Reasonably Played: The Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker at the Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Last year, Duchess Kate recycled a frugal Hobbs coat for this event, having been fresh off a seemingly frivolous trip to the Maldives that had raised some eyebrows. Today she wore something new – a bespoke Catherine Walker — for the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Mons Barracks, and while I understand one can’t always indulge the temptation to wear green on that kind of occasion, I do prefer the 2014 model to this muddy brown look. That at least felt like a taste of spring. Still, it’s not an unattractive cut, and Wills wore the Irish Guards uniform, which is always a treat. Let’s dive in and discuss.

[Photos: Getty]


Well Played, Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren (and a Variety of Dudes)


In which a whole bunch of Shailene’s current and former (and former AND current) co-stars come out and look handsome standing next to her. (Although I think she looks pretty swell all on her own, too.)

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fines and Fabs: A Variety of Paleyfests

Paleyfest is, for those of you who don’t know, a series of panels featuring the casts of various popular TV shows held at the Paley Center every year. I’ve never been to one — although I did drive past the Paley Center one year while the Dallas one was getting underway and saw Larry Hagman in his ten-gallon hat, posing with Lindy Grey, and, yes, it was transcendent — but rumor has it they are very entertaining. Also, people wear outfits to them. Let’s eyeball them.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty, Paley Center]


Fug Madness 2015: Printable Bracket

Here are a few points of order and general gameplay reminders. If you missed the brackets today, they are here, here, here, and here.

Point One: Here is the JPEG of the bracket (click on it to enlarge, or try this link):

Fug Madness 2015 Bracket

And here is the more easily printable PDF: Fug_Madness_bracket_2015-4

Point Two: The brackets are named after all-star fashion crackpots. It’s just nomenclature. That’s it. They’re not themed — there is no music bracket, no model bracket, etc; we much prefer a healthy mix, just as the actual NCAA Tournament does not put only teams from the South in the “South” region. People often wonder that, and we sometimes forget to address it, so: voila.

Point Three: By popular demand, we disallowed performance outfits this year, although that ONLY includes outfits worn on an actual stage. You can argue that Lady Gaga is performing any time she steps on the sidewalk, but you can argue that same thing about any other celebrity. Taylor Swift, for example (who is not in this year’s contest, but bear with me), is performing in a sense every time she “leaves the gym” in a perfectly styled and very leggy outfit. Kristen Stewart speaks with her clothes as much as Rita Ora does, even if the statement is different. So, candids and red-carpet are still in play, but anything for an on-stage song and dance number is out. Let’s see how it goes.

Point Four: Three play-in games — an unprecedented number — will take place tomorrow while we are all drinking green St. Patrick’s Day beer, and then Round One of Fug Madness starts in earnest on Thursday, March 19.

Point Five: This is not Dress vs. Dress. It is everything that person wore during the year, including outfits we don’t feature in each matchup’s post. Those are simply representative samples and reminders; we’ll provide links to others, but basically, anything counts that is in a post published between March 7, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2015. [These are not fixed dates every year. We go from after the previous Oscars through the end of the current ones. Accordingly, next year's period of eligibility will begin March 1, 2015.]

Point Six: As usual, Jessica and I grouped everyone into their seedings — all the ones, twos, threes, fours, etc — but then we used a randomizer to sort them all into the various brackets. We did not engineer any matchups or in any other way influence who plays whom.

Point Seven: Fug Madness is not science, and thus, please let’s not all get angry if a favorite is not included — or if someone you adore IS included (and, spoiler, we may have a beloved one in a play-in game). It’s all good. We love Fug Madness, and we try our hardest to be thorough and very fair, but at the end of the day it’s meant to be fun. People wore fugly things. Let’s revel in it.

Point Eight: Having said that, we love the debates in the comments of every matchup. Disagreeing with our seedings is fine, as long as you don’t let it ruin your day or someone else’s. Disagreeing with the outcome is also fine, as long as you ALSO don’t let it ruin your day or someone else’s. The usual commenting rules apply, as always, but the lively discussions about the comparative pros and cons of each match are always incredibly entertaining and we hope y’all will be inspired to keep up the conversation.

I’m sure I forgot some points. And now I want to snack on some toast points. See you tomorrow for the play-in contests. STRETCH YOUR VOTING FINGERS.


Fine or Feh: Heidi Klum

This entire thing is forgettable. You will not remember that it happened even five minutes from now.

heidi klum intimates launch

I just had to note how amusing it is that the launch of her intimates line is the ONE event at which she could go Total Klum and be justified, and instead, she’s more fully clothed than ever.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]



Fugs and Hmms: Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central Roast

Yes, it was Bieber’s night, but if you think I’m not opening with Martha Stewart coyly peeking through a curtain like she is your surprise sexy dessert, then you don’t know me.

[Photos: Getty]