Lupita Nyong’o in custom Versace at the ‘Black Panther’ premiere: warrior princess?

World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

If you were a black actor in the greater Los Angeles area on Monday night, you were probably on the purple carpet for the big Black Panther premiere. Black Panther comes out in a little more than two weeks, and I’m SO glad the first big premiere event was in America – as opposed to London, where Marvel does first-premieres some of their films. This was also the one premiere where I don’t mind a bit of theme-dressing. Celebrities wanted to dress in a way to honor the first stand-alone African-superhero film, and it really worked. The biggest purple-carpet star was Lupita Nyong’o in this Atelier Versace gown. Versace customized this for her, and she wanted it to be purple to symbolize power and nobility, with the gold parts to make her look like a warrior, like she’s wearing armor. Basically, she’s supposed to look like a warrior princess. It works.

World Premiere of Marvel Studios Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman in Emporio Armani. I love his jacket! I would love a ladies’ version of this jacket.

Film Premiere of Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan looks lovely in his all-black – with some gold accents – ensemble.

Film Premiere of Black Panther

Issa Rae had my favorite look of the “just here to see Black Panther” attendees. Issa wore this Rosie Assoulin Resort 2018 dress, which is just a really great and fun look.

World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

Danai Gurira in Viktor & Rolf. I appreciate what she was trying to do here, but the dress kind of failed her. The fabric is too shiny and the dress doesn’t seem to be tailored properly. It’s too slouchy to really look badass.

World Premiere of Marvel Studios Black Panther

Don’t get me wrong, I want to encourage Janelle Monae to continue to wear colors other than white and black. But this is probably too busy? This is Christian Siriano’s Pre-Fall 2018, and I’ve been trying to figure out what I would do here – like, she’s close to being totally fine. I think maybe it would be just as simple as making her take off the blue and white shrug?

World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

Tessa Thompson in Elie Saab glam-widow gear. She’s so lovely, it would have been nice to see her in something brighter and, you know, not this black doily.

World Premiere of Marvel Studios Black Panther

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. @BitingPanda says:

    here. for. it.

    • Ceire says:

      Big time.

      Some of the outfits might have been better than others, but I’ve been staring at a photograph of the cast and director gathered on the carpet and it is breathtaking, honestly. They’re so gorgeous, and so talented.

      I can’t wait to see the movie, Im dying for it!

    • A says:

      Some reviews are in and people are loving it! I can’t wait!

    • SK says:

      YASSS QUEEN!!!!

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Love it. Her red carpet looks have been consistently great lately.

  2. SilverUnicorn says:

    Gods and Goddesses, all.
    And first in line the day this movie is out in UK.
    I. Cannot. Wait!

    • toDaze says:

      I’m beside my self, I feel I’ve been waiting my whole life!

    • Kitten says:

      So much eye candy. Even the looks that aren’t as interesting or even as well-executed as Lupita’s and Issa’s are still so freaking fun.

  3. Lotusgoat says:

    I love every one of these, and nobody will ever look as amazing in purple as Lupita does here.

    And I think the only thing I’d change about Janelle’s outfit is the choker. The shrug is part of the dress and it’s great.

    • Ceire says:

      Lupita was made to wear every colour. I still think about her Oscars dress in what she called “Nairobi Blue”. She looked amazing in emerald green too, and ruby red, and chartreuse, and brilliant white, and and and…

      Basically I feel let down when she wears a black dress, even if it’s fab!

    • Argonaut says:

      i wish the shrug part were all blue. that shade of blue just looks gorgeous with her skin and when i look at the white side it’s just meh, comparatively.

      • magnoliarose says:

        The blue is beautiful with her skin tone. I love her face. It is adorable and sweet but expressive and strong at the same time. A good actress face that will age well for many different roles in her future.

    • Carmen says:

      Grrrr. I’m so jealous. She could wear a Pillsbury flour sack with three X’s on it and make it look like haute couture.

  4. Lucy says:

    These pictures are giving me life. They all look like royalty.

  5. monette says:

    Lupita, Chad and Michael Bae Jordan look amazing! I can’t wait for this movie. The trailer music is my jam. Lifts me up instantly.

    • LizLemonGotMarried (aka The Hufflepuff Liz Lemon) says:

      I almost bought a pair of shoes with the same basic pattern as Chadwick’s jacket and now I’m regretting that they aren’t in my hands. Maybe my better half won’t notice three new pairs of shoes?

