Fugs and Pieces, October 10, 2014


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FRIDAY AT LAST! As a point of housekeeping, because Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on Monday (happy Thanksgiving, Canadians!) and many of us in the United States have Monday off for Columbus Day, Monday probably will be a light posting day unless a crazy amount of wacky stuff happens over the weekend that demands satisfaction. We’ll definitely be back, extra strength, on Tuesday. Happy weekend, everyone!

– Lena Dunham interviewed Judy Blume and it was basically totally great. (Which Way, LA?)

In Defense of MuuMuus! (Elle)

Tippi Hedrin and Melanie Griffith and family lived with a lion in the early 70s. No. Literally. The pictures are AMAZING and INSANE. This seems ILL ADVISED. (Mashable)

People’s coverage of their 40th anniversary is SO GOOD. Look at the covers on this timeline!

– Their infographic of who’s got the most covers is also really interesting (and illustrative, once again, of the fact that many Americans are extremely interested in British royals. Guilty as charged.)

– This piece in the New York Times about what kids eat from breakfast all over the world is so good.

– So is the newly discovered oldest known piece of art in the world. It’s haunting, truly. (The Atlantic)

– I want to go to every single one of these amazing British bookstores. TWO of them are on boats. (Buzzfeed)

– You for sure want to read Michael Musto’s piece for Paper titled “Someone Had Just Died on the Dance Floor:” True Tales of ’80s Nightlife Insanity

– I think that all I need to give you is this headline: More Secrets of the Big Hair of the 1770s. (Two Nerdy History Girls)

– Refinery29 gives you a good list of this fall’s excellent non-fiction books by women.

– The Fashion Spot’s report on diversity on the runways this past fashion month proves that, yeah, still not that diverse. Do better in February, everyone. Come on.

–  There’s a rumor that they’re doing a third Sex and the City movie, to which I say PLEASE DON’T, YOU GUYS. (Lainey)

– The Frisky takes us through the ridiculousness that is the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog.

– You can eyeball the menu for every Nobel Prize banquet.

– Here’s one of our favorite topics! Into the Gloss lists their 15 favorite red lipsticks.

– I love this convo on Pajiba: What TV Shows Have You Decided To Quit This Season? (I quit Revenge in the middle of last season, ditto New Girl, and I’m still out on both, and I’ve quit Homeland, too.)

– I will TOTALLY watch Scarlett Johansson in an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country. I might not LIKE HER in it, but I will certainly watch it. (Celebitchy)

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Royals Round-Up, October 10th, 2014



This week’s Round-Up brings you ARCHERY and LEOPARD PRINT and FOREARMS and ANGELINA JOLIE and PLASTIC BODIES. Wait, what?

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Unfug It Up: Juliette Binoche in Fausto Puglisi


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This bob is oppressive on her. I hope it’s for a role, because I think it’s aging her.

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However, I embrace that skirt enthusiastically. I just wish the top were a little less “I am the stern French headmistress of an academy of contemporary dance.” Black turtlenecks can be severe. So let’s redesign the bodice. Is it as simple as being a short-sleeve turtleneck, or a long-sleeve scoopneck? My preference for these things tends to be a deep, narrow vee, but if I know Fug Nation — AND I DO — y’all can come up with something more creative than I just did. So here is your canvas. Allez!

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Fug or Fab: Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood


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This will be an interesting juxtaposition — I just talked about Chloe Grace Moretz, and how sometimes her clothing choices outpace her age in a way that makes them a hard sell. Zendaya also brings a weird maturity to what she wears, but sometimes she pulls it off better.

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I can’t decide if this is one of those times. Vivienne Westwood is also what I consider to be a mature clothing brand, and Zendaya is only eighteen, but in a weird way the part of this that I think is eating her alive is the wig. With the dress itself, the skirt is lovely, the bodice is sort of okay I guess… but I think the wearer looks like she just stood there while someone dressed her up like a paper doll.

I can't decide. Please zend a hand. HA HA HA. Sigh.

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The Fugfair: Ruth Wilson in Christopher Kane


Ruth here is in the show where Pacey plays a rancher. And for her sake I hope it’s better than The Lone Ranger, which is the only other thing I know her from Stateside, and which was — for reasons that have NOTHING to do with her — an atrocious celluloid cowpat.

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I like her art deco shoes — for some reason, they scream Jessica to me, so I hope they materialize somewhere in her size at an absurd discount — but the drabness above it is like a glass of curdled milk: sour and a trial to consume. SHE is pretty; it is musty. Especially the satin meridian and then the horizontal piping that’s cutting her right where a lady should not want to be boxed. The runway photo makes clear that it’s actually a skirt with chiffon drapes, but… again, what woman wants a curtain rod up in her business? Even Carol Burnett kept it up at her shoulders. Don’t rod your pelvis, ladies. There’s your takeaway.

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Fug the Show: Nashville recap, season 3, episode 3


Imagine that: Slightly peppier music, storylines crossing — or attempting to — and what appears to be Hayden Panettiere’s actual hair. Nashville, are you feeling okay? Because you’re not acting like yourself.

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We open with Rayna and Luke doing a publicity shoot for a story about their engagement. It’s VERY Chicken-Fried School Fundraiser Photo Booth.

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This one is better. Any lensman worth his salt should know you don’t let Rayna James hide her light — as in, her hair — under a ten-gallon bushel. But the most tremendous and symbolic part of the entire show, editing-wise and everything else, is that over the last shot of Rayna and Will, you hear the dulcet sounds of Juliette Barnes hurling her guts out into a toilet. It’s audio poetry.

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Jules is experiencing the kind of all-day morning sickness that makes you wonder what deceitful nimrod coined that phrase. And they clearly let HP use her own hair this week because a) it actually appears to be coming out of her own head, on the sides and not just the part; b) she wears it back the whole episode, and it’s slightly curly, which I think is her natural state; and c) it looks way better. Juliette calls Avery mid-vom to tell him she’s pregnant, and it’s a really well-done bit by Hayden — she does the “Hi, it’s me,” thing, and then decides out loud that maybe she’s not his “me” anymore and that she should reintroduce herself, and the look on her face when she waits a few beats after saying “Juliette” and then specifies that it’s Juliette Barnes is classic. Nobody is talking about her on this show, and everyone should be.

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