Fug and the City


There is a part of me that loves this:

And it is the part of me that really appreciates the whole concept of crazy old ladies showing up places looking majestic and embroidered, like an amazing sofa in a moldering, haunted estate. Do I want to wear a cape made of French silk formerly used to upholster a chaise longue in the abandoned Newport summer home of an aging heiress who dropped dead in her private elevator, irreparably breaking her lorgnette? ABSOLUTELY. But not until I wandering around my own moldering estate, you guys. Everything  in its own time. In other words, SJP, get back to us with this in about forty years.

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  1. Candy
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    Wasn’t it Coco Chanel that said to take one thing off before leaving the house? The dress might be lovely but I can’t tell with the cape & all the necklaces.

  2. glee
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    There are plenty of shots of SJP without the cape – the dress is lovely, and the jewelry is breathtaking. She looked really great!

    • Jamie
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      Yes, the pictures I saw she didnt have the cape on, and I thought she looked so beautiful. The shoes – omg – super gorgeous.

    • Amanda
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      Yes, I agree. She looked gorgeous!

  3. Siobhán
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    Daphne Guinness wore an African neckbrace to this event. I’m saving my breath for that post.

    • jerkygirl
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      I saw that on another site!!! I don’t even know with that lunatic. And yes, I too hope against hope the Fug girls Fug her. :D

  4. Prolixity Julien
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    I’ve seen it without the (misguided) cape as well. The dress is gorgeous.

    • Kate
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      can do a pre-emptive strike against a global styling industry meltdown and say that just because Gwyneth pulled it off once, does not mean that EVERYONE SHOULD TRY CAPING IT??? What is going on???

  5. Danna
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    The dress looks lovely but the coat is distracting, and the background logos aren’t helping with all the busy-ness shenanigans happening on SJP.

  6. pantsonfire
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    Yep. The dress IS lovely. I’ve seen other photos and I was undecided as to whether it was exactly how I’d wish it (I vaguely recall thinking that I loved like 90% of it) and maybe I wondered whether SJP is the right person to be wearing this uber-romantic style (to which she seems to gravitate). I like the outer garment (it’s a cape?!) on its own, but obviously together these are a shame. Also a shame: her hair. So ick. It looks very prom-y, and it doesn’t even suit the dress, which calls for loose waves and/or a braid or a messy updo at the nape.

  7. anny
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    @GFY Jessica, you may have the upholstery cape whenever you like, but I will take the embroidered net bed drapery gown right now.

  8. val.
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    She looks like a homeless person who has been rummaging in a rich person’s trash bin. Just no.

  9. Edith
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    I couldn’t disagree MORE with all the love for the underlying dress (pix here). It is a horrid oatmeal/dishwater color, for starters. In a nice clean cream, the embroidery would probably look amazing, here it just looks mildewy because the color just screams “moldering!” And the cut is sooo stumpifying!

    I do agree with pantsonfire that the über-Romantic style doesn’t suit SJP, regardless of the color, and her hair is just so so wrong. And I’d love to see her do something different with her eyemakeup, the black liner just makes her eys look reptilian and tiny.

    I looooove the cape. If she’d worn something brighter and more geometrical under it – something that complemented and funkified the cape, maybe something with a 60s feel – and did appropriate hair and makeup, she could command that cape at any age. But with musty, mildewy, Havishamy gown and prom hair, it’s just jarring.

    • Scanderoon
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      I agree with your dislike of the dress. There is too much flow, and waaay too much necklace for the dress. And I also agree about the hair & makeup… That black eyeliner with her light eyes in the middle makes her look like the undead.

      • Helen
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        “I looooove the cape. If she’d worn something brighter and more geometrical under it – something that complemented and funkified the cape, maybe something with a 60s feel – and did appropriate hair and makeup, she could command that cape at any age.”

        EXACTLY what I pictured the minute I saw it. A cute little dress in bright yellow!

    • esther
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      totally agree with you on the eye make up. why does she ALWAYS do it like that!? reptilian is exactly the word I would use to describe the effect created.

      that or Storm from X-men when she’s powering up.

  10. Elbyem
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    “No capes!”

  11. Joemama
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    Why are they trying to make the cape happen?! For the love of Pete, Gwynneth pulled it off…barely. End of story. Please stop. There are too many superheros already.

  12. Lynne
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    Okay, what is WITH this excess fabric all over the place? I mean, I suppose that would be a lovely dress for someone 12 sizes larger than SJP. Why are all of the starlets drowing themselves in prom dresses from 1972? Whither tailoring?

  13. cathy
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    aaaah, sjp and weird, ugly outerwear on red carpets. why?!

