She was the impeccably well dressed high school bitch that we all knew and loved. Whether she was strutting down the halls of Constance equipped with her chic headband and enviable clique; or making-out with Chuck Bass in the backseat of a limousine (classy), the fashion she gave to us mere mortals deprived of an Upper East Side zip code was beyond legendary. Even though the storylines and overall concept of the show turned stale around the season three mark, the fashion persisted to go from strength to strength and here at CUB we are honouring the high fashion veteran that is Ms. Blair Waldorf.
Look One: Burberry
I ask you ladies and gentleman has a trench coat ever looked this desirable. Taken from a dream sequence in season one’s ‘The Blair Bitch Project’ (what a beautiful pun) our heroine re-enacts a classic scene from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Even in the pouring rain her hair and make up remain flawless, whilst the iconic Burberry trench coat dominates this simple yet effortless look. Just look at her face in the third picture, doesn’t she look like a happy stylish bunny.
Look Two: Marchesa
When you’re arguably Manhattan’s elitist teen your prom dress is never going to be an ordinary affair. This Marchesa ball gown for example, showcased in the season two finale ‘Valley Girls’ is perfect Queen B material, powerful enough to banish all other prom dresses out of sight. The show’s stylist Eric Daman amps the dramatics by crowning Blair prom queen with this stunning gold, floral tiara. Even though Chuck fixed the votes in order for Blair to win, it is clear that no one deserves this title more than our sultry swan-esque Manhattan princess.
Look Three: Nanette Lepore
Season four was perhaps the golden age of Blair’s fashion reign. Whilst transferring universities; landing a job at W magazine; being the victim of an abduction and getting engaged to the Prince of Monaco… (Catches breath); you bet your bottom dollar B faced it all looking flawless. One of these beautiful moments happened in the fifth episode ‘Goodbye Columbia’ where Blair modelled this ultra summery look, consisting of a Nanette Lepore dress, Nancy Gonzalez bag and the iconic Tiffany & Co key necklace. The exhibitionist style print of the dress is a cool spin on the traditional floral trend – trust Blair to be one cut above the first.
Look Four: Oscar de la Renta
For all you girls out there interning and getting that essential work experience, take note from Waldorf on how to make a stylish impression. Spotted in the fourteenth episode of the season ‘Panic Roommate’ our Manhattan socialite has taken up her new post at W magazine in style. This canary yellow Oscar de la Renta blouse is paired beautifully with a Bensoni zig-zag print skirt to create mix and match perfection. The look is given a cosy autumnal touch with a beige Alberta Ferretti coat; whilst the structured reptilian print Cayman bag provides a sharp structured finish.
Look Five: Victoria Beckham
No one can design a structured, peplum dress as skilfully as Victoria Beckham, I repeat no one. This dress, showcased in the fifth episode of season five ‘The Fasting and the Furious’, symbolised Waldorf maturing into a savvy businesswoman. This new bold perspective fits perfectly into Beckham’s personal desire to make women feel empowered when stepping into one of her chic creations. Hence, the structuring of the dresses alongside the sexy signature zip at the back is enough to make any woman feel ready to rule the world. It’s no surprise that our Queen B has been spotted in various designs from VB’s earliest collections.
Look Six: Elie Saab
The last ever episode of Gossip Girl was somewhat of an emotional affair as the realisation that we would no longer have our daily dose of high society fierceness had finally sunk in. Plus when added to the revelation that little old Dan Humphrey was the sassy stalker Gossip Girl, it’s pretty obvious the entire fandom went into meltdown mode. However, in true B style our fashion icon bowed out with pure glamour and grace. Looking like something fresh out of a fairy tale book, Elie Saab once again achieves magic with this icy blue embellished gown. The ‘Arielle’ Swarovski headband, designed by Jennifer Behr, the genius behind 98% of Waldorf’s headpieces, is the perfect nod to the mischievous girl who set the headband trend on fire. Even Serena’s bedazzled Christian Louboutin heels cannot steal the spotlight from the original Upper East Side style icon.
I don’t know about you but that certainly brought back a surge of nostalgia! So whilst I dig out the good old box sets and begin my GG marathon, I leave you with some of my favourite Blair-isms.