Fug File: Awards & Galas

Met Gala Fug or Fab: Lorde in Valentino


She is serving some 80s Jem and the Hologram Prom realness in this and I am here for it. Well, mostly. (While I’m here, you should read this piece in Vanity Fair with Karla Welch, who styled this look, about the thought that went into it. It’s fascinating.)

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Met Gala Well Played: Katie Holmes in Zac Posen


I have to tell you, when I downloaded the photo I didn’t think I was going to like this.

Katie Holmes

It’s VERY “I’ve Got You, Babe.” Especially when you zoom into the eyelashes.

Katie Holmes

I can just SEE Sonny Bono swaying beside her. But the thing is, I think she looks kind of FANTASTIC like this. And the dress is both extremely pretty, and very different for Zac Posen. If the two of them want to duet like this for all eternity, hand me a tambourine, because I’m on board.

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: The Dudes


AT LAST.

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Met Gala Feh Carpet: Hailee Steinfeld in H&M


Hailee Steinfeld has a WONDERFUL track record at the Met Gala. She looked wonderful in Michael Kors last year. She looked fab in Prabal in 2014. She looked awesome in DKNY in 2013. This year…

MET Costume Institute Gala 2016

…well, listen. You can’t win them all. And this isn’t terrible, or anything. The color, for instance, is fantastic. I suspect it probably looked better in person than it does it photos, as well. And the back is intriguing:

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala

It’s just maybe my least favorite of her looks thus far. There’s always got to be one?

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Met Gala Technologically Played: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


This dress was a very intriguing gimmick.

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

It’s embedded with IBM technology that lets it react to social media emotions — “joy, passion, excitement, encouragement, and curiosity.” The idea being that it would scan Karolina’s social media accounts and change color based on the reactions it detects there. They call it a “cognitive dress,” but unfortunately, the only other color I saw was on her Instagram earlier in the night and then green here:

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

I don’t know what color is meant to match which emotion, but I personally think they should have gone for stronger ones. The lines between joy, passion, excitement, encouragement, and curiosity are murky. The gimmick needs really easy, visible results to drive engagement. They should’ve gone whole-hog with happy, horrified, bored… if you’re going to have a cognitive dress, don’t be afraid to plug it into the WHOLE human experience, even if at some point it glows red with the Internet’s disapproval.

Not that it necessarily would have. It’s a perfectly nice dress. Not the dizzying highs we’ve experienced before from Karolina, but honestly, how often in one lifetime does a person scale that kind of mountain?

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Met Gala Well Played: Zendaya in Michael Kors


She is selling this.

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Met Gala What The Fug: Irina Shayk in Givenchy


Can we get Riccardo Tisci on charges of desecrating the flag?

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Not that I’m so protective of the flag; I just want to get this dress arrested on any grounds I can, due to Random Acts of Heinousness. And I am pretty sure Betsy Ross just raided the angels’ brass band so she could play some Sad Trombone. There is a very long list of visual atrocities committed by Givenchy in the last few years, and The Inglorious Ass Window of the Thirteen Original Colonies is rocketing speedily atop that list.

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