I’ve already explained why I love Gossip Girl and Lily Van Der Woodsen’s character. Unfortunately, the second season of the show is coming to an end; I’m looking forward to watch Valley Girls (a journey into the past of Lily in Los Angeles) and the finale, but in the meantime let’s take a look at other interesting outfits seen on Lily during the first season of the show. Apart from her interest for Hermès accessories, she likes wearing clothes in neutral tones, because they compliment her blonde hair and fair skin.
In School Lies, she wears two lovely dresses, both in camel/beige: the first is made of a soft fabric (light wool or jersey) and has a cowl neck, while the second is a satin shirt dress with big buttons on the front. In the second case, she also wears a long jet necklace with a tassel pendant. I much prefer Lily with her hair in an updo.
In Roman Holiday she sports two completely different outfits, representing different sides of her personality: during a meeting at Serena’s school, she wears a classic Burberry Prorsum trench coat, with a camel turtleneck sweater and a black bag; during a party at the Waldorf’s, she chooses to wear a gold sequined dress with lace inserts.
For the Moroccan party at the Waldorf’s (in Dare Devil) she wears a kaftan dress with the jeweled neckline. I think her hairstyle here is flawless: the braided updo is so bohemian and is one of the trends of this season (Nicole Richie, the Hollywood queen of bohemian style, often has the same hairstyle).
Lily likes soft fabrics, like the one of the draped tank dress she wears in the opening scene of The Blair Witch Project. She always cares about details, so the vintage-looking sunglasses (my bet is that they are Persols) perfectly match the rest of the outfit.
In Woman on the Verge, we can see her in an unusual oufit – fitted jacket and skinny jeans. Here the resemblance to Serena is clearer than ever. I don’t like this outfit on Lily, because I think she’s better and more refined than this, but she looks good. Her accessories are to die for – metallic Christian Louboutin pumps and a Chanel quilted jersey bag.
This is not the classic 2.55 quilted bag, but a jersey reissue. The shoulder straps are made of chain and jersey.
When I last wrote about Lily’s style, I pointed out that she rarely wears statement jewellery, as she prefers small (yet iconic) pieces. This is true for what we see in the first season of the show, because in the second season something changes. In the first season, the best wow jewellery-related moment is Bart’s wedding proposal.
The engagement platinum-set brilliant-cut diamond ring is stunning.
In the second season (especially after Bart’s death), Lily’s style changes: her outfits are more lady-like than ever and she often wears statement jewellery, big colourful necklaces and drop earrings. The outfits she has in The Ex Files are among my favourites: the first one is casual, while the second is more formal.
The chiffon floral top by Stella McCartney is worn with jeans, a Hermès Kelly bag (we’ve already seen it in the first season) and a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra turquoise necklace.
This long necklace comes from the Alhambra Vintage collection and is a modern edition of the legendary Alhambra, introduced in the Seventies. In the second pic, Lily is wearing a lovely blouse and simple pants, all in black. The blouse has got a lace detail on the front and ruffled short sleeves.
The turquoise necklace is the simplest necklace of all the pieces she’s worn in the show. Here are some of the most notable jewels.
Most of these jewels are presents by Bart, like the important diamond and emerald necklace we can see in The Serena Also Rises. At the beginning of the episode she’s wearing a necklace of semi-precious stones, which nicely accessorizes her Elie Tahari flower-printed skirt and a Rebecca Taylor ruffled blouse.
It’s a Wonderful Lie is one of my favourite episodes of the show: Lily wears some beautiful jewels here. In the pic above, she has a nice pair of flower-shaped earrings, while the rest of the outfit is kept simple, with a touch of bright purple (the satin bow around the neck). She’s toting her trusty Hermès black Kelly bag. At the Charity Snowflake Ball, she wears a gorgeous Vera Wang white draped dress and some diamond jewellery.
The drop earrings and the bracelet are classic pieces, very traditional in style and shape.
Here is a closer look at the dress. It’s presumably made of silk jersey and has a draped bodice and asymmetrical sleeves (one is actually a strap, while the other is a cap sleeve). It also has a train on the back, visible in the pic on the right. Aren’t Lily and Rufus lovely in their romantic dance moment?
The bag that completes her look is by Salvatore Ferragamo: it’s a Musa clutch, made of pearl grey satin, with a precious rhinestone-studded round clasp.
In Chuck in Real Life, two beautiful necklaces can be seen around her neck. One is made of diamond rosettes and is paired to drop earrings, while the other is made of turquoise-bead strands (which accessorizes a Robert Rodriguez petal-sleeved dress). These necklaces are the only ornament in all black outfits.
In The Grandfather, we can see Lily wearing glasses for the first time. She looks nice with those milky rose frames on. In the first scene of the episode, she’s wearing a satin tank top with beaded straps and a pair of big drop crystal earrings.
A troubled Pesach dinner at the Waldorf’s is the main event in Seder Anything.
In this occasion, Lily wears a stunning set of jewellery – Bounkit lemon quartz drop earrings and a multistrand necklace of citrine and emerals, with a big removable flower of green aventure hiding the clasp.
Multistrand necklaces are a must for Lily, because we can see them on her in several episodes. Another necklace of this kind, for example, appears in Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, always paired to drop earrings. Please take a look at the nice blouse Lily is wearing in this scene, with side cut-outs, and her refined hair-style.
Before closing the post, a curiosity: in Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Blair is admiring a piece from Lily’s art collection. Being a (fashion) photography nerd, I’ve immediately recognized the picture as a work by the American photographer and painter Marilyn Minter. The title of this work of art is Stepping Up, an iconic shot by the famous artist, who loves mingling luxury and dirt, sexuality and a strong erotic imagery. I was not surprised by this work in Lily’s collection: don’t forget she posed as a model for Robert Mapplethorpe, she was a photographer herself, so it’s clear she likes photography in all its different expressions, and that is one of the reasons why I like this character so much.