This week, for the first time in my life, I experienced the Oscars in real time. Oscar ceremonies are something we Brits normally wake up to. It all happens when we’re asleep.
But stranded in a New York hotel room, I was able to watch live as actors and actresses negotiated the red carpet with microphones thrust in their faces. (Admittedly, microphones thrust in their faces in a highly organised and scheduled manner!) I’m not gonna lie, it was fascinating. I finally understood why the whole of America gets behind this most Californian ceremony. It’s fun!
Still, I became jaded by questions about what the women were wearing. Actresses at the top of their game suddenly became monotone and glazed of eye. They’d reel off pre-rehearsed details of which designer had lent them what. I could smell the boredom through the screen.
Then, a young woman strolled onto the red carpet in a blue dress with a plunging neckline. She faced the inevitable questions about her designer choices. Lupita Nyong’o didn’t miss a beat. ‘The blue reminds me of Nairobi,’ she told Ryan Seacrest. I could have reached through the screen and kissed her.
This was a testament to the real power of clothing. It’s not about price tags. It’s not about designer labels. It’s about heart and heritage. On one of the most nerve-wracking nights of her life, Lupita needed to be reminded of who she was and what she stood for. Which meant she wore a blue dress. Simple. All her outfit missed was the perfect accessory. She’d find it in a few hours.
I’ve blogged here about the power of colour and Lupita is already gaining attention for rocking the style boat. What about you? If you were on the red carpet, what would be the best dress to sum up the essence of you? And did you fall hard for Lupita, too?