Lupita Nyong’o shines in sparkly gown at Black Panther premiere

Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight at the European premiere of Black Panther on Thursday night (08Feb18).For the debut of the new Marvel superhero movie held at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the actress stepped out in a Balmain black gown covered i…

Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight at the European premiere of Black Panther on Thursday night (08Feb18).

For the debut of the new Marvel superhero movie held at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the actress stepped out in a Balmain black gown covered in silver sequins.

The number featured both a plunging neckline and thigh-high split, which Lupita chose to accessorise with simple black sandals and plenty of bling, including De Beers’ Phenomena Glacier Earrings – which are set with around 10 carats of diamonds.

To complement the futuristic look, Lupita had a swipe of silver eyeshadow on her eyelids, a touch of dark red lipstick and a silver ribbon woven through her hair.

But the 34-year-old wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance on the night, with Danai Gurira looking stunning in a black dress embellished with a peacock motif by Jean-Louis Sabaji. The actress complemented her eye-catching ensemble with Christian Louboutin shoes and Ara Vartanian jewellery.

While Letitia Wright turned heads in a strapless gold minidress from Rami Al Ali, which she matched with pink Ade Samuel shoes, and Florence Kasumba dazzled in sheer dress studded with pink and red teardrop-shapes, which she wore with strappy white Louboutin platform heels.

Among the guests to show their support for the film was singer Leona Lewis, who opted for a dramatic black Stephane Rolland gown with gold design attached to the front, and Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel, who donned a striking red and turquoise printed dress with deep neckline.

The men of the movie dressed up the bash too; lead star Chadwick Boseman wore a stylish black Givenchy ensemble, and Daniel Kaluuya sported a classic Gucci suit.

Other stars to attend the premiere included Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and John Boyega, as well as musicians such as Emeli Sande, Stormzy, Naughty Boy and The Black Eyed Peas – will. i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo.

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Michael B. Jordan: ‘Black Panther shows black kids they can be superheroes’

Michael B. Jordan has hailed new movie Black Panther as “extremely important” in changing the landscape of cinema for black actors.The new Marvel movie features a mainly black cast, with a host of big names starring alongside Creed star Michael, includ…

Michael B. Jordan has hailed new movie Black Panther as “extremely important” in changing the landscape of cinema for black actors.

The new Marvel movie features a mainly black cast, with a host of big names starring alongside Creed star Michael, including Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Talking to British GQ about the significance of Ryan Coogler’s new flick, Michael highlighted why it is such a landmark film.

“I think it’s extremely important,” he stated. “I feel like I never had that many actors to look at and inspire me growing up. Black actors that I could identify with, that look like me on screen… And I’m just thinking about what this movie is going to do to the kids growing up… Black kids, white kids, all kids because they can imagine just as much as we can, but specifically black kids who don’t have that many positive examples to look at on TV and film.

“We’re giving black people power, royalty – we don’t gotta be crackheads or gangbangers, selling drugs or robbing people. We don’t have to be comic relief. We can be superheroes. Imagine what that’s going to do to the imagination and ambition of kids watching these movies. That’s the real impact of this film.”

The highly anticipated movie hits cinemas from 13 February (18). Chadwick takes on the lead role of T’Challa/ Black Panther, with Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis among the supporting cast.

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Black Panther fashion presentation added to NYFW schedule

A Black Panther-inspired presentation is heading to New York Fashion Week.The new Marvel film, which features a predominately African-American cast, hits cinemas from 13 February (18), with the fashion show taking place the day before.Designers, includ…

A Black Panther-inspired presentation is heading to New York Fashion Week.

The new Marvel film, which features a predominately African-American cast, hits cinemas from 13 February (18), with the fashion show taking place the day before.

Designers, including Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, Ikire Jones, and Sophie Theallet, have created one-of-a-kind pieces interpreting different characters and themes from the movie, according to WWD.

Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda is taking place at 775 Washington Street with some of the movie’s stars expected to attend the event.

“I was honoured, and I saw the film with my partner,” Jones smiled. “It’s an attempt to help uplift the voices of people who have been marginalised historically and in the present day, both in the U.S. and globally, and Ikire Jones specifically does that by using fashion as a vehicle to address these issues. It’s beautiful aesthetics, but it’s a subversive way to talk about the refugee crises, globalization, ethical waste, ethical labour, and labour practices.

