Madeleine Stowe in Crazy Pants at the “Mistaken for Strangers” Los Angeles Screening

Posted on March 26, 2014

Kittens, we promised you some bad ladypants today and by gum, we are going to DELIVER. We’re also going to deliver weird ladyjacket as a side option.

Mads? That’s your cue.



Madeleine-Stowe-Mistaken-Strangers-LA-Screening-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Madeleine Stowe attends the “Mistaken for Strangers” Los Angeles Screening.

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We hope she jumped in front of the cameras, spread her arms wide and yelled “Ta DA!” Because a look like this requires some serious self-love and self-confidence in order for it to work at all.

But we can’t pretend to know Madeleine’s level of self-love and confidence. We only know this is some SERIOUSLY goofy-ass shit. We’re all for ladies rocking a good pair of sleek leather pants, but when you’ve started adding grommets and studs to the equation, you best leave them on the rack and let Cher find them.

We don’t even know what to say about that ruffley bed skirt of a jacket. And is she just hanging tassles off her neck? Is that a thing now? Does she pull on one of them to summon her ladies maid?




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos]

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  • teensmom99

    “Freddy my love, I miss you more than words can say . . .ay . . .ay . . . ay.”

    • MK03

      Sandy, the middle-age years.

      • teensmom99

        Yup–basically I was thinking that the local community theater has a new volunteer costume designer for the new production of Grease.

        • There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing a local community theater production of Grease with Rizzo reaching menopause and singing about how she might be pregnant.

          • teensmom99


  • deelup

    I am firmly in the “leather pants should not be baggy enough for you to put your hands in your pockets” camp.

  • Sarah

    Mutton sleeves dressed as lamb.

    • majorbedhead

      Dammit, you stole my comment!

  • Danielle

    I want to yank on her necklace and ring for tea.

    • kimmeister

      I’m afraid that would decapitate her, as it appears to be looped around her neck.

  • Monkey Toe

    Was there a parking lot carnival at the screening? She looks like she just finished three consecutive rides on the Tilt-A-Whirl.

  • BlairBear

    Madeleine please ship these pants to Gwen Stefani.

  • macwell

    Crazy pants – maybe, but – she looks good in them so….;)

  • The partner and I would call these (and any other unusual pair of pants we see) VSPs: Very Special Pants.

    Depending on the pants and the wearer, it can be a good thing or a bad thing.

    • homofascist

      I am going to steal this. Thank you.

    • demidaemon

      They are very special pants. *mumbles something possibly not PC here*

  • JR Labrador

    Vinyl capris?! Oh for fuck’s sake…

  • Rhonda Shore

    i used to have a tank top like that and i slept in it…

  • susan6

    Hand those pants off to Miley, and burn the jacket.

  • Judy_S

    Totally nuts, but beautiful anyway. In my mind that smile is saying, “Ta-da!”

  • tereliz

    Are those *gasp* leather clam diggers with patch pockets and lacing down the sides… DEAR GOD WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE KNEE? WTF?

    • Kent Roby

      Remember that PR-knockoff show (I forget what it was called) where the “celeb”/designers came up with collections? This looks like a pleather convertible pant that Meryl (wasn’t that her name?) would have made, where it snaps from clam-digger to long short. Ah, memories….good times.

      • Kent Roby

        Just found it online; the show was Launch My Line (Bravo, 2009); the designer was Merle Ginsberg.

        • Gatto Nero

          Damn, you’re good!

        • demidaemon

          I feel like if Merle had designed them, they would also be reversible and turn into short shorts.

        • MoHub

          Hosted by the D-Squared twins, who didn’t know the difference between cohesive and coherent. Also interesting was that Merle’s theme was convertible clothes; she could have been in the UtG day-to-evening challenge as long as she had someone to execute for her.

    • kimmeister

      They are Frankenpants, since the lacing above the knee and the lacing below the knee clearly do not line up.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Did she have to jump out of a car and roll down a hill to get to this event?

  • Kent Roby

    Someone please take my hand and help me through this….I am simultaneously thrilled to see Madeleine resurface, yet troubled by whatever darkness she must’ve been enduring during her absence to make her pick this outfit for a red carpet. Oh, heck, I need more than “someone”; I want the whole world to hold my hands!

    • She’s been in a show that sounds really shit, but it gives her a stonking wardrobe of Herve Leger dresses. She is far to beautiful for these horrible pants.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Oh I LOVE her on Revenge! Revenge was REALLY good (soap opera-y good) the first season, REALLY tricky/too complex for the second season, but has definitely found its groove on this third season.

        • I haven’t seen it, just read the fuggirls recaps, which are very funny but make it sound like not-my-cup-of-tea.

  • Anna

    This looks like the outfits that Blanche and Dorothy were suckered into buying on that aerobics class episode.

    • kimmeister

      Needs 100% more headband!

  • @Biting Panda

    She’s a wackadoodle. But the good kind. Like HTC or Julianne Moore.

  • Sif

    Breaking news: Victoria Grayson on acid

  • Kate Andrews

    Mistaken For Nice Pants.

  • Kit S.

    Uh oh, I kind of like it!

  • KinoEye

    FINALLY, a pair of lace-up leather highwater pants with side-knee buttons! What girl wouldn’t want them?

  • Lily

    Mom pleather.

  • Ashleigh

    Make me YOUNG, dammit!! I still have a career!!!

  • NMMagpie

    80’s concert-going realness there.

  • PastryGoddess


  • marlie

    Madeline, a few thoughts:

    These are not your pants. Send them to Miley or an “edgier” ladystar. I’d still hate them, but at least they’d be on someone who can OWN the look.

