Fugger: Reese Witherspoon

Oscars Well Played: Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

It just must be so bizarre to get all trussed up and do every single red carpet interview, even knowing — and knowing we know that you know, and that you know we know you know — that you are not going to win. It could be a total relief, but isn’t it kind of the elephant in the room?

You wouldn’t know it by Reese’s face:

reese witherspoon oscars 2015

She was in a great mood, so maybe the suspense being over does wonders for your Oscars prep. And I really love this on her; she’s picked white or silver for all the big events (except the BAFTAs, when she wore purple), and this is the sleekest of them all on her. Someone on Twitter said it felt like a photonegative of her 2011 look, which I liked at the time, but which hasn’t aged very well for me. I’d take this one over that in a heartbeat, and unlike Julianne, she totally closed out this sucker on a high note.

With one quibble:

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Fine or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

This is EXTREMELY straightforward and fine, in a gorgeous color. So it’s hard to imagine it being anything LESS than a resounding “fine.”

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But it’s Stella McCartney. So the fact that this actually looks nice feels like a bigger victory than ordinarily it might, given that Stella’s name usually makes me want to run around waving my arms over my head and screaming, “IT’S A TRAP. GET OUT OF THERE.”


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Well Played/Less So: Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli, and Rosamund Pike in Vionnet, at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Her lack of other accessories is almost entirely made up for by those cute shoes:

reese witherspoon oscar nominee luncheon

Honestly, I think once Reese realized she wasn’t going to take home any hardware for Wild, she decided to win at the fashion game instead. She is like that mom at school pickup who always looks SO cute and pulled-together and clean, and there you are with damp hair and yoga pants and Toms with a hole in the toe, and you’re like, “WHY GOD.”And at this particular party, she put Felicity Jones AND poor Rosamund Pike on notice:


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Casual Fuggerday: The Recently Mostly Well Playeds of Reese Witherspoon

We’re working with an impressive 75% success rate.

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SAG Awards Fug or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Armani

This photographed better than I expected; it wasn’t terribly flattering to her on the E! telecast, although that thing was such a clusterfiasco that I think it’s possible it tainted everyone it touched. Wherever she was, Giuliana must have popped a cork for her job security.

Whoops, sorry, Reese. Didn’t mean to sideline you.

reese witherspoon sag awards 2015

I am drawing a blank on her, and I think it’s because the dress itself is a bit of a blank. I am not reacting because it’s not giving me a lot to react to, you know? It’s fine. The fit is meh. The lipstick is great, but the blush is aggressive. which averages out to okay. She has on some pleasant accessories. This is a very capable palate cleanser between her sparkly Globes dress and what I hope will be an Oscar night knockout. In fact, it has a whiff of the E! about it: There is some effort there to put on a show, but frankly, it needs the big guns to work.


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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Fug or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Lanvin

When I first saw this gown, I thought there was a slit along the side, and that the inside of the black was lined with a matching fuchsia:

reese witherspoon critics choice awards 2015

And I really LIKED that. Creative skirt linings are catnip to me (that is an INCREDIBLY specific thing, I realize, but if it helps it’s not the ONLY thing I like that much — others include sauces, a very cold Diet Coke from a can, Branston pickle on Double Gloucester cheese, almost anything Kenan Thompson or Aidy Bryant does on SNL, bathrobes, etc). It seemed like a fun way to jazz up a basic design, and I embraced it and then went to dinner.

When I came back, there were photos of the gown from the other side:

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