Episode Synopsis: Blair Waldorf has her macarons, Serena her parade of unsuitable men, Chuck his prostitutes, Rufus his records, Lily her art. Jenny covets the crown and Vanessa lusts after every piece of ugly costume jewelry in New York. All our characters have their guilty pleasures, but Gossip Girl’s seems to be Thanksgiving.
Eleanor goes Mommy Dearest and cancels Harold's flight to New York, so Blair has a pie-fueled bulimic meltdown. We find that the Archibalds have never exactly been happy, but things have gone downhill since last year. Nate and Blair used to be lovey-dovey, and apparently Chuck was never in the picture. Dan’s crush on Serena definitely isn’t new, and Jenny used to wear adorable pigtails. Rufus and Lily had a love affair back in the day and as a result, Allison Humphrey wouldn’t mind shoving Lily into the oven.
Since it’s the holidays and that’s the season of selflessness and giving, and because Eric Daman went hog wild with the number of costume changes this episode, I’m gifting each family with their very own post!
First, let’s check in with Eleanor, the grande dame of the Waldorfs, as she attempts to better her previous, rather piss poor, attempts at fashion.
It’s not a black or cream, which is a small, extremely, hesitant movement in the right decision. However, it’s still a neutral. Does the woman own a piece of clothing that isn’t gray or black or white? Or shiny? I think all these shiny pieces that Eric Daman persists in dressing her in must be from a misguided concept that shiny = expensive and luxurious. Unfortunately for him (but more unfortunately for Eleanor), the opposite is in fact true. This looks cheap. Again.
But then we see Eleanor as dressed for Thanksgiving last year, and suddenly everything makes sense.
This is about a billion of Bart’s many dollars better. Color! Pattern! The jacket is beautiful on her, fits her perfectly, and brightens up her entire face. Her makeup looks fresh, and unlike the present day, she didn’t just pile her hair on her head and stick a few bobby pins in it. I think I’m probably not alone in thinking the Eleanor of last year would be far more interesting to watch.
But wait! Perhaps she was inspired by this quick peep into history, because for Thanksgiving dinner itself, Eleanor decides to dig out an old dress from her closet. A pre-divorcee dress, we could say.
Still a dark color, but navy is better than black any day. And the bead detailing on the yoke and sleeves is beautifully done. This is an expensive looking dress that a fashion maven such as Eleanor might wear. It’s even age-appropriate without looking matronly. And she brushed her hair before she piled it up!
We finally meet the elusive Mr. Harold Waldorf, best known for running off to Paris with a male model and leaving his ex-wife to eye lifts, stringent diets, and one of the most dismal wardrobes known to man.
Sadly, Harold does not return for the current Thanksgiving. As we glimpse him from last year, we comprehend why Blair acts the way she does—she loves her father and misses him desperately. Also, it becomes clear why Blair has such a tendre for Chuck Bass...
Behold, an outfit Chuck would be proud to wear. Harold has color (pink!) and pattern (checks! argyle!) going on in his ensemble. He's adorable, and even more so with the floral printed apron.
Even Dorota gets into the Thanksgiving spirit, donning this slightly modified version of her typical uniform:
Can I get a big awwwwww for Dorota throwing herself wholeheartedly into Meess Blair’s favorite holiday?
As for Miss Blair herself, Eric Daman shows us how much she’s grown up over the last year. It’s not been an easy year for her, and you can see the innocence vs. experience vibe. Like this ensemble:
Very cute, yes, but she’s clearly still a girl. The turtleneck, the childish romper, the plaid coat, even the silver bow pendant—the entire outfit smacks of artless innocence.
They’ve even made her hairstyle and headband appear young. Present day Blair wears a headband like a weapon; this girl wore one because it looked pretty.
This is still a young-ish looking dress, but that makes sense because at this point in the episode, she believes that her father is coming home for Thanksgiving. But there are definitely subtle changes advertising that she’s now a woman. The sleeves are slit almost up to the shoulder, she’s no longer letting her hair hang loose and unstyled, and she’s even learning to mix patterns in a more sophisticated way.
As for Blair’s actual dinner attire, this is where Eric Daman hits it out of the park.
Still empire-waisted, but you would never catch present day Blair wearing a dress this unsophisticated. She still loves bows, but this big floppy, loose bow on the bodice is so young, and makes Leighton Meester look incredibly youthful.
It’s undeniable a cute dress, but that’s all it is. A cute dress to wear to make your boyfriend think you’re cute.
Contrast the above with this:
I think it’s safe to say Blair Waldorf is done being cute.
Present-day Blair is like an onion. Not only will she make you cry, she also has layers to her, as reflected in her clothing choices and personality.
The dress itself is almost ugly, with too much lace, and a pooch in the front that kind of makes her look pregnant. But Blair has clearly learned how to accessorize, and she makes the most of the otherwise boring dress:
This isn’t boring at all. Suddenly there’s not too much beige lace, thanks to that adorable tweed capelet, and those hot black lace tights paired with such dainty heels. It’s a very iconic “Blair” look.