Episode Recap: Serena is still in LA pretending to be a lowely production assistant. Despite buying pot for the now-sober male lead of the movie, Serena somehow lands a promotion, so she might be staying west of the Hudson for a while. Nate, Chuck, and their yacht are also in LA. Chuck spends the episode being manically reckless, while Nate ends up bedding a much older woman (Elizabeth Hurley). Pretty standard for those two. Back on the UES, Blair is fighting a losing battle with Princess Sophie for control of the wedding. Louis won't stand up to his mother, because that would cause conflict and he's far too boring for that. This sends Blair into crazy-must-destroy-everything mode, and she nearly calls off the engagement to run away with Dan (who has learned that his book is going to be published, complete with top-secret Blair information). But the most important thing is that our suspicions from last spring were confirmed...our little Blair Bear is with cub.
Poor Blair has finally realized why the only mothers in fairy tales are wicked stepmothers.
My favorite thing about this scene is Leighton's posture: she's totally hunched over, Jenny Humphrey-style. She's frustrated and a little petulant, and also totally defeated. She is, however, wearing a really cute dress. I love the cut of the dress on her, and I don't even mind the random hip handkerchief. I can't figure out the pattern, though. Are those flags? Is she that excited to go to the UN? And seriously, why is she so excited to go to the UN? The girl grew up on the UES, I have a hunch she's been around a few dignitaries before.
Also, B, skirt's a little short for a future princess. If you're trying to keep your pregnancy a secret, you might want to go with a hemline that falls below your uterus. Just saying.
Blair might be all about committed relationships, but I have a theory that her hair hates monogamy.
Whenever she's in a relationship, her hair becomes dull and lifeless.
Look at that hair. It is sad hair. Remember how, in Free Willy, Willy's bent dorsal fin was a sign that he was depressed? It's just like that, only replace "bent dorsal fin" with "dry, overprocessed and flat hair."
Of course, as soon as she starts to consider breaking up with Louis, her hair springs to life again. It's like the follicular version of Barney Stinson.
Her wardrobe, however, remains unsullied (for now). This dress was, hands-down, my favorite dress of the episode.
I love the flower print and the structured bodice, and the full skirt is a classic retro-Blair shape. I will say, though, her clothes are awfully tight for a woman who's six weeks pregnant.
Oh, the UN dress. I'm so conflicted on this one. On the one hand, her hair and makeup are absolutely gorgeous. She is wearing sassy pink shoes. I will be dreaming about her necklace for years. She looks like a princess. Green is a great color on Leighton, and she doesn't get to wear it often enough.
On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that the pattern on the dress was inspired by the wallpaper in a Tiki bar. This is a sticking point for me - every time I start to think "Well, the dress does do a nice job of being full without fluffy," another voice chimes in with, "But seriously, what's up with the palm fronds?" Then I'm just left feeling confused and scared.
I was really expecting Sophie's wedding dress to be awful, but I have to say ... if you're going to be sentenced to wearing royal hand-me-downs, you could do a lot worse than this dress.
It's way more modern than most of the standard puffy wedding dresses out there. Although, this dress will not be near as forgiving when she's five months pregnant at the wedding. Given Princess Sophie's insistence that Blair carry carnations because it's "tradition," I can't wait to see how she reacts to a royal shotgun wedding.
Mother of the bride Eleanor has finally stopped dressing like she's the mother of the bride.
Gone are the shiny grey tops, replaced by boardroom-appropriate button downs and slacks. It's still not what you'd expect out of a world-rewnowned fashion designer, but at least it's a step up. The top is nothing special, but I do love how it pairs with her chunky chain link necklace.
Again, nothing special, but at least Eleanor's wearing colors. The yellow top has potential, and if it weren't so ill-fitting I'd be raving about it. But, as fellow YKYLF staffer Lesley-Anne would say, golf claps for wearing a yellow top.
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Sorry, just the sight of Louis puts me to sleep. If the Humphrey men have boring wardrobes, Louis's wardrobe is the equivalent of watching paint dry. A light, neutral button down, possibly with a checkered print? Yup. Khakis or stiff, never-been-worn jeans? Yup. About as much character development as a Disney prince? Yup. The only reason to include him was because I can't get over how poorly his clothes are tailored.
Louis is really going crazy with this powder blue sportcoat. All I have to say is, it's a good thing that Chuck's on the other coast at the moment, because Chuck's neckerchief would put Louis's Dad jeans to shame.
Really, Louis? You're a freaking prince. Buy a tux that fits. That poor jacket is being drawn and quartered. It's just cruel. And press your pants. Forget the fact that you're a prince - you're engaged to Blair Waldorf. That alone is reason enough to press your pants and hire a competent tailor.
No. Bad Princess. Bad. No greys.
And finally, the Humphrey men. I'm grouping them together because ... well, Rufus and Dan are beginning to dress even more alike.
I have to say, Rufus is looking pretty trim. Lily's house arrest has been good for him, apparently. And Dan's t-shirt might not be anything special, but he looks good. Different. At first I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but then ...
DAN WAXED HIS CHEST. There is no shag carpetting creeping out of his buttondown. I don't have anything against chest hair, but it was getting to be a bit much. And again, loving the yellow. The button-up style works on Dan - for starters, the shirt fits him. Then again, he's not a prince, so maybe he's allowed to wear oxfords that fit.