Fug File: Unfug It Up

Unfug or Fab: Karlie Kloss in Rosie Assoulin

I think it’s possible I am just not generally responsive to Rosie Assoulin. I know a LOT of people are really into her, especially when she plays with volume, but I feel like nine times out of ten I’m either on the fence or just fully out on her designs.

This one is a fence-dweller:

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Conceptually it’s interesting, but not necessarily also attractive. The cutout on her shoulder makes her look like she’s bulging right there. And the flower on her legs might’ve been cuter or more impactful if it were revealing a bright backing color, like hot pink or turquoise, rather than just her legs. Her knee poking through there is really distracting. Not that there is anything wrong with her knee — I’m sure it’s very friendly — but it gives the impression of peeking through prison bars, which isn’t the vibe people generally associate with the red carpet unless said carpet is at a prison talent show.

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Unfug or Fab: Anna Paquin in Monique Lhuillier

This is one of a few dresses that felt very Discount de la Renta to me.

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I like the lively colors, I like a floral, and I’m glad she stuck a bright shoe with it. But there’s something keeping me from loving it. Is it too long in the back? Is it that the black bodice is too low in the front? Is it that this has been a very long week and I am fresh out of enthusiasm? Is it that I am thinking about what pies to make next week, and how badly I want to eat my biscuit stuffing and maybe I should just make a test batch real fast? Could be any of those things. So let me know: Is this great as-is, or is it a few paces from fantastic?

[Photo: Getty]


Unfug It Up: Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli

Pain Hand is calming down, the Norco is kicking in, the saga is ending — except for the one-handed typing (witness the new wrappings). I can turn calmer attention to Reese’s Laura Ashley back brace.

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I enjoy that she branched out again, at least. And the cummerbund is actually quite chipper. My beef might be that three things is too many — that although the top does at least relate to the middle, it’s still the neapolitan ice cream of frocks, where only two of those tastes really seem to go together at the same time.

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Fug or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Erdem at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Let’s start with what’s really important: Reese gave an ace speech at this event about ambition, and how it’s often treated as a dirty word in relation to women who strive to achieve — as if it’s this unruly, unholy trait in us, but admirable in men. She also spoke really eloquently about how movies with female heroes — “not the wife of the lead, or the girlfriend of the lead, but THE LEAD” — are bankable and worthwhile, and “not just a public service project.” It was great. It was a treat to be at an event like this without being on the clock to cover it, so we could just let it wash over us, and enjoy a supportive and earnest environment. For as much as sarcasm and snark are my day job, I also love earnestness. I think those two things can coexist despite being in opposition to each other, and don’t even necessarily have to conflict. You can trade in both, and they each make the other stronger. Critical thinking is vital, but so is the ability to give the world a hug.

Of course, I recognize that it’s weird to turn around from that and discuss people’s outfits, but hey. Clothes are just a thing you change the next day. They aren’t a person’s humanity, and so I can continue to have fun with them while also respecting what makes the person essentially them. I like what makes Reese Reese, and that won’t change even if wears a catsuit made of tampons. But before we saw her come up on stage, Jess and I briefly wondered if Reese would be in something black and strapless, because it felt like she’d kept things relatively simple of late. We were surprised, then:

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I like the fabric on the dress, but I almost wish it was JUST that fabric, without the lace panel, which is neither as lovely nor as interesting. I AM at least thrilled she went with something lively, and not the least bit stuffy — which was perfect for the speech, which was addressed in large part to the local NYC youths in the rafters who were excited guests, and a great target audience for a lot of the Girl Power messaging.

So, yeah, I wish I liked this better, but I do appreciate her for stepping off the path and giving this a shot. As much as we jokingly tear out our hair over certain fashion choices, we also hope no one ever listens to us, because a) it’s more fun that way and we all love dramatic stuff to dissect; b) we don’t need to run anyone’s lives but our own; and c) it’s not individuality if everyone is conforming to one idea of what’s great. So, at the risk of being mushy… everyone just keep doing you, and yeah, sure, that might make us think WHAT ARE YOU DOIIIING sometimes, but who cares? It’s all fun, it’s just us and who the hell are we anyway, and there’s always a clean slate tomorrow.

