How actors liked to wear “thousands” of designer clothes
For most of the cast in the Gossip Girl reboot, the series marks its first foray into the big screen.
It’s quite the production to debut, with an already die-hard following, big-budget support from HBO Max bosses, and a behind-the-scenes focus on high-end styling as if it were a other main character.
The original Gossip Girl, which ran from 2007 to 2012, paid homage to fashion in its writing, as well as its various flashy scenes, and the current producers clearly knew they had to start over.
American actresses Savannah Lee Smith, who plays Monet de Haan, and Emily Alyn Lind, who plays Audrey Hope, were able to reap the rewards of playing the ridiculously wealthy teens of New York’s Upper East Side teens during the reboot, which is broadcast locally on frenzy*.
The duo both agreed that the bottomless wardrobes of their dripping on-screen characters from Dior and Louis Vuitton couldn’t be further from theirs.
“Growing up I didn’t have a lot of resources, I didn’t have a lot of money, so I was thrifty,” says Savannah.
“This experience has shown me that I love fashion and that I express myself with it.
“Just as New York is a character in the series, fashion is also a character in the series.
“And we’ve talked about it before, Emily and I are like, when you wear clothes that are worth tens of thousands of dollars and you wear diamonds for the first time in your life… it’s going to change the way you play. your role, how you walk, talk and communicate with each other, which helps us as actors.
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Emily, 19, says she developed a new respect for the fashion industry after learning about its relevance to modern culture, specifically mentioning Yves Saint Laurent, who was the first fashion designer to launch a suit. in her collection of evening wear for women in the 1960s.
“I wasn’t into design growing up. I was into fashion, but that came down to what I loved was flea markets and everything, ”she says. “I just loved this whole process of having something special that I had the only one.
“But what I learned from this project, and something I never thought I’d learn, is that I’m interested in the industry as a whole and the story behind a lot of these brands is so intriguing …
“As YSL was ahead of the feminist movement with the first lady costume… And I have so many books and I studied fashion history, and I fell in love with it.”
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The original Gossip Girl influenced an entire fashion generation over its six seasons, with Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen bringing bohemian chic to mainstream television, while Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf modernized a classic sense of dress inspired by Elizabeth Taylor .
The designers desperately wanted to be featured on the show after its first season exploded in popularity, with the pieces worn by the cast proving almost instantaneous sales.
Costume designer Eric Daman, who worked on the original GG and is at the helm of costumes for the revival, also succeeded in making headbands a must-have accessory for adults thanks to Blair’s revolving door of exquisite pieces.
As for the trends they hope the reboot sets for the next generation, Savannah and Emily have a few thoughts.
“I think the ’90s are coming back… Definitely the mini skirts with matching coats,” says Savannah. “We also made some fun socks with open toe sandals, which we were kind of like ‘Huh? And then we saw it all put together and we were like, “Okay, that looks pretty cool.” “
Emily adds, “In the show, we have these little ties on our necks. A lot of us have these ribbon ties. And obviously the high boots with no pants on, but that’s already a thing.
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