Sooooo, I have to now reveal some secrets, that will show what a dweeb I really am...but all in the name of fashion! I was enthralled by the first few series of The O.C., it was easy to watch and definitely easy on the eye. I loved seeing the adventures of Summer and Marissa and the inappropriate school wardrobes they showcased. I lost interest as the series were churned out, it became a little bland. So imagine my glee when the CW network rolled out Gossip Girl.
I was a little sceptical at first. Yes, the plot lines are ridiculous, the story revolves around spoilt, stuck up trust-fund teenagers (there is of course a "poorer" family to balance the moral see-saw)...but the clothes - very Sex in the City for teens. The wardrobes are a designer explosion! The stylist must have an exorbitant budget and is is showcased really well. Serena Van Der Woodson (yes....that is really the character's name, indicative of the caliber of show I am discussing!) lives in a hotel (as you do!) and has a wardrobe to die for. The actress that is Serena, Blake Lively, has transfered this inane style to her daily life. Below left, is a piece from an edition of NYLON magazine. It was published last summer to highlight up and coming stars in young Hollywood. Below right, is Miss. Lively in Chanel, at The Nuit de Diamants, hosted by the uber-brand itself. It is always pleasing to see that off-screen, these potential style icons, can also live up to the hype.
So, indulge in some exaggerated plot-lines and feast your eyes on the preview of Gossip Girl below, just don't tell anyone where your style-inspiration originated! Oh, one warning...Kristen Bell, of Veronica Mars/Heroes fame, narrates parts of the episodes. She is celebrity blogger "Gossip Girl" and her tag-line, "xoxo Gossip Girl," may drive you to distraction.