Open Thread: This Week in Style News

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Lupita Nyong’o, in a gown by Atelier Versace, on the purple carpet at the “Black Panther” premiere in Hollywood. Valerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Hello and happy February. We have made it through the first (very cold) month of 2018 — and a year of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency. Hooray.

It was a week of pointed public dressing moments, from the Grammys, with their white roses, to the State of the Union, with its assorted dress codes, but hands-down the most gushed-over, gasped-about and otherwise glorified of them all was the premiere of the film “Black Panther” in Los Angeles.

From the purple carpet (maybe those Pantone folks really were on to something when they declared the color of 2018 was ultraviolet) to the “regal” dress code, the event was the opposite of the usual parade of staid taffeta mermaid dresses, and the Internet went into a paroxysm of delight.

It wasn’t that the actors didn’t wear the usual fashion — Lupita Nyong’o was in purple Versace with a jewel-studded harness; Chadwick Bozeman in gold and black floral Emporio Armani; Angela Bassett in a fringed yellow jumpsuit by Naeem Khan — it was that it was such an exuberant version of the usual fashion.

Source: The New York Times