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Fug or Fab: Lupita Nyong’o at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Chanel


There’s this wonderful moment in Catching Fire — which I literally just watched — wherein Effie Trinket gets out of the train and is greeted by a typically glum district scene and Elizabeth Banks chirps, “well. This isn’t very festive,” and it’s a completely brilliant little throwaway moment and I’ve decided to adopt this phrase throughout the upcoming holiday season if things don’t live up to my desired amount of festivity. Say what you will about the rest of Lupita’s frock here, but is IS very festive.

But let’s start with her face:

Glamour's Cindi Leive Honors The 2014 Women Of The Year - Arrivals

Her makeup is great, her smile is great, her face is great. I have face envy. (We can also see the details on her dress here. It’s very tactile.)

And here’s the whole look:

Glamour's Cindi Leive Honors The 2014 Women Of The Year - Arrivals

I think I like it. It’s SO seasonally appropriate, and I am a sucker for that.  Fug National Kizz Robinson tweeted us that she’d seen Lupita getting into a car, and that her dress was “winter white and gold. Very structured,” and that’s bang on: It’s VERY structured. Personally, I love a structured dress*, and I think this stand-up collar is great frame for her face. I also love sleeves in winter! SLEEVES on the red carpet! My kingdom for more sleeves! And you know how I feel about bling. So I am going to come down firmly with thumbs up.

*HOWEVER, it has recently come to my attention that what I thought was a little detail on the hem is actually…matching undershorts. I could not let you vote without knowing this fact. It has shaken me, I must admit.

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Fug or Fab: Jessica Chastain in Nina Ricci at the AMPAS Governors’ Awards


I saw Interstellar this past weekend, and I have to say, I thought it was pretty lousy, and that almost everyone was underwhelming in it except for Jessica Chastain here (although, Chasty included, they did get saddled with some unforgivably bad lines, ponderous pontificating, frustrating illogic, and the fact that I seriously feel like nobody gives Christopher Nolan notes anymore — or perhaps he simply doesn’t accept them). She was the most natural of any of them, even though there’s one part (not a spoiler) in which it asks you to believe she is the same age Matthew McConaughey appears to be, and I actually laughed out loud in the theater. COME ON.

I could go on at length about all the things that were excruciating, but I will spare you. If you want to see a movie that really impacts you with the sheer immensity and isolation of space, try Gravity (and I have to think Nolan is mad he couldn’t use that title, because they bang on about it in every scene). The visuals were way better. Chasty must be bummed that she has to ignore another potentially better movie in which she’s reportedly excellent in favor of promoting this bloated affair.

At least her face and hair are soldiering on bravely:

Jessica Chastain

But this is basically a nightgown, right? Albeit a nightgown with FEELINGS. A nightgown with wants and needs and a lot of dreams that one day they’ll together be Grace Farrell performing a song and dance in a glamorous dressing room about going to see a Greta Garbo movie. (That nightgown is not, I suspect, going to like the Annie remake that’s coming out in December.) I appreciate the romance of the layers, which you can see well from behind:

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CMA Awards Fug or Fab: Trisha/Garth and Faith/Tim


Because why NOT plonk the other two Power Couples of Country into the same post? Let’s start with Trisha and Garth:

48th CMA Awards arrivals

I ALWAYS forget these two are married, for some reason, and then am delighted anew when I remember. They appear to be entering that phase of a relationship where you start inadvertently dressing alike. I cannot wait until the new country music awards program (I assume set to air on Friday?) where Trisha will accidentally wear Garth’s hat. I just wish she were wearing some bling. You KNOW Trisha Yearwood has got some bling stuck in a drawer SOMEWHERE. Bring it out!

Next up, both Faith and Tim look slightly like they are their own wax figurines in this picture, for some reason:

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Fug or Fab: Carey Mulligan in Erdem


Carey Mulligan, I think, hates jewelry. She hardly ever wears anything other than the most delicate pieces. I guess it’s possible that she feels that she, herself, is too delicate a piece for too much bling — fair enough, perhaps:

Harper's Bazaar Woman of the Year awards at Claridge's Ballroom in London

I wish she’d worn this one, to be completely honest, but I don’t dislike this as much as I ought to, considering that it’s got a big healthy bite taken out of the middle, like a cookie someone packed for lunch but had to sample around 11 a.m. She might just be swaying me with the power of having worn red shoes with it. I am a sucker for an interesting shoe. As you may have heard.

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Fug or Fab: Anne Hathaway in Rodarte


I’m pretty sure I think this is hideous — this IS the Rodarte collection wherein I cracked that algae and fishing netting were so hot for fall — but her head looks good and I like her shoes and I honestly thought this would be way more heinous when actually deployed on a red carpet, and now I’ve started feeling confused. Maybe it’s NOT actually terrible? Maybe it’s interesting? Maybe I have been transported to opposite land, to Bizarro World, where I am Bizarro Jessica and I write with my right hand and love Rodarte and actually know the eights times tables (I somehow never learned past the sixes) and am devoted to raw foodism and Tevas. You better tell me how to feel, Fug Nation. And then perhaps hold me. I’m scared.

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Fug or Fab: Solange Knowles


I feel like this all would have worked so much better if she hadn’t forgotten her lipstick:

Celebrities attend the Derby Day Races in Melbourne

As for the rest of it, I keep going back and forth on it — I love the pattern, but for some reason the top looks like a very chic chef’s apron to me (with pockets placed at the most inopportune spot), and now that’s all I can see. I keep expecting her to ask me if I’d be interested in hearing their specials. I am ALWAYS interested in hearing the specials, Solange, and if you opened a restaurant, I would probably go, but as ensembles go, it’s possible that I have notes.

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