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Gossip Girl Revealed!

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“And who am I? That’s a secret I’ll never tell… You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.”

Hello, my Upper East Siders! Mr.StrictlyIntimate here.

I guess you have all seen, or heard it? How do you feel now that the best kept secret of television history is out? Are you shocked? Dazzled? Confused? Or simply speechless by the turn of events and this tremendous revelation? Let me tell you I was just angry with myself that I did not get it the first minute because I was totally hoping Lily (played by Kelly Rutherford, a mundane, elegant and gracious woman!) would turn out to be the Tell-All-Bitch helping her daughter Serena (played by sparkling Blake Lively) to stay in public to never being able turning her back on being a van der Woodsen but hey, sometimes even Mr.StrictlyIntimate can get things wrong. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

“What’s the difference between gossip and scandal? So glad you asked. Anyone can commit a minor indiscretion and generate a day’s worth of buzz, but in order for gossip to birth a true scandal it requires the right person to be in the wrong place. Take one ‘it’ girl on a pedestal, add a crowd eager to see her fall, and give them the means to knock her down.”
(Season 1)

It’s out there, now. Dan Humphrey, or as we all love to call him (as well as he himself obviously did) Lonely Boy, is Gossip Girl. Who would have thought? After 5 Years, 6 Seasons and 121 Episodes Kristen Bell got kicked to the curve by being offered a guest appearance while her voice has been the cornerstone of our personal Gossip Girls ups and downs, just to make some space for Penn Badgley alias Lonely Boy to take the spotlight away from her. Poor K — they say, ‘There are no small parts, just small actors.”

“And some masks we wear because we hope to stay hidden. But that’s the problem with wearing masks. They can be ripped off at any moment.”
(Season 5)

After seeing Monday’s final episode of my most beloved series I was feeling bittersweet. Not particularly sad because, you know “sad” is just not what I do. I have not outfit that goes with “sad” and “pitiful.” But still, I felt a little heartbroken that I can never again be in pure amazement about Blair Waldorf’s (played by amazingly wonderful Leighton Meester) hilarious wit, cruel intentions and fabulous fashion! At least, in the end Blair got to marry of her life Mister Chuck Bass (played by handsomely sexy Ed Westwick) in one of the most beautiful gowns by Elie Saab, a designer I cherish for his classic and elegant approach on the fashion of a modern woman who is aware and conscious of her body and wants to feel beautiful at any given point of time.

Blair Waldorf's Wedding Gown by Elie Saab

Blair Waldorf’s Wedding Gown by Elie Saab

Other happenings in Questions:
Wasn’t it hilarious how Ivy for the first time realized that good old William was playing her to get to Lily?
Isn’t Blair’s and Chuck’s son simply adorable?
Doesn’t Georgina Sparks look as striking and evil as never before?
Doesn’t Dan Humphrey somehow look like he should seriously consider taking on showering again?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if Lily van der Woodsen was Gossip Girl?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if charmingly funny Dorota was Gossip Girl?
Didn’t we all think “well, that was kind of predictable” as Serena and Dan were about to get married at the end of the episode?
Wasn’t it pretty nice and neat how they managed to include every once important cast member in the story’s arch for this final bashing 40 minutes?

“In Manhattan, some parties are VIP only. Others are strictly private. But some parties are political, and those lines are drawn by the most established of the establishment. And once those lines are drawn, they can never be crossed.”
(Season 3)

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Don’t we all now feel like, “Damn, it’s really over, isn’t it?”

Well, my dear Upper East Siders, it really is. It was such a wonderful time watching those characters grow and develop, some more, some less, some almost not at all. Still, my Gossip Girl years were, besides Sex and the City and now Pretty Little Liars (the only thing I can still keep on holding on to) and Revenge, one of the best of my few hours spent in front of the television. This is all gone now, but hey, I got all the season on DVD and I can’t wait to get the sixth as well. This is a bittersweet farewell so I thought to ease the heartache here are some of Gossip Girl’s (or Dan’s) best quotes:

“Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are. And where you wanna be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself.”
(Season 1)

“But the worst thing the truth can do? Is when you finally tell it, it doesn’t set you free… but locks you away, forever.”
(Season 1)

“In life, as in art, some endings are bittersweet. Especially when it comes to love. Sometimes fate throws two lovers together only to rip them apart. Sometimes the hero finally makes the right choice but the timing is all wrong. And, as they say, timing is everything.”
(Season 2)

“One thing about being on the top of the world.. it gives you a long, long way to fall.”
(Season 2)

“We make our own fortunes, and call them fate. And what better excuse to choose a path than to insist it’s our destiny? But at the end of the day, we all have to live with our choices … no matter who’s looking over our shoulder.”
(Season 3)

“When you do finally get what you want, the problem is there’s always someone that’s trying to take it away. And all that wanting makes us blind to the fact that things aren’t exactly what we think they are. Maybe it’s better sometimes to just get what you need.”
(Season 4)

“Sticks and stones may just break bones, but the wounds from words never heal. Especially when they’re words we hoped we’d never read.”
(Season 5)

“They say every road comes to an end, but sometimes the end feels just like the beginning. Even when you think you’ve come a long way, you can suddenly find yourself right back where you started. Because every journey is fraught with twists and turns.”
(Season 5)

What a ride those 5 years, 6 seasons and 121 episode were. Joyful. Tearful. Wonderful. Playful. Full of incredible fashion moments.
They say, “everything must come to an end” and they are quite right. This is the end of an era. This was the final episode, THE END, of Gossip Girl. This is Good-Bye to the most fashionable gang in television history.

Now it is all about guessing who the hell A is because Gossip Girl was revealed.




