The fall of 2007 was my very last semester teaching, and it was a semester that I found myself teaching French at an all-girls Catholic high school. I actually loved teaching all girls, and found that forging a bond with the young women whom I taught was a natural thing that helped me to gain their trust but also their respect. It wasn’t long before the September air began to cool down, and the jitters and buzz surrounding the first major test of the semester began to work itself into a near frenzy. My big test, however, had competition. The premier of a TV show called Gossip Girl (which, the girls impatiently told me, was based on a VERY popular series of books) was coming on the night before the test…so how in the WORLD would they have time to study?!
Since I fancied myself a good teacher, I did what anyone in my shoes would do…I watched the premiere. Oh yeah, and I was totally embarrassed to say that I LOVED it. Naturally the girls screamed in delight when I went back to school and admitted to them that I had watched it, and begrudgingly admitted that I actually enjoyed it. A lot.
I don’t teach those girls anymore. Actually, I don’t teach anymore at all. But I still watch the show, and, um, I’ve seen every single episode.
I think the word I’m looking for is “addict”…
Gossip Girl is a delicious escape for me from everything that is “supposed” to be in the world. They aren’t affected by a recession, and the fashion on the show certainly proves that they aren’t restricted by their bank accounts. Of course, it’s the fashion that I love almost as much as the rollercoaster plotline. Each ensemble fits the character’s personality to a “t” – I swear I wait each week to see the clothes just as anxiously as I await Blair’s latest scheme.
Naturally, I was so excited to see that Anna Sui was tapped to design a “Gossip Girl” inspired line for Target to be released in mid-September. There are 19 looks in all, in 4 distinct categories. There are the Blair’s, the Serena’s, the Jenny’s, and the Vanessa’s. Check ’em out below — which fits you best? And what do you think? I think some of the looks, especially the white lace “Blair” dress, is dead on.