Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the L.A. ladies behind the site, have turned the practice of red-carpet-outfit critique into an art form. And thanks to a shared obsession with all things Little Women and Pacey Witter, an uncanny knack for dialogue-writing, and a real distaste for pants-less celebs, they basically leave us thinking to ourselves, daily, why are we not friends with these women yet? So, to remedy that, we tracked Heather and Jessica down and made them tell us everything we wanted to know about the celebs they're most consistently disappointed by on the red carpet, their own real-life "fug or fab" moments, and all of the intel around their latest novel, Messy.
Who are your current red-carpet style obsessions?
Jessica: This isn't really a style obsession, but I am pretty obsessed with Kate Middleton's hair. I would kill someone to get that hair on my head. (Look at it: SO BOUNCY. SO SHINY. It's just my platonic hair ideal.)
Heather: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. I'm easy. I'm in. They were so cute together — they weren't pretending not to be together, but they weren't licking each other's faces and slobbering, either. They were just clearly having fun with each other and very happy to be enduring that gauntlet with their loved one. Elizabeth Banks has also been killing it lately. Both in the sense that she's worn some fantastic stuff, and in the sense that her missteps have been terrifically entertaining — wackadoo, yes, but amusing and bold. I appreciate that.
Whose red-carpet style has surprised you the most this year?
Jessica: Hmmmm. This is always hard. It changes from week to week. I have to say I wasn't exactly surprised, but I was pleased by how great Elizabeth Banks looked at the Hunger Games press junket. I am constantly surprised by how slightly off-kilter Jessica Chastain looks, but what is really surprising is that I continue to be surprised by this. I like her so much; I just always want her to look amazing.
Heather: Shailene Woodley has taken a weird, inauspicious plunge since her awards season run. Reese Witherspoon has infatuated me with her pregnancy adorableness. And Miley Cyrus is still ... Miley Cyrus, fashion-wise, but when she cut off those hair extensions and went with the cute bob, I actually applauded at my desk. That was a huge step.
Biggest red-carpet disappointment of the year, so far?
Jessica: I'd say the aforementioned Chastain, but I loved that McQueen she wore to the Oscars, so I have to give her a pass. I would have to say that I am disappointed that Christina Hendricks hasn't managed to hire a stylist who can make her look as amazing on the red carpet as she does on Mad Men. We all know it's possible! Why hasn't this happened yet?
Heather: Kristen Wiig. She is supremely talented, and she's so pretty, but half the time she's in blah monochromatic beige, and the other half of the time, she's in something ugly. It's a prime example of someone getting famous enough for the major designers but then not using a critical enough eye to make her choices. If you look good, nobody's going to care whether it's Tom Ford or Target. Actually, that's not true — if it's Target, we might love it more because of how awesome it is when a celebrity shows up looking cute in something that's actually attainable for those of us who make mortal paychecks.
Which starlet are you most itching to make over?
Jessica: I think I just accidentally answered that question with Hendricks. She's so gorgeous — SO gorgeous — and she looks so great on Mad Men. I want her to look that great in real life, too!
Heather: Wiig. Maybe Shailene. Miley, possibly. I'd love to get Britney back out of bandage dresses. Oh, and if I can change things up a little ... Cobie Smulders looks great on the red carpet and looked gorgeous in The Avengers, so why can't the hair and makeup and wardrobe people on How I Met Your Mother do that for her? She should complain.
Which celebs do you guys most consistently disagree on when it comes to style?
Jessica: Hmm. We don't really disagree that often — and if we do, it's definitely a matter of degrees. I think it's more like, "Huh, I don't hate that too much," rather than, "OMG YOU ARE CRAZY." Regardless, I'm always interested to hear Heather's take on things, even if I don't totally agree with her.
Heather: Maybe Michelle Williams? I tend to be harsher on her wardrobe than Jessica is. But again, it's usually a very small separation, and even when it's not, I like letting her pieces do their job on me and see if she can talk me into coming around.
What are your own personal most embarrassing style moments?
Jessica: Oh, God. Where to start? In junior high, I had amazing hair that was almost but not quite a mullet. My bangs were very high and spikey. I mean, they were awesome at the time, but in retrospect ... oh, honey, no. Also, in 10th grade, I decided that I needed to have Demi Moore's Ghost haircut, which really only works if you have Demi Moore's face, which I do not. I never should have had hair that short. Apparently, I make a lot of questionable hair decisions, which may in fact continue to this day. I also went through a period of wearing those float-y/flammable hippie skirts that they sold at Cost Plus World Market, and my favorite one actually had bells on the hem. I can't imagine how annoying that was for everyone.
Heather: It took me a long time to figure myself out, and frankly, I'm still not really quite there. We had stirrup pants in the early '90s, lots of flannels when I was in college, some pretty ugly business-casual attempts when I worked at a newspaper, some fabrics that weren't as breathable as they should have been .... I was never into fashion or style, so I had no idea what I was doing. At all. And, I didn't have the budget to fake it. On this front, I've been desperately trying to pick myself up by the bootstraps since about 2003, when we started the site, which is also about when I discovered I could walk in heels pretty well. Fixing myself started from the bottom up, basically. I often find that celebrities could do the same. Start with a killer pair of shoes and then try to do them justice. My blisters don't let me live by that rule all the time, of course, but still. If I were into meditating, that would be my mantra. Because I would be a pretty shallow meditater.
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