StyleList: Who would you say has the best style in real life?
Eric Daman: Taylor, Blake and Leighton all have really grown into their own style. They're really smart about it and they've grown into these fashionistas outside of the show. I mean, Serena's a fashionista, but Blake is also a fashionista.
SL: What about Taylor Momsen, though. She's kind of badass.
ED: She's a rocker. She has a band and, you know, she's 16. When she went on the show she was like 13, 12, I think she was just growing into who she was. She was living in New York City, going to all these parties and having all these other influences...you know, she's a rock star.
SL: Did her real-life transformation into a leather-wearing, hair-bleaching rock star influence her character? It certainly seems that way!
ED:She has a great relationship with the writers and I think the writers were smart enough to know how to write teenage angst. You know when you're 16, you become somebody else. When I was 16, I had, like, 3 earrings and a mohawk. You know it's part of being 16 and discovering who you are. It's very different than being 13 and being known for being Cindy Lou Who!
SL: How's her music?
ED: I saw her in concert and she's phenomenal. Really blew me away.
SL: Totally different style than Leighton's music, right?
ED: Leighton is more showmanship, pop fantasy.
SL: You're telling me! What do you think of her wild stage outfits?
ED: She takes chances. People want her to look like Blair Waldorf and she's not. She really likes avant garde designers and takes risks with her clothing. I think It's great that she has defined herself as her own person. She's great as Blair Waldorf, but outside [of the show], she's not wearing headbands and ballet flats.
SL: Now, I love Serena's wardrobe, but I'm not model thin. Is there anything of hers that works for real women?
SL: Wait a minute. Kate Moss? Was she ever in talks to be on the show, or was she just an inspiration?
ED: She's the inspiration. In the book it seemed like Serena was kind of going to be a waify, skinny New York girl, and that iconic thing. To me, Kate Moss was a big inspiration for Serena's style and what I wanted her to become.
SL: And what, specifically, did you want her to become?
ED: To be a fashion icon, but also look like she doesn't really care and kind of throws on whatever she finds next to her bed in the morning.
SL: For those of us without a Park Avenue address, is she maybe finding anything affordable under that bed sometimes?
ED: We use Chinese Laundry, we use a lot of Nine West shoes, the jeans and things we get from Charlotte Russe. A lot of it is the high end but I do try to keep a balance between what's affordable and what's like a dream beyond reality.