Fug File: Fug The Cover

Fug the Cover: Kerry Washington on Adweek

This one caused quite a stir. It looks like any one of a hundred people, none of whom are Kerry Washington. She was gracious about it on Instagram, noting that, yes, it was quite jarring to pick up the magazine and see an image that looks so little like what she sees in the mirror – while also encouraging people to read the article itself and trying to get across that she isn’t ungrateful for the opportunity or even opposed to the loving touch of a filter. It was a nicely worded response, if also one that felt like she was…. what Jess and I call anticipating a note. Like she’s imaging the holes people will want to poke in her response and trying to fix them preemptively. But I think she handled it very nicely, even as I imagine she may have hurled a few copies of this at the wall.

Adweek was apologetic… and then said something about how, yes, they added volume to the hair for drama, and meant no disrespect. DUDES. I don’t think the hair is the problem here. Either that’s all you did and you simply hired a photographer who doesn’t understand what light does to faces, or you turned her into Scarlett Johansson and don’t want to admit it.

[Photos: Adweek]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Kiernan Shipka, Zendaya, and Willow Smith on W

Somehow we missed this when it first dropped, but that’s okay. It just means maybe you talked about it, then forgot about it, and are ready to discover it all over again.

[Photos: W]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Jessica Chastain on PORTER

You know what they tell actors: Never work with small children or animals.


In this case, I can’t believe I’m about to type these words, but I seriously think Chastain is managing to drag focus from a baby kangaroo.  That takes skills.

[Cover: Porter]


Fug and Fab the Covers: Various International Vogues

This time, we even get some male models. Whoo hoo!

[Photos: Various Vogues]


Fug or Fab Cover: Rihanna on Vogue, April 2016

There are a lot of things I really like about this cover: The comparatively spartan text, which lets the image push through and allows it to have depth. The illusion that she’s walking on water, or rising out of it. The colors. I feel like, if I were to reach out and graze it with my fingers, the sequins would tickle my skin.

But the one constant about Rihanna even in a storm of sartorial madness — even atop a pink cotton-candy cloud, or a totally naked dress — has been her face. Her stunning, stunning face. And this cover somehow takes away from that.

[Photos: Vogue]


Well Played the Covers: The Hollywood Reporter Stylists and Stars Issue

I love THR’s annual list of Best Stylists in Town. First of all, it’s ALWAYS interesting to learn who is styling whom — in particular, I think you can really tell how good a stylist is if she’s got clients who are equally well dressed but in totally different ways. For example, Elizabeth Saltzman does both GOOP and Saoirse Ronan, which is quite a range in terms of personal aesthetic. Second, I was ALWAYS going to feature a set of covers that brought us BOTH Michael B Jordan AND Rami Malek. Finally, I think everyone on all of these covers looks pretty darn fab — stylist and star both — and that’s a very nice way to end the day.

You can see the entire Top 25 list here. It’s REALLY interesting, and the stylists are quite insightful (for example, Fug Fave Ilaria Urbinati says, “There’s a lot less scrutiny with a guy. Girls have it rough — I think mostly because people don’t know what to call out with menswear,” which is SUPER TRUE; I have no idea what I’m talking about with dudes unless they’re hella off the rails). I think being a stylist would be incredibly tough, actually, because you’re dealing with something quite personal — people’s appearances — and the people in question are probably often at least sensitive (as artists often need to be, in order to be good at their job) and at most RAGING MANIACAL NUTJOBS. You probably on occasion find yourself in a position where you tell your client not to wear X, only to be ignored and then later blamed for X when X doesn’t go over well.  And obviously, my job is to be the person is like, “yikes, this is not going over well,” but even if I don’t always like the finished product, I totally respect the work that went into getting…well, anywhere.

[Photos: The Hollywood Reporter]


Your Afternoon Man: David Beckham on GQ


(PS: There are many many more pics over at GQ, which I suspect you will also enjoy.)