Fugliest Fugs of 2012


We already covered the best red-carpet moments of the year for The Cut; now it’s time to lick our chops and then sink our fangs into the worst. Might as well take one last swing at 2012 while we can, right?

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  1. Jo
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    I forgot some of them happened. I RATHER LIKED IT THAT WAY.

    Happy New Year Girls!

    • glee
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      It did remind me of a great moment of 2012 – Naomi Harris is in da house!!! She is so gorgeous, I actually think she kind of pulls off that lunacy, and given that she is now a recurring character in 007 (no spoiler!), we’ll see more of that. YES!

  2. sop
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    I kinda think China Chow is working it, but that’s just me.

    There seem to be three categories here – good ideas that didn’t quite work, desperate nude-y attention seeking and Stella McCartney formalwear.

    • jean
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      I sort of love the China Chow dress too. It’s beautiful in a Dr. Seuss kind of way (She speaks for the trees!).

      • Dazie
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        I was going to come and say how I kind of dig China Chow’s dress, and feared I would be a lone voice. Yay!

      • Squirrel!
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        I see I’m not the only one who thinks China Chow’s dress is kind of awesome!

    • The Fugger
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      Exactly. China wore that at the NewNowNext awards.

      Going downthread, if you can’t dress like the Gay Abominable Snowman (Abomination Against God Snowman, some might say) at NNN, where can you dress like the GAS?

      • Katharine
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        I reckon this is the perfect outfit for the Abominable Snowman at a Gay Pride march.

  3. Art Eclectic
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    Thank you. I feel comparatively well dressed now.

  4. Bookworm
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    Telling how many of these involved sheer fabric in some way. Why won’t that trend just die? Sheer – the zombie fabric of the fashion world.

    • Art Eclectic
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      Sheer fabric will never die as long as someone out there desperately wants attention.

  5. AM
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    “There seem to be three categories here – good ideas that didn’t quite work, desperate nude-y attention seeking and Stella McCartney formalwear”. I was going to post something similar. I put them in two categories–clothed and unclothed. Clothed gets at least a mild pass compared to going out very close to NAKED. Let’s stop that, shall we? If there is absolutely no other piece of clothing available though, please at least wear your granny panties!

  6. Gine
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    Hopefully some celebs will see this and realize that just because an outfit shows more skin than fabric doesn’t mean it’s sexy OR edgy. Revealing clothes don’t offend my delicate sensibilities or anything, but it seems like soooooooo many people mistake nakedness for hotness when most of the time, it just makes them look awkward and oddly proportioned.

  7. Stefanie
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    @Sop I agree for the most part but I’m going to take it down to 2 categories: Fugly By Stella and Fugly Because YOU’RE NAKED.

  8. jean
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    Happy New Year ladies! Thank you for a “lovely” final post. Kristen Stewart made it in three times? Fug Madness should be interesting this year.

    I will defend Elizabeth Banks’ madness if she wore that for a Hunger Games premiere. That was very “Capitol City” in its structure.

    • Jules
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      Unfortunately, I think she wore that to the Met Ball. Most of her Hunger Games premiere outfits were outstanding though.

  9. Beth C.
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    I had forgotten all about that shot of Bieber. That one still just cracks me up. Just thinking that at some point that morning he looked in the mirror and said to himself, “Yup, this works, this is what I’m going with today.” Add to that the fact that more than likely several other people went, “Yup, I like it Justin, good choice, ” just makes me cackle with glee in a very dark part of my soul.

    • Dazie
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      I KNOW! He looked in the mirror and said “Oh yeah. I look gooood.” and his handlers AGREED.

      I know he’s close to his mother- why doesn’t she smack the dumb hat off his head and tell him to pull his britches up??

  10. karacocoa
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    I kind of like the Elizabeth Banks dress.

  11. Big Noise
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    Stella’s abomination in Slide 34 might have worked if it had been a slinky and fitted, and strapless (or maybe small straps) with that glam down the side. However…..WHO is that handsome man — her husband? What a great accessory!

