Debra Messing at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala

Posted on May 13, 2013

Sweet Jesus on a breadstick.


Debra Messing attends the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala in New York City.

Honey, GO the fuck HOME.

Your heart CLEARLY isn’t in it tonight. Also: You got a little crazy on your face.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. It was all scroll-down bad, right from the tippy-top of her head. And white shoes? WTF?

    I love you, Debra M. Now please go home and fire your stylist.

  • OrigamiRose

    Reminds me of that (old?) saying, “Whatever look you were going for? You missed.”

    • zenobar

      “What’s up with your hair, honey? Looks like you got mousse *and* squirrel in there.”

      • Karen would have a field day with this look, holy hell.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        But what’s worse is that she looks like she’s got moose *and* squirrel in the outfit, too.

    • Reminds me of that stupid and mean jump rope song we used to have:
      Its ugly!
      Its ugly!
      My momma said its ugly!
      U! G! L! Y! It ain’t got no alibi! Its ugly!
      What! I said its ugly!

  • aeb1986

    I put more effort into my pjamas last night.

    • I really did. I got a new pair at Target and they’re so super cute! LOL

  • VanessaDK

    Maybe she wants to be able to plead insanity for her role in “Smash”?

    • MissusBee

      Although ironically she had some great outfits in that show.

  • thecitysleeps

    Oh dear. She looks like she has my ass, which I’m pretty sure she doesn’t.

    • Introspective

      her midsection is definitely not as big as it looks here- or as big as it looks on smash as well… either stylists hate her wherever she goes, or we are all collectively fooled about debra’s actual size.

    • I was wondering, did she go from the skinniest actress on the planet to being a size 14? Because that outfit makes her look like a 14 here.

      • vandeventer

        Well that’s part of what’s going on here I think… She did used to be one of the thinnest women on tv. Now she’s older, she’s had kids, and she’s a more average size. Comparing her to the Debra Messing of 10 years ago makes her seem bigger than she really is.

        • Okay, that makes me more sympathetic to wearing the stovepipe legs. Being a large woman myself, I’m not going to knock someone for getting larger, i just wasn’t sure if it was her or the garment. Thanks for the info.

      • Melanie

        That’s what I was going to ask, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it without sounding snarky. I mean, she’s clearly not as stick-thin as she was in the Will and Grace days, but there’s NO way she’s as big as she looks in this get-up.

  • moppet

    Okay, so, my personal goal when I post on this site is to always be positive. But this outfit is straining that practice to the utmost. I think that maybe I like that necklace…what I can see of it, anyway.

    • Jupiterremixed

      I really appreciate that philosophy (and, sadly, the degree of difficulty in applying it here).

      My go at it? Navy is a lovely color with her hair and complexion.

    • How can anyone be positive about an outfit that puts maybe 40 pounds on, but not in places where you might like and appreciate the extra curves? Egads.

      I can’t even understand how it is doing that? Is there like a tulle petticoat under there making the pants flare out gumby style? Is she wearing 12 other pairs of pants under there? IS THERE FIBREGLASS INVOLVED SOMEHOW? Will this mystery ever be solved? 🙂

      This is like Anti-spanx. Are they going to market this, or what?

      • DinaSews

        ‘Gumby Style’ – perfect.

      • Little_Olive

        The anti-Spanx! I love it.

      • BrooklynBomber

        ♥ “Gumby style”
        ETA: “Anti-spanx” – hilarious!

      • Peeve

        Maybe she’s afraid of falling. I think that’s bubble wrap under there!

    • JuliaInBlack

      It looks very comfortable.

    • BrooklynBomber

      She’s tall and she has a great head of hair.

  • Oh my God. It’s a flattering color, but that’s all that can be said in the look’s favor.

  • Rand Ortega

    I think this qualifies as a “I’m sad my network broke up with me” look. There’s a quart of Haagen Daz in her purse.

  • MilaXX

    lol that last picture is hilariously cray cray.

  • Ill fitting, saggy jumpsuit, mass murderer eyes and electroshock hair. Nope.

    • RebeccaKW

      The photo of her looking over her shoulder…oh, no, she just found me hiding in my closet!

