Fug File: Fug or Fab

Fine or Fab: Saoirse Ronan, With Special Guest Julianne Moore


The funny thing about Ryan Gosling getting credit for teaching everyone to pronounce Saoirse Ronan’s name — “rhymes with inertia” — is that she herself said that YEARS ago (I assume he is repeating what she told him?) and that’s how I taught myself to remember it. And said as much a year or so ago to a friend who named her daughter Saoirse; I was so proud of knowing more or less how to say it. So Gosling is using a mnemonic of sorts that Ronan suggested years ago, and the only people who heard her then were the ones like me who have to spell it/say it as part of my work. The moral of the story is that if you have anything you need the world to notice, make it come out of Ryan Gosling’s mouth. (But hey, anything that yields sound bites like “blond Canadian Jesus” isn’t so bad.)

Okay, digression over; let’s move onto the outfit, which is basically the polar opposite of the lively Duro Olowu she just wore.

saoirse ronan

It’s nicely fitted, but under-styled. The shoes (from the front at least) look too daytime, and her wrists too bare. A grown-up cocktail dress needs some more elegant — or elegantly funky — touches, but let’s just assume this is the palate-cleanser before some kind of Golden Globes Weekend Taste Sensation.

A photo from inside Tao sheds some light on various things, including Saoirse’s heels:

Read More

react:

Fine, then Fug: Kristen Stewart in Atea Oceanie and Chanel


This movie, Clouds of Sils Maria, came out in 2014 and on DVD six months ago. So I can’t quite suss out why IFC is holding a screening — but I’m not complaining, because it’s a nice surprise to find that Kristen Stewart crept out for a public appearance while the rest of us were in a holiday chocolate coma (or just me?).

kristen stewart ifc screening clouds of sils maria

Conceptually this really works for me. Kristen seems like a very casual person, so this almost beachy take on a white suit fits her vibe in the extreme — and, I’m pleased to see she’s kept her shoe game above the Basic Black Pointy-Toed Pump choice she clung to during the Twilight years. They add the right amount of zest. Honestly, the only thing that’s holding me back a bit is the damn drawstring. Now, I don’t object to one in theory. I have some running shorts that use one. And some PJ pants. And I can ONLY buy the beans sweatpants with a drawstring because they have the waist size of a three-year old basically and so any pants that are long enough for their height completely drop off their bodies unless I tie them tighter than a corset. BUT: I don’t believe such a thing as a Formal Drawstring exists, and I’m not looking to 2016 to change my thinking.

However — and I should stamp some form of this phrase onto my tombstone — I would take this thrice over the Chanel she got for the New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards:

Read More

react:

Fug or Fab: Alicia Vikander in Erdem


After taking a long look at Alicia’s red carpet style in 2015, I am stunned to note that she isn’t wearing Louis Vuitton at this event:

Alicia Vikander in Erdem at the Palm Springs Film Festival

By and large, I really like this — you know I love a dot — although I feel like her stylist got to Palm Springs and thought, “ugh, I meant to bring another pair of shoes. Whatever. These are fine. We’re really just warming up, anyway.” It’s extremely sweet, which I think works better on her than it would on, say, Saoirse Ronan (who might just look too twee and young in something like this). More importantly, this kind of excites me for the upcoming awards season.  Bring on the ruffles and the tiers and the prints. WE’RE READY.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]

react:

Fug or Fab: Daisy Ridley in Jason Wu


The Star Wars: The Force Awakens press tour rolled through Shanghai over the break, which I’m sure BARELY gave these people any time for family. Still, the glowing reviews make for a pretty stellar present. Personally — no spoilers — I thought the newbies were all excellent in this movie, especially when you look at it next to the prequels. Those things took a future Oscar-winner (Natalie Portman) and a generally well-liked actor (Ewan McGregor) and a relative newbie (Hayden Christensen) and churned out a chemistry-free, joyless three-movie dirge pocked by more wooden performances than you’d get in a forest. I mean, a LOT of emotional moments happen on Daisy Ridley’s face, and in close-up no less, and she carries every single one of them, to the point where I look forward to seeing our new pals in the next installment just as much (if not more) as any of the old ones. And now that I’m done rambling, let’s talk outfits.

[Photos: Getty]

react:

Fug or Fab: Shelley Hennig


Shelley Hennig here is smart:

GettyImages-502142566

This is a very eye-catching, very unusual, very weirdo dress and she wore it out on a night when basically there are NO OTHER EVENTS, meaning that all of us red carpet bloggers are going to have to get around to covering her sooner than later. All that said, I would have written about this regardless. My first instinct was, “I could see this on Elizabeth Banks,” and whether that’s a compliment or not, I suppose, depends on your take on Banks. Me, I consider it a compliment. Take this as my Christmas gift, Shelly.

[Photo: Getty]

react:

Fugs or Fabs: Hailee Steinfeld at More Jingle Balls


Love or hate Hailee’s metamorphosis into a pop star, it sure has been a wild ride for her wardrobe.

[Photos: Getty]

react:

Unfug It Up: Will Smith at the Concussion Premiere


So, the thing is, I didn’t entirely even notice turtlenecks going AWAY, but between Zendaya and Demi Lovato and now Will Smith, they are for sure in vogue again.

will smith premiere concussion

I am not sure they are entirely Will Smith’s best look. But it might also be suffering from the entire THING being overwhelming. A plaid suit AND a matching plaid waistcoat AND a turtleneck is quite the trifecta. This is a guy with a lot of personal charisma, and he’s doing his damnedest to bury it all in fashion.

[Photo: Getty]

react: