Last week proved to be quite a week for Lupita Nyong’o. She started it with a bang as she walked up to the 2015 Oscars red carpet with an estimated $150,000 worth pearl-laden dress. Few days later, the dress gets stolen and now it’s ‘returned’ but believed to be a fake!
TMZ reported that on Friday, Feb. 28, someone called them at around 2:30pm. The caller actually admitted stealing the dress from Nyong’o’s hotel room when he saw the door was left ajar. But the shocker was when the thief said the pearls on the dress were actually fake and called it ‘Hollywood’s fake bulls—t’!
The thief and his acquaintances apparently removed two pearls from the dress and took them to downtown LA’s garment district and found out they were fake. He then decided to bring the dress back to the London Hotel. Placing it in a garment bag in a black trash bag, he left it in a bathroom at the 2nd floor, adjacent to the fitness center.
TMZ immediately contacted the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and had them go to the hotel to retrieve the bag. The tip-off of the dress’ location was proven correct as they found the dress. But since the investigation is still on-going, the police will be holding onto the dress for now.
Women’s Wear Daily reported of Francisco Costa, the women’s creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection, being thrilled of his custom-made dress being ‘potentially located’. “This was an amazing collaboration between the brand and Lupita and the dress looked truly exquisite on her. Once it’s returned to us, we will be able to have the dress restored and archived, as it now represents an important moment for the brand,” he said. Nyong’o was also happy upon hearing the news. “… I’m happy that [the dress] has been potentially recovered. It is a timeless and priceless piece of art.”
Questions were now raised as to whether the 6,000 natural pearls on the silk lame dress were really fake or the dress the police retrieved is in reality not the same dress. Nevertheless, Lt. Michael White of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said that it doesn’t change the fact that the dress was stolen and the suspects will be facing burglary and grand theft charges upon their arrest.
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