      The last photo-that look will haunt my dreams. You could seriously photoshop like a moon with bats and the Bates house behind her, and maybe a scythe in her hands and it would be the perfect horror movie poster.

  • Hahahahahaha. What a mess! I think her stylist had the night off.

  • Violet in WIlly Wonka moments after getting into the chewing gum.

  • Rand Ortega

    Is she still w/ Rachel Zoe? If she is, there seems to be some revenge styling going on.

  • It’s like she’s trying to prove Karen Walker right.

  • mjude

    tlo says – Honey, GO the fuck HOME…….LMFAO!

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I can actually hear Karen Walker say those exact words.

  • PastryGoddess

    I…can’t…even…OMG wha…nooooo….lalalalalalala

    *rocks quietly in a corner*

    • decormaven

      Make room in that corner, please. This is a tough enough Monday as it is, and seeing this photo didn’t help.

  • So sloppy its ridiculous.

  • blueberrypanckae

    The backdrop says it all NO MORE!

  • Tee

    “Honey, that’s a fashion don’t.” -Karen Walker

  • To quote Miranda Lambert:

    Go on a fix your make up, girl, it’s just a break up.
    Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady.

    Miranda didn’t mention what to do about the hideous jumpsuit, your own your own there.

  • It’s like she and Julianne Moore (to a more limited extent) just don’t realize how much they have to work with (and all too often resort to inventive, but heinously unflattering clothing that doesn’t play up how damn striking they are……).

    And this is from my pro-pantsuit/jumpsuit/romper/onesie flag-waving, “yes-to-weird-pants” self, so we know it’s bad.

  • Valdri8

    More like SET fire to your stylist! She is so stunning, but that is a crock fucking pot of hot mess going on there.

  • She’s been watching too much Girls. And probably bummed out over Smash.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I’m pretty sure they make pills for whatever Deb has going on here…she should go get some quick!

  • Little_Olive

    I hate to resort to the subject’s past roles, but this needs Karen Walker’s intervention.

    • My Monday needs a Karen Walker intervention.

      • Introspective

        my life needs a Karen Walker intervention.

  • Joyce VG

    What happened to Debra Messing? Holy Smokes. Still beautiful of course but that outfit is a tragedy.

  • conniemd

    The real irony is that she wore this outfit to the “Joyful Heart Foundation Gala.”

  • Somebody in her retinue is going to get his/her ass handed to him/her for both this hot mess of a look, and for letting photographers near her. Yikes.

  • l_c_ann

    Problem is: all these forty somethings are going to look alike by the time they call themselves fifty somethings.

    The path to Dolly Parton’s current face is here on Debra Messing.

    Both were better off as themselves.

    Debra’s outfit: tragic.

  • Janet B

    Please go find a stylist who doesn’t think you are 27.

  • Lesley

    this is just so frumpy and such a mess, this is just flat out horrible.

  • crash1212

    Maybe she thought she was going to a costume party?

  • CeeQ

    her hair looks exactly like mine today. this is not a good thing. she has an army of stylists, I do not hence I am allowed the occasional (every other day…) bad hair day. come on Debs, make an effort! Also that jump suit is horrendous.

    • lonepear

      Funny, I was going to post the same thing: her hair looks like mine! And, er, I spend about 5 minutes in the morning brushing it out and putting it up.

      • CeeQ

        DITTO. This should not be the same for Debra Messing – come on.

  • YoungSally

    I realize that she is (thankfully) heavier than her Will and Grace persona — but damn those are some eatin’ pants.

    • e jerry powell

      An eatin’ halter jumpsuit.

      I never thought I’d see the day.

      • YoungSally

        At least she took the lobster bib off before the photo.

  • TheAmericaness

    It’s like she’s trying to do bitch face but accidentally pooted instead.

    Edit: Additional – Outfit is just…. no.

    • e jerry powell

      And that is definitely the outfit to poot in.

  • Donna Tabor

    Could she not play Lucille Ball in a biopic? I’ve always thought so.

    • OrigamiRose

      With James Gandolfini as Gale Gordon!

