Episode Synopsis:It was an episode of schemes this week. Blair schemes to achieve a perfect performance review - going so far as to attempt to pimp Chuck out to relieve Epperly's stress. When Chuck declines, Nate (who, it turns out, loves The Sound of Music) takes his best friend's place and abandons his beloved pool table for a day.
Raina and Russell scheme to buy Bass Industries, but a certain Bass schemes to make Raina fall in love with him, in order to save Bass Industries.
Dan, Eric, and Damien scheme to get rid of Ben, who has taken up residence in the Humphrey loft. Lily isn't around to cause trouble this episode, leaving Serena and Ben to confront their true feelings for each other (or B may be right - as per usual - and Serena could be more in love with the idea of Ben than Ben…). Rufus is around, but besides playing a minor role in giving Ben a room, he just wears sweaters and eats cereal. Florence and the Machine also made an appearce, performing a stunning acoustic of Cosmic Love.
I like this outfit. In theory. B's ruffled canary silk de la Renta blouse has gorgeous unfinished edges and pairs nicely with the skirt and cardigan. But paired with the pleating in her cardigan, it's too much and simply unflattering. This goes for the Bensoni skirt as well - the sectioning and stripes aren't doing her any favors.
B won best outfit this week, and I have to agree with Jen. The camel coat is also Bensoni (from Fall 2010, I believe), and I just adore the slightly puffed shoulder and fuller skirt. The buttons are a nice touch, too. I absolutely love her mahogany leather gloves. And that scarf? Ooh, red and dark purple ombre. J'adore. (Also - I have found a new way to tie my scarves…)
Too much red in this outfit. Her Marc Jacobs clutch is a nice break from all the red (red lips, red dress, red coat). Would've preferred a black coat instead - and perhaps with more shape?
I may have squealed when I spotted this Versus (Fall 2010) dress on Blair - I coveted from the moment I saw it on the runway. It's a shame you can't see the full dress, because it really is lovely. I've included a picture of Versus' model in the dress below. Just pretend it's Blair. And the fabric is far less garish in real life.
I do take issue with her necklace, however. It's a lovely piece, but the halter neck of the dress obstructs it from lying properly. It's awkward and slightly hovering on top of the dress' neckline instead.
(image courtesy of style.com)
I really hope Blair steps it up sartorially once starting her new job. The loose silk top would be gorgeous if paired with a black pencil skirt and without the beige Valentino cardigan. Speaking of the cardigan, the weird ribbing and bulky fabric (plus those ugly tulle shoulder flowers) adds unnecessary bulk and just looks weird.
Also, brocade Theory shorts. Who thought to make high-waisted shorts in a beige brocade fabric? They match my table runner exactly.
Only Chuck Bass would wait around for a girl in polka-dotted silk pyjamas and a paisley robe,complete with red pocket square.
I prefer him in Blair's robe (and bed).
Anyone else agree with me?
I dub this episode, "The One Where Chuck Makes Funny Faces". (I'm on a Friends kick, hence the titles). Case in point: his quasi-awkward nervous laugh after turning around to see Raina and his (and Blair's) expression upon seeing Epperly and Nate. I didn't even try to capture them in these screencaps, I swear. It just happened.
See? His facial expressions make up for the barely intriguing ensemble. Pink plaid, navy paisley, pink pocket square…nothing new here.
More funny facial expressions! His double-breasted coat may look a bit like Nate's, but it's sharp tailoring is so Chuck Bass.
At first glance, a boring black suit. Upon a closer look, a polka-dotted pocket square and striped-patterned tie. But am I the only one who thinks the picture on the right is hilarious?
There wasn't a funny expression in which he wore this (yawn-worthy) suit. Je suis désolé, mes amies.
(Side note: Lots of polka dots and paisley for Chuck this episode.)
A friend and I were discussing the fact that we may actually prefer Vanessa (I know - I'm cringing as I type this) over Raina. How can this be possible?
Vanessa: Bad hair, too much jewellery. Boho-chic-without-the-chic wardrobe.
Raina: Bad hair, obnoxious jewellery. Shiny, tight, revealing (in other words, Serena-style) dresses. Unconventional fur (or velour?) hat. Carries python.
Too tight dress with far too low a neckline (I almost feel like I should be censoring the right pic). Like the ruffles, though.
Python (shudder) bag. Velour/fur beret - the fact that I can't tell if it's fur (I'm going to guess chinchilla) or velour is frightening in itself. But her coat is a lovely color and the sharp, almost masculine cut is a testament to her position at Thorpe Enterprises.
A too-shiny slip that bypasses luxe and heads straight for gaudy.
I, for one, am impressed she managed to wear that slip under that skintight navy dress of hers.
I'll stop harping about the shiny fabric and concentrate on two things instead: a) the odd cut (the neckline and angle of the sleeves are not flattering) coupled with the odder folding & draping in the front. And b) the mess of black stones masquerading as a necklace.
I do like the soft dove grey and lucite buttons of her coat. But her over-processed, almost plasticky-looking hair earns her another point in the bad hair category.
Giant amber earrings she could have borrowed from Lily. Her dress is too tight and pulls in unflattering areas.
(I rest my case.)
A rather mundane wardrobe from the CEO of Thorpe Enterprises, which means he gets one compilation of pictures rather than multiple separate pictures. I would run out of words otherwise.
I will give him this: the man knows how to match without being overly matchy.