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August 03, 2004

A Fugbute to Chloe Sevigny

It's worth restating that one of our mandates here at Go Fug Yourself-- aside from the fact that we're bitches who believe in bitching -- is to poke holes in the ideas of beauty and stylishness that are being force-fed us by people with taste dodgier than month-old milk. For example, the Einstein who decided trucker hats looked good and should be perched carelessly atop the tousled head of every rising actor and tomboyish starlet to befoul a red carpet event, or whomever chose to revisit 1980s-era fashion.

Or, most frighteningly, the person who decided Chloe Sevigny was a fashion maven.

Sevigny is one of the reasons this site exists; she is my nemesis in the fugly world, the person whose taste and appearance are constantly praised and rewarded, and whose "expertise" was on loan to the Imitation of Christ label, despite the fact that she dresses like she found some stuff on the floor... any floor... and decided to don it. Her fashionista snob attitude has always confounded me and seemed hugely unwarranted. Boiling my blood further: When InStyle ran a nauseatingly gushy piece on her unerring taste -- with photos of errors for miles -- and Bazaar named her one of Hollywood's best-dressed, allowing her to make statements for the obnixious little blurb quoted on the linked page in which Sevigny calls Charlize Theron "tacky." A clear case of the pot calling the kettle bloated, when the pot itself is a water-retaining blowhard.

So, Sevigny. She's the Pope of the Fugolic religion, the leader of Fugican City. And in addition to choosing to blow the equally repellant Vincent Gallo on film in The Brown Bunny, Sevigny made this dubious choice:

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See the name on the background? Cartier. Oops, Cartier. It's the kind of brand name that always begs for italics -- that's how fancy it is. And yet Chloe figured she'd throw on one of Rosie O'Donnell's old wraps for when she was painting the living room, and she paired it with hideous ankle-high brown boots. Where's her vision here? Her unerring taste? Her sophistication?

Is it here?

Hmm. Doesn't seem to be. Maybe that's a fluke and her shirt got torn off. How about here?

Zzzzz.... Wha? Oh, sorry. Maybe it's here:

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Oof. I don't suppose it's here:

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Ouch. This is getting fun.

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Whee! Come on, Chloe, look lively:

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Have you bought your legwarmers yet, people? I know this is from 2003, but taste like Chloe's never goes out of fashion. Yet, look at her -- she's wearing designs by her own Imitation of Christ pals, and she appears as miserable as if you handed her a photo of a muppet and asked for her autograph.

But, oh, never mind. Call off the dogs. I've found photographic proof, taken in the very year Bazaar crowned her so well-dressed, that Chloe Sevigny is a fashion genius, an icon to be respected and adored and revered. Behold:

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Posted by Heather at 05:16 PM in Chloe Sevigny | Permalink


Geez, i'm having a hard time deciding who's on more crack- chloe or Bazaar.

Posted by: mish234 | Apr 7, 2005 4:19:47 AM

Ugh! I so agree with you guys! I have always thought the same when I saw her in magazine spreads. I thought what is so great about her? I can dress better than her on my low income budget!

Posted by: Audiene | Apr 7, 2005 8:57:38 PM

A long overdue tribute to La Sevigny, who's the unspoken heroine of this site (without Chloe you'd be nothing). Other celebs have to try so hard to get a mention on this site, and it shows. Chloe does it effortlessly.

Slagging her off is such a simple pleasure, there may be no need to analyse it, but for what it's worth my thoughts are:
- she never, ever, gets it right
- however, she is frequently hailed as a style icon
- she always has a supercilious expression on her face
- but underlying that she's clearly as thick as mince

Posted by: Cara | Apr 8, 2005 1:44:30 AM

LOL! Hilarious! Congrats...she really is a big mistake-i so don't get the whole style icon. See also my arch nemesis, Sienna Miller. Shudder...

Posted by: rebecca lander | Apr 8, 2005 10:40:12 AM

Heather, this may be your finest post.

Posted by: AdamP | Apr 8, 2005 1:07:15 PM

When did Little Orphan Anne become a style icon?

Posted by: Amanda | Apr 8, 2005 4:29:04 PM

oui ve what in blue blazes!

Posted by: catalyst | Apr 8, 2005 6:46:18 PM

She looks like ass. You consistently have the best postings when Chloe Sofugny steps out. You have deconstructed her look brilliantly here and are to be revered. Fug on.

Posted by: PUGLY | Apr 8, 2005 10:09:23 PM

the fifth dress (the one with the shoe lace through it, that she is wearing with huge orange beeds) looks like one of courtney peldon's frocks? or is that just me....check it out, there is a pic of it on this site

what is a person thinkin when they wear huge orange beeds? or just plain huge beeds????

Posted by: [A]nn[A] | Apr 10, 2005 7:12:14 PM

Beads, madam. Beads.

Posted by: Ann Coulter | Apr 11, 2005 12:12:48 AM

AAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! Sevigny is ffffffffffffugging ffffffffffugly. There is not one picture that I have seen that I remotely thought: OK, that's not so bad. She looks grotesque. Admit, if any of us "mortals" were running aroung wearing crap like that, people would be laughing (no... guffawing) at us...

Posted by: Maria | Apr 11, 2005 7:10:01 AM

As concerns the last picture:

"Do you want paper or plastic?" Is she really truly holding a plastic shopping bag in her left hand?

Posted by: ranesing | Apr 11, 2005 2:19:35 PM

In the picture where she's sporting the bloated pink number with the scarf/necktie, she looks like she's playing the melon at the kindergarten recital. And she has the hair to match.

Maybe not, since I don't know many 5 year olds whose sense of style or lack of has been so warped.

Posted by: Pixel | Apr 12, 2005 12:29:57 PM

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