Episode Synopsis: Blair goes on a date with Prince Louis, but because of his disapproving parents, they have to keep it low profile. Blair decides the best way to get Louis's advisor, Generic French Guy, off Louis's back is to convince GFG she's with Dan. Serena's stewing over Vanessa's tip from last week, so she has Charlie follow Blair and Dan to get incriminating evidence. Charlie films Blair and Dan's staged kiss and sends it to Gossip Girl. Dan and Blair tell Serena the truth, but she's upset that they've become secret friends, because Blair can't have nice things. Meanwhile, Lily is under house arrest and can't attend the party of the week, so Serena blackmails a woman named Bubbles into moving the party to the Van Der Woodsen's. After lots of Mean Girl-ing at the hands of Anne Archibald, Lily accepts that she's no longer accepted among high socity. Oh, and in the end, Blair and Louis go public. It was a big night on the UES.
I keep wanting to write about Blair's looks through the episode, but all I can think about is that gorgeous Oscar de la Renta she wears to the Pink Party. But I'll try to focus, because this was totally Blair's night of being awesome. I am increasingly sold on Blair and Dan, if for no other reason than they play off each other so well and make the dialogue fun again.
I love this nightgown slip thing. It's a return to the more feminine Blair - definitely better than last week's moping pajamas. It has a very French feel to it, non?
Initially, I was all about the date dress. It's a great shape for her - classic Blair, with the vintage shape of a fitted bodice and poufy skirt. Sure, the back is sheer, and the black bra isn't as subtle as I would expect out of Blair, but I'll let it slide. After all, I wouldn't be shocked if her reasoning was that a sheer dress landed Kate Middleton a prince, so it will definitely work for her.
Then, as I was capping and resizing pictures I spent some time looking at it. It's not just the back that's sheer. The front is, too. That's not a slip, that's a bra.
Oh, Blair. I don't hate the look, and normally I wouldn't be quite so disapproving, but it's just a little obvious for a first date. Especially given that you've got the commoner thing working against you, I doubt the prince's parents would be wild about the sheer top.
This necklace, on the other hand, is absolutely perfect, especially with the dress. Seriously, if not for the visible bra, I would be all about this whole look.
And this coat! Seriously, Blair, you're making it so hard for me to disapprove of the dress because everything around it is so perfect. I love this jacket, it looks so ridiculously comfortable, but it's still very chic. And while I didn't get a good look at the shoes, I'm guessing they're pretty awesome as well.
I had to include this cap, because it's one of my favorite exchanges from the episode: Dorota: This say, sexy and smart.
Blair: No, it says "Let’s get dinner and make a sex tape."
Blair, you were raiding Serena's closet. What else did you expect?
Finally - the Pink Party dress. The best part of the whole outfit was that everything moved really gorgeously - both the coat and the dress were really elegant and moved with Blair. Which I realize you can't see in caps, so you'll have to either watch the episode or take my word for it. It was all just amazing.
A full shot of the dress. The first viewing, I didn't catch that there was a lighter second layer along the hem, which is just so cool and unexpected. This dress may be the most perfectly Blair gown we've seen in a while - very classic, with a very strong Audrey Hepburn vibe. It looks like something straight out of Funny Face or Sabrina.
The bodice was astonishingly well-fitted. Leighton's waist looks tiny in this dress, and the neckline is just perfect. I so hope that she was allowed to keep this dress once filming wrapped. This is not a dress that should be exiled to a costuming warehouse. This is a dress that needs to live in someone's closet, so they can put it on occasionally and just twirl around in front of a mirror.
Okay, I just asked her via Twitter because now I absolutely need to know what has happened to this gorgeous dress.
And the necklace ... it's just perfect. It's Swarovski and out of my price range, but I need to find a knockoff ASAP because it's absolutely gorgeous. It must be mine.
I know, I'm gushing, but Blair's outfit was worthy of gushing. This is grownup Blair, and I love it.
The other girl who got to live out her fantasy was Lily - or, she thought she was , until she realized that you can't be a socialite on house arrest on the UES.
Lily is spending her time under house arrest just like all of us here at You Know You Love Fashion would, if we had her budget: endless online shopping.
She opts for this comfortable looking but not particularly interesting sweater. It's not terrible, but it's beige, and also the sleeves sort of look like they're trying to devour her arms.
Lily does get into the jailbird spirit with some heavy bangles, though. A little bit handcuff, a little bit rock, and completely badass. The boots are great too.
If Blair didn't look absolutely amazing, I would say Lily won Bessed Dressed. She looks gorgeous, and the shape is very distinctly Lily - one-shoulder and body conscious. The color's great, too. If nothing else, the Pink Party was fun because it made everyone wear colors and tones they would never otherwise wear.
I love these shoes and am endlessly impressed that they managed to find nail polish in the exact same color. That's dedication.
Hello, pretty earrings. They were hypnotic when Lily moved her head, because each segment moved independently. I love that even when Lily is wearing something traditional or even matronly (like the sweater from earlier) she always wears younger-feeling jewerly. Compare that with Anne Archibald, who has lovely jewelry, but it's all a little aging, like she can't wait to be a Grand Dame. Lily's still holding on to her youth, but not in a way that feels embarrassing or overt.
Oh, Dan. What have we talked about? That much chest hair in the kitchen violates health codes. You are wearing a v-neck sweater, don't you want to throw on a crew neck Hanes under it? Otherwise, it's a little ... Eurotrashy. And it's just a lot of chest hair.
Cute. I didn't mean you should throw on an absurdly large scarf. I was just asking for an undershirt. How cold does your neck get, that you need to wrap it in six feet of scarf?
Blair forces Dan to button up the chest hair for the Pink Party. She does have a knack for making him clean up well.
Daniel, we have to talk about this hair. You're not Jesse St. James, you're not Mr. Bingley from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Get that side curl thing in check. It's distracting.
I will give credit where credit is due, though: Dan looks smoking hot in his white dress shirt.
I mean, wow. Prince who?
Oh, right. This guy.
Is it just me, or does he kind of look like Dan? Not through the jaw, but from the nose up, he has a bit of a Penn Badgley look. I noticed it in this shot, and once I saw it, Prince Louis's wardrobe started to make a lot more sense to me.
Like this jacket. It's not tailored, it's military inspired - it's lacking the clean lines you'd expect from someone who presumably has an on-call tailor.
And what he's wearing underneath isn't much better. A plaid button up? Why does that feel so familiar ...?
He dresses like the French Dan.
Then again, at least Dan had the good sense to wear a tie to the Pink Party. I don't care that he has a pink pocket square, the only other character who didn't wear a tie was Rufus. Having anything in common with Rufus sartorially is a bad, bad sign.
I fully expect to find out next week that Louis is actually the prince of the European equivalent of Williamsburg. At least that would explain why the man can't be bothered to wear a tie to a charity event.