Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fine or Fab: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Burberry at the NAACP Image Awards


The dress is beautiful, and so is the wearer. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is extremely physically perfect and I hope her parents high-five each other every ten minutes over how their DNA twined like a boss.

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But while her face is a jewel, and the gown is delicate and cool and fits like a dream, I’m not sure the ingredients are making the ideal cake. Different makeup might’ve helped, and some creative jewelry on her arms — known ’round these here parts as “bracelets” — and frankly even maybe a dress that’s a deeper hue. But she does still look pretty… Maybe I am wrong not to open my heart to it. Maybe I’m being too closed off. Putting up walls. Afraid to feel.  Or maybe the pattern is kind of reminiscent of an old bedspread my grandmother had in her guest bedroom. Maybe that bed was comfortable, so who cares. Maybe I’m confused. Maybe I’m amazed. Maybe far away. Call me, maybe?

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Fug or Fab: Uzo Aduba in Zac Posen at the NAACP Image Awards


Either she’s a miraculous model, or she actually found a dress that seems to avoid most of Posen’s deadliest sins.

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It’s not perfect; right when I think I’m talking myself into a full Well Played, my eyes will get distracted by a weird gather or a misplaced shadow. But I still think I’ll have a hard time voting it down, because she’s a gift to the gown and I hope Zac sends her a large thank-you note and a basket of different flavors of crisps from England because I’m projecting and that’s what I would want.

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Fine or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney


This is EXTREMELY straightforward and fine, in a gorgeous color. So it’s hard to imagine it being anything LESS than a resounding “fine.”

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But it’s Stella McCartney. So the fact that this actually looks nice feels like a bigger victory than ordinarily it might, given that Stella’s name usually makes me want to run around waving my arms over my head and screaming, “IT’S A TRAP. GET OUT OF THERE.”

 

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BAFTAs Fug or Fab: Felicity Jones in Dior


Damn it, getting to stand that close to Becks is a prize in and of itself.

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BAFTAs Fug or Fab: Julianne Moore in Tom Ford


Her face is radiant. Her whole head is like, “Yep, I’ve got this. I am so excited for Feb. 22 that I can barely stop myself from screaming ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JULIANNE MOORE every time anyone asks me my coffee order.”

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And I LOVE the true red on her. But while I think Julianne is doing this every justice she can, is it returning the favor? That top is depressingly creasy along the shores of Boobbados. It draws your eyes there for reasons other than, “WOW she is in good shape, for basically any age,” which I suspect she would’ve liked better.

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Grammys Fug or Fab Carpet: Anna Kendrick in Band of Outsiders


I might have Awards Season Blindness — in which nothing makes sense anymore and also I start writing random words that are generally misspelled and eventually everything that comes out of my fingers is like potato pancakes waffle face kombucha — but! I am pretty sure this is good on her:

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I mean, right? Yes? Please validate me here. I do keep thinking she either needs a stronger lip or a necklace, to break up the expanse of flesh from forehead to abdomen, but you know what? I almost think either might have been a little cheesy on her, because she’s so small and easily overwhelmed. This might, in fact, be the first time that I could say that Anna Kendrick — whom I love — looks almost…bad-ass adjacent. (Not FULLY bad-ass, as I think she would agree, but delightfully near it.) I’m going to give this to her.

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