capsule serif;”>Anninka E Barry takes us through Gossip Girl style, pharm as the final series of the sartorially brilliant show begins.
It was the moment many of us had been waiting for: the moment when Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf returned to our screens. Not only did the last episode in season five leave us hanging on the edge of our seats in terms of the storyline, but it also left us excited to see what was in store for season six’s wardrobe. We were not let down by Gossip Girl’s stylist Eric Daman as we watched last week’s premiere of season 6.
Eric Daman, who has worked on Gossip Girl from the beginning, has brought new inspiration to a sometimes tired approach to TV styling. A French literature student in the Sorbonne, Daman went into modelling after being scouted by Steven Meisel. Then, turning to styling, he ended up working with stylist Patricia Fields on the hit show Sex and the City, for which Fields and her team won an Emmy in 2002, as well as several Costume Designers Guild awards. His years of fashion experience can be seen in his work on the Gossip Girl set. Throughout the series, he has set trends and followed through with the Sex and the City tradition of tying the clothes and the story line tightly together.
Statement necklaces were seen in the first episode of the new season, with Serena, Blair and Georgina all wearing them. However, Eric Daman says that we can expect a steer away from statement pieces and more towards delicate layering pieces. Another big trend we have seen, also common to the wardrobes of all the GG ladies, is print. New character Sage (Sophia Black-D’Elia) was seen in a full length green print dress by Helmut Lang at Serena’s Central Park Gala. Leighton Meister’s character Blair Waldorf has been seen sporting this trend since the beginning, whether she’s sitting in Paris in a cherry print Moschino dress or in Manhattan in a Marc Jacob bird print look, she is often wearing some sort of print fabric. Blair’s style, which had developed throughout the show but never changed dramatically, can still be classed as elegant chic. Eric Daman has even said that Blair’s headbands will make a return this season. This trend was put on the map when GG premiered back in 2007.
Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) has also become a star in terms of television style. Her signature look has always been sultry and elegant, she certainly shows a lot more skin than Blair, and this season’s outfits are not to be missed. She debuts in a floor length Jenny Packham lemon and white scalloped chiffon dress. This dress is very similar to the one Kate Middleton wore back in May at the Olympic Concert. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that fashion tips have been taken from the Duchess, as Blair has been seen donning duchess inspired looks in previous seasons, particularly during the storyline in which she married a prince. Serena wore a lilac chiffon Dior dress to her Gala event. The dress was typical Serena, but perhaps a little more grown up. Whatever is in store for the series ahead, I’m sure it won’t disappoint us!