Fug File: Palm Springs Film Festival

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.

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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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Mostly Well Played: Rosamund Pike in McQueen and Proenza Schouler

Rosamund had her baby last month, which means trussing herself up for awards season is probably the least of her interests and worries at the moment. I suppose that’s why the universe invented stylists.

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Still Fuglice: Julianne Moore in Delpozo at the Palm Springs Film Festival

I’m tired of the phrase “broke the Internet” — ALREADY; that was fast — but it certainly felt like that’s what happened on Twitter when Julianne Moore stepped out in this over the weekend. People HATED it. I don’t disagree with them.

Julianne Moore 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala

This is very Julianne in theory – she loves weird shapes and catastrophic cuts — but in practice it’s SO Chloe Grace Moretz at the Teen Choice Awards, accepting a gaudy prop trophy for Choice Teen Idol Making Moony Eyes At A Guy Who Will Drop Off The Radar, and reveling in the fact that when you’re seventeen you can wear high-fashion camping equipment and people will smile and call it a phase. The decals look like she bought them at Target and stuck them on herself, and the sleeves have Bovine Ear Syndrome. Seriously, look at the line of the top. It’s a cow’s forehead and ears. That’s all I can see now.

As for the shoes, they’re the Givenchy take on that personality-free style. She’s worn them before; they are the Hayden Christensen of footwear: basically bland and not as cute as you want them to be. I can understand why she chose them, but honestly, a crazy shoe at least would’ve felt committed. As it is, there’s a disconnect for me between her head and feet, and the outfit. In fact, her top-and-toes seem so underdone — her smile so generically pleasant — that it’s almost as if she posed somewhere in JUST the shoes and her underpinnings, so that her stylist could Photoshop her onto a backdrop and then drag and drop dresses on top of her to see what might work. I wouldn’t have gone in this direction, but hey, Julianne Moore is nothing if not style-bananas.

She looked a lot better when she kept it simple:

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Palm Springs Film Festival Fug or Fab: Felicity Jones in Monique Lhuillier

First of all, I so like her with this red lip:

26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

And the truth is that while I SHOULDN’T like this kind of X-Marks-The-Boobs dress, I secretly kind of do. The lace plus her lipstick plus her hair gives the whole thing a sort of Downton Abbey Rebooted vibe that I dig. (And I don’t mind the black/navy combo, which always feels slightly French to me. So…rebooted French Downton Abbey, which, for the record, is a show I would TOTALLY WATCH.)

Let’s give this thing a close-up gander:

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Palm Springs Film Festival Well Played: Laura Dern in Matthew Williamson

I thought it might be nice to start the new year off on a high note.

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