Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli at the Globes: stunning or tragic?


We’re getting to the point of the fashion coverage where I just start throwing random people into groups. Prepare yourselves! Lupita Nyong’o had a stellar awards season last year – not only did she win a load of major awards, but she also arrived as a full-fledged Fashion Girl. Some would argue that the beginning of that fashion journey was when she arrived at the Golden Globes last year in a stunning caped Ralph Lauren gown.

This year, Lupita wasn’t up for anything but she was still asked to present. So… she just came out to party, to celebrate, and to have fun. Is that what this purple Giambattista Valli says to you? I think it could either way – I could have easily seen this gown being a show-stopping mic-drop moment on another woman. On Lupita, it does look fun and easy though, and like she wasn’t trying to hog all the red carpet glory. I’m still side-eyeing her for constantly matching her eye makeup to her dress. And apparently her hair was controversial, although I think her hair looks great. (My biggest issue is the matching eye shadow.)



Speaking of disasters though, Kate Mara in Miu Miu. The dress could have been a cute-but-boring look, but Kate took it next-level fug with that belt. Honestly, the totally ‘80s belt didn’t even register with me because I was so focused on her terrible hairstyle. GIRL NO. NO TO ALL OF THIS.



Joanne Froggatt won her first Golden Globe for her role in Downton Abbey. I have mixed feelings about her win, but I do like her. I wonder if she regretted wearing Marchesa for her big night?


Y’all know I have some affection for poor Lady Edith and the lady who plays her, Laura Carmichael. So maybe it’s my affection speaking, but I LOVE her in this vintage James Galanos. She looks amazing.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    I loved Lupita’s look from the neck up (minus the purple eyeshadow) and the waist down. I hate that ruffly mess on her chest, ugh. Aside from that…stunning.

    • Megan says:

      JLo would have rocked the hell out of that dress.

    • Danskins says:

      +1 @ LadyMTL

    • DJ says:

      Absolutely horrendous! From the eye makeup to that mess of a dress.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I think Lupita is too petite for a dress like that. It totally wore her. I also prefer the drama of her much-shorter last-year ‘do–it was more dramatic, and it showed off her lovely facial structure and head. The color was wonderful on her, though.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      I think Lupita is STUNNING. Wow.
      Gorgeous lady.

    • Decloo says:

      The ruffly part reminds me of a bathing cap my grandmother wore in the late sixties.

    • Vava says:

      My first impression of this was at least it didn’t make her look completely FLAT chested like that awful light blue (Prada?) dress from last year. That said though, the details at the bust on this thing are just too much. Eyeshadow = FAIL.

      I liked her hair and her eye glasses, though.

  2. Ollyholly says:

    Lupita has totally lost the fashion touch in my opinion. Her hair looked cute though, and I liked the glasses.

    It just always makes me side eye when someone shows up to events when they’re not nominated and have nothing to promote.

    • I Choose Me says:

      She was asked to present.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Scrolled down to the comments to type the same thing. I totally agree.

    • Kitten says:

      ..but she was invited?
      Isn’t it pretty common for them to ask nominees from the previous year to present?

    • littlestar says:

      Loved Lupita’s hair and even the dress (reminds me of spring and it’s the dead of winter where I am, so maybe that’s why I’m liking it), but I wish she would STOP with the matchy-matchy already. Usually it’s the shoes that match the dress, but in this case it’s the eye shadow. Or maybe she’s trying to make the matchy-matchy thing her trademark style?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree, I am not a fan of the matching eye shadow, but I loved this dress. It is so spring-like and joyfully so….which is so appropriate for Lupita. I liked the hair as well, it looks soft and lovely.

      • T.C. says:

        I love the dress and the makeup. She looked stunning at usual.

        Matching your makeup to your dress and shoes is a very African thing to do. They just have a different take on style than we do so those who hate her matchy-matchy thing are going to have to deal with it because she is a product of her beautiful culture.

  3. tifzlan says:

    Pick of the Post is definitely Lupita. I thought she looked absolutely beautiful and her gown was very fun. Perfect for someone who was just there to present. I’m baffled as to why her hair would be so controversial…. i mean, i feel like i already know the answer but it still bothers me either way.

    • Kiddo says:

      I LOVED her hair more than anything else.

    • QQ says:

      AGREED! that was really Pretty! And the Color on her!!

    • Dani2 says:

      I loved her look too, I loved it even more when she wore her glasses on stage, I felt like it enhanced the overall look somehow? Haha I don’t know why but the glasses really did it for me.

    • Marie-France says:

      I LOVE the dress and the hair! But the makeup and the earrings, no. The dress… How can somebody not love it???

