Fugger: Lena Dunham

Sundance: More Fugs and Fabs (and Coats)


The ice cream truck that comes down my street was playing “White Christmas” today. EVERYONE NOT IN CALIFORNIA hates that guy right now.

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Sundance Fugs and Fabs: Coats


Because at Sundance, it’s not about the CLOTHES as much as how you cover them.

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Experimental in 2015: The Women of Girls


The fifth season of Girls starts up early next year — with a minted bona fide movie star in Adam Driver, whose schedule is going to get hella full pretty soon — so I figured that made now a fitting time to look back on what the cast members, each with her own distinct sense of style, wore around town in 2015. They’ve all morphed a little: Allison is still classic but is trying to adopt some edge; Lena is playing around with patterns a lot; Zosia is wearing fewer badly tailored pants and more flirty dresses; and Jemima Kirke is… well, still a LOT of the time dressing like your friendly neighborhood cult leader, but I’d miss that if she changed now.

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Well Played, Lena Dunham


I have to start with this photo, because it made me laugh:

FIJI Water at The Hollywood Reporter's 24th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast

Something just BLEW HER MIND.

I also will note that I just realized her shirt is, like, Wacky Western Wear, which could go so terribly wrong (AND alliteratively), but which I actually think it really sort of sassy and cute with the skirt she’s wearing:

The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast

It is a FRINGE-A-PALOOZA up in there, but something about those two feel very complementary to me, rather than totally bonkers. Or maybe a little bit bonkers, but in a way that I embrace. Appealingly bonkers. (Aren’t we all?)

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Fug or I Give Up It’s Fine Whatever: Lena Dunham in Lisa Perry


I am sure she hasn’t, but somehow I feel like Lena has worn this before:

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But it might just be that the parade of cheerfully shapeless tents starts blending together after a while. Full marks for the colors, and I really WANT them to unduly influence me into thinking this is cute. I can’t quite get there, though. Maybe it’s the lighting, or the makeup, or that I still am not sold on this haircut. Whatever the reason, I see this as the garment completely overwhelming her, thus forcing my eyes down to the confounding footwear. Granted, I’m not sure where plush ankle testicles do have a place, but it’s certainly not here.

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Unfug or Fab: Lena Dunham in Mary Katrantzou


I think Lena’s pixie cut looks better on the magazine cover than it does in life.

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But maybe it’s just that she needs a stronger lipstick. I can’t decide. As far as the outfit goes, the blue shoes are REALLY cute (and play off the back of the dress, which is solid, in that shade), and the pattern on the frock is funky too. I almost love it, but have reservations about whether the sleeve length is the best choice on her, and… Is it just me, or do those pixies work better on people with immaculate posture? I don’t mean that as a knock — I have terrible posture, from all this sitting and typing; it is what it is — but rather that having no hair basically means you have nowhere to hide, so even a fractional slump can end up looking much slouchier than it actually is. It’s a trick of physics or something, and that can drag down an outfit as fast as the garment itself.

Thoughts? Keep the cut, swap or tweak the dress? Keep the dress, plug in a wig? Take two lipsticks and call me in the morning? Discuss.

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Fug or Fab: Lena Dunham in Tanya Taylor


I actually was going to give this a full Well Played, because I think this is pretty damn fetching.

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But then I decided Fug Nation should get to gnaw on it a bit, in poll form, given that we’ve been begging Lena to pull it together for such a long time now. Her hair and makeup are cute, the dress is as springy as I think everyone on the East Coast is eager to be (yeah, it’s not WARM there yet, but after such a rough winter a little optimism isn’t going amiss for me), and I actually really love the whimsy of the polka-dot shoes with a striped frock. I pause a little on the fact that the basic shoe is a Champagne satin, which looks dirty even a leg’s length away from the dress itself, but I’m otherwise extremely optimistic. And of course feeling pangs of loss for the reliable raft of fuggery she floated on before — this site creates a complex relationship between tugger and fuggee, in which we both want them to change for their own sakes and NEVER WANT THEM TO CHANGE, EVER, for ours — but let’s put this sucker to a vote and see if you’re all as stoked as I am, or if it’s just the Cadbury’s Mini-Eggs talking.

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