Actress Lupita Nyong’o has everyone talking, from Oprah to the New York Times, and as the predictions go, the Academy. While her breakout performance as Patsey, the brutalized slave and lover of owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in Steven McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave earned her industry accolades, it’s her taste for style that has the fashion world a buzz. Nyong’o’s press tour looks — a calculated mix of respected heavy-hitters like Prada and Chanel with insidery-cool brands like Rodarte and Christopher Kane — got the Internet in a tizzy. Here are our top six looks on her on the red carpet:
1. Christopher Kane Dress
In this look Lupita gains major fashion street cred. London-based Christopher Kane is the buzziest designer around. Recently acquired by a mega fashion-backer, the small label is poised to launch into a full blown lifestyle brand. Do we smell spokesmodel?
This night was Lupita’s official introduction to fashion society. Attending a New York art benefit/Tilda Swinton’s B-Day, and She mingled with Anna Wintour and was snapped in Chanel Couture equals approval from Karl Lagerfeld, which is like getting confirmed by the Pope.
3. J. Mendel
Looking luminescent in J. Mendel
4. Antonio Berardi
This citrus cocktail number is killer on her. Demure in coverage, but snug around her curves with a back cut-out that adds movement and volume to catch the eye. And do we love those leapard pumps? Yes, yes we do.
5. Miu Miu
Miu Miu is Prada’s little sister brand. Enough said. Lupita was the first person to wear the spring 2014 collection. Major fashion snaps. The dress is cute and whimsy with its ’60s psychedelic vibe. And note her awesome lipstick to match!
And speaking of Prada, Here is my favorite piece: While white gowns can look virgin-bride real quick, this dress, with its embroidered golden web around the torso and neckline, makes her look like virgin red carpet royalty. A virgin on the verge, indeed.