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Tonight's Gossip Girl forgoes the Upper East Side in 2009 for Los Angeles in 1983, as Serena's mom Lily reflects on her punk rock youth. It's all a teaser for a spin-off show set to debut next fall, but before you get upset about the fact that a very important plot twist (involving a born-again Christian going bad after failing to stop a fauxcialite from stealing her camp's bible money!) will be interrupted for what's essentially an hour-long commercial for another show, consider the clothes.
It sounds like the show's costume designer, LA-based Meredith Markworth-Pollack, had a really good time pulling together the outfits. From WWD:
She studied the many iconic labels of the decade — from Chanel to Betsey Johnson and Norma Kamali. And she even noted some of today’s current designers, like Alexander Wang and Balmain, as inspiration. The most fruitful exercise, however, was scouring Los Angeles’ vintage stores like The Way We Wore, Wasteland and American Rag, where most of the pieces for the episode were found.If the show turns out to be as influential as Gossip Girl, fashion-wise, this could be really good for LA retail.
· "Gossip Girl" Does the Time Warp [WWD]