The style of HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” pays homage to its roots in the original CW series right off the bat.
Tavi Gevinson as Kate Keller kicks off the premiere episode in a tan jacket styled over a sailor striped knit and paired with a brown leather tote. That is reminiscent of Blake Lively’s grand entrance in the 2007 pilot episode of the first iteration — and is just one of many Easter eggs hidden by costume designer Eric Daman.
“There are other visual clues sprinkled throughout the series, but this one serves as a link between old school fans and new fans who are now discovering Serena and her world for the first time,” says Daman, who also styled the original series.
Last fall, the award-winning designer returned to the set of “Gossip Girl” with hopes to further “push the boundaries of menswear and gendered clothing,” a longtime passion he had explored with Ed Westwick’s Chuck Bass.
Here, Daman breaks down his design inspirations for the new characters’ wardrobes.