Fug File: Palm Springs Film Festival

Well Played, Brie Larson

First, and most importantly, I feel that I must inform you that Brie Larson’s Instagram is amusing. Her photo from this event noted,I laughed, I cried, I ate bread,” she posted a snap of herself with 7th Heaven‘s Beverly Mitchell from a Disney channel movie where they appeared to be teen girl racetrack drivers, and then there is this:

Yes, that’s Shailene Woodley limboing under Brie’s leg at the Met Gala. I am glad I won’t be going through life without having seen that.

All that said, let’s see what Brie wore to the Palm Springs Film Festival over the weekend:

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

I like it. The color is great, and I think she’s really working that cut (which is A HIGH LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY), and, best of all, it’s pretty low-key while still being appropriately festive. You cannot bring out the really big fashion guns in the first weekend of January, and I salute that kind of forward-thinking restraint.

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Fug or Fab: Alicia Vikander in Erdem

After taking a long look at Alicia’s red carpet style in 2015, I am stunned to note that she isn’t wearing Louis Vuitton at this event:

Alicia Vikander in Erdem at the Palm Springs Film Festival

By and large, I really like this — you know I love a dot — although I feel like her stylist got to Palm Springs and thought, “ugh, I meant to bring another pair of shoes. Whatever. These are fine. We’re really just warming up, anyway.” It’s extremely sweet, which I think works better on her than it would on, say, Saoirse Ronan (who might just look too twee and young in something like this). More importantly, this kind of excites me for the upcoming awards season.  Bring on the ruffles and the tiers and the prints. WE’RE READY.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Well Played, Cate Blanchett in Marc Jacobs

And La Blanchett opens 2016 firmly back in her best wheelhouse. Namely, sporting something long-sleeved and elegant, that wouldn’t look out of place in a ’40s movie — or, more likely, given that we cannot time-travel (although, honestly, I would believe that CB can time-travel), in a new movie set in the ’40s, wherein she’s playing someone very rich, very well-dressed, and just mildly evil. Bonus points for winning my favorite bracelet of the year to date. (I know. But still!)

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Well Played, Saoirse Ronan in Duro Olowu

I know that a portion of you are going to think I have totally lost the plot, but listen: I love this on her.

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

I fully realize this will be controversial. Yes, it is bonkers. But it is also colorful and fun, and she’s twenty-one years old, which is the absolute best time to dress like a colorful eccentric. When you are twenty-one, Colorful Eccentric plays charmingly with a minimum of effort. (Whereas, TO MY GREAT SADNESS, when you get older, you have to be more careful that you look intentionally eccentric — like, curated eccentric — and not just like you have been living with a low-level gas leak for six weeks. Unless, of course, I suppose, Living With A Low Level Gas Leak is your personal style, in which case, you do you.) The shoes are likewise great. In fact, my only note is that I don’t think she needed that necklace. This dress is so over the top, you basically are a necklace.  But given that this is the first film awards of 2016, I hope she’s begun as she means to go on.

You also need to see her coat:



[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs of the Palm Springs Film Festival

Now we all know Sophie Hunter chose that dress because she was smuggling a Cumberbaby in there. BEHOLD THE SPREAD OF THE SACRED DNA.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Fug or Fab: Reese Witherspoon in Michael Kors at the Palm Springs Film Festival

I liked Wild better than I expected to — I would rather watch that again than, say, Into The Woods, which is the most disappointing award hopeful for me so far (despite good performances) — and it’s a definite credit to Reese. She did a great job in a part that has gritty and occasionally unlikable facets, even if (as we recently discussed on Twitter) it’s crazy that in all that hiking she NEVER put her hair in a ponytail. And her face looked ridiculously good. As did her quads. Even though I know she probably got hers on the treadmill and from her trainer, it still made me think, “Maybe I should go hike that sucker.” I DO NOT HIKE. Nature hates me and it might be mutual. So this was no small achievement, and if Reese wins nothing else this awards season, she can take that to bed with her at night.

Reese Witherspoon Palm Springs Film Festival

Onto the Kors: I don’t like this as much as I expected to, given my affinity for a polka-dot dress. I think it bugs me that the pearl embellishments converge weirdly on her torso and fall out of the pattern. But mostly, I’m never sold on that style of sleeve. They’re like weirdo shoulder capes, styled in the vein of Kate Spade for Darth Vader (it reminds me of the mullet on his helmet). This is very Reese, and hardly offensive, but nor will it dance through my dreams like visions of sugarplums on the night before Christmas.

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