Fug or Fab: Charlize Theron


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Oooh, goody, can I derail this conversation of Charlize’s outfit at the Young Adult premiere to ask WHAT THE HELL is going on in her Dior ad? Why is she air-kissing Grace Kelly? Why is Marilyn Monroe hanging out backstage? Is this fashion show being held on the astral plane? Why does Marilyn need perfume on the astral plane? If Charlize can hand Dead Marilyn Monroe perfume, does that mean Charlize is — in the world of this ad, obviously — ALSO DEAD? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT THIS FASHION SHOW? I hardly ever see dead celebrities at shows myself, but maybe that’s because they’re all backstage in formal wear fondling bottles of perfume.

Okay, I feel better now. Let’s discuss.

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  1. Lynne
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    Charlize usually manages to sell the crap out of whatever she’s wearing. She’s always posing but not overly so and brimming with self-confidence. Even she looks uncomfortable in this. It’s like she knows this was a bad idea but is doing a favor for some friend who wants publicity for her fledgling label.

    In short, this looks like a junior high sewing class project.

    • Mikki
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      I read on another site that the dress is by Stella McCartney…which explains why it’s kind of weird!

      • Annie E
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        Yeah, I was going to ask if it was McCartney. If she went up a size or two maybe it would be better…

      • Jessica
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        Ugh, of COURSE it is.

      • G
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        And explains why it is so unflattering. Anything that can be unflattering to Charlize Theron is a pretty amazing accomplishment though.

        It makes her look shapeless and lumpy through the chest and waist, and the hemline is all raggedy with loose threads. I’d give it a C in junior high sewing class.

      • Miranda
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        I KNEW IT. It was the shoes that gave it away first, but then the hem confirmed it.

  2. Carolina Girl
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    I can’t believe this is a “Fug or Fab”. The dress is hideous and it looks like it’s fraying at the hem. And don’t even get me started on what’s on her feet!

    • Kit
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      I almost *always* hate her shoes – for years now, no matter what occasion. The woman clearly is not a shoe fan. I always complain to my husband about it.

      “With all that money, why does she always wear the same five pairs of shoes??!!!”

      Husband says “Because she likes them, obviously.”

      And so I curse out his logical answers and tell him it is wrong, and a violation, that somebody who would probably be given the shoes for FREE if she subtly hinted always has such bad ones.

      /rant.

      (See what you started?!) lol

      • Sajorina
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        Maybe she goes for comfort before looks, which is almost unheard of in Hollyweird!

  3. val.
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    Her makeup is beautiful but the dress is terrible.

  4. Eliza Bennett
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    I want to like it. That hem and the inexplicable white are foul, though. I’d cut the skirt-problem off and put her in black leather anything (pencil skirt, long skirt, pants, anything but formal shorts.)

  5. Eliza Bennett
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    Also why doesn’t it FIT?

  6. STK
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    You guys are getting in my head. All I could think is “evils of satin.”

  7. nicola
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    I love the idea, but the execution was just ugh. Bad fitting job (seriously – I can afford to get my fancy togs fitted by someone, SURELY Charlize can too), crappy looking hem, and I get what the shoes are trying to say, but blech.

  8. Anne B
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    I also am confused by that ad. I felt like this years ago, when someone made an ad starring Dead Humphrey Bogart and Dead Louis Armstrong, among others. There’s something odd about enlisting the dead in selling your product.

    As for this dress: sigh. Another beautiful girl who can wear anything well, yet she picked the one dress she can’t pull off. Fug.

    • anny
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      “There’s something oddwrong about enlisting the dead in selling your product.”

      Fixed that for you.

  9. snark
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    I should have known this was Stella M. Hiddy. And the hem is fraying as well.

    • Joyce
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      Stella M. Hiddy! That’s awesome. I couldn’t give Charlize a “yuck” because she’s soooo beautiful. But I sure can give this creation from Stella M. Hiddy a “yuck”.

