Lupita Nyong'o, Justifiably, Takes Champagne As Her Inspiration For Her Oscars Dress
“We were inspired by champagne bubbles, and I designed it with the help of Prada,” Lupita Nyong’o explained of her style inspiration on ABC’s red carpet prior to the Academy Awards. Nyong’o, who’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Patsey, a slave who’s been unfortunate enough to attract the sexual attentions of her master (Michael Fassbender), in 12 Years A Slave, has worn dresses from across the entire spectrum of the rainbow during this awards season, becoming a fashion icon in the process. She’s also stepped out as a powerful advocate for a more expansive standard of female beauty, most recently in a striking speech at Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon. Her light blue gown tonight is lovely and celebratory–and it’s also a perfect example of a gown that’s particularly striking on her because of her skin tone. Fashion houses looking to show their gowns to their best advantage should take notice.