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Lupita Nyong’o, J. Mendel, Vogue Magazine

Lupita Nyong’o, J. Mendel, Vogue Magazine

This photograph of Lupita Nyong’o is likely to become iconic, perhaps because this dress is such an extremely good expression of Lupita’s Personal Style.

First, the Focal Point of the empire waist is achieved where the folds of the dress come together in a twist at the bodice. The Line of the dress is clean, very interesting and also very intense. The energy of the dress clearly moves in to the center of the body, making this a great statement of an Alpha Line even though some of the elements of the dress are Omega or open.

The Ornament of the ensemble is not only achieved with the rhythmical matching of the earrings to the dress, but also through the variety of stripes coming together to form opposition of pattern. Although some of the stripes widen out, the Focal Point of the bodice is formed of primarily small stripes, which helps to keep the dress Alpha or narrow in its message.

The Fabric used is medium in weight, smooth-finished without texture, of a balanced weave, and firm rather than soft. Because of its inherent qualities, the Fabric holds the clean Line that is the primary principle behind the Personal Style of Lupita Nyong’o.

The True Dramatic, Elle Magazine

The True Dramatic, Elle Magazine

1. Focal Point

The peplum skirt ends at the upper thigh Focal Point of the True Dramatic. The extended shoulder panels direct the eye out at the shoulder and down.

3. Ornament

Ornament is used rhythmically in a way that maintain the extreme clarity of Line. Here the round earring repeats the elegant disc shape of the hat.

2. Line

The True Dramatic Line is clean and sculptured, encasing the body. Here, tailoring that divides the body vertically into two halves is very effective.

4. Fabric

Medium-weight, firm, tightly woven, balanced weave fabrics cooperate to establish the amazing clean Line of the True Dramatic. Texture fights with this Style.

The True Dramatic, 25 Magazine

The True Dramatic, 25 Magazine

1. Focal Point

This short dress ends at the upper thigh Focal Point. This Focal Point is the point of an imaginary V formed by the shoulders and the hem of the dress.

3. Ornament

The double-V prongs of the bracelet repeat the V neckline. A clean V-shape earring or necklace could also have contributed to this look.

2. Line

The clean V-shaped silhouette of the True Dramatic is effectively reiterated in the deep V neckline and emphasized by the sharp shoulders.

4. Fabric

Overall sequins come perilously close to texture here, but the shine, medium weight and emphatically clean line rescue this glamorous dress.

The True Dramatic, InStyle Magazine

The True Dramatic, InStyle Magazine

1. Focal Point

The jacket doesn’t quite hit the True Dramatic Focal Point of the Upper Thigh. A longer jacket would be even better.

3. Ornament

The matching silver bracelet and necklace are working to create rhythm. More ornament that also repeated the V line of the suit would be even better.

2. Line

The firm shoulder and effective deep V neckline would be even better with a peaked rather than shawl lapel. The horizontal pocket details are distracting here.

4. Fabric

This medium-weight, firm, balanced-weave, smooth finished Fabric works well for the True Dramatic. The shiny lapels add needed glamour.

The True Dramatic, Clean Glamour

The True Dramatic, Clean Glamour

1. Focal Point

The slit at the upper thigh establishes the True Dramatic Focal Point with an appropriate long clean Alpha or fitted Line.

3. Ornament

The repetition of the slashed line at the hip and chest also works as Ornament. The studded bracelet and clean hoop earrings could relate more.

2. Line

The True Dramatic achieves glamour here with long clean Lines, side-to-side differentiation and a shoulder Line that extends slightly beyond the shoulder.

4. Fabric

Since True Dramatic Fabrics don’t have to be similar, the crisp transparent sleeve helps to balance the slightly heavy and soft velvet evening dress.

The True Dramatic, Harper’s Bazaar

The True Dramatic, Harper’s Bazaar

1. Focal Point

The bound white slit at the upper thigh marks the Focal Point of the True Dramatic. The white binding tape becomes essential in a dress of such few details.

3. Ornament

Ornamental Rhythm is achieved with the narrow ivory strap of the small purse and the matching narrow bangles and multiple matching rings.

2. Line

The long clean uninterrupted narrow Alpha Line of the True Dramatic is achieved here in the long ivory line that runs from under the arm all the way to the hemline.

4. Fabric

Fabrics for the True Dramatic are firm, medium-weight, smooth and of a balanced weave, in order to manifest a long clean sculpted Alpha Line.

The Elaborate Gamine, Max & Co.

The Elaborate Gamine, Max & Co.

1. Focal Point

The high hip or hipbone is the Focal Point for the Elaborate Gamine. Here, the Focal Point is clearly marked by the bottom of the red sweater.

3. Line

The three-part Silhouette of the Elaborate Gamine is especially obvious with the red sweater. The loose fit of the three pieces gives an Omega or open Line.

2. Fabric

The cable knit and fur textures drape softly and the use of print adds interest for the Elaborate Gamine. Similar Fabric weights ensure Fabric harmony.

4. Ornament

Ornament for the Elaborate Gamine is often minimal. The interesting cable knit of the sweater substitutes for Ornament as well as providing texture.

The Refined Dramatic, Softness & Strength

The Refined Dramatic, Softness & Strength

1. Focal Point

The folds gathered by the hand achieve the primary upper thigh Focal Point of the Refined Dramatic. The extended shoulder is the secondary Focal Point.

3. Line

Refined Dramatic Lines are primarily long. The silhouette not only divides into the distinctive two sections, but also differentiates from front to back.

2. Fabric

The Fabric is heavy, soft, and in a solid Colour. These qualities and its unbalanced weave allow it to drape into the stunning folds of this silhouette.

4. Ornament

Ornament is large, sparing, and singular, that is, it doesn’t match or repeat. In this case, the beautiful Lines of the folds serve as Ornament.

The True Gamine, Elle Vietnam

The True Gamine, Elle Vietnam

1. Focal Point

The Focal Point for the True Gamine is the slightly raised waist. This can be achieved with simple darts that lift the emphasis of the jacket, as you see here.

3. Fabric

Fabrics are lightweight, crisp, smooth rather than textured and of a balanced weave, meaning that they don’t drape. Shine is very effective, as seen here.

2. Ornament

Ornament for the True Gamine marks the neck, the wrists or the waist using elements that are clean in shape and often slightly wide or Omega.

4. Line

True Gamine Lines are medium-short in length and always clean. Separates are great. Here, the wide-legged pant is an Omega Silhouette.

The True Gamine, Vogue Brazil

The True Gamine, Vogue Brazil

1. Focal Point

The slightly shortened bodice of this ornate short dress marks the raised waist Focal Point of the True Gamine.

3. Fabric

This beautiful ornamented Fabric is slightly heavy for a True Gamine but it is firm, somewhat shiny, detailed and of a balanced weave.

2. Ornament

These earrings are in rhythm with the dress, repeating the Colour, scale and design of the gold applique. The straps are also a kind of Ornament for her.

4. Line

The horizontal Line of the bodice reinforces the True Gamine’s Omega Style while the skirt offers the stronger Omega Line. The straps would be even better wider.