ignore the reviews, fashion is the real star
In Grade 11, I decided I was too good at regulation school shoes and convinced my mom to buy me a pair of Doc Martens “eight ups”. Wearing boots was not acceptable under my private school rules, so every day I had to wear high socks that I folded, rolled up and strategically “puffed up” to create the illusion that I was wearing moccasins.
I remembered my high school subterfuge this week when I watched the first episode of the reboot Gossip Girl, set in the same affluent, islander Manhattan Upper East Side as the show’s first incarnation, but in the wake of Black Lives Matter and a pandemic. So how does this affect clothing? Glad you asked.
Lana Coppel, founder of the online store Order of Style, watched both series and said that while the original was very “editorial” and even “camp” in its tropes, “the reboot is more elegant, the low-key vibe makes it feel like an adult drama … Fashion seems homologous within the group – I could easily imagine any of the characters going through each other’s outfits with ease. “
And while the characters can be just as rich as their 1.0 counterparts, Coppel says garish expressions of wealth are discouraged. “The understated styling is de rigueur, and the new version gives the impression that the fashion has shifted to a more global and less American aesthetic,” she says.
As hard to believe, the original Gossip Girl was published before Instagram recorded its first like, which already sets it apart from its successor. And, in an interesting cast, Tavi Gevinson, who rose to fame as the editor of the blog and fashion magazine Beginner, now 25, plays one of the teachers at the fictional Constance Billard school. Since the new show premiered, fashion fan sites including @gossipgirlstyleguide started popping up, guiding viewers on how to pack the outfits from the IRL show. What we do know is an orange dress and black catsuit from Australian designer Alex Perry appear in the first episode. The dress is currently 50% off at Net-a-Porter, although it costs you another 1600 $.
The ‘Zillennial’ influence
If you spot any similarities between the style of it-girl Julien Calloway (portrayed by Jordan Alexander) and that of some of the world’s most requested celebrities, you are not wrong. Costume designer Eric Daman, who also designed the original show in all its padded headband glory, said Daily women’s clothing that models Kaia Gerber and Hailey Bieber were both on Julien’s “mood board”. But in a nice antipode twist, Daman said Australian model Adut Akech also had a major influence on Julien’s overall appearance. “[Akech’s] Instagram is amazing and its international behind-the-scenes streetwear is just amazing, ”he says. “She has such an amazing way of putting things together and it felt really good as a baseline for who Julien is.”