Zosia Mamet in Maiyet at the 2013 Apollo Circle Benefit

Posted on November 18, 2013

Darlings, we’ll do anything to forestall another Catching Fire red carpet post. They’re coming, whether you want them to or not, but for now, we thought we’d look to the… shall we say, less glamorous take on red carpetry.


“Girls” Zosia Mamet attends the 2013 Apollo Circle benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in Maiyet.

Maiyet Spring 2014 Collection


Credit where it’s due, this is not horrifically ugly or dowdy. Mind you, it’s still more than a little awkward. The top half is sort of pretty, although the neckline and sleeves scream “Mama’s Family,” and the yellow and salmon-pink color combo is a little nauseating. The bottom half is pretty much a disaster, but you would expect us to opine no differently, given our long history of hating sheer long skirts over opaque short skirts.

Also: the clutch and the jewelry don’t really go with this dress. And the shoes somehow manage the trick of being both too matchy and clashing at the same time.

But on the bright side, she looks polished and put together. We may not like the entire effect, but we appreciate that she dressed appropriately, for the most part. That hasn’t always been the case.



[Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • Tippi123

    She makes it look like a FMO dress.

    • lexilexi

      Right on.

    • Mary Lauer

      Absolutely. Standing on the RC kills any smidgen of life in that dress. When the model walked it, it had life and air.

  • kmk05

    Blush isn’t a disease! Her face looks as washed out as that pastel yellow.

    • Blythe Irish

      Yes! She needs some sort of contouring. She looks so moon faced otherwise

  • Aurumgirl

    That dress defines dowdy for me.

    • Targettaste

      I’m 62 and it looks too dowdy for me!

  • teensmom99

    How did you see her shoes? And I’d actually call this a personal best. Everything TLo say about the look is true–and yet there’s also something a little 1930s-ish about it that works. It doesn’t look dowdy on her and I’d even say that it’s a pretty good way of taking her personal style up a notch or two. I guess I’m in the baby steps camp.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I concur. I don’t like the color and now I can’t unsee the boys “Mama’s Family” reference on the sleeve, but there IS something 1930’s about it, and because I LOVE the 1930’s I will join you in the Camp Steps d’Infant.

  • Sorry, but nope. The color is doing her no favors whatever, and the dress is too large. Not only is the hem too long, its oddly too narrow in the shoulder and the fit on the bodice section is sloppy.

    • Not applicable

      Easter dress… for grandma in the nursing home. Dry red lips to boot!

      • snarkmeister

        Even worse, it’s an Easter dress in mid November. What the what???

        • Not applicable

          yah. Grandma in the nursing home has an excuse to wear the Easter dress in November– poor dear doesn’t know what day it is.

          Zosia, on the other hand, has no excuse at all!

  • Town

    She looks like she finally took a shower.

    This dress would’ve looked better on someone darker.

    • And then wrapped the shower curtain around herself and ran out the door.

      • conniemd

        LOL, yes, that dress print is very shower curtainish. The opaque lining is the inner curtain and the sheer outside the outer curtain. Perfect.

        Oh yeah, this dress is from the SPRING collection for a reason. Nothing says November in New York City like sheer and sleeveless yellow with salmon colored flowers (or feathers, could be either).

        • snarkmeister

          My thoughts exactly.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Massive props to her for trying.

  • SewingSiren

    This kind of thrift shop look suits her. I wish it was fully lined, but you can’t have everything , right?

  • This is no way to begin a Monday morning.

  • I lost my shit at Mama’s Family.

    • Mismarker

      Haven’t thought of Mama’s Family in years. The episode where they play Sorry! is one of my all-time favorites.

  • Mismarker

    Aggressively ill-fitting. And somehow making her breasts look enormous.

    • Aurumgirl

      Right? That’s what makes it so aging and dowdy. And it looks like she’s standing in a badly lit laundry room.

  • Jessica Freeman

    You know its bad when we deem this acceptable because of the atrocities she has committed prior to.

    • demidaemon

      Truer words were never spoken.

  • formerlyAnon

    I guess she’s married to the hair, but if the makeup worked better (and maybe it did in real life, vs. cameral flashes) I’d forgive the rest of the issues. Because, track record.

  • RussellH88

    That dress only works if you have some Beyonce Wind going on.

  • Kelly

    You’re right — it’s not “horrifically” dowdy. But it IS dowdy, especially the top. And where is this photo shoot taking place? In an abandoned cafeteria where the power’s been turned off?

