Recent Fugs and Fabs: Eva Longoria


Warning: Eva Longoria is, in part of the gallery, kicking around Marbella, Spain, and it may fill you with envy. Why aren’t WE all kicking around Marbella?

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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Keeping Up With The Jenndashians


All right, well, we all know what Kim’s been up to recently (although there are some OUTFITS in here, also). I am sure it will be hard to resist discussing Kimye vs. Taylor, and it’s part of the pop culture conversation so I don’t expect it NOT to come up, but please as usual avoid personal attacks — on each other, or on either of them or their friends/families. In other words, regardless of whether you are Team Taylor or Team Kim (I, personally, am Team Oh Get Over Yourselves, Both Of You, Because You’re Both Knowingly Profiting Off All This Discord And Have Been For Years), hurling names at either one of them is no better than Kanye so carelessly calling Taylor “that bitch.” Thank you!

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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Celebs in Denim


Let’s talk jeans again! (And, as ever, if you have Denim Needs, feel free to trade tips and tricks in the comments.)

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Fug and Fab the Cover: Various International Vogues


Shall we?

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What the Fug: Maria Bello


Wow, I have been out of it.

Maria Bello

I had no IDEA that The Island of Dr. Moreau had become a pants factory. This is clearly from their Couture Incontinence line.

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Well Played, Pippa Middleton in Whistles (and a giant ring)


well-played

I was going to save this until Friday and Royals Round-Up, but several people have asked (and emailed) about why we’re not discussing the recent engagement of one Ms Pippa Middleton to her boyfriend, hedge fund guru and brother of a dude on Made in Chelsea, James Matthews (whose other brother died climbing Mount Everest, which is very dramatic), and who am I to make you wait?

The white frock is very subtle, Pips:

Newly Engaged Pippa Middleton Steps Out In London

Subtle, but also cute. (You can buy Whistles at ASOS, by the way, AND I HAVE. I have a Wedding Dress — er, not a bridal gown, but a dress I wear to weddings — from them which manages to be both extremely sexy and also totally appropriate, which is nearly impossible. Anyway. Sidebar over. I like Whistles, the end.) She’s also well-accessorized:

Newly Engaged Pippa Middleton Steps Out In London

I just love that bag. J/k: Obvs, the ring is a real sparkler. (Additionally, I am amused by the fact that, per The Mirror, as soon as Pippa smiled for these pics, she got into her car to drive to work and accidentally ran over her betrothed’s motorcycle. FOCUS, PIPPA. YOU STILL NEED TO FOCUS.)

In other news, Ladbrokes (the famous British betting shop where you can bet on anything) has odds of Kate being a bridesmaid at 1/3. I suspect she will not be, because she won’t want to Overshadow the Bride on Her Big Day. But I assume Wills will perform the ceremony wearing the traditional Elvis costume. Let’s discuss!

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Fug or Fab the Cover: FKA Twigs on Elle, August 2016


One of the most interesting things about this cover is that Elle.com itself published an essay criticizing it.

FKA Twigs on Elle, August 2016

Hang on, let’s get the superficial stuff out of the way first, like how this cover is busier than Blake Lively. It is a visual traffic jam, everything packed in there tightly with nowhere to move or breathe. Not only are we blanketed with text, but FKA Twigs’ outfit is every bit as cluttered. I count a tank dress, a sheath, a corset, a belt, a purse, and at least two large skeleton keys, in addition to a whole lot of jewelry on her head and arms. [Edited to add: Many of you in the comments pointed out that it looks problematically like she's wearing a collar and/or in bondage or chains, which is ALSO a good point. FKA Twigs tends toward a bondage aesthetic sometimes, as you can see on this other cover, so I think that's why I skated by it -- but I also think it's an astute and worthy thing to bring up, and that it shouldn't be skated past, regardless of whether we're used to it from her.] The text, I get; FKA Twigs is not a household name here — and if she is, it might be because people recall her engagement to Robert Pattinson (by the way, “catnip love life” is an absurd way to describe that) — and so there is heavy-lifting being done to contextualize her. Fine, sure. But styled right, I think the photo could have piqued people’s interest along with a very simple compliment that she is the new Prince. Done. Let’s not blow a gasket addressing notes the public haven’t even given, you know? Stand by your cover subject. Let her attempt to speak volumes. (And indeed, some of the interior photos are really striking. She has very soulful eyes.)

But: Melissa Harris-Perry, a former MSNBC anchor, joined Elle in April and published an essay about this entitled, “What Do You See When You Look At This Cover?” In it, she describes her reaction to seeing a “Becky With The Good Hair” joke plonked so prominently next to FKA Twigs’ own.

I was not the first person to point out the complications of this cover line. It does not really matter who was. What matters is this: within the ELLE family, some folks looked at this image and saw “hell yes!” and some folks looked at it and saw “what the hell?” [...] The question of whether ELLE has committed a racial faux pas or even an egregious act of racism by inserting the “Becky with the good hair” reference right next to the lovely visage of FKA twigs on our August cover is not merely a matter of opinion, taste, or aesthetic; it is a matter of race, power, privilege, and ongoing issues of diversity and representation in the industry. [...] When our cover asks, “Becky who?” some editors saw a reference to a now-famous subversive Beyoncé lyric. It is that. Other editors see a reference to painful, and at times divisive, racial history, where white women stole the culture, the lives, and the loves of black women, and black women fought back by discursively diminishing them as “Beckys” in return. It is that too.

It’s a very interesting piece that touches on the fact that many people, including those in the author’s own family, saw different things and had different views of this cover and this line’s place on it.  She also eloquently contextualizes the weight of the words “good hair” and the ways in which black women feel subverted by them, especially in an industry whose fashion magazines have not always been egalitarian about race. And indeed, another focal point of her argument is the interior pages of the issue:

My initial reaction to the Becky/ good hair reference on the cover was… meh. But I got mad when I turned to page 110 as referenced in the tease. There I found a full-page image of a white woman with platinum blond hair with the word BEAUTY emblazoned across her bangs and “America’s Most Wanted” beneath her chin. Now I was pissed. Eyes red and swirly, smoke coming out of my ears, mad. I thought the “good hair” reference next to FKA twigs could potentially be subversive, suggesting that her dark, stylish locks are an alternate definition of “good hair” displacing all the Beckys of the world. I dislike good/bad dichotomous thinking about hair, but I was willing to read this as a disruption of Eurocentric standards—a kind of interesting inversion. But page 110 was downright triggering!

It’s worth checking out the rest of the piece (which also contains links to Elle’s and Bustle’s features on all the hair featured on Lemonade — and in Bustle’s case, a deeper probe into what those styles mean). I applaud Elle for giving one of its contributors space on its site to question its actions, almost like an ombudsman, and I agree that there is something very jarring about turning a pointed and charged lyric like that into a cutesy tease for a story that proceeds to prescribe exactly what good hair should be. And the placement does further come across as questionable.
What do you think?
[Photo: Elle]

 

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