Fug or Fab: Andrea Riseborough


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Thanks to her role in W.E., and what I have decided was a careful apprenticeship under Madonna’s sartorial wing, Andrea Riseborough burst on our scene last year and straight to a Fug Madness seed. But she’s been quiet since, until now.

I don’t love the trapezoid of netting — such things have their place, and usually, that place is on the ice while Scott Hamilton plotzes — and I wondered if her makeup was a hair off, but I didn’t really have any feelings one way or the other here until I saw the back.

It’s a DISCO CAPE. I am really, really hard-pressed to abhor a disco cape. I do wish the front of the dress had earned a bit more the twinkling payoff of the back, and increasingly I’m concerned her makeup artist used the word “kabuki” to describe tonight’s facial theme. But… DISCO CAPE. Those words have power it would be irresponsible to ignore.

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Comments (41):

  1. Lizzy
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    Ghost of Disco?

  2. llism
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    Wow. Bad makeup, bad dress, AND a . . . cisco? A dape? A ‘cocape? Just bad all around.

  3. kk
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    i thought this was madeline stowe at first. as much as i love m.s., i do not mean that as a compliment to andrea.

  4. Miss Louise
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    All hail the Princess of Xanadu! Is she roller skates under that dress? As much as a disco cape speaks to the soul of my girlhood, this look is a bit of a mess.

  5. Miss Louise
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    oops – I meant ‘wearing roller skates’ . I always type badly on this site for some reason.

  6. H.C.
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    for that shade of white, that sunscreen better deliver on its SPF 10,000 promise.

  7. Regina
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    Her smile is strange. But DISCO CAPE FOREVER!

  8. Squirrel!
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    My makeup resembled this woman’s look last Halloween when I was dressed as a geisha.

  9. Ann
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    I need this to walk around my apartment. I believe I would even sleep in it.

  10. Anna
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    Noooo for that makeup alone, ugh!

  11. TonyG
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    It’s a disco cape, but it’s one I want…therefore, Fab!

  12. buttercup
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    That dress would have been amazing without the disco cape. The fit and drape are stellar, just enough sparkle. But no. Disco cape had to happen.

    Now, I’m not against disco cape per se. I love a good disco cape. Some of my best friends are disco capes. But this one in particular did The Hustle all over that dress.

  13. Sara B.
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    Her makeup is so bad I hardly noticed the gown.

  14. Kate
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    I always think she looks about 15 years older than she is…
    But also at this event was your FAVORITE person to join in a weird romantic tale involving corsets or, at the very least, colin firth- Hayley Atwell…
    She was wearing a crazy print.

  15. Gigi
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    Her make-up has failed and made it hard to look at the dress… but I think it’s fun and zany and not too bad and would be better in a silvery grey.

  16. Shelley
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    I think it’s a cape of mithril – you know, the chain mail that the elves wear in Lord of the Rings to protect themselves from orcs and swords…..am I showing my geeky side?

  17. Jane
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    Brown teeth? Dress would sparkle more if those pearlies did, too. Jesus Christ.

    • Helen
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      That’s just normal tooth color. They’re fine. We’re not used to seeing it anymore because Americans have so popularized the Chiclet look.

      Which I hate and find terribly distracting on any screen, large or small.

      Also hate: This dress. Love the sparkly panel, loathe the front. It needed to be better fitted, too.

    • terri
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      honestly, I think the teeth just don’t fare well in comparison to her pearly white FACE. That makeup is just hilariously bad. It dones’t even make it all the way to her hairline or blend to her neck.

  18. bambam
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    i completely hated this until you said ‘disco cape’ and now i absolutely love it. be careful with your words, they are influential and carry great weight.

  19. Chris P
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    ALL THREE OPTIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

    THIS IS THE KITSCHIER COUSIN OF THE ANNE ROONAWAY DRESS (AND IN FACT, IT’S ALSO KIND OF RELATED TO THE DRESS THE ACTUAL ROONEY MARA WORE IN AN ATTEMPT TO UPSTAGE HER).

    THIS IS HORRIBLE. THIS IS AWESOME. THIS CANNOT BE DESCRIBED IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LET ALONE WITH LOWER CASE LETTERS.

  20. ChristieLea
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    I actually really like the dress-yes, even with DISCO CAPE attached to it-but the makeup! It’s horrid! As many have already pointed out, somewhere there’s a geisha who can’t find her pot of face paint.

  21. Lux
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    Agree with many commenters above. I do like the dress but jeez, that is some wickedly bad makeup. Just goes to show how makeup can ruin an entire look!

  22. Anne
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    Wow. Her makeup is like she forgot to rinse of her milk and clay facial mask.

  23. Anne
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    I do like the dress. Very caole lombard. Needs to be satin, a bit more on the bias, and solve the awkwardness on her sternum.

  24. Anne
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    On second glance, it appears that her foundation was matched to the illusion netting.

  25. Jen S. 2.0
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    The cape is the best part of this ensemble, by a country mile. SPARKLY!

    (HAAAAA @ “while Scott Hamilton plotzes.” Yes, indeed he does.)

  26. Camilla
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    Her make-up artist HATES HER. The is terrifying!

  27. Tessa
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    I like the dress, disco cape and all. But that make-up is so horrible…

  28. witjunkie
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    See, and the rule of thumb has always been, and is even now ( I just went to Clinique for a new foundation) is to go a shade lighter than your natural color. Which I’ve never understood. I had to really insist that I did not want a shade lighter, because I don’t want to look chalky, and my arms and chest get sun dammit, and I want my face to match the rest of me.

    I mean, obviously she is fair-skinned even on her arms, BUT NOT THAT FAIR.

  29. Kiki
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    The front of the dress is nice, the disco cape is questionable. The dress on her however….no no no. I had to force myself to look at the dress because all I can see when I look at the picture is white, like I’m looking at Casper in drag but it’s so glaring I can’t see any details. Girl needs some color, whether it’s a dress with some color or a little spray tan, it is just WAY too much white.

  30. gryt
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    The clown/bisque doll makeup is awful.

    • LT1
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      Back in the goth days of yore (yikes, almost 30 years ago for me) I used to wear clown white as my foundation. I now realize how ridiculous that looked.

  31. Sandra
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    The sparkleyness has distracted you from the inherent awfulness of the rest of it. A disco cape deserves a better dress to adorn and she should just wash her face and hair and start over.

  32. Vandalfan
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    Another drawback to that kind of Kibuki-Mime makeup is the way it makes even the most beautiful teeth appear yellowed.

  33. Lily1214
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    The bisque makeup seems to be just a teensy bit whiter than her beautiful skin. Maybe not flattering her teeth, as well.

  34. Kristina
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    Her makeup is KILLING ME. It’s like a mask over what could be a very pretty face. Ugh.
    The dress, I didn’t love until I saw the disco cape. And now I want it.

  35. Mel
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    Who cares about the dress when THAT GEISHACLOWNFACE MAKEUP is so heinous. A “hair off”, indeed. She looks ridiculous. The strip of face at the top of of her mask, right under her hairline, makes it even worse. If I saw this person face-to-face I’d probably laugh out loud. And as others have noted, the dingy teeth don’t help.
    Rx: one trip to CVS for some new foundation and a box of whitestrips.

  36. Bailey
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    Never mind the disco cape, I don’t think I’ve ever seen makeup that hilariously bad on a celebrity before.