Every generation gets its own pair of pop culture best frenemies, whose tumultuous relationship keeps us coming back for more. Betty and Veronica. Alexis and Krystle. Brenda and Kelly. Ladies, please welcome Gossip Girl‘s Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester) to your vaunted ranks. Whether smacking the Chanel out of each other during a trip to Yale or loyally banding together in Serena’s ”I killed someone!” hour of need, this roller-coaster friendship has provided hours of pure, unadulterated pleasure. Plus, S. and B. totally have the best hair on television. We now present a smattering of trends, styles, and just plain gossip that these girls begat.
1. Phone Warfare
We knew our cell phones could take pictures, but who knew they could come in so handy when blackmailing cougars?!
2. Penn + Blake in Luv!
Turns out the chemistry of onscreen romantic interests Dan and Serena (Penn Badgley and Lively) translated off screen, too.
Sometimes flowery, sometimes plaid, the headband quotient of GG could only be rivaled by that of The Facts of Life.
4. The Met Steps
This cultural landmark at 1000 Fifth Avenue became the unlikely hot spot for Serena, Blair, and their ladies-in-waiting.
5. The Age of the Blazer
Fans well beyond their school years had to have one like Blair’s Balenciaga. (This one’s from J.Crew.)
6. Return of Teen Dramas
The CW populated its fall lineup with series (like 90210) about the trials and travails of the rich and fabulous.
7. Tory Burch Flats
One insult from Blair put the final nail in the coffin of the past-their-prime shoes.
8. ”Bette Davis Eyes”
Meester’s cover of the Kim Carnes classic fills the teen phenom’s random-solo-project quota.
Never before have so many e-mail correspondences ended with digital hugs and kisses.
10. Leighton Was Born in Prison!
Our favorite GG gossip item of the year? Leighton was delivered while her mother was incarcerated.