  10. Annie E
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    I have seen that Dior ad a hundred thousand times and I guess I have never actually WATCHED it, because I don’t recognize any of these details!

  11. Jamie
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    THANK YOU for talking about that crazy-ass Dior ad. I cannot wrap my head around the music chosen, the dead celebs, why dead Marilyn is speaking with a French accent and looking incredibly child-like, why Charlize is so late to the fashion show, and why we can see the outline of her ladybits right at the closing of the commercial!?!?!?!?!?! It makes me want to interrobang all over the tv!

    I had to get that out–it’s been sitting in my head too long. Still, interrobang.

    • Libby
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      I completely agree on all points. And Charlize’s make-up in the commercial is hideous – it makes her look older and mean. WTF?

    • C-No
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      What’s an “interrobang”?

      • Eliza Bennett
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        An interrobang is this : ?! It is one of my favorite words and punctuation symbols ever.

    • (the other) Jessica
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      yes. YES. THANK YOU fug girls. why does the music — which was so obviously written specifically for the ad — open with that line “it’s a funny way to make ends meet, when lights are out on every street — like, am i a crazy person for thinking that sounds like a prostitution reference? In an ad trying to make me buy perfume? Prostitute ghosts at a fashion show!? WHat is going on!??!

      • Jessica
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        Actually, is wasn’t written for the ad — it’s Heavy Cross by Gossip, from one of their albums. (I think it came out in 09.) Crazy, right? I actually love that song, but yes. It makes her sound like she is a hooker. MAYBE WE’RE ALL HOOKERS. (For Dior)

      • yeahandalso
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        It’s an awesome song and I really dig The Gossip…Beth Ditto sort of reminds me of what would have happened if Adele made rock music instead of ballads

    • EmmyS
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      My take is that she’s like the Forrest Gump of the cosmetics world.

    • Miranda
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      Firstly, let me congratulate you on using interrobang as a verb! Secondly, I actually really like the music, which is why I never spent much time thinking about why there are all those dead people there. Too busy jammin’.

  12. meme
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    Stella M. Hiddy (thank you snark) designs some of the ugliest clothes I have ever seen. I don’t know why celebs wear them. Charlize is stunning but YUCK to the schmata that looks like it’s falling aprt.

  13. Willow
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    It’s kind of like vintage Madonna exploded

  14. Lori
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    love the shoes, though!

  15. hollywoodpinata
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    I like charlize theron. I have a feeling that if we ever went on a date that she would really find me intresting, but then later on when i got kinda drunk she would get all freaked out when i showed her my scrapbook of pictures of her with all the the eyes cut out. http://www.hollywoodpinata.com

  16. lynn
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    Stella McCartney designs poorly designed clothing and I do not understand why celebrities wear them. Theron could wear anything she wanted, yet she selected this poorly fitting dress, with an undone hem, an ill fitting top, and a general look of sloppiness. UGH!

  17. Jules
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    I voted fug because it is all just so wrinkley.

  18. jessica
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    This looks like the dress that gets a designer kicked of Project Runway during the Make-a-High-Fashion-Outfit-out-of-this-Umbrella-Contest.

  19. Karen
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    That Dior ad makes me livid every time I see it. Grace Kelly AND Marilyn Monroe? They couldn’t settle on just ONE dead movie star to shill for their product? I blame Dirt Devil: they started it all with that Fred Astaire commercial:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0h1lw7mxIw
    for which they will ROT IN HELL. Which I suppose is appropriate for a company called Dirt Devil.

    I do give Charlize credit for getting that weird runway walk down, though. If that’s even her in the rear shot.

    And while she is indeed beautiful–I have such a hard time not seeing poor mentally challenged Rita from Wee Britain.

    As for this dress? *shudder*

  20. vandalfan
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    Stella McCartney? *snort* ‘Nuff said.

