Some fashion traditions are undeniably wonderful. The obligatory home runway show after you’ve had a successful day of shopping, for instance, or settling in to witness the annual spectacle that is the Oscars red carpet.
Other fashion traditions are decidedly… less wonderful. Like the habit of policing what women wear, or pitting them against one another in those ‘Who wore it best?’ magazine spreads.
Just ask Ruby Rose and Lena Dunham. This week, the two actresses have found themselves, in the hallowed words of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, personally victimised by this age-old (read: tired) reporting device.
However, neither woman was content to sit back and have her style scrutinised like that. Oh, hell no.
The first shot was fired by Dunham. Earlier this morning the Girls writer Instagrammed a page from Us magazine, featuring photos of herself, Kate Hudson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead who all happened to be wearing the same fluffy grey marle coat. Snap.
A reporter had asked 100 New Yorkers to vote on which actress had worn it best, and Dunham was relegated to third place with 12 per cent of the vote — and she wasn't about to take her defeat lying down.
"What if I used all my emotional energy to campaign super hard for a recount?" the 29-year-old pondered in her caption.
"Note: I essentially do not believe in the principle of a Who Wore It Best and am not trying to incite a debate — both these women are stunning and look fly. That being said, I'm a Tracy Flick style bitch who hates2lose."
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A few hours later, it was Rose's turn to step up to the plate. A publication had declared the clutch she teamed with her Balmain x H&M dress an "unnecessary" addition, leaving model Gigi Hadid to be crowned the 'Winner' of this particular round.