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Here Are Exactly Which Makeup Products Were Used on Set For the New Gossip Girl

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With the long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot finally here, we're ready for our Instagram feeds to be flooded with makeup and hairstyle trends inspired by the show. Unlike the prim and proper 2007 version, the overall beauty theme of the new series is au naturel. Heatless curls, neutral lips, buzz cuts, and flush faces dominate the screen — not a single headband in sight.

Amy Tagliamonti, the makeup department head for both the old and new versions of the series, previously told POPSUGAR, "I've pulled back the reins a bit to allow their natural beauty to shine and at times elevate it when it's necessary." But we know that "natural beauty" on screen still requires a few items in the makeup kit. Lightweight foundations, concealers, powder blush, and a boatload of tinted lip balms are a few of Tagliamonti's must-have makeup products for set.

Take a peek at the products used on Aki, Julien, Audrey, and Zoya for the Gossip Girl reboot ahead.

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Shopping: How to Dress Like Your Favorite ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Character

Hollywood Reporter 14 July, 2021 - 03:29am

Spoiler alert: Some of the exact pieces seen in episode one are still available — here's how to get them online now.

By Danielle Directo-Meston

Long before HBO Max’s reboot of Gossip Girl made its debut this week, fashionable fans had already enjoyed a taste of the wardrobes of Manhattan’s fictional elite. Teaser photos and street style images of the show’s Gen Z stars gave a peek at what to expect from costume designer Eric Daman, who is reprising his role from the original series.

The first episode made its streaming debut July 8 and aired on The CW the following day, giving a literal glimpse into the enviable walk-in closet of Instagram influencer Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), the new queen bee of Constance Billard and St. Jude’s. As with the show’s aughts-era predecessor, the first installment wasted no time with the fashion name-dropping and product placements, starting with Net-A-Porter shopping bags and a Christopher John Rogers runway show that set the stage for the series’ ensuing drama.

All episodes of the Gossip Girl reboot and the original series can be streamed online with an HBO Max subscription. Monthly plans start at $10 per month with ads and HD streaming; or $15 per month for an ad-free HD streaming experience, plus access to new Warner Bros. movies and the ability to download content to watch later. Annual plans are also available for $100 or $150 per year with or without ads, respectively, and that route will save you 16 percent over the per-month option. See all plan options and subscribe to HBO Max here.

If you’re an AT&T subscriber (or are thinking of becoming one), the telecom company will throw in a free HBO Max subscription for those with wireless, TV or internet plans. See all of the AT&T options to get HBO Max for free here.

One other way to get free access to HBO Max is by signing up for a seven-day free trial for Hulu, which offers base plans starting at $6 per month without ads. After your first week, the HBO add-on is $15 per month. Sign up for Hulu and HBO Max here.

Of course, it’s only a matter of time before Daman’s newest creations are translated into a shoppable line of clothing and accessories. Until then, we’ve rounded up some of our top Gossip Girl fashion pieces to shop from episode one — including the sold-out pair of Adidas x Ivy Park sneakers worn by Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) — as well as other ways to channel your favorite Upper Eastsider. Check out our favorite picks below.

For her first steps onto Constance Billard, Zoya pairs a platform version of Adidas’ three-stripe sneakers with her pleated private school uniform. The kicks come from the athleticwear brand’s collaboration with Beyoncé’s Ivy Park label. Although the shoes are no longer available on both brands’ websites, you can still cop them on eBay and Stadium Goods, where users can sell their pre-loved and never-worn merch.

Julien wears this bold graphic maxi halter dress in the finale of Christopher John Rogers’ fashion show, and you can still get the monochromatic statement piece online in a handful of sizes. The ruffled gown features a checkerboard print on one side and a swirling abstract pattern on the other, and is sure to garner double-takes from every angle.

Despite declaring in episode one that he doesn’t like to “stick out,” Aki Menzes (Evan Mock) sports a short cut with pastel pink hair. Manic Panic’s semi-permanent cotton candy hair color offers a similar look for those looking to try rose-colored tresses.

Joining Shutz’s starry fan base (Jennifer Lawrence, Kylie Jenner and Alessandra Ambrosio are among those who’ve worn the brand) is Constance Billard’s residence influencer, Julien. She wears these crocodile embossed leather boots on the steps of the Met Museum, and a higher-heeled version is also available.

Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty) suggests this ombré satin Sies Marjan button-down for Aki as they’re dressing for Julien’s fashion show debut. It features a rosebud pink-to-lapis blue gradient and is finished with contrast stitching and mother of pearl buttons.

Channel Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson) with this not-Zara camel blazer from Everlane. Made of smooth Lyocell, this relaxed blazer pairs well with a blouse and pleated pants for the office (or high school halls) or a plain tee and denim on the weekends.

Although the exact mockneck style from Alice + Olivia is no longer available, you can get look similar to the one that Zoya wore to Humboldt Hall with this ruched silhouette.

Perfectionist Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind) sports a similar cozy cardigan in HBO Max’s teaser photos, proving herself to be the queen of the oversized cardi. Alessandra Rich’s mohair blend silhouette makes the ideal fall layering piece for Ivy League-minded wardrobes.

Zoya is seen toting this socially conscious canvas bag by Melanin, a label focused on “bringing pride back to the Black community,” per the brand.

No prep school style star’s wardrobe is complete without an oversized white button-down, like this chic silhouette featuring an open back by New York-based label Ser.o.ya.

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Four NYC locations featured in the new Gossip Girl reboot

Time Out New York 13 July, 2021 - 01:54pm

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The Gossip Girl reboot takes us back to the Upper East Side to a new generation of New York private school teens dealing with social surveillance, nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. In the first episode, it's the start of a new school year at the elite Constance St. Jude and a newcomer finds herself thrust into a blinding spotlight. While other students cling to their comfortable, glamorous lives, a new Gossip Girl upends the status quo.

The show's tone is the same and is undoubtedly Gossip Girl—it should be since it's being developed by Joshua Safran, who was a writer and the executive producer on the original series. The wealthy private school students are woefully in their own bubble, fashion-obsessed and live in incredible but unattainable apartments. There are "cool" musician fathers. Not surprisingly, there's also a lot of underage drinking and drug use done at clubs out of sight of parents. That being said, the show does call out its previous iteration in episode one, mentioning it all took place "pre-cancel culture," raising the odd fact that a high schooler (Dan Humphrey) got an article published in the New Yorker and that the student body was pretty much all-white. There is even a slighted comment about headbands. (Our dear Queen Blair would shudder.)

Without giving too much away, we're also given a glimpse into the private school teachers' lives this time, which plays a major function in the show.

But before we get in too deep, let's pull back and review the rules the new school royalty has set for newcomers before we take you further into the world of Gossip Girl. Already they've name-dropped a bunch of NYC spots you should recognize:

"Sant Ambroeus or Yura for coffee, Starbucks for group orders," influencer Julien explains to her half-sister Zoya. "The Met Steps or the Great Lawn to hang, not the south side; JG Melon's for burgers; Momoya if you're west; Mezzaluna, not Serafina; Sweetgreen but for pickup only; and Dumbo Hall not House."

Got that? Now here's where the group hangs (the real-life filming locations):

When we see the group at the center of GG, we see them in the elevated courtyard of Constance St. Jude preparing for their first day of school. Its grand columns and brick are recognizable as the Museum of the City of New York in Harlem (1220 Fifth Ave.) which is now open for visits. Apparently, a few interior shots were done inside the building as well.

Like in the first GG, the popular kids like to take their lunch and spill the tea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps at 1000 Fifth Avenue. It's here that Julien invites her half-sister Zoya into her crew officially with an IG story and an invite to a social gathering at Dumbo Hall.

It's at Dumbo Hall where Zoya's first social outing with the group is. It's supposed to be the hottest private club in NYC and these actual children get into it easily. It's no doubt inspired by Dumbo House, Soho House's Brooklyn location, because the scene is shot at Empire Stores (55 Water Street), where it and Time Out Market New York are located. You can see its arched doors and windows, the Brooklyn waterfront, the carousel, the two bridges and the East River—most of which we see when things go south and Zoya walks home in the rain with Julien's boyfriend, Obie. Obie apparently lives "next to" the club and when we see inside his apartment, it has the same architecture and arched windows as Empire Stores.

The episode culminates at a fashion show the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue), where Julien has a modeling gig and unwittingly seals the rivalry with her half-sister. We see her walking to the Armory before the show and are taken inside, where she walks the catwalk and where her friends and Zoya mill around. 

The Armory is a New York City landmark that houses a series of 16 period rooms from the late 19th century, designed by such luminaries as Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Herter Brothers. The Armory has been transformed into one of the city's premier alternative spaces for showing art.

That's it for now! Stay tuned for more locations as the show continues.

