Leighton Meester certainly stood out on the red carpet at the Met Gala earlier this week, but unfortunately it wasn't for entirely good reasons. Perhaps this Gossip Girl should have taken a style cue from her on-screen alter ego Blair when planning the evening's look. She wore a gold mermaid-silhouette Marchesa gown with intricate, metallic gold embroidery and beading that gave way to voluminous tulle at the bottom. It was very in the vein of Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. She paired it with Harry Winston jewels and Tabitha Simmons shoes and... pretty much the worst spray tan ever.

This was just not a good look for dear Leighton, especially in this color dress. I have a hard time understanding why she didn't stick with her typically fair complexion, which often looks regal in gold. And the rest of the beauty choices.... the dark lipstick, the messy updo, it is all a little garish to say the least. I would have loved to see Leighton's beautiful chestnut waves worn down. I'd say most women would also prefer a frock that downplays their hips a bit more.

Marchesa also dressed Sofia Vergara in a similarly ornate silver gown, while the ladies behind the line themselves both chose more understated white gowns.