  12. BazoDee
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    I notice a sheer trend!
    Interesting that two of your fugs appear on a blog-brothers best list -I’d love to see a guest blog-off end of year feature where you guys duke it out!!

    • Vandalfan
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      I think they had a “march madness” type contest and our FugGals won handily. Naturally.

  13. Sylvia
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    I forgot about Adrienne’s vagina napkin. That one will take her far in Fug Madness. Justin may win the entire thing.

    If Jesse J’s dress hadn’t been an ode to sheer material, it would have been alright. Not great, but alright. I wish Ashanti could run in Fug Madness 2013 with a Fug Madness 2012 dress. It was SO BAD!! Ditto Jessica White.

    Stella McCarthy may do fashion worse than anyone does anything.

  14. Liz985
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    I’m not a numbers person, but I think there’s some sort of statistical correlation between the level of celebrity and the awfulness of the outfit. Less fabric/sheer fabric = attention-grabbing….well, supply your own adjective.

  15. Vandalfan
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    What, we have time for this when there’s KIMYE’s news?

    • openroses
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      I have been waiting all day to propose that the baby be named Kapsye Kardashian-West.

      • Kate
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        BABY KAPSYE! YES! You are a genius. Excellent for a boy or a girl, I think.

  16. agcons
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    I love this site and I’ve visited every day for several years. I rarely comment because I don’t often feel the need to do so, but this retrospective, in all its glorious ghastliness, has compelled me to break silence.

    I’m another one who likes China Chow’s dress, especially in comparison to the galactic hideousness of everything else.

    A short time ago I had trouble dealing like an adult with the Lace ‘n’ Undies thing, but now I think I’ve become inured to it through over-exposure (mine, not theirs). If there’s a vote for the Worst of the Worst, I’ll cast mine for Ms. Paltrow’s truly ridiculous outfit. Even if the damned thing fit properly and was made from any other fabric in any other colour, it’s still a disaster on a level with Noah’s Flood.

    Stella McCartney’s biggest mistake was in quitting her former day job, whatever it was. Nothing of hers looks good, ever.

  17. mary lou bethune
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    Most of them lack the basic element of taste. Many just plain old have no class. Come just wobbled a bit: Zooey, Elizabeth., Goop, Chloe. Some , however, are vile scabs on the body politic. You know who they are, too! That so called model ( #1 pic) and the white lace pants suit, and Kristin..

    • mary lou bethune
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      Miley, too- that girl is low on talent and really kind of trailer parkesque. Will I get yelled at for that?

  18. cc
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    I disagreed with a few of these, like against my better judgement I actually like Miley’s weirdo power-blazer outfit. Her hair looked really good with it also.

  19. sarah
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    No Elle Fanning? Her Prada at the Twilight premiere was hilariously horrible. Also, those shoes.

  20. Duke O
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    Elizabeth Bank’s looks like she was wrapped in fancy Japanese tissue paper and sold by Shu Uemera. That’s how I would put that outfit into words. Happy New Year!

  21. Tiffany
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    I think Adrienne’s was the worst, absolutely no taste or class in that dress. I think Erin’s dress exposes too much to the point where it makes her look less attractive. She basically has no top on and I still can’t find her girls! I think this slide show is a huge lesson to the world about the dangers of sheer fabric.

  22. Annie E
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    I feel like granny panties had a big year because celebrities (or their stylists) pick visible underwear that they think looks vintage and glamorous… but vintage, glamorous underwear is not meant to be seen by more than two people.

  23. Sarah
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    Some of these I don’t like, but I kind of get? Elizabeth Banks, Rhianna, China Chow, even Kristen Stewart a little. Like the thought was good, it just didn’t quite get there in execution.

