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Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Leighton Meester’s Fringe Appeal


At the premiere of her new film Date Night last night, Leighton Meester wore one of the fringed stunners from Giambattista Valli’s well-received Spring 2010 collection. The front of her dress is a pretty standard Valli super-mini—his fans no less than his models have got legs for days—but the back is a full panel of suede fringe. We love the look, which Meester paired with chunky, multi-strap boots from the much-missed Phi. We happened to sit next to her stylist at a dinner last night, who confided that Meester cleaned up at the label’s 90-percent-off closing sale, where she’d copped the boots and much else besides. He also let drop that she’s scored a pretty sweet invitation to this year’s Costume Institute Gala. She’ll be at the table of one of the most sought-after designers in the business—young, ultracool, and (befitting the evening’s theme) all-American. What do you think? Does Meester make fringe work, or is this a look better left home on the range?

PLUS: Check back later for our full coverage of Date Night‘s NYC premiere.

Photo: Dave Allocca / Startraks Photo



  1. BlondeCoke says:

    Love the shoes though.

  2. MilanaFSA says:

    Yay for the front of the dress, but I’m not sure about those shoes with that dress.

    Milana from

  3. inesarango says:

    I agree with Milana, the dress is great. But she doesn’t make it work because of the shoes.
    Love Leighton anyway.

  4. mercuryloge says:

    i can’t say i am mad about the dress (shape and color), and i am relieved to say i think the same about the dress as originally presented by the marvelous ms. marike leroux – – but i do like the cape idea, and we’ve seen the longer-in-back theme in several spectacular collections recently, of which the fabled nina ricci spring 09 is but one (early?) example – here is a shapelier version of the outfit, sans fringe, that brings out the same coloring better, on chanel iman – the fringe material is quirky, but for a fun occasion it’s fine – here’s one with a voluminous but more traditional use of fringe: perhaps not everyone besides the great kamila filipcikova could pull it off !! \,,/ twitter

  5. fascinationnation says:

    two words: eye concealer.

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