Fug or Fab the Cover: Zendaya on Cosmopolitan, July 2016

First, let’s consider this on its own merits.


Overall thoughts: Do NOT SNOOP ON HIS PHONE. Nothing good comes of that. Also, I find it obnoxious that the tongue-out winking emoji is sitting right on her butt. Why is it there at all? Isn’t that a playful and semi-sarcastic emoji? Is Cosmo not SINCERE about people not settling? If you’re going to muck up your cover with cartoon faces, at least make sure they aren’t undercutting your meaning — or licking your cover subject’s rump. Come on. [Note: Someone in the comments said she saw a different one on the newsstand, and this is the only photo of it I can find online. The love cover line instead says, "YOU DESERVE BETTER SEX," and then, "You'll Never Fake It Again." But the only one being circulated by Cosmo is this one. INTERESTING.]

As for the lady herself: Zendaya is, as we’ve all trumpeted on the site and in the comments, crazy charismatic. It’s to her credit that this even remotely works. I do think she seems like way more fun than this outfit, though, which is basically a suit mixed with a cheerleading uniform. If the idea is that she’s wearing a blazer because she’s talking about commanding respect… that’s a bit boring. She’s more powerful than that.  Indeed, this pose as a whole is not as fierce as I would want it to be for a story that says, “Protect yourself and command respect,” which I guess is the side effect of shooting the cover so far ahead of when they do the actual interview. You don’t know what you’re going to get. But with a person like Zendaya, surely you could assume. I want her unique flavor of confidence, not some refried template.

And if you think I’m kidding about the refried template, take a look at the cover side-by-side with one they already did three years ago with Nina Dobrev.

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Fug or Fab: Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton


First of all, I love you, Sansa Stark. You were great this season and I am rooting for you. And some of that fondness for her fictional self spills over to Sophie Turner here:

'Game Of Thrones' Photocall In Madrid

Which is why I am ever so slightly concerned that this dress might be composed at least partially of spitballs.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Well Played, Busy Philipps in Gucci

Does Busy have a new stylist?* First, she looked FAB at the Tonys, and now this:

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I don’t know if this is the influence of a new stylist, the tides of the moon, an astrological convergence of some kind, her New Year’s resolution, or plain old witchcraft, but whatever is happening in your closet, Busy, keep it up.

*Edited way later to add: Instagram indicates she’s working with Karla Welch right now, but I don’t know if that’s a NEW scenario. I think it might be? Karla is a really good stylist, so I am not surprised to see that this was her handiwork.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Your Afternoon Man: Alexander Skarsgard

All right, True Blood fans, this one’s for you.

'The Legend Of Tarzan' Los Angeles Premiere

I never watched that show, so I missed the S.S. Skarsgard. And so, I invite you all to sing his praises as heartily as you like. What did I miss? Script an elegy to his energy; sing a hymn about him; pen a sonnet to his, um…  secret bonnet? Sure. Obviously, if you just want to pop into the comments to say O YES PLZ that’s fine too, but I realize some of you may have more lyrically loving thoughts than that, so by all means: Go nuts.

Before you start, I have one more present:

you will want to unwrap this


Fugs and Fabs: The Rest of the Women at the Tarzan Premiere

In case you missed her, we already covered Margot Robbie, but she was not the only person who plonked on a dress and left the house last night.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fug the Covers: Various InStyle Editions

InStyle‘s U.S. editions seem to be trying to skew a little more Vogue with their covers, and a little less That Stodgy Old Magazine That Piles Up At The Hairdresser And Never Gets Thrown Out. I’m not sure if I think it’s working, but I DO think the makeover — however slight — was overdue.

[Photos: InStyle U.S. and U.K.]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: The Kardashian-Jenners

Okay. So. I was, initially, kidding when I said the first of these posts was like Royals Round-Up; it was intended as a joke about how the KardJenners wrongheadedly appear to think they are the crown princesses of America. But there IS a logic to rolling them all into one periodic slideshow: It’s ONE post, as opposed to the twenty we COULD write. Ergo, those of you who don’t want to engage with them can skip them more easily. I thought that made sense, but got a lot of disgusted comments anyway because apparently giving them their own slideshow was somehow just as offensive as… I don’t even know, y’all. We’ve already said they are too enmeshed in fashion and pop culture to ignore them. That decision stands. I’m just trying to give EVERYONE what they want: Kards to ogle for those who enjoy the train wrecks — and there are MANY OF YOU, and yes, I am one of them — and an easier time SKIPPING the Kards for those who don’t. I’M TRYING.

Please don’t use sexually derogatory language about them in the comments. Thank you.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]