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[Pictures] At the ‘Black Panther’ premiere, it’s a regal night of stars and standout looks

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If you’ve ever wondered how kings and queens of the fictional, futuristic nation of Wakanda might dress, look no further than Marvel Studio’s “Black Panther” premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night. In keeping with the “royal attire” theme dictated by the evening’s invitation, stars and attendees hit the purple-hued carpet in a kaleidoscopic display of regal, Africa-inspired fashion.

Taking cues from the film’s costumes (which were envisioned by Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter), Lupita Nyong’o channeled her warrior character, Nakia, while wearing a purple, custom-made Atelier Versace chiffon gown with gold metal hardware harness details reminiscent of armor. Chadwick Boseman, who stars as Wakandan ruler T’Challa, looked every bit the part in a black and gold blazer by Emporio Armani.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “Black Panther” premiere. Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images
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Lupita Nyong’o Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images

“We talked about what the movie meant and how strong it was and wanted to give that same powerful feel to Letitia’s look on the red carpet,” says the stylist, who drew upon her own Nigerian roots while researching the theme before landing on the ethereal, embellished number for Wright. “Letitia plays such a riveting character and she brings a light to the role. Keeping her fresh and young was the idea.”

But it wasn’t just the cast who took the dress code to heart for the occasion. Styled by Jason Bolden, “grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi wore a youthful, tasseled white Etro gown and Christian Louboutin sandals, while British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo wore a traditional dashiki. “Insecure’s” Issa Rae also got the warrior memo, opting for a sophisticated, pleated white Rosie Assoulin dress with a rainbow-colored panel, paired with metallic Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Fresh off the Grammys stage, where she delivered a powerful speech in support of the Time’s Up movement on Sunday, actor and musician Janelle Monáe worked with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn to put her own spin on the theme while staying true to her own sartorial sensibility that she’s cultivated over the years. That meant “something black and white, but also something sculptural and avant-garde that felt very regal,” explains Mandelkorn, who worked with Monáe to select a look from Christian Siriano’s pre-fall 2018 collection that fit the bill. Dressed in a billowing skirt paired with an architectural top featuring two-tone sleeves, Monáe topped off the ensemble with an Erickson Beamon tribal choker and a traditional black kufi cap embellished with gold embroidery.

“It looks like a crown,” says Mandelkorn. “It was very fitting for the theme.”

More looks on the purple carpet

 
“Black Panther” costar Winston Duke on the purple carpet. At right, “Black Panther” costar Danai Gurira, center, with the Dora Milaje actors at the premiere of “Black Panther” at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Jan. 29. Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney (left); Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney

Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya

 
“Black Panther” costars Michael B. Jordan, from left, Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya at the film’s world premiere in Hollywood. Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney; Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman

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“Black Panther” costar Chadwick Boseman at the world premiere of “Black Panther.” Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney

Janelle Monáe, Yara Shahidi and Chloe X Halle

 
Janelle Monáe, from left, Yara Shahidi and Chloe X Halle at the premiere of “Black Panther.” Rich Polk / Getty Images for Disney; Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney (center and right

Letitia Wright, Issa Rae and David Oyelowo

 
“Black Panther” costars Letitia Wright, from left, Issa Rae and David Oyelowo on the purple carpet at the “Black Panther” premiere in Hollywood. Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney; Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images

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HBO Max Brings Beloved Children’s Book THE RUNAWAY BUNNY to Life With the Talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Ziggy Marley and Mariah Carey

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HBO Max Brings Beloved Children’s Book THE RUNAWAY BUNNY to Life With the Talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Ziggy Marley and Mariah Carey
HBO Max Brings Beloved Children’s Book THE RUNAWAY BUNNY to Life With the Talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Ziggy Marley and Mariah Carey
HBO Max Brings Beloved Children’s Book THE RUNAWAY BUNNY to Life With the Talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Ziggy Marley and Mariah Carey

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HBO Max Brings Beloved Children’s Book THE RUNAWAY BUNNY to Life With the Talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Ziggy Marley and Mariah Carey

The Runaway Bunny

The Special Premieres March 25

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Runaway Bunny

On March 25, HBO Max will premiere the new animated special THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, based on the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown. Producer and director Amy Schatz captures the gentle magic of this classic with the use of traditional hand-drawn animation, narration and performance of an original Margaret Wise Brown lullaby by Tracee Ellis Ross and songs by Grammy® winning artists Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Rosanne Cash, Ziggy Marley and Kimya Dawson, as well as Grammy® nominees Rufus Wainwright and Michael Kiwanuka.  
 
Originally published in 1942 by HarperCollins Publishers, the book has sold over 12 million copies and continues to enchant generations of children. THE RUNAWAY BUNNY brings the illustrations of Clement Hurd and the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown to animated life for the first time. Featuring a restless little bunny who dreams of leaving home, the film is an exploration of love and childhood. Woven throughout the story are songs that accompany the bunny on his imaginary, magical adventures into the world and back home to the comfort of his mother’s love. 
 
“THE RUNAWAY BUNNY is a timeless classic about youthful independence and the strength of a mother’s love,” said Billy Wee, SVP, Original Animation, HBO Max. “Amy Schatz has lovingly brought this story to vivid life with an incredible group of collaborators.”  
 
THE RUNAWAY BUNNY features the following songs:

  • Mariah Carey’s brand-new reinterpretation of her #1 hit song “Always Be My Baby”
  • Kelly Rowland – Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”
  • Rosanne Cash – “You Are My Sunshine”
  • Ziggy Marley – “What a Wonderful World” 
  • Rufus Wainwright – Billy Joel’s “Lullabye, Goodnight My Angel”
  • Kimya Dawson – “You Are My Baby”
  • Michael Kiwanuka – “Home Again” 
  • Tracee Ellis Ross performs “Song of the Runaway Bunny,” the never-before-released song written by Margaret Wise Brown based on a Provençal love ballad which inspired Brown to write this book. 

THE RUNAWAY BUNNY is produced and directed by Amy Schatz, whose work includes “Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales” and the “Classical Baby” series, currently available on HBO MAX. Schatz’s productions have earned multiple Emmy, Directors Guild of America, Peabody and Parents’ Choice Awards, including a 2020 Emmy win for outstanding children’s program for “We Are the Dream.”

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