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]

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  • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

        • 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!

  • 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…?

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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-(