Lupita Nyong'o Makes a Transparent Balmain Blazer Look Good

This is a real feat of fashion.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Balmain at the premiere of "Us." Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Lupita Nyong'o in Balmain at the premiere of "Us." Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Confession: I do not know much about "Us," the new film from Jordan Peele, because I am a giant baby and I cannot abide horror films.

What I do know, though, is that Lupita Nyong'o can make just about anything look good. I don't think I need to prove this to you, but just in case, check out how Nyong'o styled this spiked, transparent blazer from Balmain's Fall 2019 runway. That collection was, to put it charitably, not Olivier Rousteing's finest work — again, this is a spiked, transparent blazer —  but Nyong'o made it downright cool. She and her longtime stylist, Micaela Erlanger, smartly kept the look simple, with a white shirtdress underneath and a silver belt to give the blazer some shape, and the transparent sandals were a nice touch. (As were the spiked Vita Fede earrings.)

Lupita Nyong'o in Balmain at the premiere of "Us." Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Lupita Nyong'o in Balmain at the premiere of "Us." Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Nyong'o's monochromatic red makeup look by her go-to artist Nick Barose was also on point. He shared the products used for what he dubbed an "'80s red-on-red" look on Instagram, noting that the metallic crimson on the eyes and brows came courtesy of Lancôme Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick in both the Rubis and Onyx shades. On the lips, Barose used Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Into the Rapture, a deep oxblood shade. (Nyong'o is a spokesperson for the brand.) The full effect is unquestionably bold, and I don't think I could pull it off, but it really makes me want to pull out my brightly colored mascara and give it a go anyway. The silver rings set in her hair (by hairstylist Vernon François) work with the silver spikes of her coat without competing against them for attention.

So will I be going out to see "Us"? Almost definitely not, because, to reiterate, I am a giant baby. But I am more than happy to keep looking at photos of Lupita Nyong'o on red carpets! 

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