Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fug or Fab: Dakota Fanning in Saint Laurent

This is a toughie for me.

Dakota Fanning in Saint Laurent

This is EXTREMELY GOOP Lite to me, and I can’t decide if that’s good or bad. I’m not sure if Dakota Fanning ever actually sells the more adventurous stuff she wears, or is she just sort of allows it to be on her body and then waits until it goes away again. Does she ever seem at home in this stuff? Is she trying too hard? I mean, sure, I’d rather she tried than showed up in formal shorts and Birkenstocks, but after this many years I still think she is having to make the clothes work rather than making the clothes work for her.

So, I’m torn. This could be super edgy and fun that she’s swinging around in a cape, or the boots could be a step too far. OR, she could be at exactly the right age to pull off those suckers and is simply a soldier of time and place. Or none of it matters because WHY did this party decide a moldering heap of faded insulation was an attractive representation of snow? Is THAT why she looks terrified, or is she just scared of what we’re going to say about her armpit vents?

What ARE we going to say about her armpit vents?

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Fug or Fab: Dianna Agron

I honestly don’t even know why I am putting this to a vote. Actually, yes, I do. It’s Chocolate Croissant Day at GFY HQ South, and you know that always softens my heart. But underneath the carbs and fat and sugar and love, I KNOW this to be a MESS:

Arrivals at the 2014 American Museum of Natural History 2014 Museum gala in NY

I’d ask you guys if you thought that was Saran wrap in the place of illusion netting, but I really don’t want to know the answer.

[Photo: Splash]


Fug or Fab: Dakota Fanning

First, and most importantly, I totally just decided that Dakota and Kate Hudson need to star in a Gilmore Girls meets Thelma and Louise road trip movie as a sassy mother and her wise-beyond-her-years daughter:

Save The Children Illumination Gala

They’re obviously driving across country the summer before Dakota goes to college, and because Kate had Dakota when she was merely 15 (their actual age difference), and then farmed her out to be raised by her own imperious mother (GOLDIE! Playing against type!), this is their first chance to really get to know each other and clearly Kate learns to be a little more of a responsible person and Dakota learns to Just Keep Livin’ or whatever (Matthew McConaughey will cameo as her out-of-the-picture father). I will not force the ending of Thelma and Louise on them in anything other than an emotional sense. It’s going to be AMAZING when you’ve got the flu on a Sunday afternoon and run across it on USA Networks. Second, I don’t know if this is perfect, but it’s WAY better than what she wore last time. I’ll take it.

[Photo: INF]


Fugs or Fabs: Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern at “Wild” Premiere

Poor old Mia Wasikowska did a Woman Tromps Through Wilderness movie already this year in which she received glowing reviews, but it’s forgotten now.  I don’t know what it is about the Hollywood hive mind that sometimes has two similar projects going at the same time, but it seems unfair that we went so long without ANY Woman Tromps Through Wilderness movies and now suddenly we have two and one gets lost in the shuffle. Anyway: REESE, in Zac Posen. I have notes. Join me.

[Photos: Splash]


Fug or Fab: Keira Knightley

I have been back and forth on this more times than a tennis ball in Federer vs. Djokovic.

Keira Knightley


Ultimately I’m settling on a no. That fabric, like an unruly child, is resisting going where it’s been asked to go. On the left side of that design it’s doing some strange bunching, and on the right it seems to be rippling in an unintended way as well. Not to mention that the strip down the middle looks like an iron-on appliqué that someone bought for a year when Our Groovy Pope was a hot Halloween costume. She NEARLY talked me into it, but ultimately she loses this one for me.

The biggest point in this Coachella-like tent’s favor, though? The shoes she wore with it:

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Fug or Fab: Leighton Meester in Cushnie et Ochs

Well, at least this fits her. And it’s funky.

Leighton Meester

But I keep thinking this is what it’d look like there was a Fashion Week flag-football tournament, with referees by Serena & Lily. Conde Nast versus Hearst is going to be epic. I can’t wait to see her nab Anna Wintour for roughing the passer (you know that woman blitzes hard and goes full-tackle).

[Photo: Splash]