Dylan McDermott in NYC

Posted on March 05, 2013

Hi Dylan. We like your fascism coat.

‘American Horror Story’ star Dylan McDermott takes a stroll in Soho area of New York City.

Sorry. It’s just that leather trench coats, while fabulous, always make us think they should be on a grim-faced someone in a WWII newsreel. But we like it! Really! Although we think it would look better belted.  Also, we just made up a new rule that absolutely no one is obligated to follow: We’re thinking you can wear either the hoodie under the coat or the scarf, but you can’t wear both at the same time without looking like you’re post-spinal surgery. Actually, we’re not even sure what’s going on there in the neck area. Is that a turtleneck? Because it looks like a fabric-covered neck brace.

Anyway, we reiterate: we love your fascism coat. And your face.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com]

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  • Sobaika

    I am experiencing what I can only refer to as, ahem, lady wood.

    • SassieCassy

      is this like a lady boner

      • StellaZafella

         My best girlfriend in High School called it a wide on.

  • That man has not aged a day since “The Practice.” Somewhere in his house, there’s a portrait of him looking like shit. 

    (also, totally there on the coat: he’s the hot S.S. Officer that lets his activist girlfriend escape. Like the anti-Rolf.)

    • shirab

      But he’s clearly coloring his hair, right? I have to say, I have a hard time with men and obvious hair dye. (John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Stephen Moyer, I’m looking at all of you.)

      • You know… I’ve never even considered that? I just assumed because his face stopped aging circa 1997, his hair did the same. 

        If he is, he shouldn’t — I think he’d look delicious with a bit of salt at the temples. 

        •  Irish dudes are not still black-haired at 51, generally.

        • alyce1213

          You can see flecks of grey/white in his beard, which is a giveaway that he’s coloring the hair on his head.  I think it’s a bit too dark and I’d like to see little bits of grey.

          • Hm. I agree that he’s probably coloring his hair, but my (Irish) husband’s beard starting going salt-and-pepper YEARS before his hair ever did. Then again, that was in his 30s.

            In short: not arguing with the main point, but not sold on the idea that a S&P beard means much! 

          • Yeah, I’d be good with a bit of grey on him too, but at the same time, my uncle’s jet black moustache went grey about a decade before his head hair did (my father, conversely, could grow a ginger ‘tache even after his entire head was nearly white).

      •  C’mon, you gotta give us something; we want to be eternally young, too! Travolta’s has gone far beyond “color.”

        • shirab

          At a certain point, the color doesn’t make you look younger, though. Just like an older person with colored hair. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not as though we see a late-forties/early-fifties woman with no gray hair and think “wow, she must be, like, 27!”

          • I dunno, I think it gives back a few years, at least for awhile (I’ve passed that stage once the thinning set in too, and I do agree hair plugs are the worst) as it’s doing for Dylan. And it is how we’ll tell him apart from Dermot Mulroney finally, who lets the gray shine through these days!

          • You’re stabbing me in the heart!  I’m 53 and, unless someone tells me I’m doing it all wrong, I think dying my hair gives back, well, not 25 years, but maybe 10.  I do realize that at some point in life I’m going to give up the dye and go (hopefully) gloriously gray, but I like to think I have a few more years.  I also think a lot depends on the color you’re trying to pull off. Too dark, too red, and maybe too blond would look harsh when you’re older.

          • Jackie4g

            I’m 63 and totally white on the top of my head, (that started at 19),  but still dark at the sides and back. I remember being “frosted” and people asking me if I was “tired” all day long. Thank goodness for hair color, we don’t all wear our grey well!

        • H2olovngrl

          At some point some smart colorist is going to figure out how to color a man’s hair while still leaving enough silver to keep them looking distinguished. i poked fun at James Franco’s hair but at least there were some highlights and lowlights in there.

          • I’m pretty sure the issues with Franco’s hair were lighting-based. 

        • I’m pretty sure Travolta’s not actually dyeing his hair anymore but rather taking a block of black shoe polish to his head. 

          • makeityourself

            John is flattered that you think he is coloring his hair.  Actually, he no longer has much hair, but he does own an array of expensive hairpieces.

      • H2olovngrl

        that is one OBVIOUS dye job.

      • formerlyAnon

         Man or woman, it’s not that one colors, it’s just doing it in a way that doesn’t look harsh and/or blatantly unnatural. (Because there are infinitesimally few men or women in the neighborhood of 50 who show zero grey “naturally.”)

