Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fug or Fab: Ralph Lauren’s Opening Ceremony Kit for Team USA

I am on record, in general, as feeling like Ralph Lauren Polo’s polo pony logo (say that ten times fast) has a tendency to overtake every official article of clothing they design, including the gear that Team USA is wearing at the closing ceremony for the upcoming Rio Olympics. So I was actually quite pleased to see that the team’s ensembles for the opening ceremony — Friday night! Irritatingly tape-delayed for the West Coast! — are, honestly, fairly restrained:


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I mean, remember what Team USA wore in Sochi? This is practically minimalist in comparison. Almost classic, even. (For reference, here is Team USA in London in 2012. Remember the berets?!)

The flag-bearer for the Americans has not been announced yet, but he or she will wear a jacket that is wired so that both the USA on the back and the crest on the front light up — an effect which, in all honesty, I think is really neat. Look, I’m not going to argue with a classic blue blazer; I’m also not going to argue with the striped shirt (although I might have ordered the red, white, and blue stripes in a different order). Sure, white jeans and boat shoes without socks are preppy as hell, but…it’s Polo Ralph Lauren, you guys. I’m honestly surprised they’re not selling tank tops that read “Preppy AF” right now. If I were in charge, would I give the athletes a choice to wear white jeans or what I’ll call Regular Jeans? Yes. But I am not currently in charge of the opening and closing ceremony outfits for my country. NOT YET.

PS: Don’t tell anyone but I might secretly want those hella patriotic deck shoes. They’re too expensive for me to justify buying — $350 on what are whimsical flats at best is not in my current life budget, even if they are all made in America (as they should be; the intel here on the Ralph Lauren site about all the small American manufacturing businesses that they use is interesting) AND part of the proceeds goes to help fund the athletes so really it’s SHOPPING FOR AMERICA — but I enjoy them. I would wear them when walking to my polling place in November! USA! USA!

[Photo: Polo Ralph Lauren]


Unfug or Fab: Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood at the Suicide Squad Premiere

Viola CLEARLY wins at the lipstick and bracelet games.

Viola Davis

The dress itself is more of an almost, for me. I love the color and the texture — I REALLY wish I could reach into my computer and touch it — but something about the draping seems off. I think it’s an optical illusion, but I keep thinking her left boob is being shoved higher than the other side, against its wishes. And I’m not sure the asymmetrical hem flatters her. Would it be better knee-length?

And then we get down to the blue velvet shoes and my feet start to feel hot and I long for a bracing winter wind, the likes of which you only get in L.A. if you, in fact, completely leave L.A. In sum, I guess this all feels a bit heavy for the climax of summer movie season, and I might go stick my head in the freezer.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Sarah Jessica Parker at TCAs with Thomas Haden Church

It’s unfortunate that this photo has to be cropped such that, from here, you can’t really see either of them. Trust me when I tell you that, while we can happily discuss the volume of SJP’s pattern, Thomas Haden Church may elicit more reaction.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fine: Gina Rodriguez in Cielo at the Teen Choice Awards

Well, conceptually, I’m on board with Gina Rodriguez in a cool suit. And she’s got this funky Kristen Stewart-like haircut right now for Annihilation (she also donated her strands to Locks of Love), so it’s stands to reason she’d pair that with a Kristen Stewart-like silhouette.

Gina Rodriguez

But for me it faceplants straight into the necktie she’s tied into a dinner-plate-size bow. The suit doesn’t look very well-made, it’s eating her neck, the shoe platform is clunky… Further, I think she needs either a SUPER smoky eye, or a red lip; as-is, her face looks like she forgot to finish. In other words: a game stab, but not so much Chanel as Charlotte Russe.

[Photo: Getty]


Teen Choice Awards Fug or Fab: Kat Graham

My first reaction was to smile at how bright this is.

Teen Choice Awards 2016 - Arrivals

My second reaction was to think that, with the corset style top and the synthetic-looking ponytail, there’s something VERY Cocktails At The Mall On A Saturday about this. Which, if this was made by Marimekko for Zara, could be the name of the clothing line as well.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Jenna Coleman at TCAs

Jenna Coleman is Victoria — about Queen Victoria — which is going to be on Masterpiece this year. I’m sure I’ll watch it. I really hope that it includes my favorite thing about Queen Victoria, which is that she titled all her diaries, after Albert died, things like “The 23rd Year of My Most Grievous Suffering.” This went on for like SIXTY YEARS. At a certain point, did she run out of adjectives? I have so many questions.

One of which is, do you like this?

2016 Summer TCA Tour - Day 2

I admit to being surprised that I do.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Dania Ramirez

It’s not that Dania Ramirez isn’t giving this her all…

Dania Ramirez

… it’s just that I’m not sure why she came in costume as the poster from Baaaaaad Moms, a pulpy comic fable from the Marvel archives. Having said that, if Marvel wanted to invest some money in that action flick, I would probably go see it. She should maybe have saved this look for her boardroom pitch.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]