  • mhleta

    Jack: Hey, guys our Debra’s in a pickle, and, uh, shouldn’t we help her find her way back to a place called Hope?
    Karen Walker: Honey, she’s wearing a synthetic onesie. It’s a four day drive and a boat trip to a place called Hope.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Must be depressed due to Smash being cancelled. BTW: I quit that show after the first season. Did it get any better during the 2nd?

    • demidaemon

      I didn’t watch it, but the general consensus is no. It Got Worse.

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. So very awful. This was really her best option?

    • Exactly – makes me wonder what outfit(s) she turned down in favor of…this.

  • She looks huge. YOOGE. From the hair to the jumpsuit to that eye makeup. That is not the look I’m sure she was going for, but that’s all I can think. What a horrible outfit to happen to such a pretty woman.

  • She looks like my babysitter Sharon, from 1975, who would sing us Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and breastfeed in front of us. All of a sudden I’m thirsty. God damned Pavlov.

    • Peeve

      HA! Thank God I wasn’t drinking anything… 😉

  • capybara_cafe

    omg. 0_0. I was about to say “It’s like she went ‘What can I wear that will make me look like I’ve gained 75 pounds?'”, but then I saw the crazy eyes, and it all made sense. *runs screaming*

  • barbarienne

    Is she smuggling something in those pants? I think maybe she’s moonlighting as a bootlegger.

  • e jerry powell

    That is so unfortunate. Girlfriend has really been off of her game for, what, two years now?

  • LuisaNL

    holy. shit. the jumpsuit, the hair, the shoes, the deranged eyes, it’s too much, someone needs to pay for this.

  • BrooklynBomber

    This must be the “No More Joyful Heart” picture. When do we get to see the “More Joyful Heart” picture?

  • stubbornthoughts

    Deb, what….happened?

  • lobsterlen

    What the hell?!?!?! I recall her wearing stunning clothes during Will and Grace. Wow she must have really lost her gays after that show on every level. Are those white plastic payless shoes peeking out from the jumpsuit? Sweet Lord save me from this fashion horrors. I am calling it now … I bet this will be TLo’s top 10 fashion horrors of 2013.

  • MK03

    Someone’s pissed that Smash got cancelled…

  • Patricia Gillett

    Maybe this will kill this jumpsuit trend dead. Stars will tell their stylists “Don’t you Debra Messing me” if they try to make them wear these horrid things.

    It’s a simple rule, people: no onesies after potty training. Done.

  • Anniebet

    Good grief! Poor thing, I’m sad to see her looking so, well… frumpish, dumpish, and lumpish? That back should never be photographed close up.

  • Alyssa Edwards realness.

  • iCouture

    She dresses so terrible…..always.

  • E. D.

    Didn’t recoil in horror until I got below the waist. OMG, her stylist must have it in for her!

  • Not applicable

    Wow, Will and Jack would be mortified

  • Pennymac

    Momma always said “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”

    *crickets chirping*

  • Maluca

    Good lord. Debra used to be the kind of woman everyone waited for on the red carpet cause she always turned it out amazingly. WHAT HAPPENED? This is just so sad.

  • formerlyAnon

    Overall, an unpolished look. Even if she’s heavier than she used to be (common phenomenon), this seems to be unflattering and the hair isn’t helping.

  • WTF? This is all sorts of cray cray.

  • Contralto

    what the hell. Just. What the hell.

  • quiltrx

    I can’t find one thing about this that says “Joyful Heart”.

  • Wow. That whole thing is just… Wow.

  • Y’all are all missing the message here: Debra is PISSED that Smash is being cancelled, and has been on a crying jag/drinking binge ever since she found out. Her appearance here is clearly a big ole “Fuck the world!” statement, all the more ironic since she’s at a “joy” event. It’s okay Debs, I feel your pain, but why don’t you come on over here off that ledge so we can talk about it?

  • OMG. WTF.

  • raininmai

    Do the uncles sound angry these days?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    That second picture, that “peeking over the shoulder” shot? I *wouldn’t* look quite so proud if I were her…

  • She looks like Kristie Alley from her “Victoria’s Closet” series, not a compliment.