TIFF 2013: Lupita Leaps Ahead

The stakes get higher every year, Toronto, and it isn’t always the biggest stars that shine brightest on the crimson carpet.

This year, Lupita Nyong’o leapt far ahead, as far as I’m concerned. The actor/producer, in town for her portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, consistently wowed with her eclectic choices and unique spin on what can often be a prescribed stroll.

But then again, how could we expect any less from a woman with such an interesting background – Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated at Yale. She is leaps ahead, indeed – and in printed stilts, at that.

Lupita Nyong'o in the Guess Portrait Studio at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Larry Busacca photo
Quiet style, in screaming colour. Nyong’o in the Guess Portrait Studio at TIFF.
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jason Merritt photo
Graceful in Grecian Prada.
Lupita Nyong'o at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jason Merritt photo
No need to over embellish. Why scream when you can sing?
Lupita Nyong'o at The Invisible Woman dinner at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Michael Buckner photo
The cover-up: a Moschino knee-length tweed jacket.
Lupita Nyong'o at the InStyle party at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Alberto E. Rodriguez photo
The reveal: a simple jumpsuit stood out amongst the fuss and the frou.
Lupita Nyong'o shoe shot at the InStyle party at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Alberto E. Rodriguez photo
The kicker: polka-dot pumps.
Lupita Nyong'o at the Fox Searchlight party at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Aaron Harris photo
The sculptural dress (another Berardi sighting!) and spotted shoe.

More best of the Fest…and well, the rest…to come.

See all TIFF 2013 posts so far.

Photo Credits: 1. Larry Busacca; 2, 3.  Jason Merritt; 4. Michael Buckner; 5, 6. Alberto E. Rodriguez; 7. Aaron Harris  – all Getty Images North America.

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