“Working with people like Marvel is literally a big deal, which is fun, and for me, given my background, the extra layer of it of being an exciting thing to have a cultural representation that’s not generally seen on this scale is doubly exciting. It’s just a really fun film and I think it’s going to do really, really well.”

Following the event, the looks will be auctioned off via Charitybuzz.com in support of Save the Children.

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o wowed at the film’s recent Los Angeles premiere, in a violet Atelier Versace gown. The dress featured a gold detailed bodice, with her stylist Micaela Erlanger telling The Hollywood Reporter: “There’s definitely a nod to her warrior character Nakia here, without being costumey. It’s a really glamorous take on our vision and it’s very fierce, certainly.”

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Chadwick Boseman studied ‘quiet strength’ of warriors and leaders for Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman studied the “quiet strength” of warriors and political leaders to become Black Panther character King T’Challa.The 41-year-old Get on Up actor stars as the leader of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation, in Marvel’s first…

Chadwick Boseman studied the “quiet strength” of warriors and political leaders to become Black Panther character King T’Challa.

The 41-year-old Get on Up actor stars as the leader of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation, in Marvel’s first standalone movie to feature a black superhero. The movie, which had its premiere on Tuesday (30Jan18), stars the cream of Hollywood’s black stars including Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and British Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya.

In an interview with PORTER magazine, the actor revealed his real-world inspiration for the cat-like superhero. When creating his character King T’Challa’s regal presence, the actor explained how he drew inspiration from black leaders past and present.

“I studied that quiet strength, how the body exudes it,” he explained. “I looked at Masai warriors, I watched the movies. And other leaders like Patrice Lumumba (the famous Congolese leader), (former U.S. President Barack) Obama. I listened to Mandela’s speeches in my trailer.”

Boseman also felt that it was important for his character to have an African accent, something others tried to dissuade him from.

“There was a time period where people would ask me questions about whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that spoke with that accent,” Boseman said of T’Challa’s east African inflection at a press conference in Los Angeles earlier this week. “I became adamant about the fact that it’s not true,” adding that the doubters hadn’t come from within Marvel.

“The intonations and melodies inside an African accent are just as classical as a British one or a European one,” he told AFP.

At 41, he is older than many of the other actors who have taken on Marvel superhero roles. When asked about why he thought fame came so late for him, he answered: “You say later, but when did it come to Denzel (Washington) or Samuel L. Jackson or Morgan Freeman? And why is that? I don’t have the answer, but it’s a question to pose.

“The industry looks for white actors and actresses, but it’s not the same for black actors. We have to really put the work in,” added the actor who credits his daily workouts and “almost vegan” diet for his youthful looks.

Black Panther begins hitting theatres 12 February.

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Lupita Nyong’o dazzles in violet at Black Panther premiere

Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight in a stunning violet gown at the Black Panther premiere on Monday night (29Jan18).For the debut of the upcoming Marvel superhero movie held at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the actress stepped out in a custom vivid …

Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight in a stunning violet gown at the Black Panther premiere on Monday night (29Jan18).

For the debut of the upcoming Marvel superhero movie held at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the actress stepped out in a custom vivid purple gown with flowing chiffon skirt and dramatic gold detailing on the bodice from Atelier Versace, with the look matched with a Versace purse, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and jewellery from Beladora.

When putting the ensemble together, Lupita’s stylist Micaela Erlanger wanted to pay homage to her character in the film, the fierce Nakia.

“There’s definitely a nod to her warrior character Nakia here, without being costumey,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a really glamorous take on our vision and it’s very fierce, certainly.”

Danai Gurira, who portrays Okoye in the flick, chose to sport bright colour on the purple carpet too, opting for a pink satin gown with ruffle detail and black crystal embellishment from Viktor & Rolf.

While Angela Bassett pulled out all of the stops in a sunny yellow fringed jumpsuit from Naeem Khan, which she accessorised with Vendorafa jewellery and a Thale Blanc purse.

Letitia Wright looked beautiful in a flowing white gown with a sheer black overlay from Bibhu Mohapatra, Yara Shahidi donned a chic white dress and Janelle Monae stunned in a regal ballgown made with black, blue and white satin from Christian Siriano that she topped off with an African headpiece and beaded choker necklace.

Though it wasn’t just the ladies that got dressed up for the night; Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman was handsome in black trousers and a gold jacket from Emporio Armani, while Michael B. Jordan, who plays villain Erik Killmonger, wore a black Calvin Klein suit.

Tessa Thompson, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman were also in attendance.

Black Panther hits cinemas from 13 February.

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