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She looks so cute when she smiles- I wish she’d stop attempting this “fashion bitchface” she keeps pulling on the carpet. She looks like “what if the mean lady doctor from Masters of Sex got dressed up.”

  • Personal best for her? Not that that’s saying much.
    Actually, the only thing I really mind here is what is either an uneven hem, or a weidly placed slit.

    And a little blush may have been nice.

  • Nancer

    This is just a mess. That dress only works on a model with a wind machine….. it’s fugly.

  • valerie747

    My theory: Posture will tell you whether or not a woman feels like a million bucks in what she is wearing. She feels like a fiver.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Hmm, needs a belt?

  • crash1212

    Beg to differ – it is ugly and dowdy. I think we should retire the Zosia posts and simply crown her the Queen of What Not to Wear and perhaps the Princess of Stone Face and move along.

    • demidaemon

      But then we won’t get to eviscerate her for her fashion choices every time she leaves the house!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    The Mama’s Family reference made my morning. I’ll spend the day calling my eldest Eunice.

  • Little_Olive

    Boy, is that ever not her dress. We may have seen her worse, yes, but on those occasions our major complaint was that she was (arguably) “not trying”; this is contrived and wrong.

    She looks like a teapot. With bad accessories.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    This dress appears to need a professional model and a wind machine to look presentable.

  • Shoes? She’s wearing shoes? You must have seen other photos, dear Uncles, because her tootsies are covered in these. I will have to look because the idea of shoes that are simultaneously “too matchy” and “clashing” is piquing my curiosity.

    Also, methinks that bright red lipstick and hatchet-like center part are not her friends.

    • Lilithcat

      Check out the first photo. I had to look carefully, but you can see the her right calf and foot, with a bit of a dark shoe showing.

  • Such pretty fabric used to so little effect. A lot more draping, pinning and cutting is required before this is actually a dress.

  • tallgirl1204

    I actually kind of like this. I don’t particularly like this dress, but its general style as well as her hair and makeup are taking her in a Frida Kahlo direction, which I think might work well for her.

  • Lilithcat

    This is a pretty dress, but it’s on the wrong woman. She’s just not the floaty floral type.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    Depressed flamenco dancer on sleeping pills.

  • siriuslover

    I didn’t mind the dress as much as you guys. For me it’s the hair, oh the hair.

    • mlle

      At least someone washed and brushed the hair.

  • paginatrix

    These colors look just terrible on her. If the dress were deep jewel tones …

  • mlle

    It looks sort of like a vintage negligee. Which for her is a step!

  • Alfred Cox

    She’s trying, I’ll give her that. The only thing is that its – once again – dowdy as fuck and that makeup looks like a lost bet. Why does she always default to this “super sad” makeup and facial expression when she actually has to put effort forth in how she looks? Cheer up honey! You the shit as Shoshanna, you’re being paid handsomely to be on a hit show and you get to wear clothes all of us dream to wear. No. Strike that last point. No one dreams to dress like Eunice from Mama’s Family. Still, a C for looking a little put-together, at least.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    “I made them from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom.”

  • NOLA_gal

    I’m starting to feel like her public appearances are one big performance piece, and that she sits at home in her jammies snickering at the fashion indignation she incites.

  • marlie

    I’m not loving the dress, but I appreciate the fact that she’s at least sporting a complete and finished look.

  • Mona_Visa

    “You liked the model in this dress, did you? You liked that conventionally pretty sorority girl? I have no idea what happened to her. I SWEAR.”

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Spit my coffee at the “Mama’s Family” reference. OMG will you boys please be my little brothers? Thank you for the laugh I needed this morning!!!! And why doesn’t Zosia ever seem to smile AT ALL? Is there a photo of her smiling? Does she have teeth?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    To me, this outfit would be entirely appropriate for a Hitchcock festival where they’re showing The Birds non-stop. Barring that… No.

  • jspark

    Put on a bra hippy. That dress is giving her a serious case of grandma boobs.

  • Heather

    I dunno. Her makeup looks like when I was 8 and would play with my mom’s lipstick and eyebrow pencil.

    • kimmeister

      The sad thing is, this is the best I’ve ever seen her brows look. The lipstick does, indeed, look like it was applied by a blind 8-yr old.

  • Kent Roby

    I thought she looked lovely until I read the “Mama’s Family” comment; now I can’t unsee it!

    • MilaXX


  • Carleenml

    You had me at Mama’s Family.

