Episode Synopsis: Blair and Chuck finally begin their war of attrition in earnest, going full-on Cruel Intentions, and sucking in real estate savior Vanessa into their games. At the opposite end of their spectrum, Nate and Dan have become full-blown BFFs--at least until Dan discovers that Nate's been keeping a huge secret from everyone. Jenny stays home and well. . .pretends to be a fashion designer, while Rufus skulks around in plaid shirts. The Bass der Woodsen family experiences some growing pains when Bart lays down the law for Serena. As for Lily, we finally discover that the worst mothers aren't found on Toddlers and Tiaras or Teenage Mom, but on the UES.
Lily van der Woodsen is the epitome of the UES Stepford Wife--fabulous clothes and disgruntled children included.
Love the texture of this outfit--the rich brocade wool of Lily's dark blue cardigan and the muted gold chunky jewelry.
The texture on this dress doesn't work nearly as well. The basket weave trim gives unnecessary bulk to Lily's slim figure, though her hair is undoubtedly fierce and j'adore the the turquoise earrings, necklace and bracelet set.
The housewarming party she throws for her new family is where she goes truly off the rails, though.
The dress itself isn't too awful, though the shaping is odd, and I don't like the origami bow tacked onto the bodice. However, the color is nice. It's only when we scan up past her neck that we see the real problem with this look.
I've mentioned before on this blog the fabulousness of Lily's chignons. This is the first one I've seen on her that fails on multiple levels. The loose, mussy look is all wrong both for her general style and for the specific style of the dress she's wearing. I can't even talk about those earrings; they're beyond tacky.
And then we see the real issue. Lily's hairdresser apparently forgot to take out the can she used to curl Lily's hair.
By now, we're pretty famillar with Bart Bass' style: classic suits, meticulously fitted, with muted shirts and ties.
I do like the blue checks of the shirt, and the way the red of his tie pops.
But this is all generic Bart Bass fare. While he might be many things (real estate tycoon, billionaire, neglectful father, overbearing step-father) "style innovator" isn't one of them.
Little Eric is all grown up and has a boyfriend that isn't also a boyfriend of Jenny's. Super cute striped sweater--love the dark blue and maroon accents.
This is still generic dressup attire for Eric, but he's beginning to break out of the mold a bit with the gray and white stripe pattern of his shirt. Maybe a bit of the Bass dapper gene is beginning to rub off on him.
It's Dan 2.0! Oh wait. That's actually Eric's boyfriend, Jonathan. Whoops, my bad.
Serena acts out in a major way this episode, chafing under the strict rules that Bart tries to enforce. However, after you hear the way she and Eric spent their childhood, you can't help but feel sympathy for the blond beauty.
Even though this cardigan is clearly sequinned and is therefore clearly too much to wear to school, I still love the way it picks up the blue in both Serena's loose plaid tie and her pleated plaid skirt. The steel blue, almost lavender, shade is very flattering with her coloring.
I've said it before, and I'll say it agian. Nobody does a ponytail like Serena Van der Woodsen.
Of course, for lounging at home, Serena dresses in a midnight blue silk negligee. Appropriate? Not quite. Stunning? Absolutely.
Serena has worn a number of crazy inappropriate looks during the course of Gossip Girl. Is this next outfit the worst thing she's worn on the show? It's debatable but it definitely deserves to be included in the conversation.
From the waist up, it's not so bad, and I do like the show-stopping tangerine color. Of course, she is showcasing her two favorite accessories, but that's pretty normal for Serena.
It's the full-body shot that really pushes this look into another realm.
And it's definitely a trashy realm.
I know you're trying to be risque, Serena, but this is a bit much, even for you. Go with short and tight or cleavage-barring, but not all three at once. Then again, her M.O. was "shock the stepfather" and she did succeed in that quest.
I don't really like this uber-patterned, tie-dyed montrosity any better, but the goods are mostly covered up, which is a vast improvement.
For the housewarming, Bart brings Serena a suit from France, but I don't think he meant for her to wear it like this.
It it Serena or is it Erin Brockovich? When you're wearing a $5,000 suit and you can't tell, that's a problem.