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Cannes Well Played, Araya A. Hargate


Araya here is a British-Thai actress, whose acting work I have never seen — she’s apparently been in a lot of Thai soaps, including one called Crazy Crying Lady, about which I clearly need to be briefed. But I HIGHLY approve of the work of her stylist.

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Royally Played, Harry and Wills and Kate (in Banana Republic)


This was a 48 hours of highs and lows, sartorially speaking, you guys. I LOVE this Banana skirt on Kate today, but yesterday…oh, girl. GIRL. In a sense, it is a relief to know there is one thing that Kate cannot figure out, and it is what to wear to any event that vaguely requires cocktail attire.

Our first event is the launch of Heads Together, which is their campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness, and the second was the Royal Windsor Horse Show, a celebration of the Queen’s 90th on Sunday, which involved many horses (hence the name) and, from what I understand, also featured Harry seated behind a pole, frustrating the people at home who were watching it to ogle him.

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Cannes Mostly Well Played, Marion Cotillard


I feel like a broken record – and, sidebar, I just thought about how there are a ton of people alive right now who understand the meaning of that phrase, but haven’t literally experienced the actual broken record in action — but why does Dior do so much better by everyone else than Jennifer Lawrence?

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Fugs and Pieces, May 13th, 2016


Happy Friday, everyone! Please enjoy the following as you wait to be released from work. It involves the Matthews drinking wine and chortling:

– I was really sad to read today that The Toast is shuttering on July 1st. Getting to write If Prince Harry Were Your Boyfriend for them was one of my favorite freelance assignments, and, in addition to finding their content funny and smart and weird in the best ways, I felt a kinship with them, because there aren’t very many independent, small-press-style blogs run by women who just…write whatever they want. I also always really appreciated Nicole Cliffe’s great transparency about the financial realities of the gig on Twitter — she always banged the drum that ad blockers were eventually going to kill them (and, possibly, all of us), and that’s not always a popular truth to unfurl. I wish everyone there the very best and look forward to seeing what projects they do next. I will miss that site. (We also wrote a post for them about our writing process, which I often forward to people when they have questions.)

– As a programming note, the Eurovision finale is this weekend, and we will certainly be covering it this year! I’m not 100% sure when, because our Official Eurovision Correspondent Heather is off on a much-deserved vacation, but we will get to it.

– I think you’re going to enjoy, at The New York Times, a look at #StarringJohnCho. I wholly and unequivocally agree that Hollywood needs, like, A LOT more John Cho. JUST LOOK AT HIM.

– At Vanity Fair: Why the Enduring Fascination with the Mitford Sisters Won’t Die

– This Ta-Nehisi Coates essay – called “On Homecoming” — at The Atlantic is, unsurprisingly, extremely good.

– My friend Marissa wrote this very affecting essay about her friendship with a younger woman, on the Washington Post

– Apartment Therapy takes us on a trip to the White House Bedroom Through the Years

– I really enjoyed this Paper interview with Spencer Pratt. YES, SERIOUSLY.

Tom Verducci’s profile of Vin Scully — the legend who narrated every summer of my life — is so, so so good, at Sports Illustrated.

–This interview with Olivier Rousteing of Balmain is interesting. To wit: “He admitted that among his 3.1 million followers on Instagram there are some haters, but ultimately the naysayers don’t faze him. ‘It doesn’t mean that I’m not a good designer, because if your clothes are bad, you don’t sell.’” I don’t know if I agree with that thesis.

– This article about the life of Broadway understudies is so interesting. (Broadway World)

– At Lainey, Bomer and Gosling together. HOTNESS ALERT!

Robin Givhan’s piece on Bill Clinton’s wardrobe — yes, Bill‘s — is great. I have such a writerly crush on her.

– At Collectors Weekly: Railway Paradise: How a Fine-Dining Empire Made the Southwest Palatable to Outsiders

– If you haven’t read this yet, you should. At The Guardian: The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies.

