Elisabeth Moss in Alexander McQueen at the Mad Men Season 7 LA Premiere

Posted on April 03, 2014

With just a few adjustments, this could work. Unfortunately, it’s a whut.

As in … whut?

Elisabeth Moss attends the season 7 premiere of “Mad Men” at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California in an Alexander McQueen black leather pencil dress paired with an Alexander McQueen clutch, Kurt Geiger pumps, and Lynn Ban jewelry.

We don’t get it. This is not the time for a pale lip. Her whole face looks weirdly unbalanced. Face without a mouth. And while we like the idea of what she’s wearing, the fact is, it’s too tight on her, which is really saying something. Are these toddler clothes or something? Do they make slit-to-the-thigh leather skirts for the under-5 crowd? We wouldn’t be surprised. But as much as we like the two pieces she’s wearing, we don’t think they go together. The skirt requires a less structured top and the top requires a less severe bottom.

Also: those shoes are a big ol’ nothing. What this outfit needs (aside from a total rethink) is a little more of the dark, gothy sparkle found in that scorpion ring. That really works for her.




[Photo Credit: KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Jason Merritt/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • KinoEye

    The makeup makes her look sick. I want that scorpion ring. Badly.

    • Alyssa

      That ring is amazing! I too want one!

      • Heather

        To me it looks like a free Halloween ring.

        • Alyssa

          I can see that as well, but it looks much higher quality (aka, not plastic) and I love jewelry with sparkly creatures (owls, scarabs, elephants, you name it).

        • Jacob Bowen

          EXACTLY! My first thought was “black spider plastic ring”!

    • The Versatile Chef

      See? You and Sarah need to show her how to do the smoky eye correctly.

      • Sarah

        Right? Case in point!

      • KinoEye

        I’d be glad to, and I’m sure Sarah would too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the main problem here is how it seems to be running down into the under-eye area, which looks like A) She got punched, B) She’s very ill, or C) She’s on drugs. Another part of the problem is how she’s photographed looking straight up in most of these photos, which makes it look like she doesn’t have an upper lid. Very disconcerting.

        • 3boysful

          D) She napped in the limo on the way over. Yes, what is with this sudden coy pose with crazy eyes? She’s scaring me.

          • KinoEye

            E) She had an old-school lobotomy. One of the characteristic signs was bruised eyes. None of these options are good ones, haha.

    • Theresa

      She looks like she just started getting her Walking Dead zombie make-up put on, and realized she was supposed to be on this red carpet.

    • kmk05

      It’s really unbalanced because it seems like her MUA forgot her lashes and vetoed gloss, which would have helped this immensely.

      I’ll fight you for that scorpion ring.

  • @Biting Panda

    The Scorpion Queen, SCUBA Addition.

  • E2_Remote

    I understand she might have been going for a goth look, but that Uncle Fester makeup is BAD.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Wow, that makeup is pure on zombie apocalypse…

    • R.A.

      I almost screamed with fright when I got to the second picture. They may as will give her a t-shirt that says CRAZY AND DERANGED.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        Agreed, not sure if “undead” was the look she was going for here, alas that’s exactly what she got…

  • colleenjanel

    A size up on the clothes, completely different makeup, and more interesting shoes. Go home and start over Zoey.

  • sojourneryouth

    In that second pic, she looks like she’s about to feast upon my soul. BAD, consumptive makeup job, and everything else is too tight and soooo unflattering. I do like the scorpion ring a little, and am secretly willing it to appear in my jewelry box, so that I may deploy it properly.

    • Evan

      I know. I’m a ginger. My daily job is stealing souls and even I’m scared.

      • sojourneryouth

        Hahaha! I gotta watch out for you Soulless Matchsticks!

  • marlie

    This lip color looks awful. As it almost always does. And she’s suffering from the same problem as Cameron Diaz… a dress that’s WAY too tight, and sort of twisted around. It’s so tight that it seems like she can’t actually adjust it. Plus, you can TELL that it’s too tight by the way that it looks like the dress is about to come apart at the top of the slit.

  • Sarah

    Ooh, creepy eyes. I’m sure that slit was that high to begin with, but it sure looks like it rrrripped up to her ladybiz area because of how tight that skirt is.

  • Evan

    Her face looks like she just came back from the grave. Probably died of consumption.

  • ModernDowager

    You are saving Kiernan for last, aren’t you?

