Debra Messing in MaxMara

Posted on June 17, 2013

Mary, Mother of Pearl, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?


Debra Messing attends the 2013 Women In Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a MaxMara black silk and cotton jumpsuit.


The very best part of this look is her face, which all but screams “WHAT? WHAT?!? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!?!?!?”

Oh, honey. You know damn well you look like a clothespin doll. Go home. Fire someone.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

    • SassyMcFrench

      Where are Will, Jack and Karen?!?!? She has been dressing like all sorts of crazy on the red carpet lately!

      • AlisonS

        I was just wondering if SMASH required her to use their gays to clothe her. But now that the show isn’t on anymore why not go back to the ones that you knew and loved. Did they get bitchy with her when she fell off the face of the planet for a small spell?? So sad, you used to be able to count on her to always look good.

      • barbarienne

        I think Will, Jack, and Karen must be in those pants with her.

      • ailujailuj


    • StellaZafella

      In fact, fire them twice.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        Fire. Re-hire them. Set their hair on fire and fire them again. Why didn’t they use Parker Posey more in “Will and Grace”?

        • carpediva

          Go carnival-freak crazy on their ass.

      • decormaven

        Fire in every respect. Fire the stylists. Set fire to the outfit. Rain fire on whoever thought that look would work on anyone. Fire-o-mania!

      • anyalama

        Fire them…… out of a cannon. Into the sun.

    • Shannon Campe

      It makes her look wide, which is silly because she has such a nice figure. And the crazy eyes aren’t helping…

      • GorgeousThings

        Yes, WHAT is with the crazy eyes???

        • Rhonda Shore

          is she wearing those weird contact lenses too? I’m starting to wonder if Ms. Messing either packed on some weight or had some bad plastic surgery. She just looks different and not good different.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I think she *has* gained some weight, but I don’t think that’s really what her problem is. She’d look terrible in that no matter how much she weighed – it’s just bad.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Auditioning for the Lifetime movie based on Michele Bachmann.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        and holy hell, does she need to life and separate. plus, hands in the pockets at the waistline do NO ONE any favors.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Fire them , and then burn the outfit.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        How about she fires them after she puts them in the outfit, THEN burns it?

        • Jessica Freeman

          It appears there are many variations for the solution to this problem that include, but are not limited to, burning her entire wardrobe and all responsible parties. I am fine with any of them, so long as this gorgeous woman stops dressing so terribly.

          • Kiltdntiltd

            At least we have this take away. Yeah, genetically advantaged people can screw it up just as badly as we can. Levels the playing field a bit, no?

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              Thank you, I feel much better now!

    • Kiltdntiltd

      I, uh, um, erm,…..

      • drdarke

        @kiltdntiltd:disqus – what you meant to say was that your snotty-ass straight nephew who wears torn jeans and skateboarding t-shirts could dress her better than her current stylists have.

        Is that close…?

    • annabelle archer

      OH. MY. GOD.

    • marlie

      That outfit is painfully unflattering. Really, who thought this was a good idea? They *should* be fired.

    • Molly


    • gabbilevy

      She looks like she’s trying to shoot whoever did this to her with the lasers out of her eyes.

      • DebbieLovesShoes


    • kipper

      someone hold me!

      • Annarosa

        there there, sweetie.

    • charlotte

      “If Kiernan wears MaxMara, why shouldn’t I?” -Because.

    • AmeliaEve

      First it ate her feet, then it came for her waist….

    • Annarosa

      Oh God, a female Mussolini!
      Debra, why? Why this?

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Clothespin doll!! Exactly! What a perfect description. Hiddy!!

    • Valdri8

      I love her so much – this is so sad……her face is way too tightly lifted, and she is not the teensy wisp she once was, so she must stop dressing that way. Maybe she should stay off the red carpet for a little while. TLo needs to start a stylist/star matching service. Start with her. Find her her forever stylist. This is painful to watch.

