Episode Synopsis: Rachel, Corn Queen and Teacher Nemesis Extroardinaire, takes her war with Blair to another level with her newest idea--no cell phones in school. Blair and the Constance Minions fire back with a salvo that might destroy all the Queen B holds dear. Chuck wakes up from his own Eyes Wide Shut experience and enlists the not-so-helpful Nate and Vanessa to assist him in tracking down the masked woman he cavorted with the night before.
We open with Blair finishing her community service picking up trash in Central Park, and I'm reminded of convicts who do similar work on the side of the highways. Only, instead of a bright orange jumpsuit, Blair dons this orange double-breasted coat with a very flattering empire waist.
And I love the extra buckle detail on the back.
Underneath, Blair naturally has on one of her fabulous school "uniforms".
Or rather, it's fabulous from the waist up. Blair's cream cardigan complete with navy blue bow-tie is charming, but the bulky, ill-fitting blue brocade skirt isn't.
Blair wears some really beautifully vibrant colors this episode. I don't like the overt shininess of this top, but the color is sumptuous...much like her "I'm not a convict" orange coat.
And then what does she do? She hits it out of the park by pairing it with this gorgeous deep teal coat.
Even her devastation over losing Yale to Nelly Yuki doesn't stop Blair from scheming or from looking her best.
You can only figure out just how depressed she is by the droopiness of her brunette waves, but as usual she does no wrong with her cream and navy embellished shell and cardigan set.
Blair's adversary, the sickly sweet Rachel Carr, actually dresses somewhat similiar to the Queen B, except that she lacks Blair's knack for color and details.
This simple ivory blouse with gold buttons isn't so bad, except when Rachel pairs it with this bland khaki skirt straight from some Midwest mall:
You'd think adding some color would help the situation, but...no. The one color she boasts all episode is this violet sweater with oversized sleeves, but even then it's not quite the jewel tone she's looking for. The fit is just unfortunate, making her flat where she should be curvy, and vice versa.
But, maybe this is just conservative daytime wear? You might assume that she dresses up a bit more at night, right?
You know what they say about assuming. When the sun goes down Rachel gets out the bland argyle.
Harold is his usual dapper self, rocking the argyle in a way Miss Carr can't. It's perfection with a blue and gray sweater, complete with plaid pants.
In fact, Harold seems to greatly enjoy plaid pants, as he chooses another pair for the Constance-St. Jude teacher's meeting.
Love the mixed patterns here--you can definitely see why Blair digs Chuck's wardrobe, considering what she's used to at home.
The Mean Girls have taken a page out of the book of their namesakes, except instead of wearing pink on Wednesdays, I bet you the Constance girls have a conference call every morning to decide their uniform for the day.
Brightly colored coats. I especially love Nelly Yuki's sunny yellow with the exaggerated frog closures. And how gorgeous does Penelope look in that shade of purple?
After their cell phones are confiscated by Miss Carr, the Mean Girls are more than on board with Blair's plan of Shock and Awe.
It's too bad that what's really shocking here is Isabel's hideous orange ruffled sweater. On the other hand, Penelope and Nelly deport themselves admirably, opting for simple clean lines and more bright colors. The Mean Girls, Isabel especially, need to favor a more streamlined approach. Perhaps they can take a cue from Nelly, with her simple navy tie and subtly detailed gold cardigan. Topped off with some gold cat-eye glasses, she's purrr-fection. (Sorry, can't resist a good fashion pun.)