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A naked billboard, a celebrity in blackface, and more of 2013's biggest fashion faux pas

The fashion world had plenty of high moments this year, but let’s face it, it’s more fun to reminisce about the lowest low moments.

Luckily, there were plenty of fashion faux pas committed in 2013.

From Elle magazine’s Melissa McCarthy cover-up to the Jay-Z and Barneys backlash, and Julianne Hough’s regrettable Halloween costume, read on to see the style headlines that got people talking… and not in a good way.


Melissa McCarthy's 'Elle' magazine cover sparks fashion backlash


Is Elle magazine guilty of orchestrating a fashion cover-up?

The monthly fashion magazine is drawing criticism for its portrayal of November cover girl Melissa McCarthy, who fronts the annual “Women in Hollywood” issue. While alternate covers of the issue feature Reese Witherspoon in a bodycon Versace cut-out dress and Shailene Woodley in a bathing suit and sneakers, McCarthy is bundled up in a figure-concealing coat, a look that some say is pure sizeism.

“This year, Elle‘s token plus-size cover girl is McCarthy, who was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath,” wrote June Thomas of Slate. “McCarthy’s hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat’s lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf. Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy’s curves.”

This isn’t the first time the 43-year-old actress’s appearance has sparked controversy.  READ FULL STORY

How to dress like Winnie Cooper, Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' makeover and more

It’s a Wonder Years fashion flashback! Learn how to channel Winnie Cooper’s sweet ’60s style (with a modern twist). [College Fashion]

Fact: The daily process of applying Melissa McCarthy’s “drag” hair and makeup for Identity Thief took more time than Anthony Hopkins’ daily transformation into Alfred Hitchcock. [StyleWatch]

Marc Jacobs is the new Creative Director of Diet Coke. The designer’s first order of business? Create a parody of the classic “Diet Coke break” commercial and cast himself as the sexy, shirtless hunk. [Telegraph UK]

Justin Timberlake isn’t the only singer in a suit and tie. “Yeah Yeah” crooner Willy Moon talks about the powder blue McQueen suit he wears in his latest video, and how he developed his taste in well-tailored clothes. [MTV Style]

PETA has a problem with Beyoncé’s Super Bowl costume, which was fashioned out of python, iguana and leather. [Huffington Post]

Read more:

Justin Timberlake collaborates with fashion designer Tom Ford on ‘The 20/20 Experience’
Beyonce’s Super Bowl Bodysuit: Who is designer Rubin Singer?
Super Bowl Style: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and more 
Movie Review: Identity Thief

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