    • frannyprof

      She’s living up to her name, all right. What a total mess.

      • charlotte

        I was about to write “Is she messing with us?” and decided against it.

        • CakesOnAPlane

          Oh honey, there’s no need to check your puns at the door with this one. It’s practically begging for it.

    • Diego!

      She is clearly possesed by a demon. Her eyes are about to shoot laser rays! O_O

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      serving up… demon possessed scurvy ridden black magic gumby realness?

      • annabelle archer

        Gumby. At a funeral. Can’t unsee it.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          love it!

      • filmcricket

        Gumby was where I went too. Never a good source of sartorial inspiration.

    • Cameron Turner

      Messing is just a mess

    • Mismarker

      She looks devil tetched.

    • alyce1213

      Holy shit. I’m afraid and laughing at the same time.

    • Fordzo

      CrAzY EyEs.

      I feel like her body has changed in the last couple of years (as happens), and she and her stylist still won’t admit it or don’t know how to adjust to it.

      • TheAmericaness

        I think the stylist(s) know it, but SHE won’t admit to it and has probably fired anyone who has suggested common sense….

    • MsALVA

      Is…. is she going through some goth phase or something?

    • acevedob

      Lmao…honey, honey, what’s going on here?

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        Read in Karen’s voice, of course!

    • Heather

      Plus, the crazy eyes!

    • TLJezebel

      WTF happened to her?

    • jmorino08

      Grace here needs a serious Karen Walker intervention if you ask me!!!

    • Heather

      Again with the hems. These drive me FREAKING CRAZY. I am a normal person (ie, not a wealthy celebrity who gets free clothes thrown at me) and I have my garments hemmed/tailored as needed at the dry cleaners across the street. It costs, like, $10. In other words, if I can do it, they certainly can. Does anyone know WHY this happens? Do they have to give the clothes back afterwards or something? Because even if they do, I should think they could still employ hem tape or something similar.

      • alyce1213

        It’s intentional. There’s quite a big trend of fabric puddling on the floor. (I blame Rachel Zoe.)

        • Heather

          Wow. Had no idea. What a concept. It’s kind of like, ‘let’s go to Bikram Yoga, go out afterwards without cleaning up, and pretend that our hair and makeup are SUPPOSED to look this way!’

          Or, “I like to appear as though I have no feet, because it suggests that I can, indeed, levitate.”

    • MoHub

      The pain! The pain!

    • cmb123

      what in the name of Rachel Zoe is going on here? She is a mess. She is rocking crazy eyes and outfits that age her and add on pounds. It’s like watching a fashion Amanda Bynes as Debra just spirals downward in her fashion and styling choices. This has been happening so often with her lately…someone should really stage an intervention stat.

    • In_Stitches

      She looks like an evil Wonder Woman.

    • OrigamiRose

      As I scrolled, I kept hearing the WWE guy in my head: “Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!”

    • imspinningaround

      I only saw the top in the thumbnail, and I was like “a grown woman is biting the steez of a 14-year-old girl. I have officially seen it all.” I am wrong, but I’m not happy about it.

    • Eva_baby

      She looks like she is standing with her head inside of one of those life size cardboard cut-outs

    • Patricia Gillett

      Oh dear… this is getting sadder and sadder.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Bat shit crazy from tip to toe

    • jw_ny

      Gumby pants! Wet head! Super hero pose! Bug eyes!

      really!? what is going on here!?

    • MilaXX

      Everything just make her look bigger than what she is.

    • stubbornthoughts

      Audible. Gasp.

      Oddly enough, we share the exact same facial expression right now.

    • Bebe

      In addition to the horrible clothes, she also seems to be fighting the natural (and gorgeous) texture of her hair lately. The slicked down, straightened hair may work for some, but it’s not working for her.

    • foodycatAlicia

      If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all… so, er, I have nothing to say.

    • mjude

      what is wrong debra? good god!

