Regardless of how you feel about Blake Lively or Blake Lively as Gossip Girl’s Upper East Side goddess Serena van der Woodsen, we can all agree that she’s a major babe. Anyone who’s read the books (guilty) knows that Serena’s defining characteristic is that she’s, like, the most beautiful human being ever to grace this planet. Her other defining characteristic is that she has effortless style – a sexy boho, Chanel meets vintage Chanel sort of situation. Even her Constance uniform is loose and moth-eaten. Put those two factors together and Serena should never not look amazing. But we all know that’s not what happened.
For the first season of Gossip Girl, Serena’s styling was on point. From the moment she showed up at Grand Central in that chic leather coat, her hair effortlessly tousled, any doubts about Blake-as-Serena faded into the abyss.
Unsurprisingly, costume designer Eric Daman said this to Huffington Post about Serena’s initial inspo:
“Initially for Serena, we were pulling lots of images of Kate Moss through the years. It was that amazing, nonchalant fashion look that feels like you’re totally not put-together; you put on whatever’s next to the bed, and you look amazing. There was a lot of Kate’s influence in the beginning with Serena, just having that ‘I’ve traveled to Europe’ vibe and a bit of the je ne sais quoi factor.”
Yassssssss, dude. Nailed it. Okay so we know that Daman has a strong understanding of how Serena is supposed to dress and we have countless examples of the fact that he knows how to flatter Lively’s figure (which, TBH, isn’t very hard to do). Still, starting as early as Season 2, something begins to go horribly, horribly wrong.
Does this look like an effortless, Kate Moss-esque, je ne sais quoi type of outfit? No, we know exactly what “sais quoi” with this one. Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, Blair keeps getting continuously more stylish and continuously more Blair-ish.
Which brings me to my Gossip Girl fan theory: the costume department is doing Blake Lively dirty on purpose. Could there be any other explanation? As Serena’s dresses, skirts and (ugh) fancy shorts get shorter and tighter and her necklines plunge lower and lower, I can only believe that Daman is playing a cruel joke on Lively. After all…