  21. MelissaW
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    I need a “meh” vote.

    And re: Dior ad, I find it super gross that a company that is synonymous with elegance has a shot of it’s “face” with a gown you can see straight through (and you can see it all). Ick.

  22. Sajorina
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    All I can say is that for as weird as that Dior commercial is, I wish I could live in it… Being surrounded by Grace, Marilyn & Charlize at a Dior fashion show sounds and looks like “heaven” to me! Charlize gets an automatic FAB from me just for existing, but Stella McCartney gets an automatic FUG from me just for existing! I love the hair & makeup, the earrings, the bracelet and the clutch; but the dress would have to be tweaked for me to like it! She looks gorgeous, though!

    • Wren
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      I was also a “YES!” for the makeup and accessories, but definitely the dress is yuck. That bracelet though, so fabulous!

  23. Lina
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    That dress is a great idea with horrendous execution. As is virtually all of Stella McC’s stuff that isn’t a terrible idea in the first place. Not only do I hope it was free, I hope Charlize got paid to wear it.

  24. hippetyhop
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    That first photo is pure Derek Zoolander.

  25. Jess
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    This is not good. She’s Charlize Theron. She has all the money in the world, so why does she insist on wearing such poorly made, ill-fitting clothes? I sound like my grandmother, but seriously. She could have gone to Forever 21 and done better.

  26. JanetP
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    We’re voting on that ad, right? Because I agree. WTF?!

    And I sort of love that dress. I just found out yesterday that her Vogue cover shoot was in my home town! And now all I see are waves and the ocean, so if we’re voting on her dress, I’d better change my vote.

  27. K
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    I don’t know about her. She is beautiful, but why is she always making that squinty face? Like she’s trying to size you up so she can find your weakness and then destroy you with it. I just don’t know.

  28. Lisa
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    This is what happens when every cool dress has already been made. You have to get creative, even if it doesn’t work, or you risk being considered boring.

  29. Lisa
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    On second thought, I kind of like this. I love the black swoopy lines underneath the waist, and how they’re echoed by the lines of the material on the hem of the skirt, but it doesn’t show from far away. I also like the shoes and the length of the skirt. Charlize almost pulls the whole thing off because her shoulders are so amazing that the proportions looks good on her. So I’m kind of torn (no pun intended), but ultimately I have to give it a thumb’s down bc of the wrinkles and ragged edges of the skirt and the color, too, which makes it a little too reminiscent of a tennis skirt.

  30. GingerLover
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    OK HATE HATE HATE the j’adore commercial, but I also hate that no one mentions Marlene Dietrich is also “in” it.

  31. GingerLover
    0

    Stella M. Hiddy strikes again (it’s officially her GFY name now right?)

  32. witjunkie
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    The thing that irks me the most about that Dior ad is Marilyn Monroe cooing over J’adore when we all KNOW she wore Chanel No. 5.

  33. Caroleena Stantonova
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    The cuff bracelet is thee only redeeming iota of this costume.

  34. jenny
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    Oh thank heaven we’re talking about that ad! It totally blows my mind, every time. Like I can understand how it got pitched — “it will be like that Paula Abdul Diet Coke ad, but GLAMOROUS!!” — but how, how, HOW did it get approved in its weird, nonsensical form? It’s seriously like a parody of a perfume ad.

  35. ChaChaHeels
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    I thought the music for that “working girls from the dead” ad was a Dolly Parton tune I hadn’t heard till now. I’ve been preoccupied about how I’d missed that.

    Seems like Stella M. Hiddy has been spending a lot of money this year to get herself “out there”—and so many have been victimized in the process. I even read an article in the Guardian, where their “fashion desk” decided to list her as the “cool girl” while they showed a photo of her wearing that ill fitting garbage sack of a jumpsuit she was featured in here a few days ago (while all else in attendance wore gowns). How much do you pay a fashion reporter to put herself out there in the world as tasteless and delusional? Whatever it is, Stella paid it.

