Lupita Nyong’o style file: Red carpet fashion looks we’re still talking about today
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It’s safe to say that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is the queen of rainbow hues when it comes to the red carpet.
Whether it’s emerald green, vibrant orange, ruby red, shimmery gold, royal blue, peach, purple or all color variations mixed in one, you can count on her to step out confidently bold. Nyong’o is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars on the red carpet at premieres, award shows, galas and more. Despite the “Black Panther” fashionista’s love for bright color palettes, Nyong’o is also known to step-and-repeat wearing simple colors like white, denim and black.
But there’s one thing we would like to add to that fact: she makes up for such simplicity by incorporating texture, gems, long extravagant trains, feathers and other embellishments to her fashion ensembles. Show-stopping moments at their best! When it comes to hairstyles, Nyong’o’s looks are statement-making and the epitome of art. Bottom line: the actress has masterfully harnessed fashion as a way to express her inner being and culture.
On the awards front, her biggest claim to fame was winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” (2014). Below, let’s take a glance at Lupita Nyong’o’s style file and some of her most memorable looks in our red carpet fashion gallery.
Lupita Nyong’o at 76th Golden Globes
Nyong’o made a fashion statement on the red carpet at the Golden Globes this go-round. This look was unforgettable! The actress wore a custom-made blue glitzy dress designed by Calvin Klein with silver high-heel shoes from Aldo – yes ALDO.
Lupita has received one Golden Globes nomination to date for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014 but lost to Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards
Lupita wore a stunning emerald green Chrisitan Dior couture gown on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards complimented with Christian Louboutin shoes and Ana Khouri gold cuffs.
Lupita was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years a Slave” in a race against nominees Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”) and Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler”). She lost to to Jennifer Lawrence this year. But, she did win the EE Rising Star Award!
Lupita Nyong’o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2014 Golden Globes Awards
The “12 Years a Slave” star looked stunning in a cherry red, off-the-shoulder Ralph Lauren silk gown with a flowing cape on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Without question, Lupita showed us how red really should be worn.
Nyong’o received a Best Supporting Actress nomination this year for “12 Years a Slave” but lost to Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”). In 2014, “12 Years a Slave” received seven Golden Globes nominations and won one for Best Drama Picture.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the Golden Globe Awards 2014 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2019 Met Gala
What other way to make a grand appearance at the Met Gala than confidently bold! 2019 was a grand year for the star both fashion and nomination wise. Lupita hit the red carpet in a flamboyant column gown made of crystal embroidered stars and metallic macramé with a sculptural ruffled jacket and matching fan.
She received NAACP, SAG, MTV Movie/TV and Gold Derby Award nominations. She won Best Actress at the AAFCA and Women Film Critics’ Circle Awards for “Us” this year.
Lupita Nyong’o attends The 2019 Metropolitan Museum Of Art’s 2019 Costume Institute Benefit “Camp: Notes On Fashion” at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City.
Lupita Nyong’o at 71st Cannes Film Festival
Chiffon undoubtedly made a comeback at Cannes all thanks to Lupita Nyong’o! The star wore a shimmering pink, spaghetti strap, princess-style chiffon gown designed by Prada on the red carpet at a Chopard party at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
“Black Panther” was nominated for Best On-Screen Team this year but unfortunately lost to the “It” ensemble of Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Martell, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs.
Lupita Nyong’o attends Chopard Secret Night during the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival at Chateau de la Croix des Gardes on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards
The award-winning star turned heads once she hit the red carpet at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Lupita wore a sleeveless, vibrant green, full length pleated Valentino dress that was waist cinching with long capes flowing from each shoulder.
Nyong’o won Best Actress for “Us” this year.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 07, 2020 in New York City.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party
Lupita made an appearance in our dreams but not on the red carpet at the 2019 Oscars! The star showed up in a dreamy, Oscar de la Renta gown made of feathers at the ceremony. This gorgeous one-shouldered dress was straight off the runway and featured a high-low hemline and belted waist.
Fascinating facts about “Black Panther”: the Marvel Studios film received 287 total award nominations with 120 of which resulting into wins including three Oscars.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 94th Academy Awards
Lupita shook things up on the red carpet at the 94th Academy Awards in a gold, modern finish Prada ensemble. The star wore a long, 3/4 sleeved sequined gown that featured pink floral applique made out of eye-popping sequins strewn all over the garment. The dress had a matching fringe along the skirt of the dress which added movement to her train.
