Billboard Music Awards: Extra Fugs and Fabs


Well. Cristina Yang would NEVER have let this happen.

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Fugs and Fabs from Day Five of Cannes


Okay, that first photo isn’t from Day 5; we’ve already seen that outfit. But I couldn’t resist the picture. A mischievous wind plus Emma Stone always equals pictorial goodness.

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Billboard Music Awards Feh Carpet: Mariah Carey


The Billboards were in Las Vegas, so naturally, they had Mariah on, advertising her new Vegas residency and whatever terrible song she’s possibly promoting (Latter-Day Mariah just is not my jam).

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All the standard ingredients are here — some sheer, some short, some long, some cleav — and she’s got accessories and earrings and a big ol’ gleaming smile. It’s fine. I think my problem with it is: This was presumably supposed to rechristen her the diva she imagines herself to be, but instead it feels a half step — or even a whole one — away from something that’s actually fresh and contemporary. It’s hitting its marks in a perfunctory way only, and has a stale aura to it that poor Mariah surely does not want.

But, it could have gone worse. And inside, to me, it did:

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Billboard Music Awards Fugs and Fines: Two Jenners and Jourdan Dunn in Balmain


Balmain is all over the place suddenly. And honestly, I don’t think that was as much the case before Kim Kardashian decided to make it one of her pet labels. I guess that’s the Kardashian Bump at work — or, since she likes to be alliterative, the Kardashian… Klump? Eh, I’ll let them workshop that.

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Billboard Music Awards Fug or Fab: Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi


This is the same designer as Rita Ora’s outfit — and employing the same sun motif.

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It is also INSANE and looks like a relic of the Mirage’s Siegfried & Roy days that somebody found after it had incubated a rare form of coral mildew. To me, it is empirically a high-volume mess, like if Chico’s decided to start a junior line that competes with Wet Seal. I am not even sure her Power of Cool can save it, the way it has so many other things, but I’ll put it up to a vote anyway because she picked bright shoes and then tied them in with her earrings. She used her accessory wall thoughtfully. And that kind of effort is SO BEYOND so many people on the red carpet that it’s worth a lot of extra credit.

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Billboard Music Awards Adequately (and then Poorly) Played: Charli XCX


Considering she once wore a bunny graveyard as a dress, I should be counting my blessings.

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And… it is totally fine. It’s not captivating. It’s not interesting. It feels like something you’d buy at the mall, in a store that sells formalwear by labels you’ve never heard of, in fabric more synthetic than Easy Cheese. But her lipstick is good and I can’t see anything that should be between her and her personal physician, so while I can certainly yawn, I can’t complain.

She changed during the telecast:

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