Fug or Fab: Rachael Taylor


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Wow, it’s an Aussie kind of day up in here: First Blanchett, then Tonkin, and now Rachael Taylor from Charlie’s Angels. Although she may prefer if I revert to citing Grey’s Anatomy, given how that show flopped. I think she may have been the only person involved in Charlie’s Angels who was actually trying. Anyway, let’s tee off on this:

Generally I don’t like the wet-look, just-hopped-out-of-the-shower-and-smeared-on-some-anti-frizz thing, but I have to say, her face can carry it. And I expected to hate the dress, because things that want me to look through them AND appear to be taking style tips from those old Speedo swimming bodysuits are not high on my Yay list. But, other than how weird it is to see all of her toes poking out — and I mean every part of them,  not just all five of them; those are some very minimalist shoes, it seems — I do think Rachael is as close to pulling this off as anyone could be. There seems to be a combo of see-through and non-see-through fabric in the detailing, which helps… I don’t know. Basically, it’s got the ingredients of things I shouldn’t like, and yet for whatever reason to my palate it doesn’t taste horrible. It’s the Baked Lay’s of dresses.

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  1. Willow
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    I don’t like the fact that it makes her feet look like they’ve been through blender, it’s rather frightening.

  2. Mary
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    Baked Lays are horrible, HORRIBLE, and so is this regurgitated Charlize Theron ensemble.

    • Eliza Bennett
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      I love Baked Lays! I loathe this dress. the sheer bit over her EN-tire foot hanging out makes her leg look like a melted Barbie limb.

  3. liaso
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    I think I’d actually really love it with better shoes. The foot thing weirds me out a bit.

  4. Big Noise
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    The Speedo comparison is apt, she has a swimmer’s build.

    The dress is drawing my attention to her chest and I don’t know why. Maybe because the racing stripes are framing that area? On the whole, it’s not bad — but I’m w/ liaso, the foot thing is kind of freaking me out. She looks like she’s wearing flesh-colored versions of those ugly “toe gloves” I sometimes see in the gym.

  5. Lina
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    It does seem swimwear adjacent, but it is the height of summer there right now, so it’s at least seasonally appropriate?

  6. Lucille Austero
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    The dress looks like an homage to Speedo, and the hair look like she’s been swimming. One or the other – maybe, just maybe – but both? No.

  7. Girlin
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    She actually looked a lot better when she was moving about and talking – the angle of this shot makes her look a bit swimmery! The hair looked a lot better on tv too. I like the dress – it’s different to the floofy dresses doing the red carpet run lately!

  8. Sandra
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    I am totally over design features that make me wonder what she might or might not be wearing under the dress. Any she, not just this one.

  9. Chasmosaur
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    Better in execution than Olivia Williams’ foray into this style.

    http://gofugyourself.com/the-sixth-fug-3-12-2011

  10. CJ
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    I am not so grossed out by her feet showing. They are feet. We all have them, and I’m sure hers are far prettier than mine. However, that I can only see a tiny strap on just her big toe makes me wonder if this is something more suitable for poolside. Certainly not gross; just a bit too casual.

    As for the dress, I can’t believe I am going to say this because I usually detest peek-a-boo sections on dresses, but I actually like this. I don’t loooove it. But I like it. It’s sleek and fits her well, but I do agree that the hair looks like she just went for a dip and threw on a dress. Make no mistake, this is a gorgeous woman who could wear a potato sack and look great, but with the poolside hair and poolside footwear…let’s just say this is a fab outfit for a swank poolside party. Not fug, just maybe a little off for, say, an awards event.

  11. Jed-Antony
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    Heather how dare you, Kate Blanchett is a KIWI!

  12. Jed-Antony
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    Heather how dare you, Kate Blanchett is a KIWI!

    • Bosen
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      Sorry Jed-Antony – Cate Blanchett is not a kiwi. Her mother is Australian and her father was American. She was born in Australia. While I am sure she has visited NZ she is definitely an Aussie.

  13. Kris M
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    Fug. It’s too soon for the 90s to come back with it’s slicked hair and Adidas inspired clothing.

  14. vandalfan
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    I find this repelling from head to toe, although the sandals don’t really bug me, she has nice feet. But that hair just won’t do, her makeup is heavy, and that is beige mesh netting, completely see-through, and therefore horrid. I want to come over and feel your foreheads, you must be sick.

  15. megan
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    I like this! I just wished she was taller or it was hemmed better at its sort of gathering around her feet. otherwise its nice and sleek!

  16. Chaser
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    This looked amazing on the tele. I actually had a little gasp. She looks hot.

  17. Sajorina
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    I don’t mind any of it, except for the wet hair! If she had just blow dried her hair and styled it in a simple way, this would be a fab, but I can’t stand her hair like that! She looks HOT, though!

  18. Helen O'Hara
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    Doesn’t it sort of look like the dress equivalent of the Showgirls poster? http://www.impawards.com/1995/showgirls.html

  19. paro
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    good construction of the gown

  20. gryt
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    Is Speedo doing evening wear now?

  21. Diana
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    I’m having Project Runway Season 1 flashbacks. Isn’t this very similar to a failed Nora design? Nora’s was short and white with cutouts. I think it was the Envy episode.