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Gossip Girl boss confirms key character is trans – but that's not her whole story

PinkNews 13 July, 2021 - 09:31am


Zion Moreno (L) is a trans actress playing a trans character in the Gossip Girl reboot. (HBO Max)

Gossip Girl showrunner Joshua Safran has confirmed that Zión Moreno’s character Luna La is trans in the hotly-anticipated HBO Max reboot.

The first episode of the rebooted series debuted on 8 July with trans actress Moreno playing Luna, a close friend of Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) who also doubles as a social media assistant.

In an interview with Variety, Joshua Safran was asked if Zión Moreno’s Gossip Girl character is cis or trans.

“No, Luna is trans,” Safran confirmed.

“I say that, but I don’t know how oblique there is of a reference to it. But yeah, Luna is a trans woman in the show.”

Safran continued: “We decided as writers that this isn’t a show that’s about how she became her authentic self. That’s just not our story. Luna is Luna to these people, and that’s that.”

Safran said there is a storyline “later in the season” that “talks about disclosure”, but he insisted that the HBO Max Gossip Girl reboot isn’t interested in obsessing over Luna’s gender.

Gossip Girl is not weaponising anyone’s gender or sexuality in the show, or race or identity,” he said.

Moreno made her debut in the musical fantasy film K-12 in 2019 before being cast in Netflix’s Mexican teen drama Control Z the following year.

She later won a part in the reboot of Gossip Girl, which originally ran for six seasons from 2007 to 2012.

The revival takes place almost a decade after the original series concluded and follows the titular Gossip Girl, voiced by Kristen Bell, as she watches and reports on the scandals of a group of teenagers at an elite school.

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The Gossip Girl reboot has already won the hearts of queer fans for its LGBT+ representation.

Last week, Thomas Doherty – who plays pansexual character Max Wolfe in the series – revealed that he had never kissed a man before taking on the role.

The Scottish actor told Variety taking on the role made him “question” how he has “been conditioned to think in terms of gender and gender identity and sexual preferences stuff”.

“That kind of thew that all up in the air and it was kind of very liberating. It’s been an amazing experience for me, definitely,” he said.

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Logos Lose Their Power on the New ‘Gossip Girl’

The New York Times 13 July, 2021 - 04:00am

Contrasting the fashions from the original series tells a much bigger story about trends overall.

Even after the beloved teen drama series “Gossip Girl” ended in 2012, viewers couldn’t stop talking about the fashion. And now the show is back, with a Gen Z update. The reboot, which had its premiere on July 8 on HBO Max, takes place in the same world of wealthy Upper East Side elite as the original, but this time it’s barely recognizable as the same place.

The show is significantly more diverse. The high school clique of the original show was mostly white and straight. Now there are several characters of color and plotlines that revolve around explorations of sexuality. The clothes the characters wear — maximalist sneakers, vintage purses, tote bags that promote their values — reflect a more intersectional worldview.

“Are those last season’s Tory Burch flats?” an incredulous Blair Waldorf asks a fellow student in Season 2 of the original show.

Today, the question would be, “Are those Tory Burch flats?”

When designing the wardrobes for the original show, the costume designer Eric Daman recalls walking by Upper East Side private schools and seeing groups of girls in Tory Burch flats. “It cemented the idea of, ‘OK, these young girls wear these designer brands and have cult favorites,’” he said. You’d see few logo-emblazoned ballet flats in that setting today.

“The giant Balenciaga sneakers kind of replaced the Tory Burch flat,” Mr. Daman said. The change is indicative of what people, and young people in particular, consider the “it” shoe of today. Blending streetwear and luxury in a single commercial object, the sneaker is what epitomizes cool now.

The new footwear is also part of the larger shift to sneakers, which rarely showed up in the old show. In the reboot, Zoya Lott, an outsider from Buffalo, wears the Adidas X Beyoncé Superstars in a key scene in which she meets the popular kids at school. The shoes are a gift from Julien, her half sister and an established Manhattanite. Showing up in the hot commodity shoes symbolizes a turning point for the character.

“The shoes are kind of like a bridge into this other world for her,” Mr. Daman said.

Big brand logos will be rare sights on the new show. Large logos don’t “feel authentic to what’s going on with this generation,” Mr. Daman said. “They’re less faithful to brands and less cliquey about them.”

