Fug File: Well Played

Well Played Ad: Lupita Nyong’o for Lancome

Well, good job, Lancome.

Lupita Nyong'o Lancome Ad

If your products will do anything CLOSE to making my skin look that good, I will buy them. I will BUY THEM ALL. Especially if I don’t have to quit caffeine and junk food. That’s cool right? Yeah.


Well Played: Keira Knightley in Valentino

I debated putting this up to a vote, but then I thought I should be decisive today.

Keira Knightley in Valentino, "Begin Again"

I love that it’s navy, and it’s very striking and romantic on her. Plus, let’s be honest: This is about the only flock of birds I would ever want ANYWHERE NEAR MY PERSON, so Valentino gets points for turning something very thematically creepy into something beautiful that isn’t going to make me think about how much I want pigeons to leave me alone.

[Photo: Splash]


Royally Played: Queen Elizabeth Visits Northern Ireland (and Westeros)

In which Her Majesty casts a gimlet eye upon many things, only one of which is THE IRON THRONE.

[Photos: Getty, William Cherry at Presseye.com]


Fug or Fab, and Well Played: Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie at the Japanese Premiere of Maleficent

I am often sort of annoyed when people show up to their premieres dressed vaguely like the characters they’re playing in the film in question, but for some reason, I find it charming with these two AND I DON’T KNOW WHY.

[Photos: Splash]


Well Played Cover: Lupita Nyong’o on Vogue

Well, this is a delightful surprise! This was requested and predicted by a lot of you in this year’s Vogue Predict-a-Cover, and I am glad you were right:

Lupita Nyong'o Vogue July 2014 (1)

I am — if I may begin with a complaint — not wild about her positioning. That sort of hand placement always feels, to me, like it belongs in an ad for watches or hand cream or nail polish. It doesn’t look natural, ever. And I could argue that, in real life, she has a much more elegant neck than she does in this picture. THAT OUT OF THE WAY: Her FACE looks lovely and I LOVE this dress. It’s completely perfect for July and the colors are divine on her. This feels classically Vogue, but in a good way, in a way where I would totally pick this up at the gas station (my gas station sells Vogue; my gas station actually sells Porter, the high-end magazine from Net-a-Porter, which is endlessly amazing to me. Who is gassing up at my 76 station?!) on the way to the beach. The other day, I said that the key to a good summer cover is if you can imagine it sitting on the table next to your beach chair, a mai tai on top of it, and this wholly passes that test for me. What say you?

[Photo: Vogue]


Well Replayed, Kate Middleton: The Bletchley Park Visit

This event involves kinds of things that I find interesting, like SPYING and CODE-BREAKING. Bletchley Park is where the British World War II code-breakers did their thing, including breaking the Enigma Code, which was — to be very simplistic about it — the Big Nazi Code, and the breaking of which was a massive deal in terms of shortening the war. It’s all quite interesting if you’re into that sort of thing (personally, there are very few things I enjoy reading about more than sticking it to the Nazis), and the Bletchley Park website has a short but extremely interesting history of the whole thing. (It really does has everything from spies to fake spies to math.) Anyway, apparently the location has had a huge restoration so that it looks now like it did during the war, and people can go and see and learn and absorb history and all that jazz.  I read today in The Express that Kate’s grandmother actually worked with the codebreakers at Bletchley Park during the war, so her visit seems quite apt, and she got to met people who worked with her granny (who is no longer alive, which much have made it very meaningful). I am sorry she did not attend in full WWII costume — seams in her stockings, red lipstick and whatnot — but we can’t have everything, and this is actually one of my favorites of hers (she wore it once back in 2011.)  It certainly feels a little retro and thematic. Damn you, Alexander McQueen. Why can’t I afford you?

Important note! Remember last week, when we had a lengthy conversation about Books About Romantical Problems During Wars, and it turned into a fabulously long list of books to read? Fug National Kristabelle is awesome, and she made a master list of the recommended books and even created a Go Fug Yourself Book Club on Goodreads! Anyone can join, so pop over there.

[Photos: Getty, PacCoastNews]