    • majorbedhead

      Why on earth is she standing like that? She looks like she should have a cape flapping behind her.

      I just…I can’t. It’s just awful, from tip to toe. And the eyes. What the hell with the eyes? They make me want to hide behind the sofa.

    • bertkeeter

      Yes….your stylist that put you in this outfit!

    • Darva Sutra

      Cocaine is what’s going on, trust. Massive amounts.

    • joanna dash

      I’m so sorry about the apparently horrific accident in which you received the double defootitation, Ms. Messing.

    • random_poster

      I’m scared.

    • quiltrx

      I’m thinking the eyes are coming from the fact that it’s cutting up into her crack all the way from front to back.
      (hey, that rhymed. which makes it no less horrible.)

    • Rand Ortega

      Debra, I don’t care who convinced you or where you think you heard it– Gumby is NEVER trending. NEVER.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      WHAT? WHAT? WHAT?????

    • Pennymac

      Picture #2 is like she’s looking right at me through the computer screen, trying to Hoo Doo me into liking this outfit. That crazy glare is chilling!

    • Lesley

      OH MY GOD. running scared the other way!

    • Chuck Barthelme

      Here’s what I think is going on- she’s obviously gained a bit of weight recently. She’s not dressing for her new body type, but instead trying to disguise it by wearing clothes that are looser and baggier. Not working, either. She just needs to learn to dress a body that isn’t quite so stick thin.

    • mhleta

      MaxMara + Keirnan Shipka = YES! MaxMara + Debra Messing = FIRE SOMEONE!! Do the math, girl.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      What is going on with her? She used to have Rachel Zoe style her but who the hell is in charge of her now. They need to be fired pronto!

    • Dan_In_NYC

      That first pic, wow. A less flattering photo of her could not possibly exist. Gumby indeed.

    • unbornfawn

      She is a beautiful woman. What the heck is she doing to herself?

    • Snoskred

      Girlfriend loves her a pair of Gumby pants.. :)

    • Sara__B

      Mid-life crisis on the red carpet.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      How do those pants do that? It looks like her legs are not attached to her hips. How do you get wide leg pants not not touch in the middle?

      • sleah_in_norcal

        spray starch? corset boning? steel rebar infrastructure?

    • iCouture

      She has been looking bat-shit CA-RAY-ZEE lately, what is going on!?? She doesnt have a Twitter does she??..Watch out!

    • ashtangajunkie

      What the hell, Messing.

    • GTrain


    • Just Me

      Why does she look this way? Did she offend somebody? Threaten their career? Did Bob Benson call Manolo to neutralize her threat to him by convincing her this outfit actually looks good and should be seen in public? This mystery MUST be solved. Get on it, people…time is a wasting.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Oh, dear. The eyes, they are crazy. And the romping jumper pantsuit of death? Beyond insanity. Beyond thunderdome. Beyond even a crumb of good taste. Noooooooo!

    • formerlyAnon

      Thanks for my first laugh of a very busy day. (“Oh, honey. You know damn well you look like a clothespin doll. Go home. Fire someone.”)

    • Not applicable

      Shall we call her Debra HOT MESS ing? Cuz, to me, she’s begging for it.

      • l_c_ann

        No. No name calling.

        She’s getting older, unlike some of her contemporaries who remain painfully thin to the point of earning the adjective gaunt.

        Me, I’m going to wait for her to find what works for her now, because she still has the potential for a return to the woman we loved to idolize.

    • Solfish

      A clothespin doll! Another reason why I love this blog so very much!

    • Anniebet

      Quick, get her to Tom & Lorenzo’s Fashion Rehab! For a full six months!

      I hope there’s a TV show waiting to happen for our Uncles. Except they couldn’t say Jesus Christ on a breadstick on TV, dammit.

    • Candigirl1968

      Those crazy eyes smack of being uncomfortable. Deb is a beautiful woman, but she does not seem to be entirely comfortable with her still great, but not size negative two, figure. When she finally gets a stylist (or a good friend) to help her find some things that are flattering and comfortable, we won’t get so many of these meh-to-awful outfits and the wacky faces.

