Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fug or Fab: Leslie Mann in Marchesa

I have come to a greater understanding of myself.


And it is that, given my feelings for this look (positive), it’s possible that I may have A Thing For Feathers. This does not jibe at all with the fact that I have a raging phobia of birds — unless! And I may have just further figured out my own psyche! UNLESS I find this look so appealing because it represents to me a beautiful way to SUBDUE THE BIRD. By, you know, sitting on it all night.

In all honesty, there is part of me that finds the idea of a feather skirt kinda gross, if I think about it too long. But this is like taking a glamorous marabou slipper and making a whole outfit out of it, and I am therefore sort of into it.

"How To Be Single" New York Premiere - Red Carpet

Also, I do love a halter.

All that said, I recognize that you, Fug Nation, may think I have — if you’ll pardon the pun — gone cuckoo.

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Fug or Fab: Kristen Wiig in Vintage YSL

Well, I want to run over to her and yank this up and also scoot it all over like…half an inch. All those logistics sorted, though, I kind of like this:


I freely admit that I might be feeling warmly toward it is because I REALLY would have wanted to wear it to a winter formal circa 1992. (I mean, it is vintage! MAYBE I COULD HAVE.)

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fine: Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

This How To Be Single movie looks excruciating, which means I will totally be watching it on a plane in six months. But Dakota’s head and makeup here are perfection:

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The dress… it’s not my personal bag of tea. I have a hard time getting excited about being covered in a bunch of starfish, looking like a beach that’s been hit with a rogue wave chock full of marine life. In less elegant terms, I don’t want things on me. But I have to give it to Dakota that the cut is pretty on her, and without actually knowing much about her, this entire aesthetic — a little bit boho, a little bit vintage – still feels organic. I believe that she would want this dress, rather than being handed it and told to suck it p and change before she missed her limo. Call it a case of the context making the clothes seem more becoming than, to my sensibilities, they ordinarily might be.

[Photo: Getty]


Unfug or Fab: Saoirse Ronan

So, y’all: 2016. It’s happening. And the opening few weeks have been jam-packed enough that I wrote up this whole post about an outfit Jessica had already included in a slideshow from the SAGs weekend. It ran on GFY for about nine minutes before we noticed, at which point obviously I yelped and took it down and then whined to Twitter about what a moron I am.

But then we decided, “Well, whatever, why NOT look at it again.” Her SAG dress may have overshadowed it the first time, and it’s HERE, and it’s late in the day for some people. We might as well put it under a microscope.

Saoirse Ronan

Chalk this up to a good idea about whose execution I am unsure. Saoirse Ronan could totally pull off a cool suit. She could also pull off a metallic suit and/or a plaid suit, and I’m glad someone is experimenting with edgy ideas here. But IS this actually that edgy? Is it cool? Is it the suit we were looking for, Obi-Wan?

Obviously, she’s at a slight deficit just because she’s in dark clothes in front of a dark backdrop, so it’s very tough to tell WHAT exactly is happening. I’d like to give her either a darker eye or a redder lip. I’d certainly ditch the open-toed shoes with it, or at least, those specific ones, which appear blocky and ’90s in a way that chips away at the ensemble’s polish. Overall, I’m concerned about whether this suit is secretly frumpy. Like, you THINK a metallic plaid suit will be cool, but is the double-breasted cut backfiring on her? Would this have looked better hanging open with a basic shirt or cami underneath? Something is off.

In the light, you can see it’s more silvery:

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Fug or Fab: Lily James in Erdem

Well, you can’t say that she’s not SELLING this. The question is, are we buying?

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SAG Awards Fug or Fab: Priyanka Chopra in Monique Lhuiller

She is so extremely pretty, and appears to be having the best time here:

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet

So I am sad to say that I feel like this entire endeavor might be a little over the top for me?

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet

There is just SO MUCH GOING ON. It kind of feels like the Paper Source’s Valentine’s Day corner exploded all over her. And you know how I feel about Paper Source: More than anything in this world, I want to keep it safe.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


SAG Awards Fug or Fab: Viola Davis in Zac Posen

This one might be a scrolldown for me in the vein that Sarah Paulson (coming up) also is: a FANTASTIC head over a big ol’ HMM of a dress.

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This is neither as bad as I keep fearing it is, nor as good as I want it to be. It’s the closest I’ve ever seen her come to being overshadowed by a garment — the problem, I think, being that the bodice looks clumsy. It’s folded such that it creates an illusion of each boob being shoved to the center. And the thing that often undoes Zac Posen is that this fabric has no room for error. It hides nothing, but nobody seems to remember that, so the wearers are stuck with the marks of a dozen tiny sins of handiwork: bunching, overdone darts, all of it. So it’s close, but still can’t get its fingers on the cigar.

[Photo: Getty]