Fugs and Fabs: The Rest of the CBS/CW/Showtime Party

We brought you Lizzy Caplan. We gave you Katherine Heigl. Now, I give you many many other people who came to this party, where surely they all drank heavily and wondered, “does TCAs just last forever now?” I regret to tell you that some unfortunate choices were made by people we like.

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Well Played, As Far As I Can Tell, Claire Danes

(a) I think this dress might be great. In the absence of information that, say, the bits we can’t see are on fire or covered in expletives, I feel comfortable signing off on this:

2016 Summer TCA Tour - Day 16

(b) Having said that, if I’d only seen the same percentage of Claire’s face that I’ve seen of her dress, I also would have assured you that she was Gwyneth Paltrow, so basically don’t trust anything I say.

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Fug or Fine: Katherine Heigl at TCAs

I had TOTALLY forgotten about Katherine Heigl being pregnant until I saw this photo. That’s very exciting for her; I’m sure it’s frustrating to have that happen right when you’re also trying to get a new show off the ground, but I’m sure she’d also be the first to agree that those are some fairly Champagne problems.

Katherine Heigl

But I still can’t figure out how she went from spunky Izzie Stevens to always looking like she’s the old-fashioned First Lady of a Southern state. Or an elderly patron of the arts who’s hoping to have a glass of Champagne with the ballet company’s hot new soloist. I don’t mean that she looks old facially or anything like that; I am talking about her aura. The haircut, the styling, the lazy shoes, and the effect all those things have on the perceived freshness of her fashion choices… she leapt from 32 to 52 one day and never found her way back. Which likely means that when she IS 52, she will look 52 until she is 92. (Also, her face is giving me major Sela Ward vibes in this photo, which is extremely good news for her 52-year old destiny because Sela Ward is still flawless.) But in the meantime it’s like Katherine is twiddling her thumbs waiting to ripen to the age her spirit has always wanted to be. It’s fascinating, albeit also confusing. Most of us cling to our youth like grim death — I mean, Gwen Stefani still dresses like she’s 23. In truth, if I had to pick, I think I’d go with the Heigl approach. At least she’s headed in the direction that Mother Time is naturally moving her.

This was a weird post. I blame Delta. I was supposed to fly home with the boys on Monday, but several cancellations and one refusal to seat us together later, we are finally back; at the time that I wrote this, though, that issue was still in doubt. So if I seem overly intolerant of Katherine Heigl looking less like the vibrant actress she is and more like a society dame who was once hired to teach Jessica Simpson posture and elocution, well, that’s why.

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Well Played, Brittany Snow

Look, sometimes you just want to admire a cute dress, right?

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This is that sometime.

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Well Played, Rita Ora


Sure, this dress does over a plasticized interpretation of bunny ears layered over its bodice, but it’s still, somehow, one of the best things Rita Ora has ever put on her body. Yes, that is definitely grading on a curve, but STILL!

Rita Ora Steps Out In NYC

This may also be the first time that working on America’s Next Top Model has actually had a salubrious sartorial effect on its host. Right, Tyra?

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Fug or Fab: Jenna Coleman in Erdem at the Premiere of Victoria


Jenna Coleman is playing Queen Victoria in an eight-episode series that we in the United States will get next year. (If you missed it, we have the trailer here.)  It seems right that they’re having the premiere at the Orangery which is right there at Kensington Palace (which has a ton of Victoria exhibits, including an interesting one we saw while we were there in April, and where she lived for a long time). The Orangery, of course, is ALSO where Nicky Hilton got married last summer, causing me to have rage blackouts every time another media outlet claimed she was getting married in Kensington Palace. ANYWAY. Wow, that was a tangent. Back on topic: I don’t think I particularly like this dress, but I appreciate that it is such a modern take on a Victorian feel, so I’m coming down firmly in the camp of I Appreciate What You Are Going For Here. What say you?

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What the Hmm: Chris Pine

I am learning a LOT about Chris Pine in this photo.

Chris Pine

One is that he might be a budding gangster and/or casino hustler from 1974. Another is that if you told me he was playing a young Clark Griswold, I’d believe you, because this seems EXACTLY like something Chevy Chase’s Clark would have kept in his closet and then worn again in 1992 and not realized it wasn’t still groovy and happenin’ and totally boss. The third is that he dresses right, and the fourth… pertains to the third and goes without saying, and is a lot more information that I anticipated getting this afternoon. On that note, it’s clearly acceptable to stare if we just call it learning.

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