Fug File: Well Played

Cannes Mostly Well Played: Aishwarya Rai

She ALWAYS brings it to Cannes and BLESS HER FOR THIS.

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Billboard Music Awards Fug or Fab: Taylor Swift in Balmain

Balmain seems rather into the Groovy Jumpsuit business right now.

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I mean, does it look BAD on her? No. But does it enchant me? No. Do I appreciate the bracelet? Yes. Do I feel like the outfit itself belongs on the gum-smacking girlfriend of a porn entrepreneur having a pool party in the ’70s for some rich backers? Bingo. I’m all for Taylor Swift stretching, and trying new things, and lord knows she’s got the twentysomething sculpted bod for this exact outfit (if not any visible feet). And every time I’m about to dismiss it outright, I glance up again and think, “Dammit, Taylor, I can’t quit you.”

And then I look at the back:

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Cannes Well Played: Diane Kruger in Prada and Dolce & Gabbana

The Krug’s Instagram indicates that she has been feeling under the weather, and you can kind of tell from some of the photographs — but props to her for doing her job anyway, and not just burying herself under the comforter and ordering room service, which is what I would have wanted to do.

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Cannes Mostly Well Played: Naomi Watts (and Matthewly Played, McConaughey)

It will not surprise you that Naomi Watts looks polished, and McConaughey looks like a charismatic cult leader.

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Cannes Red Carpet Well Played: Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci

Well, what better place to go Full Princess than the opening gala of Cannes?

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Well Played, Natalie Portman

I was just discussing the Dior/Jennifer Lawrence thing with someone, and saying that one reason I don’t think the brand suits her is that she doesn’t fall into either of the two camps with which I associate it: Either extremely French people, like Marion Cotillard, whose very Frenchitude gives Dior’s weirder designs their best chance; and then the generally very boringly clad folks like Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones, and Natalie Portman, all of whom go for the most straightforward garments.

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And while this is hardly complex, I DO think those patterned strips flout my glib armchair analysis. I’d assumed we would see her here in another little black or white — or black and white — frock, with a flared skirt and a v-neck. Burgundy sparkles with those lively stripes, in a kicky t-shirt cut, are such a welcome change. So thank you, Natalie, for giving my assessment the finger. Sincerely. I do sometimes enjoy being wrong. SOMETIMES.

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