Last night storied French footwear label Roger Vivier threw a cocktail party at their Upper East side store to celebrate their fall winter "Uptown-Downtown" collection as well as limited edition collection "Rendez-Vous." Creative director Bruno Frisoni's creations for the brand--particularly the "Rendez-Vous" collection which he described as "Rock! Think Keith Richards"--nearly outshone all the fashion starlets who turned out to sip champagne and shoe-drool. Leighton Meester was there, and so were industry darlings Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Marie Amelie Sauve, Hamish Bowles, Hanne Gabe Odiele, Emily Weiss and Leandra Medine. Plus Alexandra Richards was DJing. Needless to say, it was a very chic event.
We caught Meester, who looked lovely in sequined J.Mendel, Vivier accessories and Bulgari jewels, staring distractedly at some studded Vivier boots so we seized the moment to check in with the Gossip Girl star.
"Vivier is a very classic look, but then they have stuff with studs--they have a signature and the shoes are beautifully made but they still have an edge," she told us. "I love those gloves," she added, distracted again, by a pair of leather studded elbow-length gloves.
Meester's GG co-star Blake Lively is outspoken for her red carpet Chanels and for not having a stylist, but truth be told we're generally bigger fans of Blair's off-camera style. So how does she get dressed for the red carpet?
"I have a stylist who is very helpful," she said immediately. "But I also pay attention and visit Style.com and look at all the shows and things that I like and things that speak to me. And if there's ever an occasion to wear something gorgeous I feel very lucky to be able to don it."
And since Meester has said she'll be leaving her iconic role as Blair on Gossip Girl after her contract is up in about a year, we had to ask about her post-show plans.
"I don't know what I'll do," she said rather dreamily. "I think both singing and movies. I'd like to continue writing and performing and making music. I would like to travel. I want to go to school. I want to garden and cook and work on other things that i haven't been able to do."
But she appreciates how lucky she has it right now. "I'm enjoying this time now so much," she said. "When I look back, this has been the destiny of my life and it's been amazing to spend the bulk of my 20s on a show living in New York and carrying out this alter ego life of a character that I love. Someday it will be the past, but for now it's the now and I love it."
Want to see what kept distracting Ms. Meester? Check out what Frisoni described as his "30s sophistication" meets "punk rock glamour" shoes for Roger Vivier.