From the Valley to the Upper East Side: Lily Van der Woodsen’s Style Cross-Over (4.11 – The Townie)

Sorry if it took me so much time to write this post, but identifying Lily’s clothes and accessories is getting more and more difficult. I’ve recently found out who designed some of the items she wore in The Townie [1], so here it is your weekly dose of Upper East Side refinement. Before starting, let me tell you I absolutely loved this episode: first of all, the much-awaited solution of the Juliet-Ben mystery has been revealed; I also liked the cute and snappy dialogues between Blair and Dan (I hope my feeling they’re going to be a couple is true). Lastly, the best part of the episode was Lily herself and the dark side of her character, who is scheming against Chuck and who put an innocent man in jail (Ben), by accusing him of assault on Serena.

As for her outfits, Lily gives us a refreshing change, because in this episode she’s wearing two red dresses, which is quite unusual for her. Tibi, one of the most loyal and attentive readers of my posts about Lily’s style, said that her evil side coming out in the episode is perfectly symbolized by the “devilish” colour she wears, and I totally agree with her.

She makes her first appearance with Chuck: they’re in her apartment and have just finished a meeting with a New York Post journalist. In this case, she is wearing a sleeveless draped dress, gathered at the waist, and an amazing torchon necklace, made of pearl strands, chains and rhinestones.

The beautiful dress is a creation by Costello Tagliapietra, from the fall/winter 2010 collection. The lovely symmetric draping on the bodice and on the skirt is visible on Lily, but it kinds of disappears on the model, maybe because the belt she wears “cuts” the dress in half, thus interrupting the mirror effect.
The gold ring she’s wearing is a Calife ring, designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany.

Here is a close-up of Lily, where the torchon necklace and drop earrings are visible. The earrings are Tzen creations: they are made of tourmalated quartz stones and have diamond-cut quartz flower tops. Unfortunately, we don’t get a full-figure shot of the character with this outfit on, so we don’t know what shoes she wore (I assume she wore her trademark classic pumps).

The second appearance is the best of the episode, because it’s packed full of dramatic revelations. Lily is hosting a holiday party for the Bass Industries, when Serena shows up and accuses her mother of being a liar, thus dishing out what she learnt from Juliet.

Even in this occasion, Lily is dressed in red and looks perfect. Serena’s attack is totally unexpected, but she tries not to show her emotions.

This red dress is by Carolina Herrera: it’s made of combed wool fabric and has a nice pleating on the shoulder and on one side. I appreciate the decision to wear a belt, because it gives the waist-line a more fitted look.

She pairs the dress with beautiful crystal jewellery: she wears a pair of tiered deco earrings by Badgley Mischka.

She also wears a rhinestone deco bracelet by Badgley Mischka. Her hair is styled, as usual, in a very chic updo. I love this outfit because it makes her look like a modern version of the blonde heroines in Alfred Hitchcock’s movies.

The last jaw-dropping moment comes at the end of the episode, when Rufus reveals his wife is going to sell the Bass Industries. Chuck is devastated by the news and immediately leaves the apartment. What we get from The Townie is a character who finally shows (or gives us a glimpse of) her wicked side: she seemingly acts to protect her family (Serena and Chuck, in this case), but the truth is that she is able of anything to keep up appearances, which are probably the only thing she really cares about.

As you may know, Gossip Girl returns on January 24th, 2011, so I guess you will have plenty of time to think about the possible turns in the plot. Any ideas?

[1] The title is a reference to The Town (2010) by Ben Affleck, a dramatic movie set in the Boston neighbourhood of Charlestown. Blake Lively was among the protagonists.

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  1. I noticed that in this 4th season you have described less Lily’s screenshot.
    I don’t follow the serial but I always appreciate Lily’s style. In this case, the two outfit are very similar, isn’t?

    1. Do you mean that I’ve posted not many pics from the series or that I’ve focused on the plot and not so much on her style?

  2. Complimenti per il tuo blog, da quando lo conosco è uno dei miei preferiti! Post sempre originali e interessanti, anche io adoro Lily, mi sono andata a roleggere tutti i post dalla prima serie in avanti! Adoro il suo stile così upper class ma estremamente personale e il tuo modo di scriverlo con estrema competenza 😀
    un abbraccio, ti seguo!

    1. Ciao Giulia!
      Ti ringrazio per i complimenti che rivolgi al mio blog. Fa molto piacere sapere di non aver perso del tutto il seguito di lettrici italiane 😉

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