    • runCMC says:

      I’m an Afro-wearing huge natural hair fan but I kind of had a bone to pick with her hair…the simplicity seemed almost underdone! Same look with a sparkly headband or barrette? I would have been DYING!!

      But for people who are complaining about her gorgeous natural hair…ugh. No.

      • tifzlan says:

        I thought the simplicity of hair offsets the busy-ness of her gown, which is why it worked so well. But i definitely agree with you on your last point – ugh, no indeed.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t get the fuss about the dress, either. I thought it was cute and fun. Loved her hair and makeup, too.

    • littlestar says:

      I hope she grows it out more, she would like great with big hair.

  4. Dingo says:

    I like the dress on Lupita (but I think she is the only one that could make that dress work) and her hair is also fine. But the make-up is awfull – the eyes and lips is just a no go!

    • Anony says:

      I know it’s not cool to like matching eye-shadow to clothes any more (that was a thing of our mother’s era) but you know what…I think the purple eyeshadow looks nice with the dress. I’m rebelling without a cause!!!!

  5. Kiddo says:

    I loved this gown on her, so suck it h8trs, lily pond shamers!

  6. merski says:

    I will say this is not the fuggliest Marchesa dress I have ever seen which is almost a compliment!

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yes- for a Marchesa is quite nice!

      I like Lupita’s dress- not the ruffles so much, but the color is very pretty on her, and it had a fun, springtime feel to it.

  7. Mzizkrizten says:

    My question is, are Kate Mara and Kevin Spacey together or just friends. They sat together and she hugged and kissed him when he won.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      I wanna know the same thing! They did have great chemistry in “House of Cards”… So happy that Kevin Spacey won, he’s insanely great in the role!

      • Mzizkrizten says:

        If they’re on the show together that explains it. I’ve never see. The show so I was unaware of that connection.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Spacey is highly rumored to be gay. I really believe that he is, but that is his biz, not mine!

    • Anony says:

      lol no they are just close from the show they are on together. They have zero chemistry.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Kevin Spacey is gay. He and Kate Mara would only be friends.

  8. Amelia says:

    Well, Lupita is Lupita, so obviously she looks gorgeous, but I don’t think the dress is anything to write home about. It’s pretty, and I like it, but take away the bodice ruffles(?) and it looks like something is wear over a bikini to the beach.
    Laura Carmichael is completely beautiful. I definitely reccomend googling ‘Downton Abbey Cards Against Humanity’. Unbelievably funny.

  9. smee says:

    Laura Carmichael’s dress is my absolute favorite – hope I can find some more photos of it.

    Lupita’s dress………..I don’t know what to say. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I’m sure it’s not the case, but in the pics, the fabric looks cheap and crappy to me. She does look great in that color. I find the matching eye shadow very sweet somehow……You may be right – maybe she went low-key since she wasn’t in the running (and didn’t want to go all Kate-Hudson on everyone!)

    • RocketMerry says:

      I agree about Laura’s dress, very beautiful! And the make up and hair too, everything works. You know, she’s consistently great on red carpets: it really highlights how much work it must take to the Downton Abbey’s make up team to make her look less pretty.

      I love Lupita’s dress, but I kind of hate her hair; sorry,it just… why did she cut/style it so weirdly? It does not look cute on her at all, throws off the whole look.

    • It is what it is says:

      Carmichael is STUNNING

  10. Janet says:

    I love Lupita’s Afro. Froggatt’s dress isn’t bad at all for a Marchesa.

  11. Grace says:

    Loved, loved, loved Lupita’s dress and hair (may have to agree with Kaiser though about the makeup- not sure). Her look was one of my favorites of the evening. I don’t get that huge beige belt on Kate Mara. No likey.

  12. Renee says:

    I thought that Lupita looked beautiful when she was presenting and had her glasses on. I like Kate Mara’s clutch and for some weird reason I like that Frogatt’s lady’s dress. I also think that the Carmichael dame is beautiful and the 5-year-old in me loves her dress.

  13. Lucy says:

    Queen Lupita is back!! Loved her look.

  14. spaniard says:

    I don’t like the upper part from Lupita’s dress, from the waist down is awesome and maybe I’m the minority here but I really like the way she matches her make-up to what she is wearing, Oh and her hairstyle is amazing, simple and elegant. Why is it considered controversial?

    • SteaminSam says:

      I’m wondering the same re: her hair. What is so controversial about a woman styling her hair in a natural way? It’s not even that people are complaining they didn’t like the ‘do or thought it was plain Jane or whatever, but it’s “controversial” which suggests something is inherently wrong with it, or…? I’m genuinely curious about what is so “bad” with a woman wearing her hair, naturally, like this.