  • suzq

    The description says “Alexander McQueen black leather pencil dress” yet your critique speaks of a skirt and a top. I’m confused. Is it a dress or are they separates?

    Yes, it’s too tight and too black.

    • alyce1213

      I had the same thought — it’s hard to tell.

    • kimmeister

      That’s officially the first time I’ve seen the term “pencil dress.” Unfortunately, Elizabeth has interpreted it to mean “ok to buy in a size too small.”

  • VicD

    Wow this is bad. It may be a personal worst…. and that’s really saying something!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Does Peggy turn into a zombie this season?

    • Stacy C

      AMC just announced they’re pairing the ever popular Walking Dead with Mad Men where Night of the Living Dead zombies fight with Circa 2014 WD zombies. Moss will star as the female “Carl” who survived the first attack in the late 50s. Didn’t you get the memo?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Nope. Must have missed that one, lol.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the smokey eye and I appreciate wanting to do subtle lips, but dead lips are not the answer. Outfit is simply too tight. Not just one size too small, probably 2 sizes too small. Are actresses supposed to be able to sit down anymore? The only thing here I really like is the scorpion ring

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She looked so cute and bright and joyful in New York Magazine a few weeks ago; what a shame.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I love when Peggy does sexy. When she gets it right, I totally do a fist-pump at my desk. This isn’t quite there.

    Keep the skirt, go up a size. Please return the top to my 7-yr old nephew. He’s missing his swim shirt. I could deal with the shoes if she wore a different top, either sparkly or more colorful.

    • NinaBoo

      Totes thought that was a rash guard!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Exactly! Maybe she has to jog home after this, though.

  • Catiline

    Beetlejuice makeup!

  • RoseJB

    What’s with the Halloween ring? We used to get plastic ones just like it in our trick-or-treat bags.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Girl, that is not your — ANYTHING!!!

  • Someone is gunning for a role in that Beetlejuice sequel…

  • butterflysunita

    I think Christina and Teyonah win this Mad Men round.

  • Mazenderan

    Too outfit is too tight, and not enough colour. The smoky eye isn’t working – and, given that she has stunning blue eyes, messing up her eye makeup is unforgiveable. Paired with a pale lip, it makes her look ill.

  • BobStPaul

    Heroin chic, part 2?

  • Shug

    That skirt though. Me minus forty pounds would say in her best Gollum voice, “I wants it, love…I wants it.”

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Ted is the precious…

  • mshesterp

    Serving Milla Jovovich Resident Evil realness…but not thinking she’s really pulling it off.

  • Judy_J

    That eye treatment makes her look like she hasn’t slept in days. This is one really awful look. C’mon, Lizzie….you can do better than this!

  • Brigitte

    Second pic she looks like she’s channeling Elizabeth McGovern’s favorite expression.

  • Violina23

    She looks hung over as Hell…. not digging this

  • Cheryl

    I’m a weirdo, I admit it, I like the makeup. If the skirt wasn’t soooo tight, and slit so high, I would have even liked her outfit. Love the scorpion.

    • kirkyo

      Someone decided to have a little fun and although I agree it’s not perfect, she looks hot.

      • Cheryl

        She’s the Anti-Peggy here, not Auntie Peggy. I’m still digging it 24 hours later.

  • Pennymac

    Just awkward.

  • Julie Chase

    That shirt is SO TIGHT.

  • sagecreek

    I believe this is one of her “eff you, Fred” outfits. We all get to wear a few of those. It’s a rule.

  • Sara__B

    She looks undead. Maybe the too-tight clothing did her in.

  • decormaven

    I get an early Smashing Pumpkins vibe from this, but the fit is too tight.

  • StarburstLady

    Apparently I’m the only one who thinks this, but I think her head looks great. Like, I’ve never thought she was very pretty– which is fine, I appreciate at least a modicum of diversity in Hollywood– but in this picture, I’m able to see her as beautiful. The dress is too tight, and I think she could use a necklace and some better shoes, but I think she looks like a star for a change.

  • alyce1213

    It’s ALL TOO TIGHT. She’s a little thing and her thigh is busting out of that slit — the seam looks like it’s about to blow.
    There’s too much shadow under her eye and with no lipstick, it makes her look consumptive. Her hair is shiny, but unkempt.
    Not good.
    Awaiting Kiernan with bated breath.

  • Danielle

    Taking style tips from Cameron Diaz, I see.

  • LJA

    Is she auditioning for American Horror Story?