  24. Emily Rang
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    #38… My boyfriend decided should read “this maybe worse than her acting”…

  25. AnnaP
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    I can’t believe you didn’t include Mel from the Pussycat Dolls’ hideous naked dress – see link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2128587/Former-Pussycat-Dolls-star-Melody-Thornton-upstages-Jessie-J-Women-In-Music-event-dress.html

    This is surely the worst outfit/dress ever worn by a human being in history.

    • LibraryChick
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      Well, maybe that one wasn’t available through the photo subscription service.

      • Helen
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        I still think Wasson’s is worse anyway. But it’s very, very close. That baby-diarrhea color didn’t do Mel any favors either.

    • agcons
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      I deeply regret clicking that link.

  26. me
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    Happy 2013 Heather and Jessica and all the folks at GFY!

  27. Bella
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    This is great. Makes me look forward to the awards season and fug madness. So much fug to choose from. Wonder what the trend will be this season?

  28. Nancy
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    Yup, still love the Naomi Watts batwing/parachute dress!

    • Ellyn
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      Have to say that Naomi’s dress, while blessed with truly cracked out sleeves, did not have me thinking “She’s not really tall enough to carry it off,” which is my usual reaction to many of her outfits.

  29. ceecee
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    2012 reeked of desperation. Let’s hope these people rediscover clothing in 2013.

    • MelissaW
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      God, yes. Please. And by “clothing” we all mean “things you can’t see through”.

      Otherwise we’re going to see pasties and thongs with NOTHING overtop them, not even see-through net, on the red carpet. Bleah.

  30. fernichiwa
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    my 5 year old daughter reacted to bieber thus: ‘he’s a little boy!’

  31. Jo
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    Happy 2013 all! I was surprised to see Kimmy K’s flappy jumpsuit omitted from the list…

  32. kscoaster
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    Boy – I so can’t wait for Fug Madness this year…

  33. Katharine
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    Kristen Stewart must be in strong contention for a high seed in Fug Madness : she’s had some seriously beautiful moments on the red carpet and some seriously skewiff looks. That lacy jumpsuit is a glitzy abomination, trumping her ghost of Lady Godiva meets Dita von Teese meets Miss Haversham moulting draperies from the previous Breaking Dawn premiere. I cherish your description of the Marchesa : “Kristen looks like she just got felt up by a dude while he was in the middle of tarring his driveway” – YES!

  34. kess
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    Whoever makes those Marchesa atrocities needs to be locked up.

    That exo-skeletan thing in kstew is the ugliest thing ever made – it makes me feel quite ill, and i have to go look at pretty things to stop feeling sick.

  35. Cat
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    That Piper Perabo picture never gets old– I love it! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings us in the fug category!

  36. Helen
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    Fugtastic hilarity! What fun.

    I would actually give Perabo a pass – no, it isn’t good, but she herself is so radiant! That glowing, genuine smile makes me happy every time.

  37. megger
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    My 6-year-old son calls him Justin Beaver without a trace of irony.

  38. Kris
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    I am somehow going to work the name “Satin McPantsbag” into a conversation today…

  39. Amanda
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    I’m completely baffled by the outfit Marc Jacobs is wearing. It looks a bit like racy pilgrim lingerie to me, but he’s missing the mark with the black dress socks and white boxers. Plus, the sleeves seem to be too long.

  40. Lucille Austero
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    I love Elizabeth Banks’ dress – very Met Ball appropriate. Also, why is Lily Cole a thing? And finally, isn’t Stella McCartney due for some kind of honourary Fug Madness award for crimes against humanity?

  41. MelissaW
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    I am rolling on the floor right now with laughter. I’d forgotten about McPantsbag!

  42. Celeste
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    The horror! So much fug. Beyonce looks like a creature that slithered from the primordial ooze, Marc Jacobs like a pilgrim caught in a time warp. And when are we going to find out that McCartney as designer is an elaborate hoax?

  43. Nikki
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    I’m kind of surprised how dowdy Chastain looks in that dress.

  44. Cassie
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    Where are ELLE’S SHOES??!?

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