      • Because a lot of people are used to black women with their hair straightened. Or wearing wigs,etc. It’s a big deal because in Hollywood especially, you don’t see very many actresses with their natural hair on red carpets OR in films. Ava Duvernay and Lisa Bonet are the only two that I’ve ever seen with dreadlocks….

  15. Jayna says:

    Meh. But I love her makeup.

  16. NewWester says:

    In the pic of Joanne Froggatt, there is a man holding a silver briefcase. Is that a blatant shilling for a company or what? Joanne is wearing a beautiful gown but that briefcase ruined the photo for me

    • Needlehole says:

      I love love love that dress, and her hair as well. By far the prettiest of the night. I hadn’t noticed the briefcase until you mentioned it though. Now I can’t unsee it. Terribly tacky.

    • Sarah B says:

      Ernst and Young is the company that tabulates the Golden Globe votes. He was one of the briefcase escorts. You can barely see the handcuff on his left wrist, but it’s there.

  17. Carrie says:

    The dress is…off. It’s not what we got used to seeing her in. I like her hair but damn if she didn’t rock the super short look too, it just brought the attention to her face.

  18. sally says:

    did anyone else see Ryan seascrest interview Kevin and Kate? Kevin’s hands were all over Kate. Like I thought they were dating…

  19. Dree says:

    How was her hair controversial? Simply by being a black woman daring to go natural and grow a fro?

    • Icy blue says:

      I think it might be that a black woman wearing her own hair not adhering to a European standard of beauty, and looking happy and confident with it is what is controversial. Long live LUPITA

      • Delta Juliet says:

        Is that seriously a thing? Good God how stupid. She looks GORGEOUS. I don’t understand the whole hair controversy. It’s her head leave her alone.

    • Blythe says:

      Her hair was controversial? Nowadays, I can’t even find a black woman with chemically-altered hair. I’m surprised that people are outraged. Lupita looked lovely! She has such a sweet face.

    • Peppa says:

      I think the word controversial is being over used in these posts. Especially when it’s referencing the opinions of a bunch of squawking hens on Twitter.

  20. Lila says:

    Lupita’s dress is too frou frou.

    • Carrie says:

      Yes. It needs to be more tailored. A lot of women can’t pull off the structures architectural look like the caped dress she wore last year, but she has the attitude to carry it off so this dress just seems too sweet and frilly.

      • taxi says:

        Cute for a prom dress, maybe. Lupita isn’t the knockout A-A for me. Others are more talented & stunning, imo.

  21. Angie says:

    Maybe I’m just biased (probably) but I think Lupita can pull off almost anything. I think it’s all about two things: Her body shape and her bearing.. She’s like this beautiful gracious queen.
    I think that dress could be hit or miss on anyone else.
    The matching eyeshadow would be kinda trashy on anyone else.

  22. Lauren says:

    Dress couldve been worse but she looked so much prettier last year. I don’t like her hair.

    • Icy blue says:

      What don’t you like about her hair?

      • Lauren says:

        I knew this question would come… We’re commenting on all kinds of womens hair arent we?
        I don’t like her hair because It’s in an awkward in between stage between the short hair she used to have and the big fro she might be going for eventually. It looks a bit stiff right now. And also, I don’t think very coiled hair is that pretty honestly. Just like other people may not like blonde hair, or short hair, or very straight hair. Personal preference.

      • V4Real says:

        Are we not allowed to say anything negative about Lupita? I often find that my comments about her always disappear.

        I only said that the only thing I see wrong with her hair is that the fro is a little uneven. But that dress is tragic. I also said I don’t get the hype about her and to me she’s average looking.

      • Diana B says:

        Yep, I hated the entire look.

      • SteaminSam says:

        @Lauren – “very coiled hair” which can mean only one thing: “black hair”…that’s a *huge* difference from someone stating they aren’t particularly fond of a certain hair color or length. You are lambasting the very essence of how Lupita’s (and many other people of African descent) hair grows naturally from her scalp and stating that our hair is really “not that pretty” simply because of the shape our DNA commands it to take, which is quite different from the color or cut we apply to it after the fact. Your comment reeks of ignorance and, dare I say it, racism. Geez, I thought people on this site were smarter and more cultured than this.

      • Lauren says:

        @steaminsam It has nothing to do with racism or ignorance. I know you can’t help the way your hair grows naturally. If someone has a big hooked nose or limp hair they can’t help it either can they? And you and I would still say ‘not pretty’ because we don’t like those traits.
        I don’t dislike black hair as a whole, some black or mixed women have slightly looser curls and that’s very beautiful. Something doesn’t have to be called beautiful just because it exists… It can still be, and be accepted without everyone finding it beautiful.

      • Valois says:

        I did not look her hair because I don’t like short her on women (very few exceptions).
        Gender stereotypes, I know, but I can’t get rid of them.

