The original “Gossip Girl” series to this day is synonymous with mid to late 2000’s fashion. So much so that we can’t seem to get off our minds the iconic Serena Van Der Woodsen plaid skirts and Blair Waldorf headbands (sorry to tell you Blair fans, but headbands are out.) So naturally when the reboot was announced first thing we wondered was if the fashion would live up to the original. Would we get the modern-day equivalent to the “tights are not pants” lesson Blair Waldorf taught us early on? Now that the antsy teen drama has premiered on July 8, some of our questions have finally been answered.
Without revealing too much, the reboot takes place in the same world as the original, with some references to the original cast that is sure to excite any OG Gossip Girl fan. But although similarities there’s some major difference among the cast. It’s important to note the diversity within the modern-day high school clique. The show focuses on several characters of color and sexuality, whereas the original clique was entirely cis white students. The diversity of the characters trickle into other aspects of their dynamic including personalities and of course, fashion.
As we’re introduced into the lives (or should I say closets) of the Upper East Side’s Gen Z elite, much like the original series, the Gossip Girl reboot is already pulling some major style moments. Even within the retrains of their school uniforms, the cast seems to show off their personal style in their lust-worthy ensembles. The new Gossip Girl paves way for emerging and trendy designers such as Jacquemus and Brother Veilles that you’re more likely to see today’s generation wear. Instead of the social class being categorized by logomania as we saw in the original, the elite is looked at for how they style pieces (and of course the drama they bring to the series.)
Y2K fashion is reviving among Gen Z’ers so naturally, we still see our Dior saddle bags and classic Chanel but the luxury fashion houses are a bit more toned down than what the original cast donned through the halls of Constance Billards. As the cast explores their sexual fluidity, costume designer Eddie Daman explores sexuality through their clothing. Max Wolfe (played by Thomas Doherty) is probably our closest equivalent to Chuck Bass in the reboot. However, Wolfe pulls off looks that Chuck Bass wouldn’t dare to explore. In one seen Wolfe is seen wearing a lace Paco Rabanne lace shirt while still asserting his sexy flirtatious demeanor.
Head of the clique Julien Calloway (played by Jordan Alexander) and her possé indicate the change of fashion for the new generation in the second iteration of the show. Swapping oversized Louis Vuitton totes with JW Anderson it bags and merch totes, Balenciaga sneakers take place of Tory Burch flats that Blair loved oh-so-much, and biker shorts take place of skirts. There’s even a runway show by emerging designer Christopher John Rogers, that we caught whim of in the trailer back in June.
If the reboot proves to be as successful as the original, you might want to keep your eyes open for the latest trends to add to your wardrobe.