It's Gossip Boy! Leighton Meester wears a suit and tie on the red carpet

As Blair Waldorf on hit TV show Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester is the epitome of the stylish, feminine New York girl.

But the 24-year-old cut a very different figure tonight on the red carpet for the IFP's 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.

Instead of wearing a typical gown or cocktail dress, the actress opted for a very masculine, daring suit and tie.

This was in direct contrast to her fellow attendees, especially Black Swan co-stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

Kunis decided on a navy blue strapless belted dress, while Portman went for a black off-the-shoulder number.

And it's likely the pair, who are very good friends in real life, discussed what to wear with each other now that the film was finished and they were allowed to spend time with each other off set again.

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky revealed that he kept the actresses apart during the filming of Black Swan, to make their rivalry more realistic.

The film is a mystical ballet thriller about an uptight dancer named Nina, played by Portman, who becomes obsessed by the threat posed by new company member Lily, played by Kunis.

The young women are vying for the lead role in Swan Lake and while Nina can perfectly encapsulate the virtue of the white swan, she struggles to convey the sinister, sexual nature intrinsic to the black swan that seems to come naturally to Lily.

Aronofsky denied fuelling a rivalry but said he distanced the actresses so that they couldn't discuss their respective acting approaches.

He says: 'I knew it might be really hard to keep them apart because they're friends, but I just didn't want them to know each other's motives.

'I didn't want them to compare notes. I wanted them to come from different places.'

But Portman doesn't agree with this.

According to her, Aronofsky would regularly compare her dancing abilities to Kunis' in an effort to make Portman try harder.

'He'd say: "Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She's so much better than you."

'Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us.'

Meanwhile Leighton is starring in Country Strong, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow.

Like Paltrow, the Gossip Girl star sings on the soundtrack, duetting with Garrett Hedland.

And last month she won the Spotlight Award at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala for her role in the film.

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