  14. flitzy
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    Beautiful airy romantic dress. The accessories (necklace and belt) seem completely off. The cape destroys the look. It is too heavy, both physically and style-wise for the lightness of the gown. The make up is uber harsh; something less hard-lined looks better with age. SJP really needs a new hairstyle. When it is down, it looks messy and is wrong for her long thin face, it accentuates that (not in a good way), and putting it up severely doesn’t work either. I would suggest a style clipped closer to her chin in length, or to her shoulders at most.

    • Vandalfan
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      This. Exactly. Remove the cape and gold rose necklace. Touch up the roots.

  15. maryse
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    if the cape were a coat but not with that dress, i could get behind it.

  16. MelissaW
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    That looks like the Queen Mum…only with SJPs face (I think there’s a picture of Ninette de Valois, who was the director of the Royal Ballet school for ages, wearing something similar to this in the 1950s)

  17. witjunkie
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    I think SJP is so used to seeing herself in the black Cleopatra eyeliner, that anything less looks naked to her. It seems to be getting thicker and blacker. Like how people stop smelling their own perfume so they keep putting more and more on until they can smell it and meanwhile the rest of us are passing out in the elevator…she needs an intervention.

    • Helen
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      Heh. Well put. And I agree, she’s probably so used to it, it’s hard to see the true effect.

      I think her makeup is getting stuck in time, too. When we’re younger, our eyes look bigger, and hers are so wonderfully bright, she used to be able to get away with tons of eyeliner. But as women age, for most of us – exceptions for those with massive cow eyes like Joan Crawford – it’s a good idea to cut way down on this item, or skip it entirely.

      Maybe if she lined just the top. That might look quite lovely on her.

  18. Tiffany
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    I actually love both the dress and the coat…just not together.

  19. Evalyn
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    WHY can this woman not learn to make her eyes up so they don’t look like tiny little coals in a snowbank? Less would definately be more in this case.

    The dress or the cape, pick one. Only one.

  20. buttercup
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    Why would you pick that dress only to cover it up?

    And is that a Disney princess necklace? I wonder if her daughters are mad she borrowed it.

  21. Riley
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    Lol, I see SJP’s style transformation into full-on Miss Havisham is progressing nicely.

  22. Lily1214
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    No, no, no – mother of the bride

  23. Lilibet
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    Don’t forget the Palm Springs circa 1966 hair. Why does this young woman want to look older?

  24. amys
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    I really think she’s very attractive and has a gorgeous figure, but for the love of gravy, why does she insist on looking like a blind soothsayer? Too much eyeliner, woman!

  25. jerkygirl
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    Man, I love the dress (and I’d love it much more in a light cream or ivory as Edith suggested) but with that Gaga-shouldered cape (which I’d LOVE if it were a coat and nowhere near that dress) and that really bad hair and harsh makeup, she’s killing the romantic vibe that dress wants to give off. And if it’s cold up there, why not wear a pretty wrap or something? I don’t know if she styles herself or not but she needs to either fire or hire a stylist, whatever the case may be.

  26. Sallie T
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    Ack! Someone exhumed Doris Duke (aforementioned Newport heiress etc., etc.)!

  27. boston61
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    It’s always obvious when she dresses herself.

  28. boston61
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    Don’t smoke kids. It catches up to you.

  29. Melinda
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    The crazy thing is that the cape was part of the runway look! And it didn’t work there, either.

  30. Art Eclectic
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    Oh, that dress. It would look much better on someone taller and curvier (like ME!) please send right away.

    Put the cape into storage, it will make a great housewarming gift for when we all visit Jessica’s moldering estate for tea and cucumber sandwiches.

  31. jean
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    I kind of love it, especially compared to the dress Anne Hathaway wore. And SJP is kind of owning it. Good hair, good make-up. It’s over the top, but in a different way than she usually does. I like that she’s not trying to look thirty. And I can’t imagine someone who really is 60ish wearing this. Helen Mirren wouldn’t touch it.

  32. Vera
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    Forget the cape and the necklace. Also: I think, she did something seriously weird with her eyes, it’s not just the makeup. Scary.

  33. Shoeniverse
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    She is getting terrifying as she gets older…

    ❀ #www.shoeniverse.info

  34. Elizabeth
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    SJP is a Lady of A Certain Age, as am I. And therefore she needs to do something different with her makeup than she used to in the Square Pegs era. You have to switch the makeup up. Also, the hair is not right for this. The coat cover-up thing looks like she felt a draft and hit up Madame Maxime for her shrug. No, no, no. Take it off. I like the dress underneath. With different hair and makeup this would work.

  35. Bambi Anne Dear
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    And there is a part of me that thinks that this would be far more appropriate if SJP were some sort of HRH SJP or even HM SJP and had a decent crown or tiaro on her head.

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  37. dee cee
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    LIP COLOR.. Dye your hair either brown or blonde.. do something with that ugly hair!

  38. Rubee
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    The dress & necklace are great on their own, but she should have left that dress alone!!!!