Fug or Fab: Blake Lively


Yeah, yeah, I know this is Chanel BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH and ergo I should love it and embrace it and YADA YADA YADA please don’t come after me, Kaiser Karl, but I think this is the sort of dress that makes you look SUPER OLD unless you are so young that it’s clearly almost ironic:

And, of course, the sort of dress that also works if you ARE quite old and kind of fantastic. But if you fall in the middle — if you’re medium-aged and fantastic, for example — you just look musty in it.

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Comments (49):

  1. petesmom

    I think I would quite like this if not for the dust ruffle around her waist.

  2. Becca

    When saw this dress on Lainey, I was sure you would give it a good, solid fugging. It looks like the offspring of the Tin Man and an ostrich trying to make it’s way in the world as a clown. With black tights, because why not?

    • Tori

      Haha yes! With Rosie from the Jetsons as its agent. And stylist, probably. Let’s make this happen!

  3. Eliza Bennett

    Cracked. out.
    Even minus the crotchal foof, the patterns are so different it’s giving me a seizure.

  4. Jacquilynne

    How is it possible that there’s a dress that not only does not display Blake Lively’s boobs, but actually makes it appear as if she doesn’t have any?

  5. Jessica

    Honestly, I think this would be interesting and fun if she only lost the black tights.

  6. Miranda

    Continuing my campaign to bring back the Kargerfeld posts. That is all.

  7. Lizzie

    it reminds me of the dress her sister Robyn wore in the last scene of Teen Witch

  8. Ashley

    I hate this dress so much it actually angers me.
    Yeah, I’m in a bad mood today.

  9. rvc

    Pro : Her nipples and/or crotch aren’t in my face.
    Con : She’s ORANGE. I mean more than ever, non? Didn’t Karl tell her it’s not a good idea to match you hair, skin, makeup and lips?
    Pro : Her dry split-ends aren’t in my face.
    Con : Her hair is still a mess.

  10. rvc

    Also, the dress is just stupid.

  11. Jamie

    Wait… Blake Lively is considered medium-aged? Now I feel ancient, and I’m giving it a solid fug just out of grump-itude.

  12. regina

    Watch out New Yorkers! Serena fugs it again!
    ps. I would like to see mr Karl in this..

  13. Laucie

    No way, no how. To enumerate : Boob buttons, double-decker thatched -roof peplum, chunky earrings and black tights. Too much of all the wrong components.

  14. regina
  15. casey

    What has happened to Chanel? I’m serious, I don’t understand what they are doing over there…

  16. vandalfan

    Look closely at the feather peplum horror. It’s purple plaid. If that was removed, and possibly repurposed as a feather boa, and if she changed her opaque grey stockings for sheer black ones, I’d love it.

  17. foo

    I think the aged look comes from the built-in silvery-blue 70s merkin. (and accompanying ass merkin)

    Like the top part, smashing though it is.

  18. Steph

    PRO: Her boobs and legs are covered.
    CON: Just because it’s Chanel (or any designer for that matter) doesn’t mean it’s automatically “the awesomest thing to ever awesome”.

  19. snuffy

    Did they know this carpet would be in front of such a busy backdrop? Because it looks like she and Emma Stone planned this pattern onslaught. I’m not sure what their goal was (especially with the excessive crotch-area details), but both of their photos are painful to look at… they remind me of those Magic Eye pictures they used to sell in malls in the 90s.

  20. StyleMelbourne

    I think it would have been far more youthful without the stockings and with a strappy silver heel. It’s too heavy as is.

  21. ceecee

    It’s time to rethink your life choices when people start giving you props just for having your bits covered up in public (Lindsey, are you listening to me?) That being said, this outfit is both trying too hard and not hard enough.

  22. Lina

    The runway version was so great, what with the long gloves that matched the skirt. It had edge and attitude that little miss sunshine here totally lacks. At least she’s covered, but not even Chanel can make her classy.

  23. witjunkie

    I guess I’m not seeing what’s so horrible about this. I mean, it’s a little weird, but the color is pretty, it’s interesting, and looks good on her. I can’t imagine myself – or an old lady – wearing that foofoo peplum, and I don’t love the tights, but it fits the event. Overall, I like.

  24. amys

    I might like it if it were all the same material as the bodice. No froofy feathers, no dark tights, no….oh who am I kidding? This is too much to unfug. She would do well to reassess her no stylist status. KARL? where are you????

  25. G

    Dark tights NEVER go with sleeveless.

  26. Anne B

    Dearest Boobs,

    Good luck with The Wizard!

    If you don’t get a heart, consider asking for a new dress?

  27. Chris

    Don’t hate me, Fug Nation, but I kind of miss the Boobs and the Legsly. Maybe. I’m not sure.

    This is also why runway fashion does not often work in practice.

  28. crystal

    I wish she was not wearing tights. FREE LEGSLY!

    (In all seriousness, though, I think it would work better without them.)

  29. Ladyblahblah

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen pictures of Karl wearing that top, only with sleeves. It made sense on him because crazy people should wear crazy clothes. She just looks like a live action Barbie who got too close to a paper shredder.

  30. Martha

    When I saw the thumbnail for this on Facebook, I thought the foofy thing was the skirt and that was it. I liked it better then. I don’t actually like skirts that short, but the actual skirt doesn’t match. I agree with whoever said that it would be better if it was all the same material as the bodice.

  31. Bexia

    I think the thing itself is a great piece but it’s totally wrong for her. It would be far less aging if she ditched the tights and DID SOMETHING with her hair but then, it’s just the wrong color for her complexion/hair anyway. Dark grey doesn’t work that well on blondes unless they’re very pale with white-blonde hair.

  32. sarah

    Cate Blanchett would kill this. She’d make me think a feathered poof was fierce.

    • Mary McCutchen Pate

      I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Put it on Blanchett, and it would be amazing.

  33. anny

    @snuffy – obviously, it’s a sailboat.

  34. Sandala

    The problem is the shiny tights and idiot old lady shoes. Sheer stockings or bare leg and an amazing strappy sandal and we’d be happy!

  35. Veronica

    I actually quite like the dress, but I think getting rid of the tights and wearing strappier shoes would have softened the look and offset the “matronly” aspect of the design.

  36. Bambi Anne Dear

    I love the outfit.
    I love the backdrop/wall.
    I hate her tights.
    I hate her shoes.
    I had the way she’s standing.

  37. Bambi Anne Dear

    I HATE the way she’s standing.
    I just had a glass of wine.

  38. Sajorina

    I LOVE IT! It screams Chanel… It’s elegant, tasteful, beautiful & impecably made! She looks GREAT in it and she made it appropriate for a younger woman with a sleek hairdo, flawless makeup, fun & sparkly jewelry and edgy booties! It just works & I want it!

  39. Lion

    Are the tights brown??

  40. Vivian

    I think she looks almost great. Don’t think the tights go and some other shoe would work better. I didn’t notice at first until some other commenter mentioned it, it does flatten her chestal region. Bring back the Boobs legsly!

  41. Julia

    I can’t believe that you guys didn’t point out the irony that the one time she could have gotten her pins out and we all wouldn’t have cared for once, she chose to cover them up with hideous tights

  42. Whitney

    Kate Roberts on Days of our Lives would TOTALLY wear this. (That is not a compliment.)

  43. NYCGirl

    I…don’t even know what to say. Nothing complimentary. Something about armor and pom-poms.