    • Janet B

      Fire all of them!

    • marishka1

      Debra, say it with me: “MaxMara is NOT my friend.” Repeat.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      great giant gumby legs and spiders in your eyes? and what happened to your beautiful red hair? you look like a duck after an oil spill.

    • Synnamin

      ahahahahahahahahahaha!!! I lost it at “You know damn well you look like a clothespin doll.” I couldn’t really figure out what the hell I was looking at, and you summed it up perfectly! Thank you, TLo, for making it all clear.

    • Danielle L

      Karen would have had a conniption.

    • joanna dash

      “thank you for releasing me from the lamp. i will now grant you three wishes. you can wish for anything except more wishes.”

    • hellkell

      Those are some SERIOUS crazy eyes. She doesn’t look happy to be at the event or in that ridiculous jumpsuit. A JUMPSUIT. When will these things die the death they deserve? Exactly two people on Earth look good in them, and they are not pictured here.

    • e jerry powell

      Is it time for the unborn fawns to launch a massive public intervention?

    • lilyvonschtupp

      WHOA NELLY! So much for the theory that black is slimming.

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      Clothespin doll! Hahahahahahahahaha. Precisely. She needs some serious help.

    • demidaemon

      WTH? If the outfit wasn’t bad enough, the crazy eyes with the super lashes and mascara take this to horror movie level.

    • ewes_urn_aim

      Oh my god- those first 3 photos had me laughing til tears were streaming down my face! I needed that- thank you Debbie M.

    • LaSylphide

      In the first picture she looks like a tuning fork.

      • joanna dash

        I die.

      • bellafigura1


    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Crazy eyes. Can’t look away. And they’re following me around the room.

      Make them stop…..

    • Hetha Innis

      Not fire. HIRE. Hire a stylist for fuck’s sake!!

    • Imasewsure

      I’m seeing evil lace Gumby…. how did we go wrong with this one? Whaaaaaa happened???

    • ItsDicey

      That’s a whole helluva lot of whatthefuckery.

    • Peeve

      Hahahahahahaha! “Clothespin doll” is the perfect description! I don’t understand how such a pretty woman can leave the house looking so crazy. Any one of the outfits Karen derided on W & G would look better than this…

    • MzzPants

      All she’s missing is the Photoshop laser eye beams.

    • MaggieMae

      It’s time. The BKs need to kidnap her, and take her shopping. And, maybe to therapy. Something is very wrong.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      OMG, horror! You nailed it, though – a clothespin doll. I was scrolling down (scrolldown fug, by the way!), trying to figure out what it was she reminded me of. I was thinking “fire hydrant”, but clothespin doll is much closer. Yikes…

    • CeeQ

      My word. I…actually have no words for this. Well no, actually, I do: Fail.

    • Fred Vaughn

      Some underground comic strip is missing a character.

    • Vesper Beauty


    • bellafigura1

      Aw, come on, this is painful, just straight up embarrassingly painful. Worse than the last Messing outfit, which was gawdawful too.

    • ailujailuj

      Good god gurl.
      Miss Debra’s body shape changed a weetadbit after she gave birth ( she was the preggers at the end of W&G) and therefore she does look different. Still such a great presence tho. I really liked the way she was being styled on Smash. Wuh happent??

    • Agatha Guilluame

      Why mommy why

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      She’s gained about 30 pounds and no one is telling her how to dress when you are a size 10/12. She needs help.

    • librarygrrl64

      What happened to this poor woman’s sense of style and what suits her best?

    • pop_top

      I’ve never laughed so hard.

    • kolokOlchik




    • Mary Lauer

      See, I just feel bad for her. She thinks she is overweight and very uncomfortable with it, is my guess. Haven’t we all been there?!? Without 80 million people taking our picture?! 8-(