As reported by TMZ, Lupita Nyong'o's pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein Oscar gown — the newly minted jewel in the American fashion crown— has been swiped in a fashion heist of the ages. Is nothing sacred?
Made up of 6,000 Ayoka pearls with an estimated value of $150,000, reports allege the dress was kidnapped from her room at the London West Hollywood hotel on Tuesday sometime between 8 am and 9 pm while the actress was out. Hotel security footage is being peeled over by the Los Angeles sheriff office in an effort to determine the trail of the confiscated couture, and the London West Hollywood hotel has an issued a statement, decrying the incident as an "unfortunate situation" and promising to work with law enforcement to solve the crime. And while the style icon has yet to speak publicly on the fashion thievery, she was certainly waxing nostalgic over the missing gown just a day later — she posted behind-the-scenes video of herself wearing the dress while prepping for the big night to her Instagram account.
The surprising theft may seem too nefarious to be true, but it is hardly a first of its kind. In the spring of 2013, Cannes experienced a rash of high-end jewelry robberies, with a $2.6 million de Grisogono necklace, $1 million Chopard necklace, and $53 million worth of Leviev jewels being lifted from various hotels and jewelry exhibitions — all within three months of each other. Two years before, the 2011 caper of 46 press samples from Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 collection, estimated at $65,000 in worth, left the designer devastated, while 75 pieces were pillaged from Victoria Beckham's Fall 2010 collection straight off a delivery van en route to Neiman Marcus.
As Lupita's perpetrator still remains at large, one thing is certain: not only will the culprit have the Los Angeles police to answer to, but the fashion police… And they're never fair.
Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.