Fugger: Nicole Kidman

Well Played, Nicole Kidman in Valentino and Colin Firth

You guys know I have a secret deep fondness for Nicole Kidman, and therefore every time she shows up looking good, it feels like a victory:

Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth attend the UK Gala screening of 'Before I Go To Sleep' at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, England

TOUCHDOWN. (Colin Firth, of course, I always like, just as he is.)

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Recent Fugs or Fabs: Nicole Kidman

Kidman really made the rounds this weekend, you guys. She is promoting this disastrous Grace of Monaco movie like a champ.

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CMTs Fug or Fab Carpet: Nicole Kidman in Giambattista Valli with Bonus Urban

I just love this picture of them:

She’s like, “oh you loveable scamp,” and he is like, “what can I say? I’m Keith Urban!” It looks like a promo shot for an ABC Family show about a loveable country music star who keeps getting into scrapes (due to his uncontrollably generous nature) and the tall, amused woman who loves him. Honestly,  I am sort of unexpectedly pleased that these two are still making it work. As I confessed during Cannes, I have a fondness for Nicole and I want her to be happy. And I also like Keith, even if his current haircut makes him look like he’s thinking about starting a boy band, which could ALSO happen on his ABC Family show. It could be him, JC Chasez (I want JC to have a job, you guys), Nick Lachey, and Scott Porter, who will ALSO need a job once Hart of Dixie is over, and we know he has moves.

But enough about this brilliant idea that’s going to make me my great fortune. Let’s talk about what Nicole is wearing. I’d like it better if it didn’t seem like she was wearing one dress over a wholly other dress. We don’t need to reinvent the dress by making it MORE Dress. Just do ONE dress that’s all the dress a person might need, you guys. It doesn’t seem all that complex.

What do you think?

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Cannes Well Played: Nicole Kidman

The Princess Grace movie is getting wretched reviews — Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian called it “a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk,” because he is a treasure — but Kidman herself is often great at Cannes, and she’s kicking off this go-round VERY impressively.

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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.


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.