Tak­ing the lead in fash­ion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OSCAR SPECIAL - By Booth Moore

THIS year’s best dressed Hol­ly­wood new­comer is Lupita Ny­ong’o, the Yale School of Drama-ed­u­cated ac­tress gar­ner­ing awards buzz for her role as the abused slave Pat­sey in 12 Years A Slave.

Ny­ong’o, who is styled by Mi­caela Er­langer, has been work­ing the red car­pet cir­cuit since Septem­ber and hasn’t made a mis­step yet. What’s she do­ing right?

She’s got range, and each look has some­thing spe­cial to say.

Ny­ong’o is com­fort­able in ev­ery­thing from an in­die cool Ro­darte flame-coloured bro­cade and leather dress (an in­spired choice for a film fes­ti­val in the Mardi Gras cap­i­tal of the world, New Or­leans) to an old world Chanel Cou­ture high-neck black tile se­quin dress and dou­ble­breasted tweed jacket, worn to a ben­e­fit in New York City hon­our­ing style icon Tilda Swin­ton.

She doesn’t shy from colour. But she can also mas­ter the clas­sics, in­clud­ing the sublime black-and­white Lan­vin god­dess gown with rib­bon de­tail across the neck­line she chose for the Bri­tan­nia Awards.

She can rock mod­est long sleeves (the crys­tal-dusted ivory Prada gown she wore to her Toronto Film Fes­ti­val pre­miere) as well as flirty cutouts, as seen on the Christo­pher Kane black body­con dress in which Ny­ong’o stepped out at her Lon­don pre­miere.

The mes­sage? My ca­reer is just be­gin­ning. I can be a model or spokes­woman for any­one and ev­ery­one. And just to make sure the fash­ion world is tak­ing no­tice, Ny­ong’o in Oc­to­ber made the rounds at Paris Fash­ion Week too. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

White heat: Lupita Ny­ong’o beat out 1,000 ac­tresses for the role of Pat­sey in 12yearsaSlave.

Chris­tian dior

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