From the Valley to the Upper East Side: Lily Van der Woodsen’s Style Cross-Over (6.10 – New York, I Love You XOXO)

Back in 2009 I started watching Gossip Girl after reading enthusiastic reviews on Internet and exciting recaps from friends who had been watching it since the beginning. It immediately captured my interest and imagination and it quickly became one of my favourite shows. The fact that I had found a style icon in it – Lily Van der Woodsen – was another reason why I liked it so much. While thousands of blog posts and articles were being written on the style of the young protagonists, I was the only one who decided to write about an apparently marginal character. After four years, I must admit I don’t regret my choice: writing about Lily’s style has been an incredibly interesting and fulfilling experience, which has allowed me to know some of my best virtual friends and to dwelve into the refined world of an Upper East Side princess.

New York, I Love You XOXO, the 10th episode of the 6th season, is the perfect ending, a good episode full of twists, turns and special appearances which comes at the end of some disappointing seasons. I must admit the 6th one was not as bad as the 4th and 5th, but it was certainly not as good as the 1st and 2nd. At the beginning of the episode, we see a white-clad Lily at a spa, sitting in a comfortable armchair and reading a magazine. She receives a phone call and everybody knows the news she is being given.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h18m42s117Her husband – Bart Bass – is dead again, but this time it’s for real. She’s shocked by the news, but we see she’ll recover quite quickly from the shock. In this scene, she’s wearing her favourite loungewear – a white cashmere robe and matching silk nightdress.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h21m02s36Her hair is styled in a messy bun and she’s sporting her trademark diamond jewellery (stud earrings and a ring).

dinniganThis picture and the following one are backstage photos, shot on October 15th, 2012, when the finale was filmed. Here you can see in detail Lily’s mourning outfit. I think it’s one of the best she’s ever worn, perfectly representing her social status. Her dress by Collette Dinnigan is from the Fall 2010 collection: it pairs a black brocade full skirt with a short-sleeved beaded lace bodice; it has a girly and romantic glamour that beautifully contrasts with Lily’s pragmatic attitude.

coatThe dress was worn with a black wool coat with velvet collar by Bottega Veneta and with a pair of Belle Vivier patent pumps by Roger Vivier. I’ve already explained that these shoes are on top of my wish list: this black patent version with patent buckles is to die for. This is not the only Vivier piece she wore in the episode, a choice which makes me happy, because Lily wearing Vivier is a match made in fashion heaven, almost as perfect as her connection to Hermès.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-17h16m04s166The coat is from the Fall 2012 collection and has shiny details on the sleeves and on the sides.

pilgrimHer clutch is another piece by Roger Vivier – a spectacular Pilgrim clutch with Swarovski-studded oval buckle. Lily’s clutch seems to be the velvet version of the satin clutch above. Words fail when it comes to speak about such a classic item: this is definitely the ultimate evening clutch, which gives her refined outfit another touch of class.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h24m17s198Last but not least, her jewellery. Lily sometimes loves wearing statement pieces – especially earrings and necklaces – but this time she simply opted for a pair of black and white cluster clip earrings. The man she’s talking with is her ex-husband William, who helps them to go through the scandal of Bart’s death. She doesn’t seem worried for what happened: she sounds dryly humorous when she says that the good news is that they can “do the same thing” they did “the last time Bart died”. Ha! She’s really turning into her mother, isn’t she?

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h24m24s19Here her hairdo is a messy braided bun. This scene is very important because it determines the rapprochment with William and the dismissal of Ivy. She thinks she’s finally won the battle against Lily (she’s got Cece’s money and William’s heart) but she’s tragically wrong. William admits he used her to achieve his goal – getting back into Lily’s heart and into his family. I don’t like him because he’s a schemer and a liar (do you remember when he made Lily think she had a cancer?), but it’s clear they belong together.

