Fug File: Awards & Galas

Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else at the BET Awards


In which sartorial efforts range from FABULOUS to NOOOOOOOOOOOO to NSFW.

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Well Played, Yara Shahidi in Tracy Reese at the BET Awards


Yara Shahidi is sixteen years old, and she’s on black-ish (a show which boasts some of the cutest kids in TV), and when I read that this dress is Tracy Reese, I wrote this whole mini-fanfic in my head about how Tracee Ellis Ross (who is Yara’s TV mom) helped her pick it out, because we often see TER at the Tracy Reese show when we go to Fashion Week, and it’s always very exciting for me to get to admire her general awesomeness in person. (That show is also where I talked to both Sasheer Zamata and Jessica Lowndes about red lipstick — they were both delightful — so it’s clearly a place where good things happen.) I feel like this scenario is TOTALLY possible, frankly.

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Whoever gave the final thumbs up to this dress, though, should pat themselves on the back and give themselves another scoop of ice cream (I was going to say, another glass of wine, until I realized it might have been Yara herself). It is so charming — cheery and fun, but still sophisticated and surprisingly unfussy. I kind of want to see it at the afterparty, with a demin jacket, because you know that would be cute, too. Full marks all around. Don’t act surprised: You know I can never resist a stripe.

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Well Played, Andra Day at the BET Awards


Certain celebs have certain sartorial quirks. Katy Perry, for example, often dresses like slightly unhinged candy. Janelle Monae almost always sticks to the same color palette, and displays an admirable tendency to go for a cape. And Andra Day generally goes retro:

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Like Janelle’s, Andra’s is a habit that often pays off huge dividends, and this is one of those times. Whenever I see her, I find myself thinking, “I want to go to that party.” This dress has a high degree of difficulty — the flowered hip layer could easily feel like a bedazzled napkins that she accidentally tucked into her waistband — but it’s just glamorous and unusual on her. Huge bonus points for nailing her shoe choice — these are Marchesa — as well. I’ll follow them wherever they may go, too.

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Fug or Fab: Gabrielle Union in Marc Jacobs at the BET Awards


I just keep coming around to this haiku: Gabrielle Union // gorgeous lady drowning in // bordello curtains.

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WTF: Tasha Smith at the BET Awards


Admittedly I don’t know Tasha Smith’s normal style, but this nonetheless feels like a weird reach, especially at an event at which she’s otherwise so glam.

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It sure looks better suited to Tasha Smith Attends A Tribute To MC Hammer. Or, Solange Knowles Attends A Regular Old Tuesday In The Life of Solange Knowles. Either makes sense.

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Fug or Fab: Janelle Monae in Sass and Bide at the BET Awards


Her head is perfection; I recognize that the rest of the outfit might not be to everyone’s satisfaction, but I personally think she is killing it in the way that only Janelle Monae can.

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Outfitting oneself almost exclusively in black, white, or red is a quick way to get accused of being in a rut, but she always finds a way to make it intriguing. Belled sleeves AND pants are bold. Squabbling stripes are brave. Both at once, and in sequins to boot, is bananas. And yet all I know is, whatever she’s refereeing — an NFL game, arm-wrestling, two mice having a staring contest — I will watch.

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Tony Awards 2016: Fug Nation’s Best- and Worst-Dressed


The Tonys really pulled it out, y’all. I was hard-pressed to come up with THAT many worst-dressed contenders, and I feel like I edited out a lot of worthy best-dressed women simply because… something had to give. As usual, the polls are after the jump.

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