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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

21 Nov

It is a week of very little color from “Out of the Box” but black doesn’t have to mean safe or boring on the red carpet as this roundup demonstrates. The award season tiptoeing continues with contenders upping their style game and here are some of the best looks.

Jennifer AnistonInStyle hosted a screening of Jennifer Aniston’s Cake and she turned up wearing an outfit that steps out of her usual LBD territory embracing the ultimate fall pattern with plaid. This is also a really great coat and while it doesn’t venture too far from her style wheelhouse, this is a cool and relaxed look.

Leighton Meester and Gillian JacobsI heart these two so hard and Life Partners is high on my must see list, plus they both look so happy and super cute at the LA premiere. Leighton Meester does monochrome with a twist once again this time in Cushnie et Ochs and the splash of color with the green clutch and red lipstick works wonders. A J. Mendel navy strapless lace dress with a fitted bodice has Gillian Jacobs continuing down the darker dress route with a twist. Red crimson nail polish and strappy heels are a fun way to finish off this ensemble.

Matthew Goode and Allen LeechThe Imitation Game cast looks just as good in red carpet attire as they do in their code breaking costumesThe Good Wife’s Matthew Goode and soon to be Downton Abbey co-star (for the Christmas special) Allen Leech are both rather dashing all suited and booted at the New York premiere this week.

Charles DanceCharles Dance was also in attendance at this Imitation Game premiere looking cool as fuck. He’s working the polka dot scarf and serving up dapper realness.

James McAvoyIt’s not just award show pre-gaming as the BAFTA Scotland Awards took place on Sunday and James McAvoy took home Best Actor for Filth. He’s another suit wearing standout and his wife Anne-Marie Duff (who is excellent in everything she appears in) is one of the black dress/red lipstick stunners this week. I might have gone for a bolder shoe choice; maybe gold, but it could have come across as too matchy matchy with that fantastic clutch.

Leighton Meester Covers Nylon: Talks Post Gossip Girl Projects

28 Oct

Recently I have found myself contemplating a Gossip Girl rewatch with Leighton Meester being one of the main reasons for this hankering (the other things being the clothes, music and noting all the times Dan is surprised by something Gossip Girl does). Meester has been busy after taking off the Queen B crown; she recently finished Of Mice and Men on Broadway and her new album Heartstrings came out this week. Plus a couple of movies with Like Sunday, Like Rain and Life Partners (starring another TV Ate My Wardrobe favorite – Gillian Jacobs) and Meester is covering the November issue of Nylon (on newsstands November 4) to promote these various projects.

Leighton MeesterIt’s a typical Nylon selection of clothes on the cover with all the patterns, fabrics and colors and while the star furry vest is giving me Independence Day feelings – this is the America Issue which I guess is where the star spangled vest and striped top come in – giving it a somewhat summery in tone, however the red is rather autumnal and it makes me want to reach for my favorite red lipstick (MAC Russian Red).

In the issue Meester talks about why she has pursued a variety of things post Gossip Girl citing how young she was when it started “once it was over, I wanted to do things that were more exciting and challenging and more memore my adult taste. Of course, that’s said with nothing but gratitude and love for that experience in that time of my life.” There’s also talk of the kind of roles Meester is interested in which explore characters who are “flawed, real human beings” and sadly “the roles of women standing alone on their own as whole, real, full people are few and far between.”

During Meester’s Of Mice and Men run she wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post in response to the reactions she saw during most performances and looking at why the audience is so unsympathetic to her character’s plight. It is a thoughtful well reasoned piece which discusses misogyny and what it feels like to be on stage night after night playing a character who people laugh at when tragedy befalls them. Meester has long been an inspiring actress going way beyond her Blair Waldorf headband appeal and if anyone from that cast was to do a lifestyle website I wish it had been her.

Watch the trailer for Life Partners and hear the excellent title track from Leighton Meester’s new album below. For the full interview and more photos pick up a copy of Nylon on November 4 (available from both digital and physical newsstands).


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