  36. Zed
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    Why on earth does such a pretty woman think she has to wear so much slap? Ghastly dress, even if it wasn’t badly made and poorly fitting. And she’s moved into the ‘head too big for her body’ size that makes me concerned for her long-term health.

  37. Laucie
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    Every time I see that commercial, it bothers me that the House of Grimaldi could sell the image of Princess Grace. At the time of her death, she hadn’t been “Grace Kelly” for about 3 decades, so I wonder what motivates them, besides the cash. Poor Marilyn’s estate is controlled by a woman who never met her, Lee Strasberg’s second wife, so we know there’s no emotional tie there.
    Also thanks for pointing out Marlene Dietrich, whom I hadn’t noticed among the images.

  38. ok
    0

    This dress is seriously weird and not good. Wow.

  39. Entertainment Crunch
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    Although Charlize is my favorite but I don’t like her dress. She looks very gorgeous in some dresses.
    Entertainment Crunch

  40. Leah
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    How beautiful her face is in photo #3! She should look into dropping the squinty face and actually smiling more.

  41. buttercup
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    I think we call this gilding the lily. This girl needs nothing for adornment, and yet, she went with this wackadoodle concoction. It is doing less than nothing for her chest. My husband assured me that negative numbers do exist in nature (we’re not sure how, but they do), so yes, this is possible.

  42. crystal
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    Can someone please make Stella McCartney stop designing clothes? How has she even gotten away with it this long?

  43. ccm800
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    why in the effing world do women have their lips augmented to removed that lovely little point on the upper lip? Look how ridiculous this looks! Is there a more nonsensical plastic surgery??? “Gee Charlize you would be GORGEOUS if we just carved that little point off of your upper lip.”

  44. amys
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    Re: the Ad: is that not also Black Swan’s Natalie Portman in the extended Dior ad? Maybe I’m seing things. I have to admit to loving the Dior ad to pieces (and watching at least 20 times!) and loving Beth Cross here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVhph02UOA more than words can say. Kudos to Beth for getting Dior’s residuals and my undying adoration. Love her. Love Charlene. The lyrics of the song are so awesome which inspire me to think Charlene could so SO much better. Fug.

  45. NYCGirl
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    I agree with everyone on the fugliness of the dress and shoes, but I have to part company and say that I find the song from the commercial irritating. And it always gets stuck in my head!

    • MsWildhack
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      Oh, I’m with you, NYCGirl. Everything about this ad is an insult to one’s sensibilities. Charlize Theron has always been the one skinny, blonde actress that didn’t make me want to slap the crap out of her on sight, but this ad has pretty much changed that.

  46. roser
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    And yes, she is gorgeous, but did she get lip injections?

  47. Hot Sales Blog
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    I like her a LOT. Great look!

    ALMOST half THOUSAND FASHION posts already!
    http://www.hotsalesblog.com

  48. amanda
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    omg that ad! it drives me crazy. i have no idea what’s going on! so glad i’m not alone, was starting to think i’d been missing some underlying significance. plus why are they whispering? unfortunately it’s also ruined that song for me forever.

  49. Nikki
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    Oh my god, I freaking HATE that commercial! The first time I saw it, my WTF face came out in full force. You know the one: when all of your facial features somehow distort themselves into an overzealous question mark. The concept is really effed up, but besides the obviously terrible storyline, the technical merits of the execution are questionable at best. The Marilyn Monroe CGI head is particularly egregious. The Grace Kelly stuff is passable. Poor Charlize!

  50. understateddiva
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    Can we talk about the shoes???

  51. Dinsdale
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    I thought the point of the commercial was creating some kind of Hollywood royalty lineage for Theron. You know, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe are her fairy godmothers or something? Not that I like the ad, but that was what I took away from it.

  52. electric
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    She is a hot bitch. The dress has potential, just looks like she put it on kind of early. The stupid j-adore commerical doesn’t offend me anymore than any of the other stupid commericals out there.