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      American Horror – the 60’s.

  • Cool ring, bro. Did you hire Taylor Momsen as your new stylist? With her broad shoulders and narrow hips, a super-tight pencil skirt leaves her looking as though she might tip over at any moment. She should check out how Emma Watson styles a pair of strong, defined shoulders and slim figure.

  • Anique Ashraf

    “the top requires a less severe bottom”

    story of my fucking life.

    • demidaemon

      I feel bad for laughing at this comment, but I am.

      • formerlyAnon

        Glad I wasn’t the only one.

  • Mothra

    Her eyes are freaking me out.

    • Miss_Led

      Agreed, this is a Morticia look.

  • onefifteen

    Ship that thigh slit off to Heidi Klum!

    I adore me some corpse-lip, but do agree it is too low-key for an all black ensemble.

  • Noah


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  • Anplica Fiore

    One size bigger…

  • Synnamin

    I covet that ring… everything else is a big WUT?

  • anyalama

    That makeup makes her look like Glenn Danzig in drag.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think she’s in muted zombie costume.

  • crash1212

    I’m confused. The explanation under her photo says this is a “dress” not separates…so, they’re kind of made to go together. Right? I actually really like it, but it’s too tight. Also, that makeup is really bad. Love the ring.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    So close!!!

  • msdamselfly

    TOO damn tight. The seams in the top are obviously crooked

  • Nika E

    Gawd, can she breath? I actually like the makeup I think the faces that she making that are throwing it off. She looks a little creepy. I love the ring though…

  • GinnyThePainter

    Nancy Drew and The Case of the Too-Tight Leather Skirt.

  • Judy_S

    Looks great–for a role as the girl at a club who gets knocked off 5 minutes after her first appearance, causing the hero(ine) to investigate and discover fake vampires, real drugs, and a bunch of much more interesting villains.

  • MarissaLG

    Jolie was the obvious choice, but these pics make me think E. Moss nailed her Maleficent audition.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She could play Maleficent’s younger sister, Insignificant.

  • Christine Hart

    Her facial expressions make this look 3x worse.

  • Capt. Renault

    How did they shrink Eva Green?

    • Shawn EH

      She’s like Eva Girl rather than Eva Woman.

  • Sophie

    She looks like a zombie and her clothes are far too tight. The ring is nice.

  • demidaemon

    Not in love. The two blacks are fighting each other. And that make-up is horrible. I don’t even care about the lip; I’m talking about the horrible non-shadow around her eyes. WTF?

  • bxbourgie

    I think she tried too hard to UN-Peggy herself. It’s like girl, we know you’re not Peggy. You don’t have to try so hard to convince us.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I like her, so I hat to be critical of an entire look. Umm…I like her nail polish?

  • Janet B

    The ring and the clutch are a good start, but the rest is not.

    What is the point of wearing designer clothes when they are so ill-fitting?
    I’d rather see her in something off the rack that actually fits.

  • Jessica Freeman

    That eye make up is down right scary.

  • frannyprof

    Bad Goth Girl impersonation. But I love the ring.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Her eye makeup makes her look sunken and sick, not mysterious. Do-over.

  • Sabin

    I think that even if the skirt fit, the way the slit is cut in a bit of an inverted “U” would make it look too small. That cut is always going to look like it’s pulling because it’s too tight.

  • Nancer

    Oooh… what demon is she channeling? This is just disturbing.

  • Chrisanthe Kostalas Green

    I think I’m probably the only one who at first look thought: “What happened to her feet?!” Only to realize that the black shoes just blended in and she looked footless! And the scorpion ring would have looked less Halloweeny if it was on a gold or silver band. It looks like one of those plastic rings girls wears when dressing up like a witch.

  • I’m sad! In the group shots, she really stands out as looking awful compared to the rest of the cast, who nearly all reach their glamour potential. This is an injustice.

  • altalinda

    Zombie Liz.

  • ashtangajunkie

    This is making me think of my mom telling me about how she would lay down, inhale, and use a coat hanger to zip up her jeans in the 70s. Which is how I assume Missy here got into this outfit.

  • FridaStaire

    Hmm. Like the idea. Think that someone has told her to buy leather tight as it will give – forgetting that she’s not buying, and there’s no time for giving. Love the red nails. The pale lip is a rock-chick thing, isn’t it? I never like it, but it is a ‘look’ albeit one that rarely flatters.