  23. Beth says:

    Love the dress but the busy bodice overwhelms her chest.

  24. vauvert says:

    In all fairness with that dress colour what eyeshadow could she have chosen but lilac? I loved her hair and makeup and the dress is… Memorable. Not thrilled with the flowery bodice but really liked the bottom and she has the best posture ever. None of that bringing your head down and forward, knock turn knees foolishness. Very fresh and pretty.
    Kate Mara was a total wtf? Horrible belt, silly frilly something on ten front – are those pockets?? Or random acts of trim attaching themselves to the dress just because? And that hair and makeup… Whoever did it should be fired.
    Loved Laura, she is so much prettier IRL and that dress was great. And Joanne was actually very pretty in that dress but what is it with the braid? Made me think of milking time and yodelling. Not a good look.

  25. MrsBPitt says:

    I always feel like Lupita is always so close to perfection in her style, but something is always just a tad off…can’t put my finger on it!

  26. scout says:

    Looks messy, too flowery on Lupita. Usually she dresses well and looks fabulous. Downton Abbey ladies look good though.

  27. Dante says:

    Lupita is beautiful but the top part of that dress is poorly executed.

    Kate took a perfectly nice dress and murdered it with that awful belt. She forgot the golden rule, dress up and then always remove one thing.

  28. Esmom says:

    Loved Lupita’s dress, I guess I’m in the minority but I thought the bodice was interesting and lovely. Her eye makeup was kinda cool, too, I thought.

    As for Joanna Froggatt, I thought this was one of her best looks ever, including hair and makeup, and her speech was great. I was happy she won even though I’m not enamored with the show anymore.

  29. Delta Juliet says:

    I thought Lupita looked gorgeous. Enough so to even say something to my husband. She has such a beautiful face and skin, I just thought that color looked beautiful on her.

    And FWIW, I love her hair.

  30. mkyarwood says:

    Mary would eat her hat, after taking it off, seeing Edith in that!

  31. Christina says:

    Lupita looke STUNNING! loved it from tip to toe.

  32. jenni12 says:

    Lupita is gorgeous, natural and real. Love her hair!! And I kind of like the matching eyeshadow, but the ruffled top was too much. From the waist down, the gown was lovely. Kudos to her for taking risks with the dress, but the chest area was too prom like.

  33. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Joanna and Laura both look lovely, and I love Downton Abbey for what it is, but if it weren’t for the accents and costumes no way would they be nominated for so many awards over Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy and Justified and so, so many other superior shows that get snubbed come awards season. (I live in Britain, Downton Abbey is in no way considered a highbrow awards bait-y show here, it’s a soap opera, and a hackneyed one at that).

  34. Jess says:

    I love ruffles, so I’m biased, but I think Lupita’s dress is gorgeous. And I love her hair. Kate’s hair is awful and that belt is so bad.

  35. Marianne says:

    I love Lupita’s dress. I liked her hair when it was a bit shorter too. But she still was easily one of the best looks of the evening.

  36. Otaku fairy says:

    When I saw the very top part of Lupita’s dress I thought uh-oh, it’s all frilly and ruffle-y, I probably won’t like it- but then when I saw the whole thing I thought it was beautiful. I’ve literally never seen a dress like this before- it’s pretty and unique.

  37. Duckie says:

    I didn’t like the upper part of Lupita’s dress at first sight, but then it grew on me.
    What really stands out imo is the make-up and that luscious fro!

  38. poppy says:

    lupita’s dress is great if the purple had gone to the floor instead of the white froufrou. too much with the top and makes it unbalanced.
    i will rejoice the day when she stops with the loud eye shadow.

    that red dress is foul.

  39. kri says:

    Lupita looked lovely to me. She showed last year that she wears what she likes, and her personality comes through everything for me. gorgeous. Now…why in the hell did Mara go and ruin that dress witha belt made out of Play-doh?

  40. paranormalgirl says:

    I am in love with the bottom of Lupita’s gown. The top… not as much.

  41. chaine says:

    Joanne looks unfinished. The expanse of bare chest/shoulder needs necklace.

  42. phlyfiremama says:

    Lupita was one of my top 3 for the night~the color was beautiful, and the way the bottom flowed was just dreamy~She is so gorgeous. period.

  43. phlyfiremama says:

    Can someone please tell my why Kate Mara is a thing?

  44. Emily C. says:

    I love Lupita’s dress. It looks fantastical and lovely. How could it look better on someone else? Lupita wears clothes better than anyone else in Hollywood, full stop.

  45. mazzie says:

    I am all about the hair with Lupita. I’ve been seeing women rocking some serious hair recently on the street and they look spectacular.