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Fug the Show: Outlander recap, S2 E7, “Faith”

I’ve chosen the most benign, non-spoilery cover photo, just in case anyone is trying to scroll past this quickly without seeing what happened. But if you know already… dudes, this episode was all pain. It was SO SAD. It was like putting your heart in a Salad Shooter.

Luckily, there is Terry Dresbach. She did a whole entry on how Claire’s marvelous cape from last week was based on a Balenciaga. Saks also did windows with the costumes in them, so Dresbach posted copious photos of the moving process, which is just a magnificent treat. She even discusses how they solved the issue of getting period-proper mannequins and shared construction pictures, including close-ups of the “wigs” they made. Her blog is A TREASURE. I just love that she and hers documented so much of this. Please, please treat yourselves.


Fug or Fab: Anne Hathaway in Christopher Kane

This does at least FEEL very Alice In Wonderland.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Premieres in Hollywood

I just wish it felt that way in a pretty sense, rather than like a fever dream about getting locked inside a florist’s shop after closing. Like The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, except involuntary, and with more allergies.

We missed an earlier look of hers that I like better:

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Fug the Show: Nashville, S4 E20, “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt”

In which our three central couples move their emotional chess pieces a little, and Layla gets REALLY plotty.


What the Fug: Various Kardashians

After Jessica declared The Waning of the Sheers yesterday, Kim went to a Vogue thing in London wearing another of her classics. So I’m leading with Kourtney, because I don’t want the awfulness of this garment to get lost in her sister’s misdeeds.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Reasonably Played: Madonna at the Billboard Music Awards

Madonna being chosen to pay tribute to Prince stirred some controversy, with a lot of stuff about whether Prince would approve, but I tend to agree with Questlove that just to sing his work is brave enough — and that it’s not necessarily helpful wandering down the road of imagining what Prince would or wouldn’t get. Besides which, is it really so off-base? Madonna was Prince’s contemporary. When Prince died, in the wake of also losing David Bowie, people Tweeted stuff like, “SOMEBODY CHECK ON MADONNA.” And they weren’t entirely kidding. Prince was a groundbreaking musician, and so was/is Madonna — I mean, she paved the way for the female artists of today, and the ways they can express themselves and their sexuality. I highly doubt Prince would have resented those parallels. Seeing Madonna up there singing it adequately but not lights-out was also sort of poignant, in that it reminds you how fragile all our old musical heroes inevitably become.

And in the end, this worked for me better than Lady Gaga’s Bowie tribute. That one was less like, “Look how great David Bowie was,” than it was, “Look how great I am, doing all these Bowie songs.” By contrast, this was a purple-hued, heavy-on-imagery, light-on-spectacle performance of two iconic Prince songs, with Prince himself providing the intro via the “Dearly Beloved” piece of “Let’s Go Crazy.” It kept him the star, which is as it should be.

[Photos: Getty]


Unfug It Up: Meghan Trainor in Michael Costello at the Billboard Music Awards

I spent all of Sunday outside, at my kids’ school’s spring fair, so I can’t look at this without wanting to pass out from sunstroke.

Meghan Trainor

But aside from how seasonally intense this dress is, I think it’s way, way too much for her. It’s swallowing her whole, and worse, it’s SO dominating that it overshadows what are some truly saucy shoes. At the very least I would like to make this knee-length. And maybe sleeveless? Or just reconceive the top altogether so that she looks less like she’s about to ride into battle, sword aloft, in an ad for Game of War.

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Fug or Fab: Demi Lovato in Chanel at the Billboard Music Awards

I appreciate what Demi was going for, and in fact, I’m not ENTIRELY mad at it. We’re just squabbling a little bit over how easily the flashed turned it into a game of peekaboob.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]