Fug or Fab: SWINTON


Now that model Coco Rocha has the sassy short hair, I kind of want her to bleach it and play SWINTON in a biopic, which would probably have to be called SWINTON with a tagline that reads, “SWINTON.”

And y’all know I love SWINTON. But this is underwhelming me. Her hair looks great, but if she’s going to swaddle herself in silver sheeting, then I want more makeup impact. Something funky needs to offset how blah the gown is. And yes, like with all things SWINTON, the longer I stare at this picture the more I am tempted to change my mind and say, “Oh, SWINTON, you charming rogue,” but I think I’m going to make myself stand my ground. That thing has as much shape as the Tin Man’s torso.

So is it FUGTON or FABTON?

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Comments (36):

  1. ringthing

    I love how the direction of her hair follows the neckline of the dress.

  2. julyol1972

    The Tin Man’s torso with hooves. Those shoes are a serious no-no! Well at least this proves to me that the alien goddess that is Swinton, occasionaly has a bad day here on earth, like the rest of us mortals.

    Her headspace however, is quite nicely done. Like the chic version of the Flock of Seagulls swoop!

  3. Sandra

    I genuinely do like this look, but am not at all sure it would transfer successfully to anyone else.
    SWINTON never hits the make-up hard and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t care what anybody thinks about anything.

  4.  ErinB

    I would truly FAB it if it were in gold. I SWINTONFAB it nevertheless. .

  5. Leigh

    I so desperately want her to appear on Game Of Thrones as some kind of relation to Brienne of Tarth.

  6. Rosy

    This is just lazy, Swinton.

  7.  HelenBackAgain

    Legitimately Fab, by me. A simple swath of gorgeous fabric, setting off her incredible complexion – she can pull this off like no other, to be sure, but it’s also a real Look of its own, and one I wouldn’t mind seeing on several other lovely actresses as well.

    Oddly enough, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker, as different from one another as they are, both come to mind immediately as people who could also wear this. Though it’d have to be scaled down for Parker, obviously, and she’d accessorize more, as is her style.

  8. Fifie

    The more I look at this, the more it seems to be like a lifelike statue. Given Swinton’s interest in performance art, maybe she is trying to be a breathing statue? It would be so fab if the material were some kind of metal.

    • understateddiva

      She looks like the Statue of Liberty to me

      • HKS

        Exactly what I thought. Statue of Liberty.

        I’ve never been blown away by Swinton, so I guess this is just another meh for me. (I know, I know. I am out of Fug Nation).

  9. Sally

    I am distracted by what looks to be a 3rd hip bone in the middle of her pelvis. Of course, SWINTON would one up the 3rd nipple.

  10. simply_readd

    I give the Goddess Swinton big ups for having the fashion cojones to reenact Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt on the runway!

  11. ChristieLea

    The Tin Man’s torso? This is what the Tin Man’s grandmother wears on her lanai in….where ever retirees go in Oz.

  12. Goldfish

    Swinton is Swinton of course, and is sublime regardless.


    The one gripe I have with this (and this is not body-shaming) is that this is not at all flattering on her. She has an almost willowly, Galadrial flair to her (she was robbed of that role), and this is way too Statue of Liberty-esque. And really, it’s too mundane — I can see a mere mortal try to wear this.

    But still, Swinton is Swinton, and we take it as it comes.

  13. Cristina

    This looks a bit like she hastily turned the fabric coverings from a couple of hotel room ironing boards into a dress, but, she is SWINTON, so, I can forgive anything.

  14. Chris P

    Yeah, the eyes need a bit more impact. But it’s FABTON. Yes, I know, it’s a shiny silver sack (alliteration ahoy!), but I secretly kind of love this.

    I imagine this is what she wears every evening when she climbs into her pod (or whatever she sleeps in). Or around the house to do chores.

  15. Ruth

    Doesn’t she usually wear a more dramatic lip? SWINTON does not need her eyes made up, but she needs a different lip color. NADLC.

  16. Sajorina

    SWINTON = YES!!! So, FAB!

  17. mue

    My reaction is, TOGA, TOGA, TOGA, TOGA!

  18.  Aspasia

    Swinton can do no wrong. She is her own aspect of awesome.

  19. Kristen Bryant

    This is more “Mehton” to me: not fug, not SwintonFabulous, just … meh.

  20. Maria

    Statue of Liberty realness.

    • Eli

      Yep…I was gonna say, give her a torch and a tablet and park her in the Harbor.

  21. annmartina

    I’m getting a little whiff of Egon from the Ghostbusters cartoon with that hair

  22. deee

    I yearn for color when I look at this dress.

  23. Dizee

    While there are many things the magnificent, red carpet SWINTON does project, like sartorial daring, fantastic confidence, and serene awesomeness, she does not always project the sexy.

    Yet this is sexy. Sexy because it is less fitted at the top, and more casually draped in a way that other hotel bedsheet dresses try to be on less impressive personages. And because of the flushed-look, rather than dramatic makeup.

    This works for me. Um, obvi. Is it hot in here?

  24. Moxie Lola Carroll

    All I want to know is if she’s planning on wearing that while she visits our villa.

  25. Rebecca

    I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that SWINTON doesn’t where makeup except during actual filming. So Heather can pine for some added facial color all she wants, I’m not sure it will happen. I don’t think it matters too much here. She looks so striking, of course I may be drunk on her awesome SWINTON-ness.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      She does have a little lipstick and blush here, and probably some concealer here and there. Looks like that’s it. I think it’s eye makeup she doesn’t like.

      And with Bunsen-burner eyes like that, who needs it anyway? SO beautiful.

  26. cc

    SWINTON is always about being washed out and colourless, so this is par the course for her. She always looks awesome.

  27. Julia

    Only SWINTON could pull off looking like the villain in the Disney movie Hercules and still look stylish. But really, the outfit is a bit James Woods as cartoon Hades.

  28. LJ

    I am a little underwhelmed by the lack of tailoring on the dress. I DO however, love that she looks like she is trailing magical stars in her wake.

  29. TonyG

    This is very silvery goddess, which I think is so apropos. I like it. She looks very regal.