If you aspire to attend an Ivy League school, summer in the Hamptons and wouldn’t mind being compared to Blair Waldorf (no, not for one second!), you, my friend, are all about the East Coast prep look. The yacht-hot style has been around for decades, but “Gossip Girl” and the new, utterly repugnant reality show “NYC Prep” are bringing it to the mainstream with a vengeance. Good news is, you don’t have to live on the Upper East Side to look like you do. Keep reading »
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So apparently execs over at Target had an opportunity for The Blessed Ones–Serena and Blair, of course– to wear Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl” inspired Target clothing line on the show, and they turned it down because the teen drama may be a little too racy for their tastes. In fact, they’re shying away from the “Gossip Girl” influences in Sui’s Fall ’09 diffusion line entirely.
According to The Daily News, “One of Target’s top executives got nervous about being that closely associated with the show, given the [debauchery] its characters get into.” Sure, drugging your friends (yeah, we’re pointing at you, Georgina), and screwing anything that moves (we’re pointing at you, umm, entire G.G. cast), isn’t exactly model citizen kind of behavior, but if this show has taught us anything, it’s that bad behavior doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with dressing badly. Or um, something like that. [Ed Note: Also, it's just a freakin' TV show, right? Sheesh!] But what do you think? Is Target making a mistake by steering clear of “Gossip Girl” associations (and missing some mage promotion), or is their concern justified? [Daily News] Keep reading »
Leighton Meester’s foot job sex tape is still under wraps, but we can’t say the same about her new song “Body Control,” which has been leaked on the internet a few weeks ahead of schedule. After her appearance in Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad,” we were pumped to hear her solo work. Too bad it sounds like a mediocre Britney Spears track—metallic and overproduced. With lyrics like, “I live to party, party,” and “I’ve become a wild thing/Yeah, uh huh/This music makes my heart sing/Yeah, uh huh,” we just aren’t too impressed. Just goes to show that you can take the headband off the girl, but you can’t take the girl outta the headband. My fingers are crossed that Leighton stays put and soaks up her success as Blair Waldorf while she’s still got it. Just take a little word of warning from the swiftly declining career of that other made-famous-by-Josh-Schwartz girl, Mischa Barton. Keep reading »
Hilary Duff is officially part of the “Gossip Girl” cast and will start appearing in episodes next season, which premieres October 5th. As hipster Vanessa’s new NYU roomate, Olivia Burke, she is looking for a very “authentic” college experience. Personally, I like that she is set to play a character that’s closer to the way she is in real life, rather than just a new kid on the Upper East Side. She was snatched up after NBC passed on casting her in their new show “Barely Legal.” Let’s hope she gets paired up with a love interest we don’t see coming like, oh, Dan Humphrey. [People] Keep reading »
- During her concert, Beyonce gave her microphone to an audience member so he could propose to his girlfriend. He said, “Beyonce, you told me if I like it, I need to put a ring on it,” and then got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes. [Radar] — Much better than proposing over Twitter.
- Hilary Duff is reportedly joining the cast of “Gossip Girl” next season. She will be playing Olivia Burke, “a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience.” [Entertainment Weekly] — I think I’ve heard that story before… [Hilary needs all the career help she can get. -- Ed.]
- Hayden Panettiere bares all in “I Love You, Beth Cooper.” At age 20, she says, “I might as well show it now!” [PopEater] — Some are calling her baring-all brave, while others are a bit surprised. I’m not.
Taylor Momsen isn’t the only “Gossip Girl” star to be exercising her vocal chords. Leighton Meester (aka Blair Waldorf), has just made her voice known on a new track with Cobra Starfish called “Good Girls Go Bad.” Leighton only sings a few chorus lines, but she’s not bad! She’s got a bit of an engineered sound, but nevertheless, we’re all ears. Oh, and she looks gorgeous in this video. Jealous yet? ‘Cause we are. Oh, and you can forget sex videos now. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Don’t bother denying it, you’ve been trying to dress like Blair and Serena for months now. Well, your days of attempting to make $50 dresses look like Chanel are over, courtesy of Anna Sui. The quirky chic designer has just released images of her Gossip Girl-inspired collection for Target and we’re definitely getting the appropriate level of Blair vibes from the dress all the way on the left. Check out the whole collection here before it launches September 13. [The Cut] Keep reading »
The New York Times didn’t actually get to the bottom of whether any of the New York City prep schools whose students were filmed on Bravo’s “NYC Prep” might forbid students from going on reality TV. But since Bravo is damned if “NYC Prep” is not going to be a “real life ‘Gossip Girl’,” well, it would be safe to interpret the letter written by the chancellor of Dwight School, an Upper West Side prep school which two students on the show attended, as a big ol’ warning shot. Keep reading »
There’s lots of literary esteem to be held for classic coming-of-age stories like Little Women or Jane Eyre. And while The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High may not qualify for a place in the cannon of American literature, there’s no denying the iconic impact of the YA series you grew up with. If you feel like you’ve outgrown those paperbacks of yesteryear, consider these picks, some old, some new, that are surprisingly grown up. Keep reading »