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22 posts tagged "Lupita Nyong’o"

Runway to Red Carpet: Hollywood Goes to Washington and a Pair of Sinister Heels


Elle fanningAlthough many A-listers spent the week partying it up New York style while in town for Monday night’s Met gala, it was still work as usual for some. The cast of Maleficent began their press tour overseas, kicking things off with a photo call in Paris on Monday. Elle Fanning stepped out in a moss-green Valentino Pre-Fall ’14 frock, appropriately paired with Charlotte Olympia’s Sleeping Beauty pumps adorned with the sinister villain’s face. On Thursday, things moved to London for a private reception at Kensington Palace. Leading lady Angelina Jolie turned up in a plunging crystal-covered Atelier Versace gown in her signature color, black.

Stateside, Elizabeth Olsen kicked off the premiere tour for Godzilla on Thursday, donning a black Chloé Fall ’14 gown for the Hollywood premiere. Earlier in the week, Marion Cotillard took to the red carpet in a Mary Katrantzou Fall ’14 frock patchworked with signs and symbols at the premiere of The Immigrant in New York.

On Saturday, a bevy of Hollywood notables flocked to Washington, D.C., for the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, donning designer duds for a turn on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o was (obviously) among the best dressed, stepping out in a black Oscar de la Renta Fall ’14 gown with a white polka-dot peplum top.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain / WireImage

Dressing for Fame: Micaela Erlanger on Styling the Stars


If celebrity status is conferred in red-carpet appearances, then no actress today can compete without the help of just the right stylist. As Kerry Washington once told Glamour after she noticeably upped the sartorial ante, “There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet.” A carefully crafted collaboration between stylist and client, the perfect look can create an indelible impact on agents, casting directors, and those of us watching from the sidelines. Straight from the epicenter of all things celebrity, we’ve asked some of the industry’s top stylists to share their experiences and impressions from their perch above Tinseltown. With our Dressing for Fame series, we bring you an exclusive, insider look at everything it takes to create those iconic moments captured by a million photo flashes.

Micaela Erlanger

Micaela ErlangerIt was the red-carpet run that had us all waiting for the next turn with bated breath. Lupita Nyong’o's awards season made her a household name at the same time that she captured the fashion world’s attention. And behind the scenes it was her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, who was carefully crafting every strategic step. From caped red Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes to that unforgettable Nairobi blue Prada at the Oscars, is it any wonder Nyong’o was just named People‘s Most Beautiful Person of 2014? With clients including Michelle Dockery and Olivia Munn, there’s no doubt that Erlanger’s profile is on the rise. Here, she shares exclusively with how she earned her styling stripes, what makes her process unique, and what goes into creating a custom gown.

Can you define a particular moment when you realized you wanted to be a stylist?
I think I knew from a very young age. I remember changing my newborn sister’s outfit in the middle of the night because she needed a different “look”—complete with shoes. I was 5 years old and my mother was convinced I was nuts. But it wasn’t until I started interning during college that I really fell in love with styling.

What has been your biggest learning experience?
Every day is a learning experience, but when I reflect on my time as an assistant, I remember how valuable my training was and how fortunate I was to have an incredible mentor. [Erlanger spent six years working for Annabel Tollman.]

What part of your “training” did you find most important?
It’s hard to choose. I think client fittings were critical, and market research. Understanding how decisions are made, how the negotiations evolve, and of course, how clothing fits. How alterations work, the language of it all, etc. But honestly, all of my experience has been integral.

What sets you apart from other stylists?
I think that my attention to tailoring is abnormal. I am an absolute perfectionist, and fit comes first. You have to be hyper-detailed when your client is being photographed from all angles.

I might have a signature flair or something that people like, but I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it! My aesthetic tendencies lean toward classically elegant pieces, interesting shapes, colors, and patterns—choosing pieces that have a bit of surprise. It’s about finding the right pieces for the right person.

Beyond that, I think that my communication and collaboration with clients is unique and personalized. I am highlighting who they are and translating it to the red carpet. It is always truly representative of them, and we try to make thoughtful decisions. It’s not just throwing a cute dress on and calling it a day. There is a business, and there are careful considerations when sculpting, perfecting, and maintaining someone’s image.

What was your reaction when you first met Lupita?
I always look forward to the first meeting with new clients. I was so impressed with her grace, beauty, and her interest. I knew that we were going to have a fantastic time collaborating.

