Fugs and Fabs: The Opening Ceremony of the Venice Film Festival


With bonus awesomeness from George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I know we covered them yesterday, but I couldn’t resist seeding in more of their shenanigans amongst all the Italian, French, and Carrie Fisherian celebs.

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  1. Caro
    +3

    Surely Bullock could have done something better with her hair, and what was Carrie Fisher thinking? Why does it look like her feet are detached from her body–how is she standing?

    • Lynne
      +10

      It’s really weird, right? On the rare occasions Carrie Fisher shows up to events, it always seems like she initially thought it would be fun and then immediately regretted the decision upon arriving.

      • meggiemoo
        +6

        I love Carrie Fisher…she’s so smart and hilarious. Her books are excellent. I wish she represented herself better at these sorts of things, but I get the sense that she doesn’t really care?

  2. Jennifer
    +12

    Sandra’s arms make me feel woefully inadequate…

  3. Sajorina
    +5

    Marina Ripa di Meana = YES!!! I want to sit at her table! Clotilde Courau’s dress is gorgeous! And Sandra & George can do no wrong! LOVE!

  4. Sarah Ashley
    +3

    It’s great to see Virginie Ledoyen! I loved her in “The Beach.”

  5.  ErinG
    +3

    Goshifteh is absolutely lovely! There’s a whole lot of win going on in this slideshow – it all looks very Venetian :)

    Although, it appears that the Italian Nancy O’Dell appears to have lost her other foot in a tragic celeb newscasting accident…

  6. AnniLau
    +21

    That yellow gown would be amazing if the slits weren’t so ridiculous.

    • Ranee Singleton
      +31

      Yeah, I really don’t need to see her, um, liver.

    • HKS
      0

      Yeah, I love the lining on the inside, but I still would have loved it without also having to see her pelvis.

  7. TereLiz
    +5

    Thanks for the link to the BBC article on Haifa al Mansour. Very enlightening!

  8. Mikki
    +7

    I love Sandra’s whole look, and how much fun she & Clooney seem to be having!

    Also, that first slide I almost thought was Lady Gaga – the birdcage hat is just what she would wear! It’s very…unique…

  9. mary lou bethune
    +5

    And George is still delish! Oh, were there others there?

  10. Janine
    +3

    Liliana Matthäus is a horribly horribly vapid model and “it girl”, mostly known for being the ex-wife (in quite a short marriage) of a well-known German footballer. I have literally NO idea what she’s doing on the red carpet in Venice.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +1

      She’s kinda icky. Or maybe it’s the dress. Both?

    • Fantaphia
      +3

      The former Mrs. Matthäus was married for two years to one of Germany’s most successful soccer players who was also famous for butchering the German and English languages (“I hope we have a little bit lucky” (when he was playing in New York, in the autumn of his career) — which does not work as a word-by-word translation in German, either, by the way) as well as any kind of logical thinking. After he ended his career as an active player, he tried to be a coach but was handed time after time to ever-more obscure teams. What he then did was marry. Liliana was his fourth wife, whom he married — of course — in Vegas. She was as of then unknown. She took his name, his fame, and became wife/model/jewelry designer/ex-wife/fame-whore. The end.

  11. Dazie
    +7

    I love the name Clotilde. I guess her dress is nice too.

  12. Rowynn
    +12

    This is a FILM festival, right? How is the birdcage gal gonna eat her popcorn? I didn’t even see a door she can open, and how funny would that be, if there was.

  13. Nadine
    0

    Natalia Borges’ dress reminds me of Beyonce’s yellow dress in Run the World. The difference is Bey wore underwear with hers.

  14.  TaraMisu
    +2

    Liliana Matthaeus hell hooves need to go.

    I have a HUGE girl crush on Sandra Bullock. I don’t care if it’s genes or doctors but her face is amazing.

    George is hot too :D

  15.  ErinS
    0

    Virginie Ledoyen’s face looks like a mash up of Paz de la Huerta and Jennifer Garner. That is weird. Pretty, but weird.

  16. scone
    +15

    Now “She’s So High” is in my head. THANKS.

  17.  Chasmosaur
    +24

    Lovely Ladies of Fug:

    I love you like I love Nutella. (So, a lot.) But *please*, stop calling any dress that is not a well-fitted sheath or cocktail or sundress or whatever a caftan. You make it sound like an insult, and it shouldn’t be. I may be a humble STEM-girl, but my family used to own a costume company. I can’t sew to save my life, but I grew up around people who knew clothes.

