Even if I’m a Gossip Girl fan, I have often admitted the third season – and some other episodes – was actually feeble and senseless. I didn’t have high expectations when the fourth season started, because I was afraid of being disappointed; fortunately, I was wrong, because each episode seems better than the previous one. This surely can be said for War at the Roses , one of the best episodes ever. You may think my opinion is only based on the scathing final dialogue between Blair and Chuck (and on what comes next ), but I enjoyed the episode as a whole, with Juliet’s secret plan against Serena and Blair’s star-studded 20th birthday party .
Lily only appears in a couple of scenes, and she only sports one outfit. This leaves me a little bit unsatisfied, but I love every bit of what she wore.
This is an important night for Lily and Rufus – it’s their first wedding anniversary, even if it’s not the central event of the episode. First they thought of staying at home (Rufus says: “I was happy eating Shun Lee out of the carton”) but then they decided to accept Eleanor’s invitation to Blair’s party. Though living in the Upper East Side, Rufus still feels like an alien (he thinks Blair’s party is “just very – Upper East Side”, as it is meant to be); it’s Lily who points the truth out: “I know you think you’re rock and roll, but you are wearing a $2000 jacket.” Snap!
In this scene, Lily is wearing a brown silk dress, with sparkling accessories – chandelier earrings and a cuff bracelet. Neutral colours are amazing on her.
The dress is a creation by Brunello Cucinelli, an Italian luxury brand famous for its cashmere garments. It’s extremely simple, but is made special by a neck-tie embellished with a metallic wool band.
She wore a Badgley Mischka Navajo Deco cuff, a piece to die for! It’s oval-shaped and embellished with baguette-cut rhinestones. At the party, many things happen; among the rest, Rufus finds out Dan’s schemes against Blair and Chuck: his intention was to bring Jenny back to New York to celebrate the anniversary; he wanted Chuck to help him, but the truce the ex-enemies has recently signed makes all his efforts useless.
When Rufus and Lily go back home, we can get a glimpse of her complete outfit, which includes a short wool jacket with silver trims, another creation by Brunello Cucinelli.
Rufus is very disappointed in Dan, but the “lonely boy” finds a way to make it up to his father: he got the apartment decorated with lots of nice paper flowers, a romantic setting for Rufus and Lily, who passionately kiss each other.
 I love this title: it refers to the hilarious black comedy by Danny De Vito, The War of the Roses (1989), but it’s also a reference to the surname – Rose – Eleanor acquired after marrying Cyrus.
 I think there’s no use in commenting the steamy Chuck-Blair sex scene on the piano, even if my favourite has always been the infamous limo sex scene in the first season.
 Among the guest stars, the stylist Rachel Zoe (who ends up dipped in chocolate), Elle‘s creative director Joe Zee, the fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and the pop singer Robyn. Other presumed guests were the novelist Jonathan Franzen and the former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.