Logos used to signify status and a certain level of wealth, but today logos are often meant to convey political or social values. In the reboot, Zoya carries a tote from Revolution Books, a progressive indie bookstore in Harlem, as well as a “Recycling Black Dollars” tote bag from Melanin Apparel.

Zoya’s bags are “all from really, really cool stores,” said Whitney Peak, who plays Zoya. “The bags very much speak to who she is.”

“Tights are not pants!” Blair famously declared in the original series. Blair and her posse of mean girls commonly wore tights in a variety of colors and were offended at the sight of anyone wearing leggings without a skirt.

With the exception of some plain black tights, the reboot is “a tightless world,” Mr. Daman said. And to what would certainly be Blair’s dismay, bike shorts are definitely considered pants now.

Queen bee Julien frequently wears bike shorts, sometimes styling them with a collared shirt and tie. The athleisure movement, Mr. Daman said, “is a huge part of our culture and what’s going on in fashion. Coming out of the pandemic, people are holding onto their sweats but still want to dress up.”

Jordan Alexander, who plays Julien, sees her character’s bike shorts as a highly relevant article of clothing today. “I don’t think it matters if you’re on the Upper East Side and in the one percent,” she said. “You’d still be rocking shorts.”

In the first iteration of the show, everything was big and new. Serena carried large hobo bags, and none of them were bought at resale shops. “If I brought in a secondhand bag to Serena van der Woodsen, she would’ve hit me with it,” Mr. Daman said.

Today, staying true to Gen Z’s affinity for buying resale, several of the bags in the reboot are vintage. “We’ve done a lot of vintage Dior Saddle Bags, Fendi Baguettes,” Mr. Daman said. “It’s been great to have some eco-sustainability with these high-end bags.”

Gen Z has been called Generation Green or the Sustainability Generation, and there’s a reason for it. Studies have shown that Gen Z makes shopping decisions based on how sustainable a business is, and at a higher rate than other generations. They want what they buy and what they wear to reflect their values.

The size of the bags has also changed. The large hobo bag, Mr. Daman said, “is just not the jam” today. The micro Jacquemus Le Chiquito has yet to make an appearance, but it probably will soon, he said.

In the original show, Chuck Bass was most often seen in a suit, conforming strictly to gender norms. “If I’d put a women’s blouse on Chuck Bass, it would’ve been a joke,” Mr. Daman said.

In the reboot, Max Wolfe, the flirty troublemaker of the group and the character most similar to Chuck, wears a white lace women’s Paco Rabanne shirt. Max, who is sexually fluid, is able to pull it off in a way that’s not kitschy or excessive. “To use clothing that doesn’t fit in with gender norms and not have it look like drag and be very sexy — he identifies as a male but wears this blouse — expands on the dialogue of what gender norms are and how we can have that conversation through clothing,” Mr. Daman said.

In the first iteration of the show, Chanel was huge for the characters’ style but also for getting other designers to open up their collections to the show. “We didn’t have access to all the designer houses and weren’t getting loans,” Mr. Daman said. “Once Chanel said yes to us, the floodgates opened.”

Today Chanel pieces that hold historic value are of huge importance to the characters. “It’s these archival pieces that have a heritage to them that are on point, especially for the Zoomers who seem to love all things throwback to late ’90s and early ’00s,” Mr. Daman said. Classic Chanel handbags and accessories make heavy appearances in the show, as they are pieces that still resonate with younger generations.

Any OG “Gossip Girl” fan knows that headbands were a big deal. “Blair Waldorf’s headband has a life of its own,” Mr. Daman said. “It was always like her security blanket, for someone who was very tightly wound, very Type A. It was like the last piece of a very thought-out outfit that holds it all together.”

The Gen Z characters don’t need that anymore. “They have a different kind of self-confidence that comes from just being,” Mr. Daman said.

In the reboot, the mean girl Monet de Haan snarks, “She has a headband on” when she spots Zoya, the out-of-towner. Julien, her half sister, promptly unties the silk scarf and slips it around Zoya’s neck.

Headbands may be scarce, but neckties of all sorts are in. Audrey Hope, another member of the gang, wears hair ribbons or scarves around her neck, resembling a tie. “It really shows both sides of her — very feminine, classic energy as well as a side of her that’s a little bit more masc,” said Emily Alyn Lind, who plays Audrey.

The desire to ditch the stuffy headband speaks to the times. “We’re in an internet age,” said Ms. Alexander, who plays Julien. “People don’t feel like they need to be one thing anymore. We’ve been exposed to so much.”

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