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Oscars Fug or Fab: Kerry Washington in Versace


I just glanced at this photo and thought, “Ohhh, Khandi Alexander IS good casting for her mother.” I know that is old news for Scandal fans, but something about the hairdo here has Kerry’s cheekbones more on display than usual.

Kerry Washington

When I first glimpsed this on E!, I was undecided; that top looks like nothing so much as rubberized armor — a high-fashion bat suit, or half a Marvel costume for a superhero they have yet to create (perhaps Olivia Pope can weaponize her persuasive skills and join The Avengers). But the longer I look, the more I appreciate the gown’s inherent funkiness; even those glorified belt loops at her hips look posh with the leather snaking through them. It’s possible Donatella’s greater recent fashion crimes inured me, or maybe I just miss Kerry now that I’ve (mostly) quit Scandal, but I’m personally ruling in favor of this one.

I’m not as confident about the shoelace she wore later:

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Oscars Fug or Fab: Daisy Ridley in Chanel


I didn’t love this dress last night, but now that I’ve slept on it, I kind of like it? It helps that I like her so much, but I also think it’s just more appealing in the light of day. Tell me how to feel!

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Oscars Fug or Fab: Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell


I am not hugely a fan of this, to be totally honest — although I appreciated the passion with which she performed in it — but at least it wasn’t (a) boring or (b) composed of foodstuffs.

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Fug or Fab: Christina Hendricks


I can’t decide if this is good, or upholstered:

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Or simply well-upholstered.

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Fug or Hmm: Rachel McAdams in David Koma


We’re hurtling into Oscars weekend, and Rachel McAdams has a fresh new hair color for the affair:

Rachel McAdams

I prefer her with more warmth around her face. That blond is too platinum on her, I think. Maybe she’ll take it down a little for Sunday and this was just an aggressive zapping of the roots. (I say that like I have any idea if that’s what people do. I have never gone platinum. Top Model taught me that it looks painful.) As for the dress: That basic tank looks sensational on her, and in that color. But then you add the open-shoulder sleeves and a bonus ruffle, and it starts to feel like making a frittata out of every leftover in your fridge regardless of whether it would taste better if you just stuck to spinach and peppers. I’m not saying this wouldn’t have been a little boring in that unembellished form, but I DO think we’d all be solely saying, “Holy cats, HER BOD,” rather than, “Her bod looks great but what’s with the jazzercise sleeves and the built-in gym towel?”

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Elle Style Awards Fug or Fine: Ellie Goulding


I cannot get my limited mind around the bodice here.

Ellie Goulding

Specifically, why are there mouse ears poking up over her areolas? Is this one of Disney’s Hidden Mickeys?

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Fug or Hmm: Rihanna in Armani Prive at the BRIT Awards


That cut is doing optically, epically weird things to her body.

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