What about her and her aesthetic do you think resonates so well on the red carpet?
She wears the clothes. She pushes the envelope when it’s most unexpected, she isn’t afraid of color, she has fun on the carpet, and her choices are always representative of her natural elegance and talent.

What goes into creating a custom red-carpet gown?
The experience has been absolutely thrilling. It has to be a collaboration among all parties in order to get things perfectly right. It always starts with two conversations: a conversation with the client and then a conversation with the brand. Expectations and ideas are all discussed and research and inspiration are exchanged. Then sketches are submitted, and fabric swatches and colors are agreed on. And the fittings begin!

Do your clients’ styles ever rub off on you?
Absolutely! I am constantly inspired by my clients and by the way they wear things. I might be training their eye, but they often teach me without even knowing it! Personally I am more minimal and feminine—easy shift dresses, jeans, ballet flats, and sweaters. Easy, functional, and feminine is my motto.

What’s the key to picking the right accessories?
The real trick to using accessories is about balance, about understanding how the pieces work within an outfit. How the perfect piece of jewelry or a carefully selected shoe will transform a look. All items need to work together or set something off. Accessories are the icing on the cake.

Do you ever get involved in the makeup and hair aspects of a look?
Absolutely. It’s definitely a team effort. For me, it is more so about overseeing a vision through to completion. We often share references with each other—they have ideas, I have ideas. I let them do their thing, but we are always on the same page.

Where do you want to go from here?
I want to continue to inspire, collaborate, advise, and consult.

Photo: Courtesy photo

Lupita Nyong’o Is Headed to the CFDAs


Lupita Nyong'oThe CFDA Fashion Awards just got a little more star power. It was announced today that Lupita Nyong’o will be on hand to present the prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year Award to Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, or Marc Jacobs. After landing a Miu Miu ad campaign, being named People‘s Most Beautiful Person, and generally just dazzling the entire world with her elegance and charm, we wouldn’t be surprised if Nyong’o snagged a CFDA Fashion Icon Award by 2015 (the same award Rihanna will pick up this year). Next on our mind: What will she wear to the June 2 awards?

Photo: Getty Images 

Lupita Nyong’o Named World’s Most Beautiful


2014 MTV Movie Awards - ArrivalsLupita Nyong’o has a growing awards collection (including an Oscar), but she “never dreamed” she would be named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. The 12 Years a Slave star and Lancôme spokeswoman appears on this month’s cover with her trademark cropped hair, a sparkly necklace, and her perpetual smile. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen,” she told People. Growing up, her idea of beauty was “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair…Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Now her natural beauty is not only celebrated but further enhanced by her innate elegance, humility, and originality. Nyong’o joins an impressive roster of past winners including Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Angelina Jolie.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage 

Runway to Red Carpet: Dress Hems Are on the Rise


RihannaDespite the fact that it snowed in New York this week, the red carpet was full of summer vibes. Winter coats returned on the East Coast, and in Hollywood, short hemlines and light colors flourished for a bevy of parties, premieres, and award shows.

On Tuesday, Chloë Grace Moretz attended the opening night celebration of The Library in New York in an ecru lace frock with a black yolk from the Carven Pre-Fall ’14 lineup. The same night, another one of our favorite A-list teens, Kiernan Shipka, stepped out in a white, yellow, and gray patterned Preen dress for Jimmy Choo’s Choo.08 launch party in L.A.

With the premiere tour for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 officially underway, Emma Stone spent a lot of time on the red carpet this week. She stuck to a similar color palette for her Berlin appearances on Tuesday, choosing a light blue Erdem Fall ’14 frock dotted with red beading for the photo call and a Chanel Pre-Fall ’14 dress with a pale lavender skirt and red-striped bodice for the premiere that evening.

In case you were missing all that awards season glamour, Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards brought it back with a summery twist. Ellie Goulding walked the red carpet in a white Emporio Armani dress with cutouts on the sides, while Lupita Nyong’o opted for a gray Chanel Fall ’14 dress speckled with colorful geometrics. Rihanna strayed from the red-carpet norm, turning up in a beige corseted bodysuit and a pink silk robe from Ulyana Sergeenko’s Spring ’14 Haute Couture that took the leg-baring trend to a new level. Your move, Angelina.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Christopher Polk / Getty Images