Author Archives: Heather

Fug the Show: The Good Wife Power Suit Recap, Season 7 Premiere

This season, I’m going with 96 percent outfits, 4 percent plot. If that. So if you dig brooches, business-casual, and/or Alan Cumming making faces in the mirror, you can enjoy this even if you don’t watch.


Recent Fugs and Fines: Kate Winslet

So the thing is… I have managed to forget that Kate Winslet exists, whenever she’s not right in front of me. There was a time when such a statement seemed impossible. But I just saw a clip of her saying that her 14- and 11-year old kids don’t have “devices” because she thinks they’ll forget to experience the world if they do, and if that’s true, I have to say: I salute you, Winslet. You are strong, and correct, and I’ll put mine down just as soon as I’m done playing Candy Crush Soda (it’s real good y’all).

[Photos: FameFlynet, Getty]


Unfug or Fab: Lily James in Ulyana Sergeenko

This isn’t a scrolldown, exactly, but I definitely like it better when I can only see half of it.

lily james war and peace

The colors and the fabric are so cool, and stunning with her coloring. I envisioned it being long, maybe completing the vintage robe/lush Lady Mary kind of feel. (Also, Lush Lady Mary Feels are what I am hoping Matthew Goode will bring to Downton Abbey this season, nudge-nudge, NO SPOILERS, FUG NATION UK.)

Let’s visit the full view:

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Fug the Cover: The Kardashians and Jenners on Cosmopolitan, November 2015

Oh, Cosmo. I wonder if you’re just trolling us now.

Cosmopolitan - November 2015 - Newsstand

America has a First Family. It lives in the White House. Calling these ladies “America’s First Family” and handing them a cover that’s air-mailed direct from one of Kris Jenner’s wildest dreams feels like trying to break the Internet again. Also, there is no way to show us the Kardashians “like you’ve never seen them before” unless the theme is “in medical school” or “working in a toll booth.” Kylie continues to look like a dead-eyed, tousled Kim 2.0, and half of Kris Jenner’s face look like it came from a completely different picture.

Using the words “epic ass” on the cover in the same orbit as one of the most infamous rumps on the planet was an interesting piece of whimsy, though. Or was it an accident? I just noticed the word “sex” is not on this cover anywhere, so maybe “epic ass” was an attempt to keep things genital-adjacent.

Beyond those things, though, I have larger notes.

1. Consider the quote being sent around for publicity, from Ryan Seacrest: “What’s more, they present acceptance. You look at Bruce and now Caitlyn — you see the power of a family to come together when it would be so easy to fall apart.” I would indeed love to look at Caitlyn. Where is she?​

2. I’m not saying everything this family does has to involve both parents. I certainly can’t presume to know the nitty-gritty of that relationship, what it ever truly was, or how it might have changed. But it’s fact now that a Women of the Jenndashian Family cover isn’t complete without one particular woman. Think of the statement it could have made, having Caitlyn on here. Not even at the center — obviously Kris would give up that spot over her own mummified body — but just there, present, part of the crew Cosmo is presenting as the ultimate in powerful and bonded women. It would illustrate the statement Ryan Seacrest made in words. A picture would’ve been worth a thousand of them.

3. The absence of Caitlyn on this cover is therefore striking and, to me, pointed. Yes, I realize the story itself probably touches on her, but that’s buried inside. That’s not the image being peddled. Everything these people do is studied and calculated and coordinated, and Caitlyn’s transition magnified the microscope on these people in a way I doubt even they realized was possible. They know people are watching. Most of them used the same combination of words in their tweets and quotes about Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover, as if there was a family social media strategy meeting about it (which there probably was). And I guarantee it has not been forgotten that Caitlyn went public with that the same day Kim announced her pregnancy, overshadowing it completely. In underlining this exact image as being representative of their family unit, they know exactly, exactly, what they’re doing, and the question is why and what it means. As I mentioned in point 3, Kris certainly doesn’t have to do everything with her ex, and the kids don’t have to do everything with Caitlyn, who both is and isn’t their father (and what that was like for them, only they truly know). But again, this isn’t just some random family photo. This is one of the most managed families in the world proclaiming THIS group, right here, as the one true Kardashian/Jenner Family Unit. It’s just… I keep coming back to “intriguing” and “pointed,” because it’s both.

4. Yes, Cosmo is a lady mag, but consider what any of this means to Rob, too. Do they even remember he exists? Because it certainly comes across as if they hope no one else does.

[Photos: Cosmopolitan]


Fug the Show: How To Get Away With Murder recap, season 2, episode 2

I think Asher might be the only nice person on this show.


Milan Fashion Week Grab Bag: Versace, Fausto Puglisi, Blumarine, Emilio Pucci

I keep forgetting we never finished out Milan Fashion Week, and Paris is already mostly done… we’ll try to get you some relevant selects from that, too, I promise. For now, let’s enjoy that Versace sent out a small handful of things that were not wholly hideous. For the full shows: Versace, Fausto Puglisi, Blumarine, Emilio Pucci.

[Photos: Getty]


Recent (Mostly) Fabs: Nina Dobrev

This first one is Versace, and frankly, I’m relieved to be reminded that Donatella can make actual garments rather than just ornate fishing nets.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]