Lupita Nyong’o Wears Golden Leaves Dress To The Eighth Annual Governors Awards (SEE PHOTOS)

The fashion killer attended the Eighth Annual Governors Awards this weekend, and stole the show once again. Lupita wore a dress covered in the most gorgeous fall print, and we’re dying! The gold and green color scheme works perfectly to accent her skin tone. It’s such a spot on choice for Lupita.

The dress even gives a nod to winter fashion with the green and gold sparkly accents.


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Amma Ogan: Lupita Nyong’o, Who Designed Your Nigerian-Style Head Tie?

The head wrap was brilliant blue. It mirrored the applique on the long yellow bodice of the strapless gown and was echoed in the shoes and handbag.

Lupita Nyong’o wore the outfit this past week at the Toronto premiere of her film Queen of Katwe. Fashion critics called it “flawless.”

The designer of the dress is fashion queen Carolina Herrera, born in Venezuela and now living in America. But the head tie is pure Nigerian. That got Nigerians buzzing. And they weren’t necessarily buzzing in admiration.

Before we get to that matter, let’s consider the history of the Nigerian head tie.

In Nigeria a head tie is called a gele — that’s the word used by the Yoruba, one of the country’s many ethnic groups. But the wearing of head wraps is traditional for all Nigerians and indeed for most African cultures. An artfully folded gele is part of everyday wear and de rigueur for special occasions like weddings.

You can use any kind of fabric to wrap a gele, and handwoven cloth has long been used. Today’s towering and intricate styles work are best executed with a thin crisp rectangle of cloth imported from Switzerland. Its paperlike consistency is ideal for folding, wrapping and layering.

There are many ways to tie a gele. In 1960, geles were tied to mimic the architecture of Nigeria’s first skyscraper. When the National Theatre was built with a peaked roof to mimic a general’s cap, Nigerian fashionistas folded and twisted their geles to echo the design.

I learned to tie my geles from watching my mother, but these days you can hire a professional to do the job. It’s a big business, especially for weddings.

Tying isn’t the only option. Some gele experts will create the style on a base and stitch it down, so you put it on like a hat.

If you’re curious about technique, you can call up 859,000 how-to tie gele videos on YouTube. That’s a testimony to the intercontinental and international reach of Nigerian fashion, spurred by a growing entertainment industry and a renaissance in art and culture on the continent.

Go to a Nigerian wedding in one of the world’s megacities on any given Saturday and you will find friends of the bride styled just like Lupita Nyong’o was in Toronto: an ankle-length dress topped with a gele, all in identical fabrics. Family, friends and old schoolmates signify their relationship to the celebrant by wearing aso-ebi — a Yoruba word that means family cloth. They all buy the same fabric and make an outfit, in the style of their choice. Even men will sometimes make a cap in the fabric.

That Nigerian love of fashion has fueled a booming business.

Ibifagha Cookey, a Lagos-based financial analyst, estimates that custom-made apparel from self-employed tailors generates $8.2 billion annually out of the clothing industry’s $19 billion in sales. That’s right, the majority of Nigerians get their clothes custom-made. So this is an industry that is not fettered to any seasonal dictates. Color reigns, embellishment is supreme and bold unusual combinations, like the yellow and blue of Lupita Nyong’o’s outfit, are standard. And when, like Nyong’o, the outfit is beautifully coordinated, Nigerians will say you’re “dressed to match.”

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Lupita Nyong’o’s New Hair Do Is Extra Bouncy & Beautiful (PHOTO)

Red carpet glamour is sort of Lupita Nyong’o’s thing. She showed up at a Disney fan convention decked out in a super adorable green shift, topped of by a curly new do, bright red lipstick, and a relaxed smile —proving that even on the least glamorous of red carpets, Lupita Nyong’o will look ridiculously beautiful.


Lupita Nyong’o Looks Magnificent As she graces The Cover Of Bazaar’s May Edition.

 Between photographs in a King’s Cross warehouse, Lupita Nyong’o dances. Nothing showy, just a shuffle of her hips or a head-nod to the beat of the music in the background. She’s surrounded by people – a circus of agents and stylists and Lanco?me representatives (she’s the brand’s new ambassador) all there for her, but she doesn’t dance for them.



It’s the kind of dancing you might do while you’re drying your hair, or on hold on the phone; moves only you can see. But seriously, this woman can dance.


At one point, she body-pops like a pro, and makes herself laugh with a full-on strut. Mostly, though, she dances in a kind of dream, eyes half-closed, like it’s the most private thing in the world.




Lupita’s Dress Returned! Thief Claims Pearls Are Fake.

Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar gown was returned to The London West Hollywood Friday afternoon where it was taken 2 days earlier … and the thief called TMZ to tell us where it could be found and added it was a worthless fake.

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Lupita’s $150K Pearl Oscar Dress … STOLEN!

Lupita Nyong’o’s now-famous Oscar dress — adorned in pearls — was stolen right out of her hotel room … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the dress was taken out of Lupita’s room at The London West Hollywood. The dress is made of pearls … 6,000 white Akoya pearls. It’s valued at $150,000.

Our sources say Lupita told cops it was taken from her room sometime between 8 AM and 9 PM Tuesday … while she was gone.

We’re told there is security footage that cops are looking at that could catch the culprit right in the act.