Author Archives: Heather

Recent Well Playeds: Lupita Nyong’o

Somewhere along the line, we never covered Lupita’s Vogue cover — I think because it happened during Fashion Week and then the Emmys happened, and then our brains melted. But there’s also so much more of Lupita to love in here.

[Photos: Getty, Vogue/Mario Testino]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Amal Alamuddin Clooney

“Amal. Honey. MAYDAY. It’s a Code Eleven. Brad’s in trouble and we need you to walk to work a few times while we alert the paps. No, there’s no time for questions, just GO. GO GO GO.”

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


High Fugshion: Selects from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week happened while we were tackling the Emmys; indulge us in a little rewind of the highlights.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Daisy Ridley

It’s nice to see Rey back in action. I just saw John Williams conducting his own scores at the Hollywood Bowl, and he told a story about how he agreed to do the second of the new movies after seeing dailies from the first, and deciding he couldn’t stand the idea of anyone else writing music for Rey. I hope he told her that, because that’s the sort of compliment you can take to the grave and feel like you lived a full life.

Speaking of graves:

Daisy Ridley

She’s lovely in this, but it also does look like something the local madam would wear to bury one of her bordello’s longtime regulars.

[Photo: Getty]



What the Fug: Gabrielle Union in Rodarte at the Birth of a Nation premiere

Gabrielle Union is in a tough spot. She nabbed a role in a universally lauded Oscar frontrunner, Birth of a Nation, only to watch the movie’s fortunes potentially crumble after Nate Parker’s past was made more public. She wrote an eloquent Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times about how, as a rape survivor, she does not take those allegations lightly. And now she has to hit the promo circuit in service of both the movie and the man behind it, and it some how falls to her to give interview bites that might validate him. (For the record, Gabrielle says he is “a good man” and “evolving” and I appreciate that she is in a tough situation and trying to be positive, but she cites my least favorite argument: that being a family man, and having daughters, means Parker has become a super and enlightened person. It evokes the brilliant, cutting takedown of that argument from The Toast, “As A Father of Daughters,” of which here is a sample: How merrily I used to drive down country lanes in my old Ford, periodically dodging off-road to mow down female pedestrians (you must remember I had no daughters then). Was what I did wrong? How was I to know? I had no daughters to think of. Mallory Ortberg is a wonder.)

ANYWAY: Gabrielle Union is in an unenviable position not of her own making, and now the movie is premiering and she is effectively the accidental Bride of Controversy…

Gabrielle Union

… and so I guess she dressed the part.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Sarah Jessica Parker in Narciso Rodriguez

If you said, “Hey, SJP is wearing this satiny two-tone thing in eggplant and baby pink, and it’s cut kind of like a gentle nightgown,” I would not expect to like it.

SJP in Narciso

And yet I’m not mad at this. I THINK it’s because I’ve come to expect Sarah Jessica to wear flippier, floatier stuff, so this feels grounded in a way that’s a pleasant surprise. But maybe I’m just viewing it through Matthew’s vaguely rose-tinted lenses.

[Photo: Getty]


High Fugshion: Naeem Khan, S/S 2017, at New York Fashion Week

I featured a couple of this season’s Naeem Khan outfits in our Stuff Michelle Obama Should Wear post, but most of y’all correctly love him and wanted to see the rest. Relax into it on this lovely post-Emmy Thursday, which I almost erroneously said was Friday, and now… well, relax into this to make up for the fact that it ISN’T actually Friday.