Fug File: Who Fugged It More

British Fashion Awards Fug/Fab Face-Off: Anna Kendrick in Victoria Beckham vs. Anna Kendrick in Burberry Prorsum


This is a really similar silhouette to the Burberry she wore to the London Theatre Awards.

Anna Kendrick British Fashion Awards

And so I’m tossing Anna into the ring with herself, with two similarly conceived looks duking it out for supremacy. In one corner: that other dress and its stunning color, its funky texture, cool ring, but the air of being a very beautiful towel boringly fit to her chest. In the other, one that might be a wee pinch on one side of the bodice, but with great metallic accessories and a cleanness, a crispness, which the other seems to lack. It’s about two bracelets shy of great, but it also might be the kind of thing she should wear to a daytime BAFTA tea party rather than a nighttime shindig honoring the very best in fashion. Because this looks like the admittedly very impressive best of Ann Taylor.

Which Anna takes it?

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Fug/Fab Face-Off: Julianne Moore vs Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton


Julianne here is getting raves for Still Alice, which delights me because I used to work for one of the directors, and he and his husband — they did this movie jointly — are wonderful people and I really want them to clean up with some bigtime hardware.

Julianne Moore in Louis Vuitton

I also like this so much more than some of the more elaborate bags she puts herself in — partly because she herself is aging SO RIDICULOUSLY WELL that I like seeing her in something with a youthful bent. It’s not too short on her, like Jennifer Connelly’s first look (what a difference mere inches can make), or potentially her second. I generally don’t go for patterned tights, but these seem to complement the whole thing very well. And her booties seem to have the right level of personality to play harmoniously with everything.

You can see the texture and detail of the dress itself — and the shoes — a bit better from this side angle:

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Fug/Fab Face-Off: Victoria Beckham vs. Katie Holmes


Back in the day, this might have been a cakewalk for Katie Holmes, but Posh has turned herself into a formidable opponent — and Katie, less of one.

Which look is better? NO WAFFLING.

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Who Played It Better: Holland Roden v. Kate Middleton


Sorry to be dipping back into the Emmys well, but eagle-eyed Fug National Esther pointed out that Holland Roden sported a dress at an Emmys post-party that looks rather similar to a fairly famous dress previously seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, and I thought you might enjoy a Sleepy Friday Compare and Contrast. And by “you,” I mean Kate herself, who I assume is reading this right now whilst on vacation, muttering around a mouthful of takeaway while William tries to keep George from falling into the loch.

I'm not seriously putting this up to a vote.

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Fug/Fab Face-Off: Megan Fox vs. Margaret Qualley in Dolce & Gabbana


Well, this is a rare treat: a deployment of the same pattern in the same night, a country apart. The fashion gods are smiling upon us this fine summer week.

First: Andie MacDowell’s actress daughter, Margaret Qualley, who is on The Leftovers (it’s her only credit so far, really) but is making the rounds like crazy right now:

Margaret Qualley, premiere of "Magic In The Moonlight" in NYC

I want to like this – I do, conceptually — but I’m really distracted by the piece of it right under the waist seam. It’s like a four-inch chunk and then another seam, and it’s bubbling out and making very unflattering things happen. Why do designers set traps like that? Why not TREAT your customers instead of tricking them?

She did at least pair it with a funky purse; the shoe choice could have been more interesting and more seasonal, and of course the lack of bracelet will send cries of “NAB” reverberating throughout our grand Nation of Fug. But Megan Fox didn’t use a bracelet either, ALSO carries a cool purse, and chose black shoes:
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Cannes Who Fugged It More: Karlie Kloss vs. Mamie Gummer in Valentino


We saw this, and trembled at its evils, on Mamie Gummer at the Oscars. I’m actually sort of surprised that a top model like Karlie Kloss would ever wear something at an event this high-profile had been done already at another high-profile event. Maybe that’s more common than I think, but if I were her, this would feel like a fair time to throw a diva strop.

Mamie lined her skirt with black where Karlie’s is see-through, which definitely gave it a heaviness that contradicts the original design’s ethereal intentions. She also had the turquiose part of the bodice expanded, versus Karlie’s more perfunctory modesty panel. Beyond that, Karlie is leaning on bodice netting in a really sickly hue, and then basically a strip of lace over her nethers that looks like an eggplant loincloth. Frankly, I think it’s totally hideous on both of them. But between all that taupe boob pancake up there and the overwrought makeup, I think the supermodel might, strangely, look a little bit worse, which I hope will be worth a glass of celebratory moonshine for Mamie this morning.

You have to pick the one that's worse. No, you do. BE STRONG. PICK IT.

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