The cast of the rebooted Gossip Girl is committed to wearing high-end fashion.
If there is one aspect of Gossip Girl that fans adore, it is the fashion. The reboot cast has now described what it’s like to wear “thousands” of dollars’ worth of clothing.
For the majority of the cast of the Gossip Girl reboot, this is their first appearance on the big screen.
It’s quite a production to make one’s debut, with an already devoted following, a large budget from HBO Max’s executives, and a behind-the-scenes emphasis on high-end style as if it were another lead character.
The original Gossip Girl, which ran from 2007 to 2012, incorporated fashion into its writing and various flashy scenes, and the current producers clearly recognized the importance of nailing this once more.
US actresses Savannah Lee Smith, who plays Monet de Haan, and Emily Alyn Lind, who plays Audrey Hope, reaped the benefits of portraying ridiculously wealthy teenagers from New York’s Upper East Side in the reboot, which is currently streaming on Binge*.
The duo agreed that their on-screen characters’ bottomless wardrobes dripping with Dior and Louis Vuitton couldn’t have been more dissimilar to their own.
“Growing up, I lacked resources and lacked money, so I was thrifty,” Savannah explains.
“This experience has demonstrated to me how much I enjoy fashion and expressing myself through it.
Just as New York is a character in the show, fashion is as well.
“And we’ve discussed this before, Emily and I, how when you’re wearing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of clothing and diamonds for the first time in your life… it changes how you play your role, how you walk and talk and relate to one another, which benefits us as actors.”
Emily, 19, says she gained a newfound respect for the fashion industry after learning about its significance in contemporary culture, citing Yves Saint Laurent as the first fashion designer to introduce a suit in its 1960s women’s eveningwear collection.
“I was never into designer clothing as a child. I was interested in fashion, but it came down to what I enjoyed, which was flea markets and other similar activities,” she explains. “I enjoyed the entire process of possessing something unique that only I possessed. However, what I’ve learned from this project, and something I never expected, is that I’m interested in the industry as a whole, and the history behind a lot of these brands is incredibly intriguing…
“In the same way that YSL anticipated the feminist movement with the first lady suit… And I’ve been reading a lot of books and studying the history of fashion, and I’ve fallen in love with it.”
Throughout its six seasons, the original Gossip Girl influenced an entire generation of fashion, with Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen bringing bohemian chic to mainstream television and Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf modernizing an Elizabeth Taylor-inspired sense of dress.
Designers flocked to the series after its first season exploded in popularity, with the pieces worn by the cast almost immediately selling out.
Eric Daman, who worked on the original GG and is now in charge of the revival’s costuming, also succeeded in making headbands a must-have adult accessory, owing to Blair’s revolving door of exquisite pieces.
Savannah and Emily have some thoughts on the trends they hope the reboot will establish for the next generation.
“I believe the ’90s are making a comeback… Without a doubt, the mini skirts with coordinating coats,” Savannah says. “We’ve also been experimenting with fun socks and open-toed sandals, which we initially thought was odd, but then saw it all put together and thought, ‘Wow, that actually looks pretty cool.’
Emily continues, “During the show, we wear these small ties around our necks. Numerous us own these ribbon ties. Of course, there are the high boots without pants, but that is already a thing.”