Lupita Nyong'o's Met Gala Gown Gets the Risk-Taker Award

05/05/2014 at 08:18 PM ET

Lupita Nyong'o Met Gala gown David Fisher/Rex USA

Lupita Nyong’o always turns heads on the red carpet, but for her latest high-fashion outing, the star may have left a few spectators scratching their heads at the same time.

PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Woman made a major impact in a custom emerald-green Prada net dress featuring a crazy number of embellishments — glass beads, crystals, cascading feathers and chandelier drops. She teamed the look with gem-studded green suede sandals and a coordinating clutch, also Prada.

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And she topped the look with a vintage Cartier necklace worn as a headpiece and oodles of other vintage Cartier jewels. (She might be the most embellished star at the ball.) What do you think of Nyong’os look? Are you a fan? Did she totally miss the boat?

–Brittany Talarico

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Guest on

I’m so over her.

AtlDancer on

A REEEEAAAALLL miss! I feel the same as the another posters. She is out of place.There is nothing Charles James about her dress. It looks like a bad flapper costume and I am appalled that Prada would allow her to go to such an important event as the Met Gala looking like that… And to that other poster that said this outfit had something to do with her culture, it doesn’t.

Rhonda on

She’s usually the best dressed, but this is the worst! There’s no redeeming qualities about this mess. Her hair doesn’t even look nice.

Lisa on

Absolutely love it!! She makes this unique look work, and it’s refreshing to see creative fashion that has a touch of class and exotic flare.

Lori on

She usually gets it so right, but not this time. This is BAD.

anonymous 1 on

This is a costume gala. It’s a fun dress. She doesn’t have to be glam all the time. Particularly when she’s attending one of the most celebrated costume galas on the celebrity schedule.

slawson on

I think she look beautiful as usual and exotic. She would look good in a potato sack, if she chose to wear one.

Smithy on

She looks ready to go on stage for Lion King.

Bomx on

I think she was beautiful, every touch was relative to the look of native history. I feel the colors were put together beautifully and the shoes were awesome. If you can wear this look, why not and she clearly did. I say KUDOS and well done, not the normal boring look, thinking outside the box of fashion and adding a touch of class. Well done!

Chyrel Jackson on

I think she’s amazing and can wear absolutely anything. She’s flawless but because this isn’t a cookie cutter, conventional look, people won’t appreciate the almost African tribal styled gown. Too bad & glad to see her having fun and taking risks.

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