Many Rufly fans got mad after realizing their heroes didn’t end up together at the end of the show. While being relatively happy of the Chuck/Blair and Serena/Dan’s weddings, the reunion of Lily and William left me perplexed at first, but then I’ve realized it’s the most logical ending. People have always overestimated her character, but she’s actually more similar to William than to Rufus. The marriage to Rufus was an idyllic phase in her turbulent love life but probably they were never meant to be together, at least not along with Dan and Serena. Moreover, Lily has always proven social appearances mean a lot to her, thus resembling her mother, a very important presence in her life.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h36m45s3I feel she can really be herself – with all her flaws and her penchant for scheming – with William only, because they share the same attitude. Rufus is a good-natured character who could never accept her way of taking care of difficulties and scandals. For all these reasons, I think the decision of not reuniting them was not bad at all. After a hectic series of events, culminating in the disclosure of Gossip Girl’s identity (it’s Dan, y’all!), all the characters reach a new balance: new relations bloom (the best one is between the wicked minds of the show – Georgina Sparks and Jack Bass), a child was born (Henry, Chuck and Blair’s son) and everybody is ready for a new wedding.

pinkbottegaEric and Jenny (oh, I’ve missed her so!) are back in town for attending the ceremony. Lily is thrilled and nervous at the same time, as she confides to her son. Her outfit is another memorable moment of the show: she is wearing a lilac dress by Bottega Veneta with beaded details on hips and shoulders, paired to cap-toe pumps. No messy bun but straight loose hair instead. No statement jewellery but a wrist corsage and crystal earrings only.

vlcsnap-2012-12-20-15h38m11s87The breath-taking vision of Serena wearing a white and gold wedding dress by Georges Chakra Couture and all the main characters of the show gathered in Chuck and Blair’s apartment is the best way to wave fans goodbye. What will happen now? Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are busy with Carrie Diaries, the prequel of Sex and the City starring AnnaSophia Robb as the protagonist. The show will premiere on January 14th, 2013, and is apparently the new show to watch, also because Eric Daman is the costume designer. I’m sad for the end of Gossip Girl and I will surely miss writing about Lily, but who knows? Maybe I’ll find a new style inspiration in the upcoming Schwartz/Savage venture.

Before closing, just a big thank you to all the people who have supported me by reading my posts about Lily and by helping me with the (often impossible) id-ying process. Thank you so much for keeping me company in this long journey. I love you. Xoxo.



  1. I think it’s interesting you picked up on Lily’s style. It is very nice, I like it a lot more than Serena’s personally.. but I believe it is overlooked due to the fact that hers is more normal or expected of an upper east side member of society. All the same, both dresses were beautiful.

  2. I have truly appreciated all of your Lily posts, and thoroughly enjoyed the journey from the pilot to the series finale. Your attention to detail, and the way you used detective skills to uncover all of her accessories was stellar. Thanks for the fun and fashion! XOXO

  3. GG mi manca già ,come appuntamento costante,piacevolissimo,e che, é magari difficile da credere, é stato costante fonte di materiale di approfondimento per il mio ruolo di consulente.
    Mi spiace molto non avere piú la possibilità di divertirmi grazie a personaggi scritti alla perfezione (Ed westwick non riuscirà forse mai piú a costruirsi un personaggio così forte),e di godere di tutto lo stile.
    Grazie Super per il lavoro svolto e per aver sopportato i miei commenti per tutte queste puntate!.
    Spero di appassionarmi alla vita della giovane Carrie,ma ho dei dubbi…anche se non vedo l’ora di sentire cosa ha preparato per lo show Alexandra Patsavas,che ha reso GG ancor piú indimenticabile.

  4. Congratulations on your last post! I admire your commitment & passion and can’t believe this is the end. I would love to see your interpretation of Lily’s best looks or examples of her style. 🙂

    Love the Vivier pumps! Not exactly flats, but not the usual high heel either, so perfect for her ‘mourning’ outfit. I also noticed the contrast to her ‘mother-of-the-bride’ ensemble. Even though she was nervous for the wedding, her style says that she’s more her true self than ever before and relaxed about it. Her hair is shorter and worn down and she’s wearing a bright and happy color. Makes me feel happy for her, even if she’s not with Rufus, (but at least we know there are no hard feelings between them). LOL!

  5. I discovered your blog through searching for “Lily Van der Woodsen” – I too have loved Lily’s style and have very much enjoyed your posts. Thank you !

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