From the minute the unforgettable Kristen Bell monologue debuted on thousands and thousands of screens in the tumble of 2007, it was apparent Gossip Lady‘s location would be cemented in the pantheon of iconic teen television reveals permanently. Along with other era-defining juggernauts like 90210 or The Surprise A long time, everything from the show’s showcased music to its a person-liners turned pop culture touchstones—though almost nothing stood out like the people on Gossip Woman and their corresponding, signature seems. The hair and make-up by itself conveyed ample about their unique personalities that the characters’ 1st names turned a image for the genuine-lifetime teenagers who determined with them. “I am a Blair” or “I am a Jenny” speaks volumes to significant swaths of millennials. And now, with HBO’s ultra-modern-day reboot, an completely new generation is falling in with a contemporary set of Higher East Side’s most elite (and remarkable) large schoolers.

A long time in the past, head hairstylist Jennifer Johnson and direct make-up artist Amy Tagliamonti teamed up to provide the OG Gossip Girl to daily life, responsible for some of the most unforgettable elegance developments of the 2000s (headbands, everyone?). Now, they have reunited on the 2021 Gossip Girl reboot to make genuine an solely new established of characters—and it is really obvious to all people who’s found the reboot that the pair haven’t lost their magic touch. To go at the rear of the scenes with the two the new demonstrate and the primary, Byrdie sat down with Johnson and Tagliamonti firsthand to converse about anything Gossip Lady attractiveness. You by now know you appreciate them.

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On Obtaining Inspiration for the New Series

JJ: I did some temper boards for it, but with the initial just one, we just type of went off what the wardrobe patterns have been and the clothing they ended up wearing and attempted to generate from that. A temper board in phrases of inspirational pictures, indeed. But I imagine we like to satisfy the actors and variety of operate off of what is actually theirs and what they bring to the table so that it has an organic, personalized look for the particular person as opposed to, “Oh, you have curly hair? So you can dress in your hair this way and this way.” We like to make on the place. Amy and I perform properly off of each other creatively, and of training course, with Eric [Daman’s] wardrobe. We each reside in New York. You stroll out your doorway, and you might be bombarded with how people today search. And you’re like, “Oh, that is great! And oh, that!” In the East Village, children are turned out every day now. It is back again to the ’80s and ’90s when they utilized to glance so fun.

Every actor has their have vibe. It is a tale due to the fact they all arrive jointly, but they all have their own fashion vibe.

AT: I concur with Jen on all fronts. We are just people today that develop in the moment. We obviously have discussions with the showrunner to get a normal notion of the figures we study the scripts and recognize each individual particular person. But until we meet the actors and seriously get a sense for them and, like Jen claimed, see the garments. Jen and I often speak to every single other, “Oh, what are you doing? What are you thinking?” We’re fortunate we’re fortunate that we have people today who trust us to build appears to be like alternatively of staying dictated.

This forged is greater than the original. Everybody’s unique. It’s tough to pinpoint—certain characters are a lot more traditional, and there’s more liberty and experimenting with some individuals. Like Jordan Alexander, who performs Julien, she has a shaved head. Which is not the classic matter, looking at the guide on a show acquiring a shaved head as a younger feminine. We get to experiment with her. But then other people are much more regular and some that are more playful. And so I kind of consider it runs the gamut.

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On Their Favourite Figures to Build Appears for

JJ: It’s amusing I would have to say it is really all relatively equivalent. Even Jordan—although she has a shaved head—we’ve begun including things to her head, so we get to be creative that way. I are unable to decide a person about the other individuals!

AT: I think they all get to be glamorous in their possess way, but some keep in their lane extra. A character like Jordan’s—she’s an influencer. She’s generally accomplishing some thing distinct. And which is reflective in her apparel, even her persona. So for me, I get to perform with her a whole lot. But that’s simply because also her wardrobe variations more. But every person even now will get to be glamorous in their very own way. I do not imagine on the initial you would have viewed persons as informal. Some of the apparel or some of the considerably less-done looks that are occurring now reflect the periods. You would not have observed that as a great deal in the initial. I think you will find just like much more room in basic, alternatively of most people obtaining to be a person matter or another.