  • Lilak

    It IS Lovely gown … IF you have the right skin tone AND hair color AND makeup AND you’re at least 5’9″ AND you’re not standing still.
    Um, that’s quite a checklist for success.

  • KinoEye

    Every time I see Zosia, I feel guilty. Like I’m doing something really, really wrong — punching babies, perhaps? That disapproving glare penetrates the very fabric of space and time. She can see me. Always. And she is not amused.

  • Danielle

    SMILE, YOU GROUCHY THING. You are wearing expensive (and probably free) clothing!

  • judybrowni

    Yellow and Salmon frou frou dress — and black nails?

    Not nearly her usual extreme mess, but dress, accessories and shoes look like they were chosen randomly by closing her eyes and stabbing at a catalogue.

  • MoHub

    She looks very unhappy.

  • MilaXX

    GTNYD and the earrings & bag don’t go. I’m glad she stopped trolling us, even if Lena seems to have picked up that gauntlet for now, but this look doesn’t work.

    How about a bit of pole dance coverage for The Best Man? There’s a lot of pretty people in that. The men alone could fill out Sausage Friday.

  • Imasewsure

    This really is a huge step forward… hating the overlay skirt… but no huge hate for anything else…. and for Zosia, this is actually her “happy” face…a half-smize is another huge step for her!!

  • sunflower

    keep the styling, lose the dress

  • Lesley

    Very dowdy where i’m concerned by always very drew barrymore

  • unbornfawn

    She looks a lot better than I have seen her in a while in a dress that is not her dress and that purse doesn’t go.

  • almondemy

    her coloring is so very awful with this dress. She looks like a ’74 sisterwife at prom.

  • kimmeister

    J’adore that clutch, just with a totally different outfit.

  • melanie0866

    No. It IS horrifically ugly and dowdy. She’s what, 22? And she looks 86 in this.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      It’s EXTREMELY ugly and dowdy! The “Mama’s Family” sleeves were right on. And the color of the dress, and her dead mime makeup and the tight hair – it’s all just bad. There’s nothing good about this.

  • deliadee

    Ill-fitting bridesmaid’s dress.

  • LJCdoc

    That is so badly not her dress. I’m not sure if it’s anybody’s, but it’s really, really not hers.

  • alyce1213

    I’ve had it with the Gladys Ormphby hair.
    GTNYD, obviously.

  • willworktomorrow

    Is she in a school cafeteria? God, I hope so.

  • smayer

    She should accessorize with something other than a sourpuss expression.

  • MW

    Grandmother of the bride.

  • Morales Mike

    How was she NOT cast as the Duchess of Windsor? Everything she wears always has that patina of wannabe regal dowdiness.

    • alyce1213

      There’s some physical resemblance — is that what you meant? (although Wallis Simpson wasn’t known to the world at age 22). The taste levels of the Duchess of Windsor and Zosia Mamet, however, aren’t in the same stratosphere. I can’t say I’ve ever her style described as wannabe regal dowdiness. I consider her one of the major style icons of the 20th C.

  • mightbewrong

    “Credit where it’s due, this is not horrifically ugly or dowdy.” Oh, it is.

  • She looks like her grandma dressed her.

  • Trickytrisha

    Well, she looks less uncomfortable than some of her previous outings.

  • I can hear the cheap fabric of that dress rustling from here.

  • Calinda_L

    Oh geez… that makeup… She is so dang washed out in her cheeks, but you can tell that her natural skintone is much warmer and, well, more natural looking. She’d look so much better if she didn’t put such a mask on.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Ugg, I cannot with her. She always looks like a petulant child who was made to stand in a family photo. If you hate your job so much, find a different one.

  • This is so “Girl that is not your dress.”

  • Michelle Gennari

    Someone’s been playing in Mommy’s makeup. This child and the other Lena one just never look *right*.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    It looks awkward. She looks awkward. This is a dress for moving sylphs. The makeup is wrong for the dress, it should not be classic strong lip, pale face without any blush. Plus, it’s summery and this is November.

  • anotherkate

    I wish she would do her eye makeup differently. Does she need more liner? Does she need liner on the lower lids? More blended shadow? She almost has a Twiggy look going on, and I don’t think it’s doing her any favors. Also: some contouring would help, as another BK noted.

    I can’t even touch the dress. I’m pretty sure my sister wore a shorter version at Easter 1994. She would have been 6 years old, for the record. Our great-grandmother might have worn a matching version (funny how certain patterns/colors work only for the very young or the nonagerians).