– At the NYT, you will want to read this profile of Leslie Odom Jr, if you are a fan of Hamilton. And maybe even if not.

– Over at Celebitchy, apparently Tyga and Kylie Jenner have broken up and it’s “acrimonious.” LOVE IS DEAD!

– I always enjoy this feature at Pajiba: A Serious Discussion About Which Of The Avengers Is Best In Bed, Part 2

– Over at The New Potato, I love Martha Plimpton forever. An excerpt: “Q: How do you practice beauty from the inside out? A: That’s funny.”

And in case you missed it, some highlights from this week on GFY:

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Royals Round-Up, May 13th 2016


Well. I didn’t get to any of the Invictus Games until today, because of Cannes. And that means that this post is….really, really long and chockablock with Harry. I assume you will not be enraged by this? Because the pictures are…insane. He’s kissing winners, snuggling babies, FLIRTING, putting on American jerseys (USA! USA!), gesturing to people’s mustaches, hanging out with his very best friend in the world, Michelle Obama. It is AMAZING. I could have picked ten thousand more pictures for this slideshow.

Here at GFY, in case you missed it, Heather and I put together a giant slideshow all about our trip to the UK, and you might enjoy it!

Also, there will be a lot of shenanigans from Wills and Kate and Harry in the upcoming week, including on Sunday, so make sure you pop back to keep up to date!

Elsewhere, we must begin with this:

Harry and Michelle are clearly SO FOND of each other, and also, as you know, I LOVE Robin, so basically I could watch like five hours of this interview. That part is the more serious bit, but you also definitely want to see the part where Michelle talks about Prince George.

– At the National Post: Prince Harry on his private life: How can I get a girl when I can’t even have a drink in the pub

– I meant to run this weeks ago and just forgot. You may have read it already, but if not it’s AMAZING. At The New York Times, a conversation with QE2′s party planner. For example: “For the wedding of William and Kate, for which Lady Elizabeth was an adviser (and planned the wedding eve family dinner), the couple had very strong ideas that the queen ‘was marvelous and listened to,’  she said. Traditional royal weddings have no reception afterward — guests just depart after the service — but William and Kate wanted one after seeing that was what their friends had had. ‘And so the palace had to learn quite a lot about different canapés, because they weren’t used to doing them,’ Lady Elizabeth said.” Also: “Chasing down R.S.V.P.s was a particular headache, and she claims credit for inventing ‘this ghastly thing called the reply card’ to solve the problem. The first time she created one, she forgot to leave a space for people to write their names, and so she ended up with a bunch of yeses and nos but no clue who they were from.”

– The Court Jeweller has a very interesting piece about George VI’s coronation — with video. Everyone is wearing crowns, which WILL NOT happen when Charles becomes king (which is going to be crazy-feeling). Also: I love the mid-Atlantic accent of the newsreel narrator.

– I enjoyed this, at From Berkshire to Buckingham: Commoner to Duchess of Cambridge: 5 Years On, A Look At Kate’s Style Transformation

– You will enjoy this slideshow of the British Royal Family at the Olympics, over at NBC.

– And this is at the Daily Mail –I KNOW, I KNOW — but it IS interesting and also real gossipy (as you’d imagine): The Lioness of Longleat: Viscountess Weymouth on climbing the social ladder, a feuding family and her terrifying pregnancy

Wills went to Oxford — so pretty, Oxford! — this week to open one of their libraries:

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Cannes Mostly Well Played: Blake Lively, Continued


So far, the theme of Cannes 2016 is I Want Those Shoes.

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Fug Nation’s Best and Worst of the Met Gala


In case you were wondering, with an overwhelming majority, the winner of Fug Nation’s Best of the Met Gala, with a landslide 37% of the vote is…

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Claire Danes! Make sure you see her entire light-up dress, if you missed it somehow. As for worst?

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