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Emmy Awards Well Played: Minnie Driver in Versace

I have doubts about this — which we will, of course, explore — but on the whole, I think she looks pretty damn good in it.

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GFY Giveaway: Hamilpins by Casey Barber

You guys! I am so so excited to be able to offer Fug Nation’s Hamilton fans this awesome prize. Our friend Casey Barber sells amazing Hamilton art and notions at her website – from greeting cards, to watercolor prints, to stickers, to these rad enamel pins that we’re giving away today and which you may have seen on my Instagram last week. (There is one treat for non-Hamilton fans, in the form of a Primanti Bros. sandwich pin. You can finally wear a sandwich in a way that doesn’t involve a stain on your shirt! It’s a Festivus miracle!)

Even if you don’t win today’s giveaway, all Fug Nationals can use the coupon code BURRSIR to take 15 percent off your purchase of anything at Casey’s site through October 1. 

Trust me, no one matches Casey’s practical, tactical brilliance in this arena. You simply must meet Thomas (and Lafayette):

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And here are your Schuyler Sisters:

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THE PRIZE: We’re thrilled to be giving away a full sets of Hamilton pins (all 3 Schuyler Sisters, plus Lafayette + Jefferson, so five pins total) to two lucky winners.

THE TASK: I’ll be picking the winners at random, but to keep it fun, please answer the following: You have been granted the power to swiftly and easily write a musical based on the life of an actual historical figure. It will be a tremendous critical and popular hit and make you very, very rich. Congratulations! Who is the historical figure?

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Open to residents of the US only. Thank you!)


Emmys Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else in Red

As a programming note! If you think we’ve missed someone who noteworthily sported red on Sunday night, it’s more than likely that we gave them their own post — like Priyanka Chopra, for example, or Tatiana Maslany. But never fear. There is still MUCH left to discuss.

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Emmy Awards Fug or Fab: Amanda Peet in Altuzarra

As happens so often, I hated this at first glance and now I actually kind of like it. Apparently my first, knee-jerk action is always ACK NO WHAT WHY, and then when I calm down, I gain the wisdom of time.  Don’t get me wrong: It is for sure like Very High Fashion Charlie Brown:

More Celebs attending The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Arrivals in LA

But isn’t it time we all give Charlie Brown a break?

More definitely successful was her pre-Emmys look:

Entertainment Weekly Pre Emmy Party in LA

Although, at first glance, I also feared this might be pants.  (Apparently my eyes are never truly to be trusted.) As a jumpsuit, this would have been a night terror. As a dress…I’m in.

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Emmy Awards Fug Carpet: Alia Shawkat

I saw this look get a lot of love on Twitter last night, and I totally respect that other people dig it — wouldn’t it be boring if we all agreed, after all? — but I’m not sure I think it’s extremely successful:

Priyanka Chopra at The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Arrivals in LA

I like the pattern. I like the concept. I think the feeling of this works very well with her sort of indie hipster millennial aura — and that’s not a slam; I like a lot of indie hipster millennials even though I am an uptight preppy Gen X-er — and I think if she’d rolled up to a wedding wearing this, I would have handed her a glass of champagne and got on with it. I appreciate that she doesn’t feel styled, although I’m sure she is. But for the Emmys specifically, this feels about 10% too unstyled for me, and kind of like something you’d wear if you were guest-starring on an episode of Girls featuring a garden party.

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Emmys Fugs or Fabs: Taraji P Henson in Vera Wang

Taraji changed between the red carpet and presenting an award and I cannot totally figure out why. I decided she got inside the auditorium, looked at herself in the bathroom mirror in her first look and was like, “eh, I’m over this one.” The good news is, she did change into something better for her appearance on stage. An upgrade is always welcome.

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Emmys Well Played: America Ferrera in Jenny Packham

This woman completed a triathlon less than 24 hours before this photo was taken. It is a miracle she is upright, much less looking so good. And she does look good:

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America was the first person I saw when I turned on E’s telecast of the red carpet last night, and she was an auspicious start to what turned out to be a fairly successful red carpet overall. This is easy and elegant and sexy, and I honestly don’t know if her head has ever looked better. Apparently massive cardio the day before a huge red carpet event does right by her. And I hope she’s sleeping right now.

Let’s take an accessories break:

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