Meet Our New Style Icon: 12 Years A Slave Actress Lupita Nyong'o

25 February 2014 by

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Step Inside The Wardrobe Of Lupita Nyong'o...

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In Dior at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, February 2014

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Wearing Lanvin to the LA premiere of Non Stop, February 2014

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In Valentino Couture at the AARP Awards, February 2014

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In Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at the NAACP Image Awards, February 2014

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In Dior Couture at the BAFTA Awards, February 2014

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Attending the Asprey Pre-BAFTA party in Chanel, February 2014

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FROWING in Calvin Klein in, Calvin Klein naturally!

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Wearing Gucci to the SAG Awards, January 2014

In Ralph Lauren at The Golden Globes

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In Lanvin at LA Bafta Event

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In Lanvin at Gotham Independent Film Awards

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In Elie Saab at the Paris Premiere of 12 Years a Slave

In Elie Saab at the Palm Spring Film Festival

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In Proenza Schouler at W Magazine Party

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In Carolina Herrera at AFI Awards

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In Peter Pilotto Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch

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In Mary Katrantzou at DuJour Magazine Cover Party

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Wearing Altuzzara at Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation

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Appearing on Jimmy Fallon in Jonathan Cohen

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Wearing Altuzzara at Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation

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Updating the LBD at the European premiere of Twelve Years A Slave during the 57th BFI London Film Festival, October

Wearing Prada at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave, August.

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Wearing Honor at the Toronto Film Festival press conference for 12 Years A Slave

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In Antonio Berardi at Fox Searchlight TIFF Party, Toronto, August.

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Wearing a black jumpsuit by Victoria Beard at a Toronto Film Festival Party, August.

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With Michelle Dockery at the Miu Miu show in Paris, September

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In Roland Mouret at New York Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave

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Opting for a printed silk top on The View, October

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Wearing Spring Summer 2014 Prada for the L.A premiere of 12 Years A Slave, October

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Wearing Erdem at Variety’s screening of 12 Years A Slave, Hollywood, October

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Wearing Prada at Variety’s screening of 12 Years A Slave, Hollywood, October

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She certainly isn't afraid of a statement accessory. At the Telluride Film Festival, August

Last Sunday Lupita Nyong’o, then a little known actress to anyone outside of film and fashion circles, made her presence well and truly felt on at the Golden Globes in a red caped Ralph Lauren dress. Jaws around the world dropped and the appearance meant one thing, there is a new style icon in the assent!

Things have accelerated for Lupita in recent months through her appearance in Steve McQueen’s, 12 Years A Slave. The film received rave reviews when it showed for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival last summer and since then the nominations and statues have been coming in thick and fast! Despite losing out to Jennifer Lawrence at the globes last week, many are tipping Lupita to take the ultimate prize next month at the Oscars.  

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Indeed starring alongside Michael Fassbender (swoon) and Brad Pitt (swoon  x2) is no small task, especially given that the actress landed the role straight after graduating from Yale in 2012. That’s right not only is she super talented she is super intelligent too…some people get all the luck!

With your name being mentioned in the same breath as the Oscars comes the need to have an unbelievable wardrobe and Lupita Nyong'o has risen to the task with considerable ease since the film premiered. Lupita hit the style spreads for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival in a long white finely pleated Prada gown with gold embellishment. Following up such a fashion hit, the actress then turned fashion heads at Paris Fashion Week, sitting front row at Miu Miu with the likes of Lena Dunham and threw Michelle Dockery into the style shade with her vivid pink short dress. Ever since Lupita has combined the classic with the cutting edge, from a Proenza Schouler LBD with a subtle twist to a vivid Prada printed dress at the film's premiere.

Putting People In The Style Shade: Lupita Nyong'o Knows How To Accessorise (Getty).

The ultimate style seal of approval came from Mrs Prada herself just last week when Lupita was made the face of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The likes of Elizabeth Olsen are also fronting the campaign but the real star was definitely Miss Nyong’o in a beaded red and navy dress. That is what you call ‘owning it!’

With the award season in full swing expect to see much more of Lupita Nyong'o and her wardrobe which subtly tips the rules for red carpet dressing on its head. Meanwhile check out the trailer for her debut film below.


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