    Carrie Fisher is NOT wearing a caftan. I would say she is wearing a modern shirtwaist silhouette with a v-neckline if I’m being technical, and an ill-fitting schmatte if I’m being charitable.

    THIS is a caftan (on Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco), and it is a freaking magnificent piece of clothing:

    http://www.contactmusic.com/photo/princess-lalla-salma-of-morocco-inauguration-of-king-willem-alexander_3637247

    Because a caftan is a long coat-like or robe-like piece of clothing that closes down the front, goes to the ankles, and has long flowing sleeves to the wrists. (She may actually be wearing an actual robe over a dress here – it’s hard to tell from the pictures, but if not, it was built to give that illusion.) Frequently it’s belted with something awesome and ornate. Because a formal caftan is a ceremonial robe – a good one is very much formal Court dress. (Which is why Princess Lalla wears them to formal events.)

    If you want to say someone is wearing something schlumpy and ill-fitting, just say that. If you want to say someone is wearing something sack like, think housecoat or muumuu. (Though that may be unfair to some awesome muumuus.) But real caftans are so much more than a shapeless sack.

    Please – you guys are fashion bloggers, even if you’re snarky ones. Please use the right terminology. Most people think it’s weird to say a female scientist say it, but fashion is so important. It says so much about a person and has such heavy cultural meaning. It’s an art and science, and has a really vibrant vocabulary all on its own.

    Okay, stepping down now…

    • Vandalfan
      +6

      I like the phrase housecoat, or wine sack. Depending on the material, Hefty bag or gunny sack work, too. You’re technically correct, structure-wise, about caftan and muumuu, which can be awesome if done right, but still spacious, flowing, and comfy.

      • Ranee Singleton
        +1

        I like the Fug Girls use of caftan. It’s something we all understand as I suspect we speak our own language around here. You know, like “nips akimbo”, “polterwang” and the like.

        •  Chasmosaur
          +6

          Yeah, but “nips akimbo” and “polterwang” (and let’s not forget SWINTON) aren’t actual fashion terms that describe a piece of clothing. A caftan IS a particular piece of clothing which already has a definition. Which is what bothers me – a caftan can be really glorious.

    •  Squirrel!
      +11

      Chasmo, thanks for sharing that information. I would not have described Carrie Fisher’s outfit as a caftan, but I wouldn’t have identified Princes Lalla Salma’s outfit (which is stupendous!) as a caftan either, so that just goes to show I don’t know what I’m talking about. ;-) When I think of caftan, the image that comes to mind is probably more accurately described as a muumuu, as I would not have pictured a belted caftan.

      I also appreciate your measured response. I had an objection to terminology last week — the misapplication of the word “high-waisted” — but the initial part of my response was a brief yet incoherent, all-caps rant. Your commentary is much more civilized!

      Finally, I think “ill-fitting schmatte” is a glorious term that could be put into good use on this site — perhaps even as an acronym, IFS, à la SOBS.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +4

      Fascinating. I did not know all that! I knew this wasn’t what I had in mind when I pictured a caftan, but now I know why that is. Thank you, Chasmosaur!

      That said, whatever Fisher is wearing, I kind of like it, or rather, I like her in it, because I think that her “I really couldn’t be bothered” attitude is COMPLETELY GENUINE. Yet, somehow without being disrespectful to the event, or other attendees – she does look appropriate. Ish.

      •  Chasmosaur
        +3

        I just wish she’d wear better. She is Carrie Fisher, and she can wear what she wants – but I wish she’d call Octavia Spencer or Queen Latifah and get their stylists. You don’t have to go all couture, but she could/should look fierce.

    • HKS
      +3

      I like learning. Now I know a caftan is something I might actually find looks flattering on me. Who knew?

      And I vote mummuu (spelling?) as the word to describe the sack Carrie is wearing.

      •  Chasmosaur
        +2

        I think almost anyone would look good in a caftan. Gorgeous, but forgiving.

        • Jessica
          +2

          Caftan is not an insult as far as I’m concerned. I love a caftan. I OWN a caftan.

          • Jessica
            +5

            (Also, we always appreciate learning things such as the above caftan info [sincerely! I could talk about caftans all day; I honestly wish we could have a Caftan Informational Event because of my pro-caftan feelings, and because these things are very interesting], but I have to reserve the right to occasionally mis-use the word “caftan” because it’s funny. Caftan. CAFTAN.)

    • YardApe
      +1

      We get it, you’re a SCIENTIST and FASHION EXPERT.

  18. Vandalfan
    +7

    Some pretty colors and fabrics. Carrie could do better.

