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It Was A Very Good Year: Nicole Kidman, The Veteran


Before we get into 2014 in earnest, we decided to take a more focused look back at a couple people who put together very nice fashion years in 2013. These aren’t absolute choices, nor exhaustively researched ones; just the people who, when we were looking for our favorite and least-favorite single looks, seemed to pop up a lot in our “win” columns.

Nicole is a red-carpet veteran with a checkered history. Sometimes she’s profoundly memorable, like that chartreuse Dior Oscars gown she wore that put her on the map, and sometimes she picks stuff that’s crazy-weird, and sometimes she can’t decide what the hell her vibe is. We were so taken with her Cannes wardrobe that we decided to look back at the rest of This Year In Kidman, and although it wasn’t all successful, there was a lot more to love than in years past. So three cheers to the icon who got her groove back in 2013.

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Well Played Cover: Nicole Kidman on Vanity Fair


I am very curious what the story pinned to the top headline turns out to be, because my pet peeve of the whole Kristen Stewart scandal is that the media relentlessly batters her with it and never once takes Rupert Sanders to task for being a) the grown-up, effectively; b) her boss at the time; c) the one who was married with children, and d) one half of the two it took to do the naked tango.

So whether that’s about Liberty Ross or something else, the headline certainly feels like it’s meant to vilify Kristen over old news, or make you think she’s being smacked down about it again, and I find that gross. It’s been well more than a year since that unfolded, exploded, and the dust settled. LET IT GO. And stop being so one-sided in where you cast the blame, media. There is plenty to go around, and much of it should be pushed at the person whose name, I’ll wager, very few people even remember because nobody ever mentions it (Sanders).

But, the cover subject: Nicole. She looks tremendous. She’s either in her Grace Kelly garb, or meant to look like she is, and it’s fabulous on her: Her hair looks vibrant, shiny, thick, and lush, in a way that it hasn’t in a long time on the red carpet, her make up is great, and there’s a softness to her that’s been missing the last few years. The dress is an afterthought thanks to the size and design of the cover text, and I’m fine with that because it’s all about her head. Ever since Diana turned out to be such a hot mess of a muddle (it’s not even out yet, but based on previews and the UK reviews, its fate as a disaster feels assured), I’ve been wary of Nicole-as-Grace, and whether I will be able to lose myself in the movie or sit there thinking, “Yep, that’s Nicole Kidman playing Princess Grace.”  The cover is doing its job of making me curious enough to see it, and also reminding me that she’s Nicole F’ing Kidman and not just Keith Urban’s fan club president.

And let’s not even pretend I’m not looking forward to the cheerfully presented “COITUS DISRUPTUS” story. The deployment of TWO exclamation marks means it must be very dishy indeed.

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Fug or Fab: Nicole Kidman


I have feelings, and they’re conflicted. Help me work through them — and help me figure out what, technically, she’s wearing. It might be good — I suspect I like it — but it’s definitely CONFUSING. Is her wrap attached to her arms? Are her sleeves sewn to her hips? What is even happening here?

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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Fugs and Fabs: Variety’s Power of Women Event


In which Nicole Kidman puts a brave face on the fact that they’ve pushed back her Grace Kelly biopic to spring, taking her out of awards contention. Do you think she and Naomi Watts sit around and wonder why they decided to do movies about iconic princesses this year? Also: cute day-dresses, the re-appearance of Charlize, and further examination of Kerry Washington.

[Photos: Getty]

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Fug or Fab: Nicole Kidman


Heather just listened to me deliver this whole long monologue about how I still have so much residual fondness for Nicole Kidman that, when she gets it right (like she did at Cannes) I am beyond thrilled and it brings me so much glee. I am not totally glee-full with this, but nor am I un-be-glee’ed.

I do like pants, especially for a daytime premiere, and this is certainly elegant and chic on her. But what do you think?

No, seriously. What do you think?

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Fugs and Fabs of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Installation Luncheon


I like the idea that all these people are being “installed” into the HFPA, as if they’re being mounted onto the walls for awards season.

[Photos: Getty]

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