Fugger: Blake Lively

Fug or Fab: Blake Lively


I love this dress; the question for me is the deployment thereof.

Blake Lively held about 25 percent true to the runway styling. Let’s break it down:

1) Hair: Slicked updo on the runway; easy waves on Blake. As much as Blake’s hair is her signature, the outfit is too twee on her with it draping all over her shoulders like that, so she should have removed her hair and mailed it to me so that I could wear it as my own. Failing that, I wish she’d done either a sleek or a soft updo — it would’ve made this just as romantic on her, but also more mature. Runway 1, Blake 0.

2) Lipstick: Both ladies matched it to the necklace. The fact that the necklace looks like a different color here, then, suggests an issue with the lighting, so it’s hard to judge. DAMN YOU, LIGHT. No points; still Runway 1, Blake 0.

3) Necklace: My instinct was that ALL of this jewelry was too over-the-top for the gown, but the addition of earrings on runway look pushes this over the top in a volcanic-lava kind of way: a sight to behold, but don’t try it at home. Alone, though, necklace seems like a random, cheap, costumey touch. At least the ginormous earrings with it suggests a deliberate trick. Thus, had I been Blake, I’d have styled this with totally different statement earrings (with my now-up hair) and no necklace at all. But she didn’t do that, so I’m going to give it to the runway. That’s Runway 2, Blake 0.

4) Shoes: Both pairs are upsetting. The runway pair is somewhat canklifying and looks like sex-torture ankle cuffs, and WHY did spell-check not freak out at “canklifying” when it’s yelling at me about “updo”? Wow. Anyway, Blake went off the grid with pointy-toed nude pumps that are totally the wrong shade for this outfit and can only have been selected because they match her level of foot-bronzer startlingly well. For not wearing the runway shoes, I give Blake a point, but for picking these instead she loses it, so that remains Runway 2, Blake 0.

5) Attitude: That model is GIVING IT. Her facial expression suggests that despite the girlish bouquet that is her giant tea cosy of a gown — gorgeous though I think it is — she herself is the kind of total sasspot who drizzles it with large costume jewelry and shoes that hook to a swing in her apartment. Blake just seems like she wants to know when the Easter egg hunt starts. Great if she were Kiernan Shipka and this was on the White House lawn, but she’s not, and it isn’t.

And so, to me, the runway version wins. But you should vote on whether you’d have bothered in the first place:

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Casual Fuggerday In Paris: Blake Lively


Well, Blake Lively’s off-the-shoulder Balmain houndstooth tutu never turned up in any of our subs, but when we saw it on the runway, I did not correctly call that, at all. It seems so obvious now. I don’t love it on her — something about where the cummerbund hits her looks like her midriff is trying to blow a bubble.

Fortunately, we do get a hit of her gallivanting around Paris in some funky trousers, including more houndstooth:

She looks great here — low-key but polished, casual but not boring. If she didn’t seem like an actual nice person from various Internet accounts I’ve read, I would probably be annoyed at how cheerily easy she makes all that look, because it makes me realize I should try a little harder even if my regular life involves only the occasional escape to pre-school and the grocery store. Because who has time, and it’s not like the pre-schoolers care. They’re not going to say, “Oh, well played on that outfit, it’s just the fresh air I needed after finger-painting my letter F.”

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get to the wacker pants:

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Fug or Fab: Blake and The Blanchett


Normally, Saturday would be for casualwear, but with the Emmys coming up… if not now, then when will we get to Blake Lively in a jumpsuit? We can’t just let it pass.

I hated Blake's. Did you?

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Well Played, Blake Lively


I think the expression on the dudes behind her kind of says it all:

Because both of those dudes’ faces are saying, “DAMN, Blake Lively looks fine.” And I have to agree that, damn, Blake Lively DOES look fine. She might even look foine.

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Fug or Fab The Cover: Blake Lively


On Twitter, one of you noted that Blake here looks like she’s been morphed with Elaine Irwin, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is also bang on:

She is lovely, but her facial expression cracks me up. Between the open mouth and the clutched coat, there’s something very “I’m cold, I’M SO VERY COLD” about it. And parenthetically: I find it interesting that Lucky has not picked a photo where Blake is smiling. For a couple of reasons: (1) Lucky — in name alone! — implies a sunny, cheerful cover girl, and I feel like traditionally their cover model is smiling. (2) Blake Lively — also in name alone! — seems like a sunny, cheerful person, so this seems slightly off brand for both of them. And, finally, (3) I don’t have a number three, it just seemed wrong to have a list of two. In short, I actually don’t hate this – it just doesn’t seem like it’s necessarily in keeping with the mag’s brand, and I don’t know if I would pick it up and buy it based on this cover. (Although I would certainly pick it up, read the “I don’t have a stylist!” headline, say, “no kidding!” aloud to the magazine, and then put it back and wander off to find the Cheetos.). It feels like, ever since the departure of Kim France, the Powers That Be are trying to turn Lucky into Glamour, despite them already having a Glamour in, you know, GLAMOUR. It seems to me that if they were going to go anywhere new with it, they should have tried to make it their own version of InStyle. Which, after several years away from, I have resubscribed to. InStyle, I could only resist your sunless tanning tips for so long!

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[Photo: Lucky]

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Well Played, Blake Lively


I just inadvertently called her “Balve Likely,” sounds like something Billy Crystal would have said in The Princess Bride.

Whatever her name is, she looks pretty great. In the parlance of Rachel Zoe, I die. In the parlance of The Princess Bride, though, I’m only mostly dead. Have fun storming the castle!

[Photo: Getty]

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