Fugs and Pieces, September 23rd, 2016


Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am tired. Some of that might be because we started this week on Sunday with the Emmys. If you missed any of our coverage, you can find it all here.

Also a great and far-ranging discussion happened in our post about the Brangelina Break-Up, which I think you’ll enjoy (or at least find interesting) if you haven’t already gotten into it.

And, elsewhere:

– I cried throughout this wonderful article at ESPN about Vin Scully. I have, in fact, cried five or six times about Vin Scully’s retirement this week alone. That is not hyperbole; I am honestly distraught. As many of you may know, I am a native Los Angeleno. So is my mother. So was her mother. My father moved here when he was a year old. I’ve had family in Los Angeles for over 100 years. We are all Dodgers fans. I don’t mean casually. My first word was “dog,” because my grandfather had a dog. But my first sentence, the first thing my family taught me to say, was “yay Dodgers!” (I had a hard time with my Ls and Ys, so it usually came out “lay, Dodgers!” — or, I suppose if I was feeling French, “Les Dodgers!”)  We always had the Dodgers on TV, every night, during baseball season. And that meant Vin Scully’s comforting, elegant, perfect voice filtered through every single summer of not only my life, but also my parents’ lives. Sometimes I would be watching the game intently. Sometimes I would have the game on while I read a book. But the game was always on. I know that baseball fans understand how great Vin is. But for Dodgers fans, Vin is quite sincerely a member of our families and has a tiny piece of all of our hearts. I cannot express to you how much he means to this city, and how emotionally unprepared we all are to turn on the TV or the radio and not hear him wishing us a pleasant evening, wherever we may be.

– Robin Givhan — one of my favorite writers; not just of fashion, but period — wrote for the WaPo about the dress Rosa Parks was carrying the night she didn’t move to the back of the bus, a dress that is now on display in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which the Post has covered at fascinating length, and which I very much want to visit. It opens tomorrow.

– I also recommend John Lewis’s essay about the process of making the museum a reality. It is beautifully written, of course — I picked at least six different portions to quote. I recommend reading the entire piece, but if not, at least read this: “[I]n the final analysis the truth can lead to only one conclusion: We are one people, one family, the American family. We all live in one house, the American house, the world house. It will lead us to see the divine spark that resides in each and every one of us and is a part of the entire creation. It will lead us to see that we are more alike than we are different, that we are not separate, but we are one.”

– I loved this, at Racked, and I think you will also enjoy it: The Politics of Pockets

– I really loved this piece at Curbed: 101 smallest things you can do for your city. I, in fact, cried when I saw the photo of Bill Cunningham they used to illustrate part of it. (I am emotional this Fugs & Pieces; I cried at Vin, John Lewis made me cry, and I also cried over Bill.)

– This GoFundMe to bring back Hart of Dixie made me cry also, except laughing. It’s really funny. To wit: “I want to bring back Wade’s jerk brother Jesse for an altercation choreographed by a team of professional Hollywood fight choreographers. This fight will end in Jesse’s death and Earl’s resultant spiral back into the dark pit of addiction.  For this scene I need no fewer than 300 baby goats.”

– Speaking of Brangelina, Anne Helen Peterson wrote an amazing and brilliant piece about it at Buzzfeed.

– And Lainey has been KILLING IT with her coverage of the ins and outs. Like, she’s written SO MUCH about it over the last few days. If you need the latest, she’s there for you. (I was also interested in her take on how Chelsea Handler — one of Aniston’s best friends — is handling this whole thing. In short: Chelsea is acting like a jerk.)

– I liked this piece at Vogue about Chatsworth House.

– At Pajiba:  Emma Watson Still Kicking Misogyny’s Ass: College Edition

– Esquire has a long piece with Andrea Tantaros about why she is suing Fox News that is worth your time.

– At Collectors Weekly: Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go “What the Heck?”

– All 139 Grey’s Anatomy characters: RANKED. [Revelist]

– Related, at The AV Club: Shonda Rhimes’ characters are defined by what they drink

Other highlights you might have missed this week at GFY:


Royals Round-Up, September 23rd, 2016

Harry’s back! Maxima is wearing a giant hat! Sophie’s riding a bike! The Cambridges start their Canadian tour TOMORROW (I will try to cover them over the weekend depending on my workload/personal life, so definitely come back and check out the goings-on before Monday). In short: Royals Round-Up is really back in business!

