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CFDA Fug or Fab: Katharine McPhee in Paule Ka


This photo… it was delivered unto me on a digital cloud made of giggles.

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It’s not even that the outfit is so awful. It’s fine. It’s dripping with fashion. Which is the point of this awards night, so fine. But, and I don’t know how to say this nicely so I’ll just come right out: It’s a very studied attempt to look Extremely Interesting, from someone who, at least on Scorpion, is as flavorful as wet bread (or, her public persona, at least; for all I know, in private, she is The Most Interesting Woman In The World). The whole thing REEKS of editrix, or as if Katharine McPhee desperately wants you to mistake her for Jenna Lyons, and… it’s a nice try, but I am not sure Extremely Interesting is her destiny. It ends up looking like a costume.

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Fug or Fab: Charlize Theron at the Critics Choice TV Awards


“Hello, I’m Noted TV Star Charlize Theron, here to talk to you about my new F/X comedy Balls, in which I play a woman with a messy personal life who runs a sporting-goods factory. The slogan is, ‘Throw a Pair.’”

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“Just kidding. I’m here to remind you that a) I really am Charlize Theron, and when I am not standing near Sean Penn, you kind of like me; b) I can wear fancy-dress harnesses without looking saggy because that’s just how it is and you need to deal with that realness; and c) if you haven’t seen my new Mad Max movie at least twice by now, you will get a one-way ticket down MY Fury Road, except SEE, I look SO NICE here, because I am PLEASANT, and all that Furiosa stuff was ACTING, and if you want to remember that come Oscar time then go right ahead.”

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Fug or Fab: Cobie Smulders


Results is apparently a movie about “two mismatched personal trainers whose lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client,” which a) I will watch on a plane or when I am sick, but no other time, and b) may explain why Cobie’s hair is in Treadmill Mode.

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It also may explain the fact that her skirt kind of looks like how my insides feel after a run. But I actually kind of LIKE it, and it’s actually the camisole top that’s leaving me cold. It’s actually the bodice equivalent of her head-styling here: functional, and present, but doing the bare minimum.

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Fug or Fab: Rachel McAdams


First of all, I love her haircut. Second of all, does it make her look strongly like Elizabeth Banks?

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Third: Maybe Elizabeth Banks and Rachel McAdams should play sisters in something. Part of this reaction might be stemming from the fact that this seems like something Elizabeth Banks might wear: A little wacky, a bit left of center, something that takes a strong red carpet personality to pull off, something that MIGHT be moderately insane?

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Fug or Fab: Melissa McCarthy


Question, dear Fug Nation:

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Do we think these trousers are inching their way towards a Martha Stewart Gold Capri situation? And if yes, is it possible that’s actually — to once again borrow from the master — a good thing?

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Fug or Fab: Amal Alamuddin Clooney


After those first two outings in black, I like that Amal is embracing other parts of the rainbow on the red carpet.

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The satiny gown is definitely a romantic idea, but everything therein looks like it’s been placed rather lopsidedly on the shelf, no? Maybe the chicken-cutlet bra — one of those that sticks to your skin — wasn’t applied evenly, like when you put the  pegs in your bookshelf and then don’t notice until you put on the shelf that one side is lower than the other. It COULD just be the angle, but regardless. She’s statuesque, and there’s a certain glamour here, but I’m not sure if it’s Full-Price Fab or being peddled at a discount. Both of which are more than I can say for Intern George’s pants. Those suckers aren’t even trying. In all these years of his GFY employ, when he fed us snacks and rubbed our shoulders and said soothing things to us about our hair, did he not learn ANYTHING? Might be time for a refresher course, George. Our martinis aren’t going to mix themselves.

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