Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fug or Fab: Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at TIFF

This is a surprisingly sexy look for Michelle, who doesn’t usually go for slinky. I can’t decided if I think she’s carrying it or not. Let’s look at the fabric first, though:

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - "Manchester By The Sea" Premiere

Sidebar: I kinda forgot that she’d grown her hair out for a while and is now back to the pixie, simply because she has this pixie in my head 100% of the time. She might as well just leave it this way constantly, because this is how we all picture her anyway. ANYHOODLE, I love this fabric, grommets and all. It’s glamorously industrial and very slightly weird and I think it’s really great.

Here’s the whole look:

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - "Manchester By The Sea" Premiere

The dress looks like a Klimt painting and I think it’s gorgeous, but I don’t know if she’s got the red carpet pizzazz to totally sell it. She’s often sort of subdued at photo shoots, and in a sense, I wonder if it’s more logical to dress her in clothing that doesn’t demand so much attention. She’s obviously going to get attention no matter what, but this is a LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!! dress and I’m not sure if Michelle Williams has a LOOK AT ME!!!!!! personality, and thus it might slightly feel as if it’s wearing her. What do you think? Honest question — I’m not sure if I’ve cracked this one or not.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Dakota Fanning in Dolce & Gabbana at TIFF

I really like the front of this dress, but the styling sort of makes Dakota look like she’s arrived late for a final audition for a period piece after realizing whilst on the Stairmaster that she was actually scheduled to be at Warner Brothers at 2pm, not 4pm and she’ll never get there in time, run RUN!!!!!

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Brimstone' Premiere

Ye Olde Gym Hair works sometimes — even I, Cranky Old Person, can admit that — but this is, in my opinion, not one of those times. I get wanting to dress down this outfit, but I wonder if a braid would have accomplished the same thing without giving the feeling that she just flew like a bat out of hell out of Equinox.

The back of the dress is pretty, though:

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Brimstone' Premiere

I feel like you could arguably wear this dress backwards, too. Like two D&Gs in one! Don’t ever say they never gave you a bargain.



Fugs and Fabs: Renee Zellweger at Further Bridget Jones’s Baby Premieres

Petra Flannery is Renee’s stylist and she is having a BUSY WEEK, since she’s also styling Amy Adams, who’s been at TIFF, and Emma Stone, who is also promoting a new movie, and Reese Witherspoon, who has ALSO had a variety of events. (She is an excellent stylist in general — she also does Daisy Ridley, and Zoe Saldana, and I enjoy her Instagram.) ALL of these people have looked, if not great (although often also that), at least interesting, and no more so than RZ here. Who, it turns out, I really missed.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Emma Stone in Chanel at TIFF

This seems like a very smart return to Emma’s Captain Adorable days. Not that anyone ever called her that, but I think it applied, and here still does:

Emma Stone

It’s incredibly smart styling. Emma is starring opposite Ryan Gosling — a guy who, I think, would love to have been a smooth-as-silk Rat Pack member and would have walked into clubs snapping his fingers to the beat of a song only he could hear – in a musical drama/romance called La La Land, in which she plays an aspiring starlet. And what better outfit could she pick for a retro-feeling project than a retro-feeling ribbon headband and a dress that looks like every sunny day in southern California. She’s one part Pleasantville, one part 13 Going on 30, a dash of Hayley Mills, and then heaping scoops of her own innate charm.

I’m not ENTIRELY sold on the dress — it looks like it censored itself while she slept — but when the industry wants the world to go see charming, whimsical Emma Stone in a high-concept movie, then it must deliver charming, whimsical Emma Stone on the red carpet. Mission accomplished.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: Rooney Mara at TIFF

Rooney is in a movie with Nicole Kidman called Lion, and I keep misreading it as Loin, which is sort of appropriate here actually.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Katie Holmes in Valentino

I’ve decided that I am sort of into this:

The Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event

This dress is like what would happen if Witches of East End and Grey Gardens had a baby, and while I had no idea how badly I needed that pop culture mash-up until just this moment, the truth is that I’m about to start writing fanfic for it.

[Photo: Getty Images]


Fug or Fab: Gwendoline Christie in The Vampire’s Wife

I love Gwendoline Christie MADLY, but the more I look at this, the more she looks like she’s in costume as a friend of Betty Draper:

GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 - Red Carpet Arrivals

And not in that, “Oh, god, I would wear that RIGHT NOW” kind of way. In the, “That’s hilarious; my Mom totally wore that when she was in a wedding a hundred years ago!” kind of way. With an aside of, “I mean, she’s kind of working it, but still. Hilarious.”  Sadly, she has not been outfitted with the appropriate matching retro hors d’oeuvres — rumaki, crab rangoon, deviled eggs — because, let’s be honest, I am starving right now.

[Photo: Getty]