Sex and the City undoubtedly pioneered the cultural impact that television could have on modern fashion, captivating audiences around the globe and catapulting handbags to ultimate it-bag status. While a generation of bag lovers remembers those early days of Carrie Bradshaw and her iconic Baguette, for the next generation of handbag lovers, like myself, who came of age in the mid-late 2000s, Gossip Girl was to us as Sex and the City was to the those that came before us.
Gossip Girl premiered in 2007 when I was a senior in high school and instantly was a hit. My friends and I would gossip, no pun intended, about the latest drama between Blair and Serena and constantly argue which character we were more like. The show captured the attention of most American teens at the time. Was it the insanely lavish lives of uber-rich kids living in New York City that intrigued us? Or maybe it was that, at the end of the day, high school problems are the same for all of us, rich or not?
Some of us, no doubt, stuck around for the fashion. The outfits, the accessories, and the bags (oh the many bags) were all drool-worthy. Costume designer and stylist, Eric Daman, perfectly curated each character’s aesthetic to match their personalities. With the filming of a reboot already well under way, we thought it would be fun to look back at what the original characters carried throughout the first few seasons of the show. Take a look below at some of our favorites which include a slew of fashion’s most iconic it-bags as well as some ultra-rare beauties. Were you a Gossip Girl fan?