Fug File: BAFTAs

BAFTAs Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


For the BAFTAs, La Blanchett chose Alexander McQueen, and it’s not fug at all, really. It’s at least fine:

It’s actually rather pretty and also utilitarian and simple — it covers her body, it clings, it has a couple ornate touches but nothing suffocating, nor hard to wrangle. The placement of the flower details is the kind of touch that only works when you’re lean as a lamppost, and ergo your hips are not notably wider than the rest of you. The Kidmans and Blanchetts of the world can wear that without worry, and therefore they may be this dress’s only proper context.

I do LOVE that she stuck a massive necklace over it; add a bracelet of some kind (and maybe some funky makeup, like hella-dramatic eye or a hella-dramatic lip, in part to compensate for the fact that the gown itself isn’t nutsy-bananas) and we’d be in real business. Overall, it’s nice, and she looks very Cate; the reason I’m putting it up for a vote is because she has me trained to expect Big Things in one direction or another, and I’m not accustomed to it when she delivers something right down the line. A big part of me was ready for something exciting and big and creative, and this felt sort of bland, like a really gentle cuddle when what I wanted was to be knocked over by a bear hug. But she DID find a way to Cate it up with the necklace, so that’s something. Oh, Indecision, you batter me like a piece of fish in an English pub.

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BAFTAs Well Played: Lupita Nyong’o


Well, as predicted, she looks HIDEOUS. And by “hideous,” of course, I mean “totally great.” Has she ever looked anything less than completely elegant?

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BAFTAs Amusingly Played Carpet: Noted English Kook Paloma Faith


This dress is actually really nice.

But I swear to you, her head was on sale at a pastry cart outside Lincoln Center this morning.

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BAFTAs Unfug or Fab: Elizabeth Olsen


First, I want to discuss the nefarious black-gloved hand that is photobombing this picture. She’s looking all glamorous and healthy-haired, and then some dude behind her is passing photocopied national secrets with the nonsense code phrase, “I’ve always thought giraffes were the ones we should fear,” or something.

Onto the gown: Well, there’s definitely a germ of something here, and I don’t mean the norovirus kind.┬áThe detail work on all this lights my candle, but then the vigorous peplum and strap-lashes snuff it out again. I wish I could make it strapless and sleek — there’s a heavyness to it with the size of the apron on it, so I’d settle for lopping that off entirely to see if we’re more buoyant. Maybe the feathers would survive.

Or, there’s an alternate approach:

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BAFTAs Fug Carpet: Jennifer Garner


Oh, boy. And we had been on such a good run.

Let’s hope this is a classic case of saving the best for last.

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BAFTAs Well Played/WTF: Andrea Riseborough


Let’s start with the good news:

This dress hugs her correctly and is super cheerful, which I appreciate. Minor nit: I think she needed a stronger lip with this color — we’ve established that some form of dark red usually helps the canary-yellow dress sing, and oh lordy, I just noticed that hacky wordplay which I SWEAR was totally accidental, but which I’m leaving in there just so you can share a groan with me. If I don’t slap my own wrist, then who will?

Anyway, I think you’ll agree that this is an actual ray of sunshine compared with what she wore to a pre-party.

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