    Start a bonfire and throw that jacket thing in it. Add the tassels while you’re at it.

    Fire (or seriously reprimand) whoever did your makeup. The makeup where you eye meets your nose should be blended far better than that.

  • decormaven

    Is that the 2014 version of the Puffy Shirt?

    • luluransom

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Adam Ant 1982 back-up dancer.

  • Lori

    Oh honey, no. You are too good for this ish.

  • Gatto Nero

    The pants look like something from a Project Runway unconventional materials challenge using Hefty bags and bootlaces.
    And the jacket — I can’t even.

  • mercer bleecker

    It’s Isabel Marant spring 2014. It’s nutty, but I kind of love it.

  • Sharon

    I think she may be sick of wearing skin tight dresses during filming on Revenge she has opted for something radically different.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    That girl’s got a helluva sense of humor!

  • Everything I’ve heard points to her being very confident. A while back, she wrote a killer script floating around Hollywood that wouldn’t get made unless she starred in it. Nobody would do it and nobody got the script. I respect moves like that.

    She’s earned the right to wear crazy pants.

    • sagecreek

      The longer Revenge goes on, the more I’m cheering FOR her and against Emily.

  • crash1212

    Oh honey, no. NONONONONONONO! No.

  • Mismarker

    Cher’s younger, kickier sister.

  • Evan

    Nothing here seems to go together.

  • Akemi

    It’s like she borrowed a bunch of crap and threw it all on at once. Pants from Cher! Jacket-thingy from…uh, the bottom of Lady Gaga’s closet before she got super famous? That shirt is probably hers, And I think that necklace is supposed to be holding some curtains open.

  • kimmeister

    She is looking like Crazy Sally Field here.

  • butterflysunita

    She’s 55 and looks like that. And damn if she isn’t somehow making that extremely ugly outfit work.

  • MilaXX

    So much wrong. A simple pair of black leather or pleather pants coupled with the top and she would have been fine. These pants are too young for her and the jacket is just silly.

  • Louise Bryan

    Hmm, well, um, they are black. I wore tassels around my neck when I got my nursing degree, summa cum laude. And my keys, because having them hang down in the middle seems to put more stress on my neck. Hers just look tacked on.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    my eyes my eyes

  • demidaemon

    WOW. I am impressed by the awfulness here. It’s like she is a nautical biker from the Victorian days. It’s quite a feat, really.

  • She’s a little bit country AND a little bit rock n roll.

  • quiltrx

    It’s not even the grommets and studs that offend me…it’s the applied pockets and whatever that weirdness is at the waistline. It’s all way too much on one pair of pants.
    And I must channel Nina Garcia for the jacket (and it, paired with the pants)…”Who IS this girl? WHERE is she GOING?”

  • DTLAFamilies

    I’ll just focus on her pretty face and pretend I can’t see anything below the neck.

  • AlisonS

    That belt looks like the free with purchase they loop onto jeans at WalMart….

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    The jacket looks like gingham casket lining. No, wait…the whole thing is a bad dream come to life when you mix really BAD steampunk with the rejects from The Dowager Countess’ ruined laundry at Downton Abbey. Lord, what a mess.

  • stubbornthoughts

    She HAS to be wasted. Right? I hope that’s a hammered glow on her face…

    Note: Apologies to Angie for assuming the terrible lady pants were hers. She merely wore a fabulous pair in a shitty way.

  • Judih1

    why is her face so shiny? Hate the outfit.

    • makeityourself

      Lots of Botox will do that.

  • Skippymom1

    Can’t we just photoshop Queen HBC’s head and a pair of clunky, [but very chic], boots on this look and call it a day?

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Going Out Of Business Sale at Hot Topic, circa 2002..?

  • sk8tfan

    It says a lot about that jacket that I didn’t notice the pants at first. And why does it come with its own curtain pulls?

  • trebor

    Even though this look is totally nuts (especially the pose in the second-to-last picture), can I just say that it fills me with joy? Just look how happy she is with her crazy pants and her tassles!

    (hope this isn’t a double post, sorry if so)

  • somebody blonde

    The pants look fine from the front. Then you get to the side and they look kinda tacky. But the pants have nothing on that bizarrely awful jacket.

  • Columbinia

    I nearly did a spit take when I got a full view of the pants. The jacket reminds me of the “puffy shirt” fiasco on “Seinfeld.” Plus now we’re just hanging random stuff around our necks? Where do they sell this stuff?

  • MoHub

    Does anyone own a hairbrush anymore?

  • DaringMiss

    I would like to make a motion that leather pants may never be cropped. That all leather pants must touch the ankle bone. All in favor say Aye!

  • Joanna

    Why don’t I hate this as much as I should?

    • Shawn EH

      Because girlfriend is working it like the rent is due!

  • Cheroine chic!

  • Shug

    Damn, those could be great pants with some editing. I like the cut and the leather but yeah…the studs and grommets are unacceptable.

  • RescueMe23

    Her jacket looks like the cats had their way with it..

  • Sally Spannagle

    So it’s confirmed that she doesn’t brush her hair in real life just like she doesn’t brush it in Revenge

  • sagecreek

    Helena Bonham Carter’s gonna be pissed when she figures out that Madeleine snuck into her closet.

  • Anplica Fiore

    Madonna called – she wants her outfit back.

  • yllas

    Why blame her for the studs and grommets on the pants? That’s the way they were made. Someone’s got to wear them. (though I think she’s a bit too old for such a look). I like the jacket! No, I LOVE the jacket!

  • justme

    Beautiful lady. Hope to look that good at that age. Dressed in all Isabel Marant.

  • shelley514

    Girl, what’s up with the placement of eyeshadow only at the inner corner of the eye? Crazytown.