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9/26 Gossip Girl To Premiere Clothing Line and Season Five

Gossip Girl by Romeo & Juliet Couture collection

Season 5 of The CW hit, Gossip Girl premieres on Monday, September 26th. In conjunction with the premiere, Gossip Girl will launch a clothing line through Romeo & Juliet Couture available at major fashion retailers including Kitson, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Which is appropriate given that’s where you’d expect Serena and Blair to already shop. Although considering the prestige retailers picking up the line, the price point is in the lower range at $80-$200. The collection will launch with tops, bottoms, dresses and outerwear pieces. Come spring the line will extend to include accessories.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Romeo & Juliet Couture on the sophisticated, fashion-forward line that truly brings the essence of the series to life,” said Maryelle Zarakas, Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing and TV & Studio Licensing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Romeo & Juliet Couture has created a collection that will resonate with fans of the show.”

I sure hope so, because the clothes is the only consistent thing that keeps me going back to that show. And frankly, from what I’ve seen of the collection they don’t read trendsetter or Serena van der Woodsen to me. The idea is there but I’m not overwhelmed by them nor have they  garnered the same reaction I have to the styling on the show. I wonder if Eric Damon had anything to do with the line (my guess is no). I do still plan to check them out in person and anticipate being pleasantly surprised.

What do you think Gossip Girl fans? Is this what you’d hope for from a Gossip Girl collection? To preview the line visit romeoandjulietcouture.com

Matthew Williamson Launches MW Line

Matthew Williamson and Dree Hemingway

Gossip Girl made me in love with Matthew Williamson. Every time I’d walk by this store I’d fall for his colorful prints and whimsical long maxi dresses –although the $2,500 price tag generally kept me from walking inside. Why torture myself? So when I received an invitation from Refinery29 to the exclusive launch party of his new diffusion line MW Matthew Williamson, I was all over it!

With Dree Hemingway on his arm (looking stunning in her MW mini dress), Matthew Williamson walked the store mingling with guests and posing for pictures.

“The aim was really to offer a broader collection, with more units than we have in the line–I think it spans about 250 pieces in the diffusion line,” Williamson told Racked. “The idea is to have it at a lower price point, more accessible, and offer a slightly different slant on the main line. The main line is known more for print and colour and that sort of red-carpet aesthetic, glamour and jet-set and all those kind of ideas. So whilst those ideas have some synthesis within the diffusion line, I wanted to make it more about an urban wardrobe and less about speciality pieces.”

MW Logo and Collection
Guests at the MW launch party
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The collection ranges from $200-800, and is available in their Matthew Williamson store located at 415 West 14th Street, NYC

Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr Dropped from Gossip Girl

Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr

It’s official, as Season 4 of Gossip Girl comes to close on Monday, so do the roles of Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) and Jenny (Taylor Momsen), who will not be returning in Season 5. Momsen, who has hardly been on this season seems pretty over the show since starting her band, The Pretty Reckless. And as for Jessica Szorh, her character has just become lame.  It seems like the writers set her up to fail with all this tattletail woe-is-me Eeyore attitude. At least with Blair at her worst, you still loved to hate her but with Vanessa she’s just become somewhat pathetic. If this was Survivor, I’d probably vote them off the island –well that and Charlie. She just started and I’m already ready to see her go too. Although no matter how bad the plot line can get or unrealistic it gets, the clothes just keep me coming back for more!

Gossip Girl Boutique on Gilt MONDAY

Gilt Groupe has partnered with Gossip Girl stylist, Eric Daman to debut THE GOSSIP GIRL BOUTIQUE sale starting Monday, April 25th at 9PM EST on GILT.com. So whether you’re a Serena or a Blair (or a little bit of both), the sale will replicate some of the show’s best looks.

And on Monday’s all new episode

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Here are some headlines that caught my attention this month:

* Francois Nars launched his latest book 15×15 (only 1500 copies!). Get it while you can.

* This weekend, Bernard and Ruth Madoff’s government auction brought in over $1 Million. The proceeds will go toward reimbursing victims who lost their investments in the Madoff scam.  PETA wanted Ruth Madoff’s furs to be donated to the homeless, to keep them warm this winter.

* Privately owned, highly regarded (just ask Prince Charles and First Lady Michelle Obama) fragrance brand Creed will open it’s first doors in the US on Madison Avenue in December.

* Tim Burton’s exhibit officially opens today (and will be up until April 26) at MoMA.  Burton’s influence on film and art has had a heavy impact on the fashion industry.  WWD reported last week the Dollywood trend for Spring 2010 is no doubt attributed in part to Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland premiering March 5, 2010.  I’m so excited!

* Gossip Girl’s costume designer Eric Daman will launch his latest book, You Know You Want it: Style-Inspiration-Confidence, on December 15. Available on Amazon now to pre-order. You know what I want? That dress Serena wore to Rufus and Lilly’s wedding. Oh and Jenny’s sequence dress that she’s wearing in the group shot on their website, and-I’ll stop. I could play this game all day.

* James Franco joins the cast of General Hospital for 2 months. Drool!

* Kate Moss’s motto, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.  Well she must feel great!

* Concerns/rumors of Sammy Sosa’s sudden change of skin tone being due to a skin infection or byproduct of alleged steroid use have been put to rest. The former Chicago Cubs slugger was reported saying “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some.” Keep that cream away from me! Pictures HERE.

* After 25 years, Oprah is ending her run of the Oprah Winfrey show in 2011.  But considering the debut of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) slated to launch in 2011, perhaps a new talk show will be in the works.

* Tomorrow, November 23, Bergdorf Goodman unleashes their holiday window!  You know where to find me.