind of perfect for the MTV Movie Awards. So… it’s a wash. Also: a lot of people hate on Lupita’s shoe game, and for sure, her shoe game needs a boost, but I don’t hate those electric blue heels, also by Chanel.


Jared Leto must have come in directly from Coachella and, as he said in his speech, he was heading right back out for the music festival. I imagine he smelled of patchouli, porto-potty and pot.


Jessica Alba looked adorable in this Piece d’Anarchive & Kenzo. Usually I hate a crop top/bandeau anything on the red carpet, but she really makes this look work. I love the brightness and the girlishness. Plus, the fit is incredible.



Nicki Minaj in Alexander McQueen. Can I just say? I really love Nicki’s makeunder. She looks so beautiful without all of the costumes, wigs, budget makeup and extra stuff. I mean, I’m sure she’s still wearing a ton of makeup and that might even be a wig (??), but everything just looks so much better these days. When the camera panned to her in the audience, I couldn’t even believe that it was Nicki.



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  1. Angie says:

    I think Lupita can pull off pretty much anything.
    She’s got an elegance that few modern actresses do. Love her

    • homegrrrl says:

      I agree, might loathe it on an ordinary starlet, but on Lupita it’s artistic and old school Vogue. I would call this an investment dress, it’s trend proof and avante garde- again, on Lupita. The pumps are on trend, so I would have changed them also to a strappy sandal a bit more neutral.

      • Curious Cole says:

        I really like all the elements of Lupita’s styling: the edgy makeup and hair, she carries off the dress like no one else and those shoes are phenomenal on her!
        This is confusing because I haven’t loved all of Lupita’s looks and I would normally hate that modern-art-meets-galatic-Kindergarten-class frock, but I don’t.

        For some reason I’d like it even more if she really has been cast for Star Wars, but I’m not quite sure why…

  2. Gotta give Alba credit for making what should be the most unflattering outfit on earth kinda work.
    Lupita…just no, girl.

    What’s with Leto and the Hawaiian shirts?

  3. blue marie says:

    I actually like Lupita’s dress, it’s interesting.
    Nicki Minaj looks fantastic, she has such a beautiful face.

  4. QQ says:

    That’s a Fun Dress for that venue Methinks!

    Also *slow Golf Claps for Nicki Minaj!* way to go from Technicolor nightmare to “oh well doesnt she look great” Good Move on her to fire her former stylists and wig people

  5. don't kill me i'm french says:

    For Lupita,no for her dress and make-up( too much) but nice haircut
    Jared Leto is typcal Jared Leto
    Nicki Minaj looks very good almost classy

  6. Loopy says:

    Lupita has gorgeous shoes, its just the way she has to match the colours with the outfit or a component of the outfit,comes off very bridesmaidish.

  7. Sabrina says:

    I love Lupita’s dress and thought it was appropriate for the event. I don’t like the shoes though and think she should have gone with a sandal.

  8. Tatjana says:

    I love Lupita’s dress. I even love the shoes. But the frickin’ eyeshadow.
    I would really like to see her in a Kenyan designer. Or an African one. If I got famous, I would wear Croatian designers all the time :D

    And who knew Nicki was such a bombshell? She’s stunning.

    Why was Jessica there? Is she in anything?

  9. Renee28 says:

    Lupita’s dress looks like a confetti explosion. It’s ugly.

  10. HHazel says:

    NOPE to the candy conffeti fugness I dont care it its chanel or not.
    Jessica looks good, it’s a cute look.
    Nicki is wearing too many accessories, but I love the make under she looks really good. I hope this means she has ditched the wigs and the horrible clothes this is soooo much better.

  11. Kiddo says:

    Everyone looks good, except I’m not on board with the hipster Hawaiian shirt trend. Lupita’s dress is incredibly creative; wild with texture and pattern, and yet it still manages to be flattering and funky at the same time. My only quibble is that they should’ve given a bit more breathing room in the bust area.

  12. birkbop says:

    Nicki looks SO beautiful! The toned down makeup/clothes/hair really show off her gorgeous skin and figure. I hope she continues this look because I am pretty over the neon clown ridiculous outfits and hair.

  13. Omega says:

    Lupita can get away with pretty much most outfits. I think she looks appropriate, even good, for a Music industry affair. I worry about her though. This focus on what she wears rather than what she is working on could go very badly. Honestly, if I were her I would give these industry shindigs a miss for awhile and just focus on building an acting reputation. If she isnt getting studio offers let her push hard for an indie career then but shes got to shake this fashionista vibe thats settling around her.

    Ms Minaj is wearing a weave not a wig. I think she is in character though, that notwithstanding. She has multiple alter egos after all.

    • NKN says:

      Why do you think she’s wearing a wig? She has documented how she’s been growing her own hair super long, and I believe that is all her hair. Brandi Glanville was called racist for suggesting that black women don’t like to swim because they don’t want to mess up their wigs/weaves, but it seems that everyone assumes black women never wear their own hair. Anytime my hair is shoulder length or longer, someone asks if its my real hair, like it’s impossible for black women to grow their hair. Oprah, who also has long hair, has faced similar accusations, even from black people, so you may be black yourself, but I’m still wondering why you assume Minaj’s hair is fake.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Nicki’s real hair is actually very long. She may have sewn a few extensions in for fullness, but this is her real hair.

      • MsT_Shady says:

        For real.