Nyong’o was nominated for Best Narrator at the Emmys in 2022 for “Serengeti,” losing to Barack Obama (“Our Great National Parks”).
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2015 Golden Globes
Femininity at its finest! One year after the star becomes an Oscar winner for “12 Years A Slave,” Lupita graced the red carpet at the 2015 Golden Globes wearing a purple, lilac colored floral appliqué-adorned Giambattista Valli Couture piece. Let’s just say, it gave romance in an English garden.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2015 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Nyong’o wears Giambattista Valli and Chopard.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2015 Cannes Film Festival
This by far has been one of Lupita’s most glamourous looks yet! The star hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 wearing a green Gucci Embellished Plisse Gown.
Nyong’o received an Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble nomination for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends the Cannes Film Festival 2015 in Cannes, France.
Lupita Nyong’o at 86th Academy Awards
The Oscar winner made a great splash on the red carpet wearing a pale blue Prada gown with a plunging V-neckline, waist-cinching, pleated hemline … a custom design.
The star became a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner at the 2014 Oscars for “12 Years a Slave.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood Highland Center.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2021 Met Gala
If strike a pose was a thing – Lupita certainly did the damn thang! The award-winning actress hit us with a fierce red carpet pose wearing a sparkling, navy denim couture gown designed by Versace at the 2021 MET Gala.
In 2021 she won a Daytime Emmy award for Best Limited Performance in a Children’s Program (“Bookmarks”) for the episode “Lupita Nyong’o Reads Sulwe.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
Lupita Nyong’o at ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premiere
Galaxy glam galore! Oscar champ Lupita hit the red carpet somewhat channeling that of a mermaid in a sequin, green dress designed by Halpern, which featured a thigh-high slit, fabulous, beaded details and gold highlights. The actress complimented her dress with gold Jimmy Choo “Minny” heels and a Tyler Ellis clutch.
Lupita received an NAACP Best Supporting Actress nomination this year for “Queen of Katwe” but lost to Viola Davis for “Fences.” The other nominees in this category were Aja Naomi King (“The Birth of a Nation”), Mo’Nique (“Almost Christmas”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”).
Actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives for The Premiere Of Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” held at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2017 Met Gala
Old Hollywood-esque masterpiece, wouldn’t you say? The Mexican-Kenyan actress rocked an off-the-shoulder orange, long flowy Prada gown that featured a floral feathered top and a form-fitting silhouette with a small, filmy train.
Lupita was nominated for two Black Reel Awards in 2017: Best Voice Performance (“The Jungle Book”) and Best Supporting Actress (“Queen of Katwe”).
Lupita Nyong’o attends The 2017 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.
Lupita Nyong’o at ‘Black Panther’ premiere
The “Black Panther” goddess stepped on the red carpet wearing Versace. An elegant purple gown with a long, flowing train, deep V-neck and a spiky metallic armor-like overlay embroidered on the bodice that wrapped around her neck, shoulders and waist. The star complimented her custom, royal gown with a Versace clutch and Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
In 2018-2019, “Black Panther” received a total of 11 Gold Derby Award nominations and won for Costume Design of the Decade (Ruth E. Carter).
Lupita Nyong’o arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel’s “Black Panther” held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2016 Met Gala
The “Star Wars” star turned heads once she stepped foot on the red carpet at The 2016 Met Gala. It was the epitome of art meets fashion and in Lupita’s case – hair. The goddess wore a beautiful, shimmering Calvin Klein jade colored; and her hair artistry spoke for itself.
In 2016 Nyong’o received an MTV Movie/TV award nomination for Best Virtual Performance in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” but lost to Amy Poehler (“Inside Out”).
Lupita Nyong’o attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
Lupita Nyong’o at 2018 EE British Academy Film Awards
Lupita never disappoints! The actress gave us red-carpet fashion with the perfect pinch of architectural couture. She hit the carpet styled in a black and gold Elie Saab Couture gown with detailed velvet straps, peplum and bodice, and of course a lengthy flowy train.
The star received a Best Actress Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films award nomination (Saturn Award) for “Black Panther” in 2018, losing to Gal Gadot for “Wonder Woman.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards – BAFTA held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England.
Lupita Nyong’o at 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards
Lupita graced the red carpet at the 2018 SAG Awards in a two-layered Ralph & Russo silver, couture gown that transitioned into a feathery black train.
The following year in 2019 she became a Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture SAG winner for “Black Panther.”
Lupita Nyong’o attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.