This possible new style direction for the show is far from the polished, aspirational Upper East Side fashion we came to love in the original series. Although unrealistic, the prospect of wearing stiletto heels to school every day (even in junior year) was something we longed to experience.
Despite the possibility of our Upper East Side fantasy crumbling to pieces, one thing we can certainly be grateful for is the focus on diversity that the show’s producer Joshua Safran has promised – a welcome shift from the original predominately white, heterosexual cast.
“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he admitted.
“I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl. So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that."
As far as the fashion goes, it seems our only option is to wait and see what show’s costume designers have in store. Maybe this urban-inspired aesthetic is exactly what the reboot needs!