        I follow niki on Instagram. She is not wearing a weave. Perhaps clip-ins for the red carpet but her natural hair is way past shoulder length.

        I like to counter the automatic assumption that WoC can’t grow their own hair by pointing out all the busted-ass weaves, wigs and pieces on Britney, Jessica, Christina Hendricks, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Moss et al…

    • Kiddo says:

      Lupita has said, paraphrased, “I hope I will be working soon”. Maybe she hasn’t been getting meetings for roles and so she is keeping her face out there, so she isn’t forgotten. Whether that push is through ad campaigns or showing up in fashion at events, so be it. I’d rather that than her disappearing completely into the woodwork.

  14. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    I can’t bring myself to like a short flouncy poodle sort of a skirt on a woman older than 23. If Jessica Alba’s skirt were a tad longer, I would probably like it. But it just comes off as too girlish and try hard on a woman who’s old enough to be a woman.
    I used the phrase try hard! :)

  15. AlmondJoy says:

    I LOVE that Nicki looks like a beautiful woman instead of a cartoon character. Her hair is not a wig, but I can see that she added a few extensions in.

    Love Alba’s skirt and shoes! I’ve been looking for a skirt like that and I’ll probably end up getting it made.

    Lupita can wear ANYTHING. Last night, AG-UK and I were saying that the colors and neckline look like that of the Masai people. Love the dress. Her hair also is really beautiful and on-trend.

  16. Ag says:

    Nicki ooks great! I’m sort of torn on Lupita’s dress. It’s interesting, but…

  17. Nick says:

    Lupita’s hair style looks like a beret.

  18. Bridget says:

    I love Lupita’s high fashion Masai dress.

    Alba looks good… but a little old for a tube top.

  19. mia girl says:

    I only watched about 30 minutes of the show, and Lupita walking on stage in this outfit was one of the only good moments.

    The dress looked so much “more” on camera with the stage lights reflecting on it. She looked great.

  20. Tania says:

    Lupita’s dress is awful. I must be the only that thinks the Chanel band is tacky now. She looks best when her hair is completely low à la tiff festival look last year.

    Nicki looks very gorgeous. Very natural.

  21. Karen says:

    Lupita looked bad. Jessica looks fantastic, love that outfit and styling. Nicki definitely looks better with the make-under.

  22. MonicaQ says:

    Those are extensions, not a wig. Very well done though. And I think she looks better now than when she’s in her Roman alter ego.

  23. lucy2 says:

    Don’t love Lupita’s dress – I think she has such a pretty face, she looks best in solid colors.
    Nicki looks great.

  24. Hmmm says:

    Lupita looks amazing and I love this dress on her. I think it’s great that she has fun with her styling, loved those Mickey Mouse ears she had. AND she looks gorgeous with those glasses she wore when she gave Jared his award. Jared, please do some more acting … and get a better stylist … and Lupita …

  25. Abby_J says:

    Nicki Minaj really looks beautiful. Never, ever, thought I would say that in my life. I hope it isn’t just a Courtney Love (People VS Larry Flint) moment. Maybe she’s decided to grow up a little. That said, I hope she doesn’t completely abandon her colorful hair. :)

  26. OTHER RENEE says:

    Nicky gorgeous.
    Alba cute.
    Lupita beyond hideous. There’s such a fawning over her that I think people can’t bring themselves to admit she looks awful in that monstrosity.

  27. Marianne says:

    I dont like the high neck on Lupita’s dress. Otherwise its a lot of fun.

  28. MrsBPitt says:

    In my opinion, Jessica Alba is almost always flawless…if she’s walking her kids down the street or on a red carpet. Her style is fantastic and her hair and makeup are perfect. She almost never blunders…plus, she is gorgeous! Too bad she doesn’t have any acting talent….

  29. poppy says:

    the dress would have been better if the bottom had been solid black, either from the bust or the hips down.
    when is day-glow lips and shoes going to be over?
    JA, the only nice thing to say is the colors look good on her.
    NM looks good. love the gold.

  30. Mich says:

    The more I look at it, the more I like Lupita’s dress. Her face is particularly stunning – which is saying a lot cause the girl is a looker.

  31. Kelly says:

    I thought she looked adorable. What a perfect dress for MTV. And, wow, what to go Minaj.

  32. hiddlesgirl85 says:

    Lupita is wearing way too much makeup. Also, the dress looks rough — would look cuter on a much younger person as well. The shoes are too matchy-matchy. Lupita and her stylist, makeup designer, and hair stylist all need to take a break; they have been making poor aesthetic decisions lately. Maybe they are going through a creative fatigue? Whatever it is, it’s making Lupita look underwhelming and her ubiquity is making her seem “common,” as my Nigerian parents would say.

  33. kikky says:

    Lupita? No. Unflattering and ridiculous. And her face is sarting to loose the freshness and becoming more bitchy. Like Hollywood bitchy. No.

  34. Damaris says:

    Jared looks dirty.

    The pattern of Lupita’s dress is nice, but the turtleneck is killing me. Could she breathe in that? She looked like she was choking.

  35. chrissie says:

    I actually really adored Lupita’s look. It’s actually one of my favourite looks of hers ever.

  36. marjiscott says:

    I vote Yes for the dress! Not so sure about the blue shoes though, think it send the whole thing over the top. She can rock this . .only her however. Me, never!

  37. Illyra says:

    Nicki Minaj is freaking gorgeous.

  38. kitty-bye says:

    Aw that dress looks itchy and lumpy!