Episode Synopsis: It’s the morning after the White Party, and time for our motley crew to return to the multi-million megaplexes they call home. Marcus is captivated by Blair, who is busy lying through her teeth to impress him and not be blackballed by Chuck, who is attempting to sabotage her with the help of Duchess Catherine, who is sleeping with Nate, whose attention is being begged by Vanessa, who has given up stalking Dan now he and Serena are making out like it’s season one all over again. Everyone is sleeping with everyone else, and it's dirty and beautiful. Let’s roll on with the show...
Now out of the Bassian Desert and free to frolic where she wishes, Blair sticks to a strict palette of colours – yellow, cream, orange – this episode, and looks citrusy and sweet all hour long.
While taking a bike ride with her British beau, she rocks a yellow and ivory ruffled blouse and wide leg, high-waisted deep orange shorts. Utterly adorable, and oh so appropriate.
See what I meant about the palette?
B tries to give herself some polish with a classy back to school party – I don’t understand it either, but at least her party planning outfit is lovely! This dress has a fab layering effect, with the bow front waistcoat rising from a neat orange skirt with pockets. A matching scarf ties back her hair, and that one blue bracelet adds cute colour contrast.
For all the racing around she does this episode – entertain Marcus, school Chuck, scold Serena – Blair certainly seems very relaxed, on the surface at least. I love her almost messy hairstyle, accessorised with a simple pearl band; the real star of the show, however, is that dress. Cream and black printed and topped with a bow, it is parfait (either that or B looks like a parfait in it...)
Returning victorious from her endeavours, the soon to be Lady B dons a pale blue babydoll and pink head wrap to spend the night with her BFF.
Now, onto Serena: Blake Lively can literally pull off anything, and this simple slip is not exception. It’s ivory, it clings, and it has the barest of black ornamentation on the shoulders. Uncomplicated and alluring, that’s our S.
Back in the Hamptons, she turned up the allure for the benefit of a certain Humphrey. Her blue and black vest top may be straightfoward enough, but if you allow your eyes to drift lower...Daisy Dukes for our very own Daisy Buchanan. Well played, Serena.
This look, however, says less Fitzgerald heroine, more Dora the Explorer. What is that thing on her top half? It looks like a surplus parachute to me, so I’m not even going to try to understand it. The really unfathomable thing, however, is why someone as fashion savvy as S would wear white bootcut jeans. White bootcut jeans hardly look good on anyone. White bootcut jeans should, in this recapper's humble opinion, be banned.
Oh dear God, they have creases.
White bootcut jeans with creases.
Thank God, Serena’s fashion sense rises from the grave for Blair’s party. She dons this beautiful deep blue patterned maxi dress with deep V-neck to show off her *ahem* best assets, and adds a boho twist with long loose pearls and tousled hair with a few cute braids. She is even (though you can’t see them) wearing gladiator sandals. Speaking of those assets, though...
This lady’s milkshake brings Nate Archibald to the yard.
I’ve never liked Duchess Beaton, what with her cougar tendencies and over-styled hair, but she certainly knows how to mix colours. This summer dress would be completely boring in pale yellow and black, but the little pops of white and mint green sell it to me.
This dress = ought to be mine. The light chiffony fabric suffers a little from a heavy splash print, but is more than redeemed by those translucent sleeves and chic black accents. Add a simple black belt, and Catherine looks cool, scary, and rather attractive.
And if there weren’t enough women in Nate’s life already, here’s his mother, wearing shades similar to the Duchess!
At least now we know where Nate gets his addiction to blue from – that wraparound visor really makes Mrs Archibald’s eyes pop. Question, though: if you can get rubber gloves that look like silk, why does an Upper East Sider own such an icky pair of gardening gloves?
We get a brief appearance from the littlest cast member this episode, and Jenny hits it out of the park in a deep orange and navy tribal summer dress, her pink pendant sweetly clashing. It’s nice to remember that once upon a time, she looked like this, so let’s enjoy her summer glow and sincere smile while they last.