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July 30 2014

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Gossip Girl Trades Upper East Side for Hell’s Kitchen

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It’s not exactly breaking news that Abigail Lorick is the ghost designer for Eleanor Waldorf on the Best Show Ever, a.k.a. Gossip Girl. (Sorry, Little Jenny, we didn’t mean to blow your cover, but we’re here to separate fact from fiction.) Lorick’s debut show, way west in Hell’s Kitchen, was a civilized affair complete with well-behaved models and onetime punk rocker Dave Thomas on the accordion. She progressed from a muted palette of grays, blues, and blacks to ochers and reds, with plenty of party frocks in taffeta and organza. Boat-neck collars, nipped waists, and pouf skirts were the girly touches on simple, wearable silhouettes. “It was about a girl who’s dealing with all the pressures of today,” Lorick explained. “I started out dark and then lightened up.” Vintage-inspired brass earrings and necklaces by Draugsvold were the final touch. And while Jenny Humphrey dropped out of high school and Lorick never finished FIT, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. By the look of the post-show crowd backstage, exchanging hugs and congratulations, Lorick has a serious posse of staunch supporters. Someone give Little Jenny a rearview mirror, because she’s going to have to watch her back.

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