  6. Midigo says:

    Lupita looks like Princess Aura here. Absolutely stunning.

  7. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    She looks beautiful. Everyone looks regal like the kings and queens they are. For those who can’t or refuse to understand why representation matters, these pictures is the reason why. There is nothing like seeing people who look like you, looking so majestic. I’ve already bought my tickets for Blank Panther the Sunday of opening weekend. My local theater is almost sold out for the entire weekend.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    February 16th cannot come quickly enough. I am so stoked for this movie and I am loving the projected numbers for opening weekend.

    • Peeking in says:

      I can hardly wait. I’ve already got my ticket!

    • Nikki says:

      🙂 YES!

    • magnoliarose says:

      I am looking forward to this too. I have no complaints about the red carpet except for the pink. She is far too badass to be reduced to that ugly dress.
      The theme fit for this movie and Lupita looks fantastic as usual. Issa takes risks, and I like that.
      See it twice and prove Hollywood is full of it for not casting POC enough in films. Good material rises every time. Just like Wonder Woman. It wasn’t a fluke. We are just hungry for new faces in good movies.

  9. Nicole says:

    I mean Lupita could wear a bag and I will probably think it’s wonderful. She continues to slay my entire life.
    Wanted to drool over how good Chadwick looked. Wow.
    I’m still narrowing down the Black Panther looks for opening night. It will be black af though

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I think all of ’em slayed. Least liked is that last pic, but Lupita and Janelle are fiercely stunning.

  11. Maria F. says:

    she looks like a Queen. Amazing.

    Same goes for Chadwick, he looks very regal.

    I think Janelle should have taken off the shrug and hat and just kept the gorgeous dress and the choker.

    • Louise177 says:

      Same. Lupita looks amazing. I wasn’t sure if Janelle was wearing a jacket or the dress had sleeves. She would have looked amazing without it.

  12. Mia4s says:

    Oh Danai no. No…just no. Whoever put you in that dress is fired. Thumbs up otherwise.

    The box office projections are indeed amazing but some of the comments I’m reading…can we take a breath? This will perform like a high end Marvel movie $300-400 million domestic. That’s fantastic. GREAT. People yelling about Star Wars numbers are being entirely unfair to this movie.

  13. MandyMc says:

    Love it. I just wish the background and carpet were a different color so the dress could pop out more against it.

  14. Mar says:

    Now this is how you do a big premier

  15. Jana says:


  16. Grey says:

    Thank you for posting this! I can’t get enough of her fashion, she is so beautiful. Also, Michael B Jordan’s shoes are amazing!

  17. Reece says:

    Love. All. Of. Them. Best dressed premiere

    Except the pink…Gurl didn’t get the memo.

  18. Tig says:

    I love the color of Lupita’s dress- it really pops against the gold. It looks like it weighs a ton, tho- hope that’s not the case for the sake of her shoulders😀.
    Not too crazy about the iridescent lining on the cape, but the fit is great.
    Glad to see BP is tracking for a big opening weekend. Saw a trailer for Infinity Wars over the weekend- and the Panther’s uniform is amazing.

  19. Sassenach says:

    No Angela Bassett? She looked amazing! Lupita and Janelle were my faves. I thought Danai and Tessa looked awful.

  20. MellyMel says:

    They all look good, like royalty! I love everything about this and CANNOT wait until 02/16!!

  21. Umyeah says:

    THAT DRESS…, so cool and she looks amazing in it


    I’m all kinds of shook. MY QUEEN DID THAT 😍😍

  23. smee says:

    Lupita nailed it. Any other premiere and I might not be feeling it, but it’s perfect for BP – her hair is incredible.

    Janelle Monae – either the hat or the shrug needs to go – bc you’re right, it’s too busy. Also the top and the skirt are two shades of black. I always confuse her with FKA Twiggs.

    I love Issa Rae’s rainbow cape.

    So many handsome men!

  24. STRIPE says:

    LUPITA CONTINUES TO SLAY. I cannot handle that dress. It is pure utter perfection. I literally screamed with glee looking at it!!

  25. Starryfish says:

    Everybody looked amazing and like they were having so much fun, I can’t wait to see this movie. I wish someone had taken the oppportunity to rock an African designer though.

  26. Rapunzel says:

    So I know Black Panther is getting all the press right now but have any of you guys checked out Black Lightning on the CW? It’s a great show. I am loving all of this representation for black people especially in the superhero genre. It’s amazing to see.

