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AbFabtrospective: Everything Patsy and Edina Wore on Absolutely Fabulous

It’s here, sweetie-darlings: The Absolutely Fabulous movie comes to the U.S. this weekend, bringing with it a fresh dose of bouffants and bubbly and Bubble and bonkers fashion. In honor of its red-carpet premiere tonight (well, we think it’s tonight…), we decided to do a slideshow of everything — yes, everything — Patsy and Edina donned during the show’s six seasons. We might have missed a special or two, but we are prisoners to whatever the great TV god Hulu can offer. This is still pretty damn complete. Get ready for caftans, denim, ruffles, actual bandages, and poultry. Like a club rec from Stefon, it. Has. Everything.


Fugs and Pieces, July 15th, 2016

It’s the weekend, at last. It’s been another difficult week for the world — I long for just one week devoid of tragedy, please, 2016. France, we are thinking of you. (And I literally just saw that something might be happening in Turkey?) As ever, I hope everyone in Fug Nation is well.

In case you need something to read:

– This piece at Harper’s Bazaar — Inside the World’s Chicest Cult – is SOMETHING. ELSE. For example: “At the end we aren’t allowed to leave for lunch until we have a proper group hug. We all pick and choose what we believe, but what I thought about with my dry eyes as women cried over tree reparations was that the oppression of fairy folk is pretty far down my personal list of priorities for getting the world in order.”

– At Lucky Peach, Nineteen of Roald Dahl’s Most Important Food Inventions

– At Esquire: The Greatest Celebrity Conspiracy Theories of All Time

– Lainey takes on Jennifer Aniston’s recent op-ed piece.

– I laughed out loud at the headline on this Racked piece: Choker Watch 2016: How Long Will They Still Be a Thing?

– In the run-up to the Olympics, an interesting story from the AP: In China, ‘Happy Gymnastics’ replaces grind of strict study

– Related, at The Gymternet: Gymnastics Hair: A Retrospective

– At Celebitchy, ALLEGEDLY the Jen Garner/Bffleck divorce IS off. We were JUST talking about this and my thought then was that this was just idle gossip, but now that Us Weekly AND People are touching it…Oh, Jen. I don’t know. I just don’t know.

– The Four Seasons Restaurant is closing forever tomorrow, and Town and Country put together a slideshow of archival photos. It’s neat — from vintage menus to Princess Anne.

– Relevant to our interests, at Pajiba:  Ranking the Men of Jane Austen By Swoon Factor

– At The New Potato, a salute to the bold lip.

In case you missed anything here at GFY, some highlights:



Royals Round-Up, July 15th 2016

We’ve got weddings AND babies in today’s Royals Round-Up!

And in case you missed it earlier this week, Wills and Kate went out to Wimbledon.

Also, a note: Apparently, one of the tabloids — I think Life & Style — is claiming Kate is pregnant. As I have said previously, DO NOT BELIEVE AMERICAN TABLOIDS WHEN THEY CLAIM TO BE BREAKING THE NEWS THAT KATE IS KNOCKED UP. The lower-level tabloids simply make stuff up, for one thing. For another, if a publication ever did get this scoop before the palace announced it, it will be because someone got paid A LOT OF MONEY to spill, and L&S just does not have the resources. Think about it: If you’re a Brit with this kind of JUICY INTEL, are you going to call Life & Style??? No: You are calling the Daily Mail and making some real money for your story.  The only media sources that I would give ANY credence to a theoretical royal pregnancy rumor are People, because they’ve got money and they’ve got reporters in the UK and given their royal-friendly reputation, I don’t think they’d run with something unless they were pretty sure, and the aforementioned Mail, because they also have money and I would believe they’d make the effort to have multiple people on the ground sniffing these things out.  And I would still give it a big grain of salt. W&K’s circle is possibly the most tight-lipped of modern royal times. As we always say: Consider the source. This concludes your public service announcement.

Elsewhere of interest around ye olde internets:

– This is CLASSIC Vanity Fair: The East Village D.J. Who Became the Savior of a Decaying British Estate. For example, these two sentences have, quite literally, everything: “His father went missing in the Côte d’Azur, where he had been living for the previous two years; his body, mauled by animals, with just shreds of his jeans, was discovered five months later at the bottom of a remote ravine outside Cannes. The 66-year-old earl had been strangled at the behest of a high-end prostitute of Tunisian-Moroccan descent whom he had married two years previously and made the Countess of Shaftesbury.” That…has….a lot happening in it. Also: “In 1927, Lord Ashley had shocked London society by marrying the chorus girl Sylvia Hawkes. He died of a heart attack in 1947 at the age of 46 (when his son was 8 years old), before he could inherit the earldom. Sylvia, from whom he was divorced in 1935, went on to wed Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Clark Gable as well as the sixth Baron Sheffield and Prince Djordjadze, a Georgian nobleman.” I’m just saying. This article is probably of interest to you if you are a person who reads Royals Round-Up. (I also had a moment where I realized I’d already about about this story — in Tatler, of course.)