    • JosephLamour

      I love how he looks sexy showing the bottom half of his teeth in every picture, which I tend to think is the most humbling looking part of any person. I’m a fan of his face too.

  • iheartbuffy

    I think it might be a high-fashion neck gaiter. or something. Maybe he’s wearing a scarf TO COVER a neck brace. Love the fascism coat and face though.

  • Diana Martinez

    I’d love his face if he weren’t clenching his teeth.  What’s up with that? 

    • dress_up_doll

      I noticed it as well. It’s a bit scary. Maybe it’s his “don’t mess with me” look for strolling the streets of NYC.

    • It’s a cold, cold wind a’blowin’ in McDermott’s face, causing a grimace of discomfort, since that is the only portion of his body exposed to the elements.

      • kimmeister

        That’s exactly what I thought – his face has been frozen into a grimace.

  • Better than coffee. I think everyone should start their day with a little Dylan. Woof.

    Edited to add: also, leather trenchcoats will ALWAYS make me think of “How much do clothes cost in the Matrix?”

    • RebeccaKW

       Girl.  I almost spit my coffee out when I read that.  I’m going to lie down on my race car bed.

      • Did you “roommates” get it for you for Christmas?

        • RebeccaKW

           Along with robot ears.

  • lobsterlen

    Love the coat.
    He looks like he is talking to himself. I’ll bet he is doing the morning male mumble to himself thing that so many men do. You know going through the mental list of what they want to do or say at a meeting. That makes him all the more cute.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      wow, I thought that was only my husband!  Not sure whether it’s good news or bad that it’s a common habit…..I suppose it kind of bookends the clenching jaw at the end of the day!

  • Fascism coat!  HA. I love you guys.  Also, that man is simply gorgeous.  Love him, fascism coat and all.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Clearly I am the only person who thinks he is making a face that is a tragic mix of concentration and constipation.  Why does (presumably) expensive leather photograph so cheaply?  But it’s too true, he hasn’t aged a day, and despite my complaints, I will always love Jackson Latcherie Jr.

    • lobsterlen

       Yes maybe he is mumbling to himself, “I must find a bathroom. NOW!There is never a Starbucks around when you need one.”

    •  It’s a paparazzi photo, not a well-lit, posed photo. It doesn’t look cheap to me, but I bet it would photograph much better if it wasn’t of a moving target from a half a block away.

      • Annabelle Archer

        You mean it’s not a “Look at my watch” photo?  Ah, that was a good shoot.  

        I just think the jacket looks like pleather. I want my men’s leather jackets to look tough yet supple.  This looks like it makes noise when he walks. (While mumbling to himself)

    • Agree about the (I’m sure very expensive) coat looking cheap in these photos…. looks like pleather actually.

  • lehen

    so agree with the new rule (even though I know its just for celebrities).  every time i have tried to layer up with hoodie + coat + scarf i feel like the hunch back of notre dame.

  • Kyle Crawford

    ITS COLD…. new rule, even the famous have to understand that there are seasons….

    • It hasn’t been *that* cold in NY.  If it were, he’d be wearing gloves.

  • I love the leather trench. I almost don’t care what else is going on around the neck. 

  • sigh…he can really rock a fabric covered neck brace, can’t he?

  • Alyssa

    Love the leather trench (I’ve always wanted one, thanks to Trinity!), love Dylan, not fond of the neck layering, but I’m willing to overlook that!

    • I greatly regret giving my leather trench coat to Goodwill years ago. My ex boyfriend called it my “russian spy” coat. I decided to let it go along with my knee-length brown suede coat. I still don’t know what I was thinking.

  • quiltrx

    Rawr.  He just keeps getting prettier, doesn’t he?  And I love the coat.  He looks cold, so I’m going to excuse the gaiter or whatever that is.  He’s hot enough to overcome it.


    And unbotton that top button, it all seems a little too tight and forced this way.  And if you aren’t going to use the belt, take it off.  But I do love this coat, a LOT! And he is oh so pretty to look at……

  • alyce1213

    Are we sure it’s not Dermot Mulroney?

  • decormaven

    Thankful to live in a warmer clime where one is not shivering, even when wearing a leather trench, heavy hooded sweatshirt, and woolen scarf to brave the elements. Wish he would have chosen a more colorful scarf- pity not to highlight those fine facial features.

