From the Valley to the Upper East Side: Lily Van der Woodsen’s Style Cross-Over (6.07 – Save the Last Chance)

Those of you who love Lily Van der Woodsen, the Gossip Girl character played by Kelly Rutherford, may have wondered why a whole week has gone without a post about what she wore in Save the Last Chance, the 7th episode of the 6th season. Well, I must admit I have been defeated on all fronts when it comes to her outfit in this episode: despite the time I’ve spent trying to identify her clothes and accessories, I haven’t been able to find anything. Such a disappointment! I know it’s sad writing a post without any real information, but I hope you’ll understand.

This episode was great, even if three episodes only are left and I have no idea what the writers will come up with for the finale. What started in the previous episode has been taken further: Bart is definitely hiding some illegal business matters and shows he’s ready to do anything to hide them from his family and his own son. Chuck is slowly falling into a downward spiral (again): despite his efforts, Bart is still on top of the game, supported by Lily. She wants to believe he’s changed and protects him, no matter what. Moreover, everyone seems to interested in taking Ivy down (Rufus included, when he sees her in the street, kissing someone – he doesn’t know the man is William, Lily’s ex-husband), but by doing this they’re just protecting Bart and making it stronger.

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h56m15s237After learning about the secret microfilm hidden behind the Spectrum painting, Lily asks Rufus to steal it from Ivy, because it contains vital information about her family. They meet at Central Park and the feeling we get from this scene is bittersweet. She’s desperate but he’s cold, saying she’s hiding something, if the microfilm is so important for her. We actually don’t know its content, but it’s surely something dealing with Bart’s business, not with Lily’s family. In this scene, she’s wearing a stunning two-tone grey coat and a long-sleeved sheath dress.

reedThanks to ShenanK now we know more about her coat: it’s a piece from Reed Krakoff pre-fall 2012 collection. It’s a layered coat made of cashmere; its classic shape perfectly suits Lily. The picture above was shot while filming the episode; we can see she was also wearing Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps.

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h56m34s186Her beautiful earrings have a central rectangle-shaped stone (aquamarine maybe?), embellished by three rows of round-cut crystals (or diamonds?). When I first saw these earrings, I was 100% sure they were a Swarovski creation, but I was wrong. Their identity is still unknown to me.

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h56m22s60Her updo is lovely, as well. This is the nth variation of her trademark messy bun with side parting. Oh, I will miss her chic hairstyles so much!

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h55m32s69The jewellery department also included a crystal bracelet with a braid effect and a diamond pavé ring.

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h58m57s74After meeting Rufus in Central Park, Lily is surprised to see him at her apartment and we are too. I bet Rufly fans were ready for a reunion at this point of the narration, but nothing happened. We know Rufus still cares for Lily and this is the reason why he stole the microfilm from Ivy. In the screencap above, we can see her hairstyle is different – a low bun with a twisted lock as decoration.

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-14h59m10s203Is it only me who thinks she looked so beautiful in this scene?

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-15h00m08s14I loved this scene set in Lily’s living room. They’re having something to drink from the chic white and gold cups we’ve seen lots of time in the show. Lily follows her mother’s footsteps and sips vodka from her teacup. The stressful day she’s had asks for extreme relaxing solutions!

vlcsnap-2012-11-27-15h01m11s143Now that Lily has the infamous microfilm, she thinks she’s avoided another family crisis, but the truth is that her husband has never changed. Chuck arrives soon after the shot above and tries to explain he’s still the cold-hearted, business-driven man that faked his death and disappeared some years before, but she doesn’t believe him. The result? She throws the microfilm in the fireplace, where flames destroy it and Chuck’s last hopes. In the screencap you can get a good view of the dress: it’s a sheath dress with long sleeves and crew neck, closed with a back zip. The print of the fabric is particularly interesting: Eric Daman, the show’s costume designer, called it the “dirty window” dress on Twitter; I kind of hate it because I’ve desperately tried to learn more about it without any result. Endless gratitude to anyone who helps me with these ids, thanks!

Will Chuck be able to find the way to reveal what his father is hiding? Will Lily and Rufus be back together? Will Dan be able to fool Serena and write a supposedly shocking article about her? Just the idea that the last three episodes will have to answer these questions and more makes me dizzy, but I can’t wait to see what happens. What about you?

[1] The title refers to the teen movie Save the Last Dance (2001) by Thomas Carter, starring Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas and Kerry Washington.




  1. I wouldn’t be too upset about not being able to identify this look. IMO, it’s not one of Lily’s more memorable outfits. It’s ok, but doesn’t really make a statement. I do love the earrings and agree the are very ‘Swarovski’. I also agree about her messy bun. I believe the hairstylist on this show is extremely talented.

    Can’t wait to see the next episode!

    1. It’s true this outfit is not memorable, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. Especially when it comes to her jewellery.
      Agree on the hairstylist, I’ll surely miss the beautiful and chic updos he/she has always done on Lily.

      It comes quite unexpected to me, but I’m starting to feel excited for the last three episodes. I’m DYING to know who Gossip Girl is and I want to see how the Bart/Chuck storyline will finish.

    1. Ha! You’re right. Out of our misery because the last seasons (especially the 3rd and 4th) were so bad! Yet we couldn’t help but watch them 😉

      Any guesses on who is Gossip Girl?

      1. i’m a rufus fan, i love his admiring qualities of be upright and just. i am dying to know where he gotten his trench coat from? i’ve searched various sources but haven’t a clue. it looks of very quality material as in scenes before when he addresses ivy about her rendezvous with another man; he then picks up the coat from the chair wherein showing the firmness and weight of the trench coat.

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