Fug or Fab: Katie Holmes in Zac Posen


The new tradition around these parts is to first admire Miss Holmes’s face, I think:

From this angle, this entire thing is very balletic — remember when Katie Holmes was pretending she was A Great Dancer? Not that she’s a abjectly BAD dancer, but from what I can recall, she was basically like That Girl In Your High School Who Dances Competently But She Basically Landed That Part In The Musical Thanks To Charm So Don’t Worry About Saving Her A Spot, ABT. (That link goes to a YouTube video of her “Get Happy” performance on So You Think You Can Dance and I think she suffered from comparison with actual dancer dancers; that said, it’s a GREAT reminder of how good that bob haircut was on her). Apparently, the memo for The Giver premiere-goers was, “wear pink!”

Let’s see the whole thing:

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Well Played: Odeya Rush in Georges Hobeika


Odeya is having a big year — she’s in a big summer flick with the likes of Meryl and Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, and Jeff “The Dude” Bridges, and Alexander “True Blood Fans Tell Me He’s A Good Thing” Skarsgard. AND she’s shooting the Goosebumps movie with Jack Black. And just won a Teen Choice Award for her breakout even though I don’t think anyone’s actually SEEN The Giver yet, so… way to be psychic, Teens Who Choose.

Odeya Rush

She just wore red to the TCAs, and has done it better here (except for the lipstick — it might just be my computer but it reads pink to me; maybe she lost her tube from the Teen Choice Awards in the bathroom). It’s a very smart choice: It’s got a real romantic elegance, but also a low degree of difficulty. You don’t want to be the girl who wore her crotch to a premiere with Meryl Streep, but you also don’t want to be the girl who figured nobody would look at her and therefore blew off her fittings and picked something from H&M. Smartly balanced, Odeya. Now go borrow some darker lippy from Taylor Swift.

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Fug or Fab: Taylor Swift in Monique Lhuillier


I’ve always been partial to dresses that look like the winning option in a Project Runway Valentine’s Day challenge. Which I realize sounds like a backhanded compliment — that this is a WINNER, but also from an untried designer who will have to make hotpants out of laser printer paper the next week — but I swear I mean it so much more nicely than that.

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R.I.P., Robin Williams

It just felt weird to kick off today like yesterday wasn’t a brutally sad loss. Robin Williams was somehow eternal to me;  he was a force that always was and simply always would be, even if he wasn’t in front of me. Maybe in a way that will hold true. There’s such agony in the fact that a person’s delivery of joy to everyone else can be so inversely proportionate to what they find in themselves. I hope that through whatever murk haunted him, he did have days where he saw in the moment how much people basked in his glow — that he, figuratively and literally, was able to turn his face just a bit to the right.

Vulture compiled some wonderful clips of Robin Williams’ memorable moments, including his Oscars acceptance speech and a Mork and Mindy blooper reel. They did not have a clip of the end of Dead Poets Society, which I will link to here as my conclusion. I hope nobody yanks it today (several have already disappeared), because it’s a fitting goodbye. O Captain, my Captain, indeed.

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Teen Choice Awards Fugs and Fabs: The Shoes

Because what better way to close out a summer Monday than with footwear you either don’t want, or can’t afford? I’M SO HELPFUL.

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Teen Choice Awards: Fugs and Fabs of The Rest

Fair warning: This post turns into a kind of Six Degrees of Chad Michael Murray, which, frankly, is a game I think we ought to embrace.

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