    And you need to add a secondary character in your English garden party script- the mysterious Italian nobleman who is wrongfully EXILED from his homeland, and plotting ways to triumphantly return and overthrow the tyrant. Played by George Clooney, of course.

  19. kristen
    +4

    Spilled coffee all over my desk while gaping in shock at Birdcage Head up there. Worth it.

  20. FashionFumbler
    +1

    So, slide 9 confirms that what I suspected was a butt sling in yesterday’s post on the Bullooneys is not in fact a butt sling. That’s a relief. But now that I’ve seen the details of the dress better, I’m starting to think it might be a little overwrought. Be that as it may, Sandy’s still rocking it.

    • Ariel
      +3

      “Bullooney”!!!?!!

      Now they REALLY have to start dating. That is the best couple nickname possible.

  21.  filmcricket
    +6

    Virginie Ledoyen is so beautiful. She was a gorgeous young gamine, and she’s aging spectacularly into one of those women that only France seems to produce.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +1

      Yes. And, though it could have used just a little more finesse in the tailoring, her simple column dress with those dramatic earrings combined to make the perfect accent for her classic beauty.

  22. Other Emily
    0

    Yeah, George and Sandy are not going to work out as a couple if he gets too close to some of the pretty young things here. That Iranian gal is a total stunner. Watch out, Sandy! You know Intern George can’t resist a pretty girl under 30…

  23. TonyG
    +2

    Yvonne Scio for the win. That dress is well-designed and well-fitted in a vibrant color. It really stands out here.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +1

      I love that one, too. In slightly better condition (me, not the dress), I’d wear it very happily. Now I just need an event at which it’s appropriate…

    • HKS
      +3

      Also agree. It might be my favorite of the slideshow after the Italian Nancy O’Dell’s gorgeous green one.

  24.  HelenBackAgain
    +3

    That article on Haifa al Mansour is fascinating, and inspiring! And she does look terrific. It’s maybe just a little Maude-ish, but that style is, IMO, a great way to look elegant while still observing some cultural prohibitions. Well played, Madame Director!

    And now I want to see the film, too.

  25.  Kathryn F
    +1

    Italian Paul Rudd! (slide 3) I’m so excited there’s more than one of them in the world!

  26. iconoclast59
    +8

    Re: Carrie Fisher — Y’all know that she struggles with bipolar disorder, right? Her friend Stephen Fry describes her as “not quite mad enough to be committed, but not sane enough to lead a normal life.” It seems like she’s had an especially rough time in middle age, being in and out of hospital, weight yo-yo’ing up and down, and the like. I think just to show up and be the smart, witty Carrie we all know and love is probably enough of a challenge for her — I’m not going to pile on her for not being a perfectly made up and coiffed fashion plate. All I care about is that she’s happy and well!

    • Bambi Anne Dear
      0

      Hmmm, that explains it.

      • Vandalfan
        0

        Yes, and her meds usually weight issues in most folks. I’m so happy to see her out and about.

    • Mrs. Ditter
      0

      Thank you for this. I was wondering when someone was going to find the words to say this gracefully, without sensationalizing her struggles with bipolar, and you did it.

    •  jennielynn
      0

      Well said!

  27. ceecee
    0

    Can’t get past the first two pics- why is this woman’s head in a cage? Metaphor? Performance art? Attention-whoring?

  28. jean
    +6

    “Marina Ripa di Meana” best villain name since Cruella du Ville. That’s her name?!? Fantastic!

  29. Ariel
    +2

    Thank you for linking to more information on Haifa al Mansour and spreading the word about her work. I have been impatiently awaiting the opportunity to see her new film. She is an inspiration!

  30. wordphreak
    0

    Oh, I feel Carrie Fisher. Props to her for getting out. I can live with the caftan, but it should fit better and be the proper length. I’m also not crazy about the shoes, but I am all for comfortable feet.

    As for Sandra Bullock: awesome.

  31.  Nanc in Ashland
    +1

    Aw, Audrey Hepburn wore a birdcage hat to a Rothschild’s ball back in the 70s. I wasn’t there but I saw the pictures in the book The Spy Wend Dancing! She looked adorable!

  32. Grant Spatchcock
    0

    How did Carrie Fisher’s feet end up on the outside of her ankles?

  33. Sarah
    0

    Fiametta Cicogna looks amazing. That colour is fabulous on her. But I did read your comment at first as ‘the Italian Nancy Dell’Olio’, which was doubly confusing: firstly because this lovely lady looks nothing like her and secondly because Nancy Dell’Olio IS Italian. Just one of those weird celeb gaps between UK and US, I guess!