Leighton Meester had two things going for her last night: She was positively glowing and she was wearing an of-the-moment, under-the-radar designer. Unfortunately, the dress was kind of wearing her.
We're all for starlets experimenting with less well-known talents, and in this case Prabal Gurung is a real talent with a lot of buzz. However, much like Becki Newton's ruffled look a couple of weeks back, it is extremely difficult to pull of a piece with an ornate flower expanding over your chest without looking, well, a little goofy. From the side, we'll admit, she looks perfectly chic -- but from the front, having no neck to speak of, she looks rather like someone pasted a big pinwheel-like flower on her.
Then there's the shoes -- those little black ball-shaped adornments aren't taking away from the over-embellished effect.
We should stress, we respect the design, color, and execution of most of the pieces involved in this ensemble -- it's just the whole package on a real-life person that's proving tough to untangle.