So, I have no idea what has come over me. I am one of those people who ignore they hype over something huge (unless I am one of the first to jump aboard). I stay away from trends unless my interest is hugely peaked and it takes a lot for that to happen.
Gossip Girl is one I would like to say peaked my interest a couple years ago, in book form. I was on holiday with MOH and had just finished Lauren Weisberger’s most boring effort to date, Chasing Harry Winston. I needed to read something new, something a bit more than the same 3 or 4 women running around trying to keep their men, jobs and lives running smoothly all the while wearing the very latest Christian Louboutin Alta Perla slingbacks.
I found the Gossip Girl paperback novel series. Intrigued, I purchased one, read it in about an hour but was subtly hooked. I read only the prequel but could not find the actual series around where we stayed. So I chose a spin off book, which was very similar. But then I got unhooked. I was almost falling off my chair, thinking how much do these children drink? How much sex is in this book? They’re making this into a series?
Now, I realise how much of a prude I have become as I get older. Interesting turn of events. I forgot. It’s just a book. Can’t say for sure whether that kind of thing really happens anywhere. And I’m not having children anyway so I never have to worry about those bad habits rearing their ugly head in my household, hehe.
So, women and girls in OZ have been going nuts over Gossip Girl, the TV series. It’s the new OC or a better version of Beverly Hills 90210 (even though based in NY not LA). Since Gilmore Girls has finished up, most of that fanbase stayed with the ongoing bores in One Tree Hill. Now they have a sexier and classier alternative to stave off the drama hunger.
I stopped myself from purchasing the series a few times over. I even hinted to MOH I would like to receive the series for my birthday. It took for me to not have something to watch over a weekend that I dove right in and got it. I was finished by the Sunday night.
Gossip Girl was definitely one of those shows you could watch in your bedroom while you are rearranging your wardrobe/sorting out your jewellery boxes/tidying your fragrance and cosmetics cupboards and still be into the story line.
I am surprised the fashion really gave me a kick as I don’t normally care for superficial shite served to us by television. I can’t say I really like anything Serena wears but Blair’s looks really work for me. I don’t take to the just woke up supermodel look or the over the top teeny dress with huge jacket look.
Now headbands, OMG, that is so me. I mess with the corporate and prissy looks and always feel like “who dresses like this?” I’m glad there is a current fashionista who thought to put this look on Blair Waldorf’s character. And now there are a million more chicks wearing similar garb to moi. Nice
Blair is my style icon for this show and it is so funny because hers is Audrey Hepburn, who (no disrespect to those AH fans out there) I have absolutely no interest in at all.
I also love Vanessa’s style too. The clothing is so different to what the other girls wear but just right for her.
There rarely seems to be a time where Vanessa’s clothing choices are outshone- she knows when to dress it up and when to dress for comfort.
Her jewellery is on par with the type I like but never really wear. (Although… MOH recently purchased a selection of pieces for me in bulk and there were some pretty out-there pieces in it that I have tried and enjoyed wearing… )
I wasn’t really interested in the dudes from the books because they all seemed sleazy and disgusting in one way or another but in the show, Chuck Bass is certainly the best thought through character not to mention- best dressed and best looking. Nate Archibald is boring to a tee. Just a pretty face in my opinion. Dan Humphrey- naive and boring but I guess that’s what gets the bad girls crawling to him. Plus he’s not that great a dresser but so much a better character in the show than in the book.
Anyway, Josh Schwartz has done a great job recreating The O.C. on New York’s Upper East Side. It’s funny how similar all the characters that Cecily Von Ziegesar thought up are so similar in personality and looks to those in The O.C. Check out this feature on Metromix that compares the specific characters between the two series. It’s pretty spot on.
I look forward to watching more of Season 3, which I think I am loving the fashion more from. I hope despite the slow rise to good ratings in the states that the show will move into a 4th season like The O.C.
Just not finish the way that series did. ‘Cos that did nobody a world of good, did it Coop?
So, I’m finally down with GG. You know you love her too. XOXO.