Because the Pearls Were Fake, Calvin Klein Isn't Pressing Charges Against Lupita Nyong'o's Dress Thief

This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

Head, Nose, Ear, Lip, Hairstyle, Earrings, Forehead, Eyebrow, Eyelash, Fashion accessory,
(Image credit: Archives)

Update, 3/5: Honestly, this is such a strange story. It seems after the thief returned Lupita Nyong'o's Oscars dress (allegedly worth $150,000)—after having it appraised and finding that the pearls were fake—Calvin Klein has decided not to pursue the case. 

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that after getting the dress back, they were told by Calvin Klein reps that the company does not want to explore the case any further. Even though they gave no reason, it's pretty understandable why—they don't want to bring any more attention to the fact that they let a star actress wear fake pearls on a red carpet, believing them to be the real deal.

Case closed. 

Update, 2/27: It's okay, everyone—the dress has been returned (mostly) unharmed.

In a strange turn of events, the thief brought the bespoke gown back to the London West Hollywood on Friday afternoon, TMZ reports. He said he and his accomplices had tried to sell two of the dress's 6,000 pearls but was told they were fake. So, against all logic, he stuffed it into a trash bag, went back to the scene of the crime, left it there, and called TMZ to tell them about it. 

Police later recovered the gown in the second-floor bathroom, where the culprit said it would be. Could this get any more Hollywood? I think not.

Original post, 2/26: This sucks, like, really sucks. Lupita Nyong'o Oscars dress—a white Calvin Klein gown encrusted with 6,000 hand-sewn pearls—was stolen from her hotel room yesterday, reports the Daily News.

The gown, valued at $150,000, was stolen sometime on Tuesday while Nyong'o was out of her room. The actress couldn't immediately file a police report because the dress was on loan from and property of Calvin Klein. Police are investigating the theft, sifting through the hotel's surveillance footage in order track it down. Nyong'o was traveling with a large entourage, all of whom had access into the actress's hotel room, a source told the Daily News. So far, no leads have been confirmed in the investigation. Milk boxes, fliers, Craigslist—everyone, we need to find this dress!

You should also check out:

See Every Look from the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

The Best Looks from the Oscars After Parties

Our 10 Favorite Beauty Looks from the Oscars

Lauren Alexis Fisher

Lauren Alexis Fisher is the former market editor for While studying fashion and business at LIM College in New York, she held internships at Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, College Fashionista, and Harper's BAZAAR. Lauren covers fashion news, trends, shopping, travel, celebrity style, and more for When she's not glued to her phone or laptop, she enjoys traveling, brunching, and tweeting bad jokes.