Friday, February 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o is a breakout fashion star as much as she's a breakout movie star. If anyone didn't know that already, they knew it after she made her first appearance at New York Fashion Week on Thursday.
Arriving at the Calvin Klein runway show, dressed in pale pink, she was pursued by a crush of photographers, and it was no surprise: She looked as stunning as she has all awards season.
The "12 Years a Slave" actress has established a strong relationship with Calvin Klein, said the label's designer, Francisco Costa, adding he was especially thrilled that she wore one of his dresses to accept her Critics' Choice award.
"We were very, very thrilled that she wore that amazing dress," he said. "Seeing that picture with her award it was just magnificent, because she is a very urban woman. She's very intelligent, extremely talented and very cool, very today. And I think that dress made a very iconic moment for us."
On the runway, Costa presented a series of minimalist but inviting outfits, mostly knits. When a soft, fuzzy coat in ivory mohair came out, you could almost hear the crowd sigh, so perfect was it for the day's wintry weather. (Come to think of it, though, perhaps not for the huge puddles of brown slush that surrounded the entire block of the downtown venue.)
Costa said his collection was inspired by the idea of "downtown meets uptown in a sense, you know where the sensibility is really expensive, luxurious, very Calvin, but also with a fun, of coziness of... (wanting) to stay at home. And the whole exploration of sewing techniques. I would say 80 percent of the collection was knitwear-based."
Associated Press Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.