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JJ: In the original, every person was glamorous—it did not make any difference if they just rolled out of mattress they had been glamorous. And now, these girls appear house from school, and at times they have a grungy t-shirt and saggy denims. I do believe you see a whole lot a lot more “down appears.”

AT: I know this is a hair issue, but even Whitney [Peak’s character] likely to mattress or waking up? Her hair’s wrapped, suitable? I really don’t know if on the initial anybody would have definitely had that.

JJ: Yeah, like you do a sleeping bonnet or wrapped in a scarf. I imagine on most Television displays they really don’t do that. We are like, “No, let us keep this genuine.” What I was nervous about is the primary was so glamorous, and on this just one, I experience like there are moments of glamour for confident. But I imagine that it can be a good deal additional reasonable.

On Their Favored Elegance Moments from the Reboot

JJ: There are matters that I have accomplished with Whitney that I appreciate… but a most loved? I never know! You can find a very easy just one: it is just up, and then she has some bangs. It seemed so sweet on her to me. And then there was an additional a person we wrapped her head in a scarf, but then experienced it curly up listed here. It was just a scarf, but I loved it. Those people are almost certainly my two favorites, but they’re not like the most glamorous or like “Gossip Lady.” But I like those people two on her I come across them to be the most flattering. I loved people. You may see it on Episode 10!

AT: I really feel like Whitney, for me. If she’s in pajamas or she’s in the fanciest outfit that her character’s been in or if she’s in denims, you will find something incredibly beautiful about her face—up or down. So I feel like any glance on her is great.

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On the Most Iconic Scenes from the Original

JJ: There are a pair with Blake [Lively], really. And a person since I really feel like I see it everywhere, all the time. We did this Hamptons white celebration [in early season two], and it was a very Greecian-encouraged glimpse. We had this necklace in her hair. I see it frequently areas, and people will be like, “Oh, that is my favourite hairstyle!” It was enjoyment, though not automatically my favored.

We did just one wherever it was like a ’70s occasion, and I gave her super long, thick, curly hair. I loved it. And then there was one particular when we were in Paris. It was like a “scrunch-scrunch” [look], and then a ponytail. And it was quite very simple, but it was the total outfit it was a full glimpse. And it was also probably getting in Paris.

There have been also two weddings that I cherished: Serena’s appear, which was that yellow a person. The second time that I loved Serena’s hair was when Blair got married. It was a substantial French twist but down low with fresh bouquets in it—that I liked. I assume I am on your own in loving it, but it was just one of my favorites.

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AH: We have enjoyable. Even undertaking like appears on like Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Georgina, you happen to be just like, “Oh, this is excellent!” We got to do exciting factors with Blair’s minions, like the signify women and things.

JJ: When Hilary Duff had a guest function, I do not think I have at any time place far more extensions in someone’s hair than hers. We experienced some with braids it was just massive.

How to Embrace the 2021 GG Glimpse

JJ: For hair, it is doing the job with your organic texture, no matter what that may possibly be. I believe it’s just performing with your own purely natural texture, be it curly, be it straight, be it whatsoever. Just an easy seem, which was what Serena was meant to be but seriously, was she ever effortless? No. [2021] is much more easy it can be additional operating with your very own texture and embracing it.

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AH: For make-up, it is a clean face, and that’s performed up or finished down. We use a ton of tinted lip balms which may possibly seem foolish, but there are amazing kinds out there, and we can use them all the time, so the women have these really stained lips. It operates the gamut with what we use, but Tarte has some awesome kinds they are just about like a shiny balm. And then we use points like Burt’s Bees—like we use large and lower and center of the street, all sorts. It really is just no matter what is effective. I consider everyone’s unique, so it is really actually just remaining you.

JJ: Viewing what you provide to the desk and just boosting it.