Fug or Fab: Janelle Monae in Sass and Bide at the BET Awards


Her head is perfection; I recognize that the rest of the outfit might not be to everyone’s satisfaction, but I personally think she is killing it in the way that only Janelle Monae can.

2016 BET Awards - Arrivals

Outfitting oneself almost exclusively in black, white, or red is a quick way to get accused of being in a rut, but she always finds a way to make it intriguing. Belled sleeves AND pants are bold. Squabbling stripes are brave. Both at once, and in sequins to boot, is bananas. And yet all I know is, whatever she’s refereeing — an NFL game, arm-wrestling, two mice having a staring contest — I will watch.

[Photo: Getty]



Fugs and Pieces, June 24th, 2016


Happy weekend?

– Over at Lainey, you may be interested in this take on Ben Affleck’s (I think SUPER WASTED) rant about Tom Brady on Bill Simmons’s new show.

Esquire has a really interesting piece about the origin of the phrase “Booty call.”

– They also have a lovely — and expansive — piece celebrating the one year anniversary of marriage equality.

The New Yorker has a great salute to Lois Duncan, who died last week.

– Also great, at Lenny Letter: A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books

– At Racked, and relevant to my interests: A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma: How to Wash Striped Shirts

– Also at Racked: The Woman Who Makes the Met’s Fashion Exhibits Presentable

– The Stripe suggests we all have some winesicles.

– At Pajiba: I Tried The Burger King ‘Mac and Cheetos’ So You Don’t Have To

– Jen Doll went on a group tour of Hawaii with her mother and a bunch of other 70 year old women, and her essay about it — on Cup of Jo — is lovely.

– Kind of related, this is essay on Jezebel: My Magical Night in Vegas With Celine Dion 

– At Celebitchy, the T Swift Romance PR Machine is really going hard on this Hiddleston thing.

– I really enjoyed this interview with Constance Wu, at Vulture.

And in case you missed anything at GFY this week, some highlights:




Royals Round-Up, June 24th, 2016

So, it’s been a very eventful couple of days in Great Britain, no? Can I make anyone a cup of tea…? How about a LOT of photos of Prince Harry, being adorable with children and flaunting his manly forearms? Because that I can definitely do.

ICYMI around here:

– Kate rewore one of my FAVORITE GOWNS ever.

– We covered the hats of Royal Ascot!

Elsewhere of interest:

– This week’s Jewel History is very diverting. (The Court Jeweller)

– Maclean’s explains whether or not the Queen can vote (in short, she does not vote — in order to remain neutral — and neither do higher ranking royals like Harry, although they technically could. If I were Kate, it would really grate on me that I couldn’t vote.)

– What Would Kate Do explains why the media still uses the name “Kate Middleton.” I noted to them on Twitter what one of you so wisely pointed out last week, too, which is that we all still use the maiden names of MANY queens — including those of all of Henry VIII’s wives.

– The Royal Hats Blog has good coverage of Luxembourg’s National Day. My concern about Princess Stephanie’s taste level continues; her dress is pretty, but that hat is from the Makeshift Head Bandage school of thought.


Fug or Fab: Chloe Grace Moretz


I think it’s telling that I looked at this frock on CGM — a dress covered in fishing lures, through which we can see her leotard — and thought, “oh, ma, I’ve seen WAY worse.”

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And what it’s telling me is that I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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What the Fug: Taylor Schilling

I can’t always tell with these things how much is the fault of the flashbulbs, and how much is the dress.

Taylor Schilling

But given that she seems to have come prepared with a matching tube top and mini under there, I’m guessing she thought it was at least 70-30 in favor of transparency. Which might be worth it with a very PRETTY dress, but this just looks like she’s in a melancholy Halloween costume as one legwarmer searching for its match.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: Posh and Becks

These are two very good-looking humans. (Also: It was REALLY hard for me not to refer to them as Posh and Bex. Given that our first draft of The Royal We was 800+ pages — seriously — “Bex” is some seriously muscle memory.)

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Emma Stone with Billie Jean King


Emma Stone here is presenting an award to Billie Jean King at the Logo Trailblazer Honors, because she’s playing BJK in Battle of the Sexes, which is about the time Billie Jean destroyed Bobby Riggs – and, by the way, if you want to fall down a wormhole, that Wiki page will take you there. (To wit: “King entered the Astrodome in Cleopatra style, carried aloft in a chair held by four bare-chested muscle men dressed in the style of ancient slaves. Riggs followed in a rickshaw drawn by a bevy of scantily clad models. Riggs presented King with a giant lollipop and she gave him a piglet.” To which I can only say: ????!!!!??!) (Said tennis match is also stuff of legend in my family, because my 24 year old mother won a bunch of money off her father by betting on Billie Jean, a bet I suspect my grandfather took in part just to get her riled up.) ANYWAY, Billie Jean looks terrifically like herself — the coordinated glasses delight me — and I look forward to seeing her Sportfaces over Wills’ and Kate’s shoulders in the next couple of weeks at Wimbledon. As for Emma, she ALSO looks very much like herself from the neck up:

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From the neck down, I don’t even know. I LOVE YOU, Emma Stone, so much, but this looks like you realized your white day dress was too boring so you layered an old cocktail waitress uniform over it and hoped for the best, and the best missed the bus.

[Photo: Getty]