And since I’ve had wine and I’m in a goobery mood, go hug your lady loved ones — mother, sisters, female friends, girlfriends, wives, daughters, aunts, grandmothers — and tell them they’re your heroes. In fact, if you want to share any stories about the women in your life who make your world go around, do it. Let’s spread the love. And the wine. But mostly the love.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]




Fugton Abbey: Michelle Dockery in Ralph & Russo

When I saw this from the back, I thought, “Well, hell. Am I about to sign off on a jumpsuit?”

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It’s a sexy back; the jewelry with it is creative and plays nicely with that feature; the fit doesn’t seem to be abusing her rump the way so many jumpsuits do, even to the genetically blessed. I was preparing myself.

I needn’t have worried:

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Unfug It Up: Sandra Bullock on The Tonight Show

I love Sandra Bullock, but I feel like I have been seeing ads for Our Brand Is Crisis for two months or something, and I’m BEYOND ready for it to come out already (as, I suspect, is she, because so far reviews are not great). At ay rate, Sandra was on with Jimmy Fallon last night and I am still excessively fond of her as a human. Less so what she has wrapped that human form in:

Sandra Bullock tonight show

For me, it’s a fairly simple fix: I want to hack off the knee tutu. Doesn’t it look better if you imagine that away? The Frankenstein’s Monster quality to the white parts doesn’t bother me; it’s fun, and hell, it’s Halloween, so it doesn’t get more apt. The mesh back could work on its own. But then suddenly her shins are the black swan, and it’s even fighting what the shoes are doing a bit.

Sandra Bullock tonight show

I really need the number of her facialist, though. I am too cheap to get facials, obviously, especially one with whatever pricey expert is allowed to touch hers. But just to know I HAD it would give me hope.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Unfug It Up: Chrissy Teigen in Kayat

I am super happy for parents-to-be Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. Because they leaked it in advance, I DVR’d the episode of The Fab Life where she and Tyra talked about IVF and fertility struggles (a discussion that appeared to be pretty spontaneous, and interestingly, Chrissy would’ve shot it while secretly knowing it had worked, which must have been weird), and it was actually quite good and moving and sympathetic. As someone who’s gone through IVF and isn’t shy about saying so, it was nice to hear celebrities talk so frankly about the emotions and the shots and the technical stuff that’s involved, because it does feel like there’s a stigma attached to having trouble with this stuff. I mean, I was once told that my own fertility problems were clearly natural selection trying to eliminate my gene pool, and that I was violating the laws of nature by trying to procreate using medical science. (I encourage that person to spend five minutes with my marvelous twins and then tell me the universe didn’t want them to exist. Impossible.) Having people with that platform be so frank about the experience was refreshing; the more comfortable women feel in sharing this stuff, the less we all may beat ourselves up for experiencing the same, and the more we can help each other. It also did inspire me to redouble my efforts to resist pregnancy speculation. When we do that, it’s genuinely out of excitement – babies are cute! — but obviously you never know what a person is going through, or why. Once I had to go to Fashion Week when I was still bloated from an unsuccessful attempt, and I really felt like I looked like I was hiding a pregnancy, and it made me so self-conscious. So. In sum: always trying to be better, cheers to everyone going through fertility issues, double-cheers to Chrissy Teigen for her success and impending bundle of Legend, and now let’s talk about clothes.

chrissy teigen la mer

This reminds me of Rosamund Pike’s Vera Wang maxi-pad-on-strings from the Oscars, except the bodice is better-fitted. I am not hot for anything involving the zipper, though. Perhaps if it fastened in the back instead, that would be enough? Exposed zippers, to put it elegantly, really harsh my buzz. With fashion, I don’t usually want to be distracted by the details of construction, and how it all works. Just transport me instead.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]