    • Miss Grace Jones says:

      The acting from Black Lightning, especially for the youngest Disney kid daughter can be really cringeworthy but I LOVE the show so far! The cop scenes were so important. And on a shallow note, the woman who plays the mother is STUNNING and I can’t stop looking at her.

  27. Pandora_P says:

    Pretty dress, hilarious hair!

  28. magnoliarose says:

    I have a confession.
    Michael B is my husband. Secretly. We can’t bear to share our love with the world. I want to thank all of you for your kind support. Please see this movie for my dear love. We sacrificed so much for this critical moment, and my beshert deserves a box office smash. Our 45 children need Papa to do well you see.
    He converted secretly too so news to the world Michael B Jordan is Jordanberg now. Take notes.

    So proud. *wipes tears*

  29. teacakes says:

    Lupita looks amazing.

    I love the news about projected numbers for BP, fingers crossed it does great (it would give me life if it grossed north of $400 mill in NA).

  30. marianne says:

    I actually really hope this film manages to get a Best Costume nomination next year. They all look so amazing from the trailers and movie stills I have seen. Plus it would be such a “different” nomination since they generally go for period pieces. Even when they do a nominate a fantasy film it still usually is very period piece-y.

  31. Tallia says:

    Grace Jones vibes.

  32. Sage says:

    Lupita really knows how to work a dress. Everyone else looks good but, Lupita is on another level!

  33. Kelly C says:

    Wow. I was going to say all of them look awesome, but I’ll just saw most of those are awesome. I think I like the guys outfits better.

  34. Tiffany :) says:

    I love Issa Rae. She always delights me on the red carpet. She has fun with her choices.

  35. Veronica says:

    Not sure if I like the hair. I love that she goes for daring looks, but I think I preferred the stacked look she wore to the MET gala a few years back. The dress is stunning on her, though.

    Boseman and Jordon look impeccable.

    LOVE Issa Rae’s dress. I would wear the shit out of that.

  36. Lori says:

    Danai has an amazing body, that dress doesnt flatter her. Its unfortunant, because she is stunning.

    Lupitas dress is everything.

    • Lobbit says:

      I know! Danai usually stuns on the red carpet but this look was such a disappointment.

    • Veronica says:

      I honestly think the problem is the length. It needed a little hemming or she needed higher shoes. The columnar effect is upset by the fact that she’s a tad too short for it, causing ripples in the dress.

  37. a reader says:

    two words: JANELLE MONAE.

    goddess. queen. #GOALS

    I. Love. Her. So. Much!

  38. Lylia says:

    I gasped when I saw her dress. She looks like a Goddess. That is one of her most beautiful looks. I loved everyone. So much gorgeous personality on the red carpet.

  39. Lobbit says:

    I love it! Cannot wait to see BP!

  40. Pandy says:

    I really like Issa and Danai’s dresses. Lupita’s color is beautiful but the hardware is a bit much. And is someone under her train??? It’s like the dragon in that Gain commercial lollll.

  41. BorderMollie says:

    Lupita looks stunning, but possibly uncomfortable? Like the dress is weighing too much or something. Chadwick is just…can’t even, so hot.

    Can’t wait to see this movie! Two weeks!!

  42. Babs says:

    Now that’s fashion!

  43. Kitten says:

    My BF and I are seeing this one in the theater, which we never do.

  44. lucy2 says:

    OMG that first photo of Lupita!! Perfection.

    I like Issa’s a lot too, it’s really different. She is so pretty.
    I’m not a big superhero / Marvel person, but I hope this does really well. The cast is fantastic.

  45. Helenw says:

    This on Lupita is pure kitch to me. I remain unconvinced by her style. Very often is either way below or way above the line. It’s not a consistent one and I don’t think she’s found herself in fashion yet.

  46. Her Higness says:

    thank you for covering this premiere. I love lupita’s hair, very regal.

  47. Bread and Circuses says:


    I mean, she would look gorgeous wearing a draw-string bag, she’s so incredibly pretty, but THIS DRESS. This dress is amazing.

  48. Renee says:

    Issa looks GORGEOUS!

  49. Alix says:

    Had it stopped with just the fabulous, jewel-encrusted belt, I’d be all over it. But the rest of it — too much.

  50. bella says:

    I love Lupita, the men and Danai!!! I know I am the only one that loves Danai’s dress! I love pink, and she looks gorgeous!