Episode Synopsis: Jenny is back on the Upper East Side (excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little) to scheme, connive, and plot with new bosom buddies Juliet and Vanessa. Meanwhile, Nate and Dan rekindle their bromance, only to find out Serena is playing them both...or is she? Serena is called into the dean's office with--her mom (didn't realize she reverted back to Constance). Blair and Chuck seem to agree on their relationship, then not again. In the midst of all this, Eric and Elliot construct a rather informational Venn diagram for Serena--have a looksie...
There were not a whole lot of wardrobe changes in this episode. If one did not attend the Saints & Sinners Ball then the characters pretty much wore the same outfit ALL episode ::gasp:: like a normal person!
Blair knocked it out of the park this episode. She stayed true to her classic, feminine, fitted style without crossing to the "politician's wife" side. I loved this black lace-printed dress. It fit well, and actually seemed age-appropriate for once!
What made me love this dress even more was the front zip. Can Chuck say "easy access"? ;)
And Blair's cute lingerie...so retro!
Blair only wore this dress for a hot minute before she peeled it off "in mixed company" according to Dorota. Which is too bad because this dress is so perfectly Blair and perfectly perfect for meeting with the Girls, Inc. girls. Blair seemed to realize it is autumn and last week her blue, floral printed dress was a little springy, so she chose brocade and burgundy to complement the season. Nicely done.
Once again, Chuck is dashing. His knack (or Eric Daman's) for combining colors is uncanny. Chuck is wearing more shades of red in this episode than I've ever seen before--maybe to get back to his "devil" side? Whatever the case, I'm digging it.
However...purple will always be Chuck Bass's color. So of course for pre-party prep, he must wear a sumptuous, purple paisley robe.
I must say, I was pretty impressed with Dan's sartorial choices this week. After playing what must have been a grueling game of shooting mini-baskets with Nate (which I think is the most physical activity we've actually seen Dan partake in), he slips on this cool little zip-up. It looks like a soft leather with a great jersey-lined hood. Casual but stylish. Way better than some of the grungy sweatshirts Dan recently has been wearing.
Then waiting for what he thinks is a date with Serena, Dan steps it up another notch! A great jacket over a simple sweater, and I'm loving the gray jeans. Way to go Dan! College boys around Chicago take note.
I just had to include Eric because he looked so freakin' cute sitting there with Elliott surrounded by compasses, protractors, and graph paper. Even though he must have been going through Rufus's closet again, the colors of his plaid shirt are really muted and not too lumberjack looking.
Ugh...Jenny. Seriously, can you just stay in Hudson? I'm sick of seeing your over-processed rat's tail hair and raccoon eyes. Hello, you're not a rodent!
Well it pains me to say this, I really do like Jenny's sweater, but are thigh-high boots really appropriate for popping over to visit your parents?
Here's another look at her outfit, where we can tell she actually has fishnets on with this ensemble. Classy, Jenny, classy. Not. I actually like her boots, but this whole thing together is a little too Pretty Woman--not in a good way.
Ahh Juliet, Queen of the Bland. Navy is at least a little different for her, but this dress is so uninteresting. The necklace does little to spice it up.
Juliet usually wears some form of a boring blazer, so it's nice to see a jacket that's a little tougher with some unique details a.k.a. the hem and zipper.
I hate that Lily only had one outfit the entire episode! However, she doesn't fail--she looks put together, polished, and yet cozy all at once. And looks equally glamorous chatting with Juliet or scolding Serena.
Oh Nate. What can I say? Not much, this is typical fare for our bed-head boy. But...he is experimenting with a different kind of collar (size and color), so props for that.
I love his "fake Serena date" look. So wonderfully messy. Now normally, I would make some comment on how his untucked shirt makes him look too messy, but the wider pinstripe in his jacket is making me just not notice. If I was Serena (which sometimes I wish I was) I would not have stood this up...had I been informed of the little rendezvous.
PROS: No excess cleavage, no bare leg up to her macaron, subtle sequins, good hair, and a great bag (although you can't see it in this pic)
CONS: too much embellishment (Does Serena really need a sequin sweater dress AND a beaded lapel??), and the shape of the blazer with the dress
I guess Serena is slowly working on cultivating a wardrobe that covers herself up? I'm really hoping that's the excuse behind this mess...
It seems like all this scheming is making Vanessa too tired to pile on the accessories. I think she only has 3 or 4 necklaces on (note: they are just plain ol' metal, no crazy wood beads or gems), and 1 pair of rather large earrings (also of the metal variety).
The rest of her outfit isn't anything spectacular, but isn't really offending me either. Honestly, I'm just sick of Vanessa ganging up on Serena--like seriously, I'm sorry the two guys you like(d), like Serena, find a guy that actually likes you (there has to be someone)!