After a very long hiatus, Gossip Girl is back on track! I’m glad the comeback of my favourite tv show meant lots of drama and possible unexpected future turns in the narration. The Kids Stay in the Picture  wasn’t good only because some events of the previous episode developed (the relationship between Blair and Dan, Blair and Chuck, in particular), but also because it introduced new members of the Rhodes family, Carol, Lily’s sister, and her daughter Charlie. New characters always mean trouble, and Charlie is definitely going to change things in the plot, since Serena has already taken her under her wing.
The main event of the episode is a family photoshoot for a Taschen volume, Modern Royalty. This event brings the Humphrey/Van der Woodsen/Rhodes clan together, probably for the first time since the beginning of the show. Lily is desperately trying to keep herself busy: she knows the upcoming sentence is just around the corner, and the photoshoot looks like a good distraction.
In this episode, she changes four outfits, which means plenty of gorgeous clothes and accessories to write about. The first scene is set in her living room: she’s checking what the gossip site TMZ is writing about her. She’s wearing a romantic antique rose blouse, with ruffles on the front and ruffled cap sleeves; she pairs it with flared jeans.
In this episode, she sports two different updos: one of these is a classic chignon with her trademark side-parting.
The second scene featuring Lily is set at Intermix, the boutique where Serena and Charlie are shopping and where they meet their mothers. Carol has always struggled to raise her child far from the Upper East Side and its lifestyle, but Serena’s didactical shopping trip from Barneys to Intermix will crush Carol’s expectations.
Here, Lily pairs paired her flared jeans with a plaid coat by Dries Van Noten and with beige rosette pumps.
She also wears a mink scarf by Ralph Lauren, which gives the outfit a lady-like mood.
I’m not crazy about the bag she carries in this occasion. Even if the style is gorgeous – it’s the Keyhole tote bag by VBH – I don’t get why she didn’t wear a model in plain leather, but opted for a wool/tweed style with leather details. The leather version is definitely more beautiful than this one, which is actually cheap-looking, in my opinion.
The third scene featuring Lily takes place on the set of the photoshoot. I’ve been recently obsessed with the elegant curve-hugging style of Roland Mouret dresses, so I am glad she wore a creation by the British designer to give her own interpretation of “modern royalty” style.
In this scene, she wears a Myrtha wool-crepe dress in black, with folded details at shoulders, a triangular neckline and short sleeves. I think it’s flawless and she looks amazing in it.
In the jewellery department we can also find a Grande Dame ring by Henri Bendel, embellished with rhinestones and pearls.
In the picture above, you can see her updo (a French twist and Marcel waves) and her shoes (black satin pumps). She has a bag on her lap: it’s a croco-embossed leather bag with detachable strap, a style from the collection Kelly Rutherford designed for QVC. Though simple, it’s perfect to complete such a timeless outfit.
The fourth and last scene featuring Lily is set, again, in her apartment: she has a chat with her sister, trying to clear the shadows from the past that are still haunting them, but something unexpected is in store for both of them.
I’ve had a hard time in identifying the cute grey bow skirt she sports in this scene, and I think I’ve finally found it: it’s a flannel skirt by United Bamboo, with a bow at the waist and a lovely ruffled fold on the front. She pairs it with a front-buttoned grey sweater.
It’s rare to get a full figure of Lily, so it’s nearly impossible to see the shoes she’s wearing. This time I’ve been lucky because, while she’s sitting on the couch and talking to Carol, her shoes are visibile. Poznansa is s a gorgeous pair of open-toe pumps by Manolo Blahnik, made of snakeskin with jeweled t-strap.
Her jewellery consists in a pair of Belargo circle stone earrings and a dramatic crystal collar necklace. I still haven’t identified it, but I hope I’ll do in the future. As usual, if you have ideas about the unidentified items, please share them in the comments.
The episode closes with some unanswered questions. Why is Carol worried about her daughter, who has decided to stay in New York? Why does she ask Lily to constantly keep an eye on her? Will the arrival of Louis (Blair met him in Paris) affect things for Queen B? I must admit I secretly support a Dan & Blair option: they’re so different but cute together!
 The title comes from the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen. It’s also the title of the autobiography of the legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans which inspired the movie.