  • Carleenml

    she has always looked a little off center to me. these poses particularly so.

  • Therese Bohn

    Lizzie, I love you, but Walking Dead Zombie eyes are just not flattering! Then again, if this becomes a trend, I can toss my concealer!

  • stubbornthoughts

    What the hell is this? Are they separates? I’m so confused.

    I also wish she’d lift her chin when addressing the cameras. Otherwise, she looks like she’s plotting murder.

  • Wink

    Sweet Baby Jesus. No.

  • nannypoo

    I did not realize she had died. And so young.

  • Ginmaru

    That second picture will probably give me nightmares. Kind of like the zombies on Walking Dead got loose on the set of Mad Men.

  • DesertDweller79

    The eye makeup makes her look ill. Or like she was just punched in the face?

    I love the scorpion ring!

  • KayEmWhy

    What’s with the Walking Dead eye makeup? Love that ring.

    • It looks to me like her stylists thought she was going to the finale of The Walking Dead and did her eye make up to suit.. It is not many make up steps from this to a Zombie, I am pretty sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SportifLateBoomer

    Would be super sexy if it was a size up, which is ironic. If Elizabeth Moss is looking lumpy, there’s no hope for the rest of us. The top looks like shapewear to me. Wonder if she’s afraid to breathe in it, hence the sepulchral complexion and crazy eyes. Love the ring and the murky green on the clutch. My dream is to wear Alexander McQueen (just not this one).

  • Kane

    Milla Jovovich has put on some weight…

  • Gatto Nero

    Lizzie’s going for a danger vibe here, but it’s a swing and a miss. Too bad about the fit.
    Her face/lip needs more color.
    Love the ring.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Only the ring.

    • Me too. The ring is solid. The rest makes me really uncomfortable. Don’t love the smokey eye on her.

  • iheartnarwhals

    She reminds me a lot of Gillian Anderson during her time… Always just a bit awkward. So maybe she’ll reverse age and in 20 years will be who every woman wants to be.

  • Trickytrisha

    Is it Halloween?

  • LOVE the skirt- I wish she paired it with a more masculine/ structured white top and pop a color in the shoe or clutch. LOVE the eyes. Why is she so scared of lipstick???

  • Andrea

    It looks kind of like she dressed as Kristen Stewart for Halloween.

  • strawberryshake

    Neither the makeup or the dress flatter (too tight?)

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    Ugh. This makes me unhappy. She looks like a leering wraith.

  • Bad hair. Bad make-up. Bad fit. Three strikes, and you’re out.

  • MissRiss65

    Is it just me, or are her teeth gray? Dyed to match her ensemble?

  • SophieCollier

    Avoid big square shoulders, darling. They make you look like a linebacker with no neck.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Can she breathe??? Lordy, that is TIGHT! All of it!!

  • Fuchsiaforever

    The only beautiful thing are her eyes. For the rest, she needs to go home and start over. :/

  • Thom

    She obviously wanted to scare the photographers this time: in a sick way, I love that photo of her glaring with a smirk. Unfortunately, it all kinda comes together for me as “What if Lydia Deetz went corporate?”

    If she went up a size in the top, put on a shorter, snappier skirt (maybe A-line?)? And by leaving her inner corner bright, but shading with the dark gray to contour the brow-bone to nose, that’d give her smokey eye the same edge with a bit less glower.

    Add some graphic gold accents, preferably in the shoes, and I’d be mostly happy.

    • Bradio311

      “Lydia Deetz went corporate!” ha!

  • holla

    the slit in the skirt looks like a busted seam from being too tight. and no one should see the shape of your navel due to the fact your shirt is too tight.

  • cocohall

    I feel like this is Wednesday from the Munsters all grown up. Troubled child.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I’m a little in love with that clutch. I have a love of things black and spiky.

  • melanie0866

    She looks like that one girl in junior high who smoked cigarettes and dated boys who could drive.

  • TheRealAndra

    Oh. My. Goth! If you’re doing it, break out the black lipstick.

  • Prairie

    I think her eyes look great! They really jump with color, and a spooky under eye smudged look. She loves to go goth.

  • d4divine

    I’ve come to eat your babies!!

  • Sarah Caponigro

    What is her natural hair color?

  • Columbinia

    Addams Family eye makeup and tailored Goth clothes.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Yamma-Mamma it’s Fright Night!

  • Girl, That’s Not Your Face.

    (but, oooo, craving that ring!)