It’s no secret that we are big fans of Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o around here, what with her ultra-fascinating life and impeccable red carpet style. It is hard to deny that the 12 Years A Slave star is at the very least headed in the right direction for the type of red carpet icon status stars like Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington and Michelle Williams have established. Last night, Lupita was right on trend with a head-to-toe metallic ensemble for the Los Angeles premiere of Non-Stop, thereby proving that an all-over trend is not an inherently bad thing.
To be honest, I did not love this Lanvin dress on the runway as it felt a little “80s prom,” but its adventurous hue and strapless structure work beautifully here. Plus, orange is my favorite color and it’s nice to see a star embrace it twice in a week. I’m also loving her bronze Sergio Rossi pumps, Solange Azagury-Partridge ring and simple triangle earrings by Janis Savitt. The only thing I don’t love is the black Rauwolf clutch, simply because I think black and orange are too Halloween-y for the red carpet and it feels a little harsh (though it is a beautiful bag).
Her makeup also looked impeccable. I present to you Exhibit B:
Not one to ignore details, she even wore a metallic blue manicure, thus bringing the eye and nail components together. Exhibit C:
The key to pulling off a bold metallic look is balance (though to be fair, I suppose that is the key to making most looks work). Her cheeks and lips have a sheer wash of peachy bronze, tying the beauty to the dress, while her intense blue eye makeup keeps it from getting too match-y. Had the makeup artist opted for a vibrant red lip with this bright blue liner, it would have been overwhelming to her face–and perhaps a little bizarrely patriotic. As for her hair: this is a perfect example of how women with very short cuts can wear lots of bold makeup without looking overwhelmed. A closely-cropped, low-maintenance style keeps your features in the forefront (which is one reason it’s an intimidating prospect to some), so emphasizing both the eyes and lips can still look cool, fresh and polished.
Metallics are definitely having a moment, albeit a significantly more toned-down moment than something you might find in, say, an early-2000s Crazy Town video, which was my image of “frosted” up until recently.
Lupita even wore the trend in her makeup to the 12 Years A Slave premiere last year and looked excellent while doing so, though I prefer this look more.
fun irrelevant fact: this theatre is about five minutes from my partner’s house. I went to get coffee next door a few days ago when visiting, and had zero idea there was going to be a premiere. I am now kicking myself for not staking that shiz out.