Five Minutes with Leighton Meester
Spotted: Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf, aka Leighton Meester, sipping Champagne at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop club last week. She was there to support the December release of You Know You Want It: Style-Inspiration-Confidence (Clarkson Potter), a sartorial how-to by Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman. “Style should be fluid and fun—it’s 20 percent fashion and 80 percent confidence,” said Daman. While Serena, Chuck, Dan et al were stuck on set, Meester, dressed in a Marios Schwab frock and Gucci booties, showed up fashionably late. Amid pop beats and pastel macaroons, Meester (who wrote the foreward to the book) shared some words of fashion wisdom.
What’s your favorite part about the book?
It’s really well illustrated and it helps you break it down and put it all together. Even I need help with that. You can go shopping a million times and have everything in your closet, but if you don’t know how to put it all together you end up just standing there.
How has your style evolved through the Gossip Girl years?
Before I started this show I lived in L.A. and I definitely have developed, because of the show and being around Eric, a love of fashion. But fashion means nothing if you don’t have a sense of personal style. He has definitely broadened my horizons and made my taste very specific to myself.
Has fashion ever been intimidating to you?
No, never. My mother always had a great sense of style. I always looked up to her. Ever since the show I can differentiate between the character and myself. It gave me a launching point to develop my own sense of style. I have Eric to thank for that.
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