And, if you missed it here this past week, we took a huge look back at the Greatest Hits from Wills & Kate’s previous royal tours, and I put together an edit of the recent New York and London Fashion Weeks for La Middleton (spoiler: I have no cocktail dresses for her).

And elsewhere:

Sophie is blogging her bike ride! She is welcome to write a guest post for us about royals logistics at any time.

– Patricia Treble at Maclean’s does a deep dive into the data and asks: Does Kate Middleton deserve her reputation as a fashion recycler?

– Pippa’s phone allegedly was hacked; The Sun refused what are said to be 3,000 photos (no nudes of Pips, but apparently snaps of her fiance starkers and obviously lots of pics of Kate and Wills and the kids) and called the cops, and Pippa to tell her. It’s kind of an interesting story.

– What Kate Wore, of course, has a detailed calendar of what the Cambridges are going to get up to in the next week or so in Canada.

The Globe and Mail has a fascinating piece about the history of bringing little kids on royal tours. (Royal kids, not, like…random cute ones.)

Tatler has beauty suggestions for Kate’s dop kit.

– At Hello!: Michelle Obama reveals favorite part of ‘sleepover’ at Buckingham Palace. Harry made them breakfast! (Not really. AS FAR AS I KNOW.)

– Order of Splendor has an interesting piece on some of Doris Duke’s jewels.

– Official photos!

[Photos by: Getty Images]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Amal Alamuddin Clooney

“Amal. Honey. MAYDAY. It’s a Code Eleven. Brad’s in trouble and we need you to walk to work a few times while we alert the paps. No, there’s no time for questions, just GO. GO GO GO.”

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


High Fugshion: Selects from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week happened while we were tackling the Emmys; indulge us in a little rewind of the highlights.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Daisy Ridley


It’s nice to see Rey back in action. I just saw John Williams conducting his own scores at the Hollywood Bowl, and he told a story about how he agreed to do the second of the new movies after seeing dailies from the first, and deciding he couldn’t stand the idea of anyone else writing music for Rey. I hope he told her that, because that’s the sort of compliment you can take to the grave and feel like you lived a full life.

Speaking of graves:

Daisy Ridley

She’s lovely in this, but it also does look like something the local madam would wear to bury one of her bordello’s longtime regulars.

[Photo: Getty]



Fug or Fab: Shailene Woodley in Valentino

I find the art of styling to be fascinating. Shailene works with Ilaria Urbinati — one of the best — and I feel like you can see a visual story at work if you look at what she’s wore for the Snowden events so far. For example, this dress feels related to the dress she wore here, a couple of days ago.

'Snowden' Premiere - 64th San Sebastian Film Festival

Same designer, but different styling, and totally different vibe — and you can definitely see connective tissue between them. That, to me, is fascinating, and why I think the art of clothing a celebrity is so interesting. Clothes say something — sometimes they say “I just don’t give a shit,” although that’s not the case here; sometimes they say, “this event is not about my outfit,” and that’s okay too — and trying to interpret what they’re saying about a celebrity on something like a press junket is endless compelling, to me. What’s being sold to us? It’s not always only just a movie — a lot of times, it’s also that celebrity’s ideal image, their positioning in the public eye. Which is, of course, why Kate Middleton doesn’t dress like Gwen Stefani and vice versa. On this Snowden press tour, I feel like Shailene is trying to look more serious — which is smart, given the movie’s subject matter and the fact that she’s transitioning out of teen roles and into adult ones. Yesterday, that Valentino felt a little TOO serious for her. But this feels like good marriage of person and professional goal — or, at least, what I imagine her professional goal to be. Do I LOVE it beyond all comprehension? Not really. It needs a little hoik and I ALWAYS think the Wet Hair look is impossible to pull off if you’re not on the runway (as much as I wish I could trot outside with wet hair and have it look really fashionable).  But I think I get where she’s trying to go.

[Photo: Getty Images]


London and New York Fashion Week: The Kate Edit

Well, if the former Miss Midldeton is hoping that London or New York Fashion Week are going to fix her problem of never knowing what to wear to a cocktail party, she’s out of luck. Maybe Paris and Milan will prove more fruitful?

[Photos: Getty Images]