Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fug or Fab: Elizabeth Banks


I want to love this, because it’s textured and lush and metallic.

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But it also looks like someone marched up to her and hurled their split-pea soup at her chest. And I can’t decide if that is attractive revenge served hot, or just a kill shot.

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Fug or Fab: Brie Larson at the W Magazine Party


I know a nighttime midweek shindig before the Globes doesn’t FEEL like it should be super formal, but plenty of people treated it as such, which is why I find Brie Larson’s outfit kind of refreshing.

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She manages to look put-together, and as if she is taking this seriously, without also going for exhaustingly high glamour. Do I love the pants? No. She looks like a combination of Shit People Wore When I Was in Ninth Grade, a phase of life I personally hoped NEVER to revisit on just about every level — geographic, sartorial, physical, mental — and a paratrooper. But then again, it makes sense that this is Celine, because there’s also something endearingly French about this. She is one 90-degree shirt rotation away from being a Breton-striped paratrooping ninth-grade flashback, which is a much more palatable kind indeed. So yeah, I can’t see her feet, and yeah the huge high waist and massive belt and voluminous leg would look terrible on most people… but none of this looks terrible on HER, and she’s selling it with her best red lipstick, to boot.  I just talked myself into it, MademoiselleFélicitations à vous.

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People’s Choice Awards Fug or Fine: Lea Michele in Elie Saab


Every so often we see a dress that looks, from afar, like a creature is reaching around and cupping the wearer’s boobs. I can honestly say I have never thought to myself, “Oh, yes, getting felt up is REALLY on-trend this winter.” Maybe I’m not living my best life.

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People’s Choice Fugs or Fabs: Sandra Bullock (in Monique Lhuillier) and Melissa McCarthy


I feel like, of all of Hollywood’s Lady Friend Duos, this might be the one I most want to grab a drink with. No offense to, say, J Law and Schumer, who I am sure are a collective hoot, but Sandy and Melissa are both a little older than I am and I feel like I could learn a lot from their collective awesome. Also, Sandra Bullock has Clooney’s number in her phone for sure, and that just seems like a plus. (This may also just be a way for me to meet my favorite non-royal celebrity child, Louis Bullock, who I am on record as thinking is possibly the cutest person alive.) ALSO, Melissa brings Shaun White Hoodies and Denim with her. They’re just really strong lady friend candidates, is all, and I also think you could text one of them and be like, “What are you wearing?” and they’d be like, “I don’t even know.”

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People’s Choice Awards Fug or Fab: Kate Hudson in Galvan


Kate Hudson is OUT AND ABOUT a lot lately, and honestly, I still don’t really know what she’s promoting? Just…Kate Hudson? Sure! At least in this instance, she’s basically given us every possible angle on this jumpsuit, so that we can make the most well-informed choices on whether or not we dig it.

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Fug or Fab: Brie Larson in Giambattista Valli


First and foremost, we have to discuss wee Jacob Tremblay here:

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I CANNOT STAND HOW CUTE HE IS. He looks so dapper! Like such a little grown-up, and such a pro — his hands in his pockets like that, you can see just how he’s going to look when he’s 35. It’s so charming. He is adorable. (He also shared Best Breakthough Actor from the National Board of Review with Beasts of No Nation‘s Abraham Attah, who you will see later, and who also looked great, and apparently had to stand on a box to deliver his speech, in which — per Twitter — he said, “The mind of me is so blown!” Hee.) One of the things I like about Brie Larson is that she and Jacob seem to have such a good relationship — which I’m sure was necessary for the success of both of their performances, and she’d know that, but which feels really legitimate and loving. You know, from the outside of it, but still. Kids are honest; you can’t really talk a nine year old  into convincingly pretending to like someone for PR, even if he IS a good actor, for this long. A lot of adult actors are not nearly so good with kids, for whatever reason, and her obvious huge affection for him is really endearing.

What is potentially not endearing: This dress. I get it, but I worry that there’s one too many fabrics at play here. You cannot have a delicate floral, AND a lace, AND a shiny houndstooth and hope to marry them in complete harmony.  The best you can aim for, I think, is a sort of riotous and brief passion that flames out, but is ultimately unforgettable. We might not quite have gotten there?

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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Kristen Stewart


I had wondered if she was doing all this press as an Oscar push for Clouds of Sils Maria, but I can’t figure out why it wasn’t eligible LAST year. Maybe it wasn’t fully released until early 2015? Regardless, I would love it if she snuck in and nabbed an Oscar nod. I thought she should’ve gotten one for Still Alice, and apparently she’s even better in this. Besides, she makes interesting choices; it’d be fun to see that rewarded.

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