Paris Fashion Week – les dix meilleurs

New York, London, Milan, Paris…fashion week found its end all over the world and for me Paris was the most exciting and brilliant of all [besides London] and so I thought that it is about time to announce my top 10 looks of this year’s Paris fashion history.

10 – Chloé [Designer: Hannah MacGibbon]
Sexy, feminine and absolutely classy. This collection does not include any fashionable risks, but it still is fun to wear a dress that surrounds your body like a second skin and makes it appear absolument perfect.

Chloé (source:

9 – Céline [Designer: Phoebe Philo]
This year the Céline women earned herself another title besides feminine, elegant and stylish – self confident. Clean, pure and easy-going cuts underline the female body and turn it into a well-shaped figure that emanates effortless style and consciousness.

Céline (source:

8 – Nina Ricci [Designer: Peter Copping]
A collection full of draping and shaping, playing with materials and volants, different pleats and tucks to emanate a feeling of fluent motions and easiness. Though seemingly and obviously body draped the dresses were definitely playing by the rules of simplicity.

Nina Ricci (source:

7 – Elie Saab [Designer: Elie Saab]
Soft, puristic, elegant, chic and divine are those words, that do not only descripe Elie Saab’s way of designing and dressing the female body, but also the new collection which seemed to be – as always – an homage to feminity and subliminal eccentricity.

Elie Saab (source:

6 – Lanvin [Designer: Alber Elbaz]
Mixing and matching was Lanvin’s motto for the next Season – knowing about the fabric you wear, consciously mixing material and self-confidently wearing drapery to transport style, chic and above all self-respect.

Lanvin (source:

5 – Chanel [Designer: Karl Lagerfeld]
Creating collections in his dream, Karl Lagerfeld always seems to know, what rich Russian women want to wear in order to show how much money they have to uselessly spend it on 5.000 dollar bags – but actually it is also Karl Lagerfeld who dominates the fashion industry with his timeless taste and the attitude to design pieces of clothing that go always – at any time of the day and at any time of the night. Throughout the year. And that is a talent, no one can ever take away from him.

Chanel (source:

4 – Hermès [Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier]
Cracking the whip is one thing Hermès always does besides producing infamous bags like the Kelly or the Birkin, but after disappointing me the last two seasons I have been surprisingly happy and satisfied watching Iris Strubegger and co walking down the runway in perfect hand-sewn leather couture (inspired by country) that adulates the body and presents it on a golden tablet in a very sexy manner.

Hermès (source:

3 – Balmain [Designer: Christophe Decarnin]
Being able to bring back shoulder pads in a way monsieur Decarnin did it a couple of seasons ago with an unbelievably wonderful jacket that stil crosses my mind at least seven times a week – he seems to be the only one by now being able to present the effortless business look that lets every single lady look gorgeously fresh, amazingly chic and tremendously professionel. Conquer the world in heels my girls.

Balmain (source:

2 – Viktor & Rolf [Designer: Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren]
I would have never thought that I would be sitting in front of a mac screen actually liking anything that Viktor & Rolf are designing/producing but this year, I have to proudly admit and present that both of them did an amazing job in creating wearable and special clothes that neither do look like anything else being shown in Paris nor being to weird to really wear. It is about time that I take a bow in front of such a genious collection full of new cuts and the play with shoulders, shirts, sleeves, collars and cuffs. Absolutely divine!

Viktor & Rolf (source:

1 – Alexander McQueen [Designer: Sarah Burton]
Honestly – it is a hard, difficult and fucking tough thing to step in shoes that are as big as those of a man called Alexander McQueen – a legend and a truly unique character of a designer, but Sarah Burton did it and she did it better than anyone could have done. I was stunned and captivated by every single piece of clothing of this collection. I fell in love with a woman. Unbelievable but true. Sarah…I take a bow. Your rococo inspired designs dominated the runway and took over my heart.

Alexander McQueen (source:

What do you think about this year’s fashion week?
Tell me all your thoughts and I’ll tell you mine.



Marc Jacobs – the Big Fail and the missing Manners

Sometimes something goes very very very very wrong – just like Marc Jacobs’ new collection for Louis Vuitton [Spring/Summer 2011], which I have been watching yesterday at 2.30 pm via livestream in our fashion office, straight away from Paris Fashion Week runways. I wasn’t just disappointed about the whole concept of the show, I was angry, that I was using my time looking at such clothes, while I could have done something better.
Actually my patience was wearing thin afer I have seen the fifth outfit, after the sixth I thought about thorwing the mac screen out of the window, but then I fashionably calmed myself and thought about writing my thoughts on the collection down, to show you what to really NOT wear – and if you stick with me, you will never be out of style, that is one thing you and I know for sure.

So back to monsieur Jacobs who walked on that runway to take a bow in a manner that I would either describe as drunk – or completely stoned…btw though it’s 2010 it is still totally and inadequately inappropriate to chew gum with your mouth wide open – maybe you’ll keep that in mind for the next time.
The whole collection was way too Cavalli for my taste – too much animal print, way too much colour and way way way too much of everything except for taste. The only deep thing of this shallow collection was the fact that before the show there has been lying a quote from an essay of Susan Sonntag on every single chair. It said: ‘The relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated’ – actually it can…I have been overdramatically bored and well, we do not talk about the camp taste…it was just tasteless everything from the tigers in the back to the clothes on the women’s back.

Though the collection was very Art Deco and Art Nouveau it seemed a bit tasteless because neither the colours did fit, nor the concept – if there was one actually. Never know, never mind, never think about it again.

This year only a few Labels such as Hermès, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta, Balmain and Elie Saab could win over my heart, but maybe you’ll try next time again Mr. Jacobs. Marc.



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