  • I would try hard to stay out of this guy’s way; and yeah, hoodie OR scarf, but both doesn’t work even in all black. This guy doesn’t age, at all.

  • OrigamiRose

    Is it hot in here?

  • Tatiana Luján

    Under the same weather this guy is wearing a scarf, a hood and a leather coat, some starlets are wearing sandals and skirts with bare legs.

  • cleverlady

    His scarf might be covering up any neck beard so TLo and others won’t see.
    Nicely done, Dylan. All around.

  • Vanja

    So this is what Tyra means, when she’s telling the models to find the light. His face looks perfectly lit. Love the coat as well.

  • So, does this coat make him a fascinisto?

    • alyce1213


  • Monday1900

    Bwah!  Love the opening line–too true.

  • Luke Pacheco

    What is he doing with his jaw though?  It’s awkward and a little scary.

    •  Yeah, I was just coming to comment that he has some weird tense underbite growl happening.  Not pretty.

  • xmixiex

    aaaaa-greed!  I love a good dictator coat.

  • miagain

    or is it Dermot Mulroney???

  • I love the idea that, at any time, you could be standing on the street in NY and a man like this will walk by.  I know it’s not true, but I do love the idea of a city filled with fast walking, hunky, elegant men headed off to do whatever they do…. of course, he’s probably just walking down the street in order to be photographed, but don’t ruin this moment for me.

  • jw_ny

    Hitman chic.

    so sexy 😉

    • YoungSally

      I once worked with a guy who bought a coat like this….with unnecessary fur trim.  He was very proud of it.  My colleague asked him if he had bought the coat at “Gangsters R Us.”

      Never saw that coat again.

      • MilaXX

         lol, poor thing, I bet he thought he was pimpin’ when he bought it.

        • YoungSally

          Without speaking to a certain southern European stereotype…..he did his ancestors proud.  The poor situation was made even more hilarious bc the guy is about 5’8″ on a good day and the fur collar went up nearly to his forehead.

  • j_anson

    Well, he’s certainly got “grim-faced” down.

  • traceyishere

    Cool coat but obviously, it’s not warm enough for the weather, hence, the stupid layers.

  • BR777BS

    But where did he buy it and where can I get a cheap college-kid knockoff?

  • Sorry, I had to scroll back up to even notice the clothes. That man. Gets me every time. 

  • MilaXX

    Either tie the belt or fasten in the back, but those ends just flopping in the breeze ain’t happening. Also it really hasn’t been so cold that you need a hoddie AND a giant scarf. Sheesh! He’s making me choke just looking at him.

  • CeeQ

    To be fair, he does look pretty grim faced as he’s making that walk across the pedestrian crossing….
    Agree: think thru the neck accessories! More isn’t always better!

  • It looks possible that the hood is attached to the coat – maybe one of those detachable hoods? I don’t mind the hoodie+scarf combo, but I feel like the colors should be ever so slightly more distinct from each other to make it look more intentionally sculptural rather than just a mass of fabric holding your neck together. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Dylan looks cold. Or tense. Amazing how little his face moves from shot to shot.

  • Imasewsure

    He has ways of making us talk, no??? A bit too SS for me but he always looks good

  • He just doesn’t look right in a trench coat.

  • Zippypie

    The expression on his face is pretty damn frightening.  Coupled with the SS coat…  Maybe he’s practicing for a new role.  But it is a great coat.  And a great face, usually.

  • kat89

    He looks good, but I’m not wild about the hair. Too obviously dyed, too dark. Other than than, he’s good to go.

    • MarinaCat

      I was going to say, the shoe-polish hair ruins it for me. Other than that, a good looking man!

  • krelnick

    Belted coats are way too Inspector Clouseau.  And grandpa.  And dorky.  Let ’em swing, Dyl!

  • JasmineAM

    I can’t believe this guy is anywhere near 50. JESUS.

  • e jerry powell

    Only thing better would be him naked under it.

  • kindwordsonly

    That is such an *actor’s* coat.

  • From the “Jeff Goldbum in ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent'” Collection. 

  • Laura Jones Macknin

    why so serious?

  • FridaStaire

    Lordy, can someone speak to him about that hair colour? Time to lighten up!

  • When Brock Samson makes that face it means someone’s about to die.

  • andreawey

    Well he’s got the grim faced part down….

  • ZnSD

    He’s just walking sex.