– Over at Order of Splendor, an excellent round-up of some of Queen Mathilde’s recent looks.

Charlene got to christen a cruise ship! She looked lovely, too. (Whacking a boat with a champagne bottle might be on my bucket list, but this is more than likely not going to get crossed off. Unless I do it on accident, drunkenly tripping on a pile of rope down at the docks.) (People)

– Look at all these Royal Ruby Rings! (The Court Jeweller)

– Allegedly, Japanese Emperor Akihito is thinking of abdicating. (BBC)

Hello! has rounded up royal romances that began at the Olympics!


Your Afternoon Chat: The Emmy Nominations

68th Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement

The Emmy nominations were announced today. Let’s discuss, shall we? (This photo makes me laugh. Anthony Anderson is like, “HERE!” when his name is called, and Lauren Graham and her cute jacket are just delighted.)

I am BEYOND delighted that finally The Americans got the love it has deserved for so long, and — most importantly, obviously — I am thrilled by how many Hot Dudes I Want To Ogle will be present at the festivities. Idris! Rami Malek! Kyle Chandler! Max von Sydow (just kidding. Well, I mean, he is nominated, and I’m sure he will look smashing)! Dinklage! Harington! MY BELOVED STERLING K BROWN! Matthew Rhys! Hiddles AND Cumbercrashcart! (Which, of course, means Taylor will attend, if Swizzleston is still afoot.) Keegan-Michael Key!

I am ALSO pleased by the number of Women Who Might Wear Something Interesting who were nominated: Kiki Dunst! Kerry Washington! Beyonce! (Lemonade got four nominations, because it premiered on HBO; I feel like someone at Beyonce HQ — very possibly Bey herself — realized this was an excellent way to get that E in EGOT) Sarah Paulson! Tracee Ellis Ross! Taraji P Henson! Keri Russell! You guys, is it possible that the Emmys finally got it right?

You can see the complete list of nominees here –also I always enjoy seeing the headshots that are chosen to accompany each actor on the Emmys website there. Like, Brandycream Cucumbersalad’s is a headshot from the last Star Trek movie, and Cuba Gooding Jr’s is a random shot of him at a premiere someone nabbed from Getty — but, for ease of use, here are the major ones we might want to discuss. There are…A LOT of them:

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Fugs and Fabs: More Women at the ESPYs

The guest list didn’t feel as wide and varied this year; usually we get a LOT more models. Maybe they all stayed home to watch Big Brother.

[Photos: Getty]


WTF: Kristen Stewart in Chanel at the Cafe Society Premiere

Let me just say, first of all, that Kristen Stewart has turned into a much more interesting person than I would have anticipated, say, eight years ago when Twilight came out.  Plenty of actors ended up in buzzy films in 2008 and have fallen off the radar entirely — a squizz through our archives proves that, if nothing else — and while I think that K Stew is decent in the Twilight films, I’m not sure they did her justice, and as a way of introducing her to the world at large, I think they (for a while) overshadowed her skills (and her otherwise interesting taste in projects). I don’t think she was wrong to take that part — it made her a huge star, and it made her enough money that she can basically take whatever parts she wants from now on.

That musing aside, I have to note that she looks BONKERS in this Chanel number:

Amazon & Lionsgate With The Cinema Society Host The New York Premiere Of "Cafe Society" - Arrivals

I blame Karl Lagerfeld for this totally, obviously. It’s very evocative — a dash of Miss Havisham, a teaspoon of dominatrix, a giant handful of WTF — and it’s certainly not boring. It’s so not-boring, in fact, that it took me twenty minutes to realize that what I was seeing on her thighs were the inner-locking Cs of the Chanel logo, and not something written on the step-and-repeat behind her. Yes, for a whole I was trying to figure out how it was possible that Kristen Stewart, as a corporeal being, became partially transparent. I told you she was interesting.

[Photo: Getty]


Thematically Played: Danica Patrick at the ESPYs

I thank her wholeheartedly for that clutch, and the attempt at non-boring shoes.

Danica Patrick

But it strikes me as a TAD on-the-nose for a racecar driver to show up at the ESPYs dressed as a walking seatbelt.

[Photo: Getty]