There are few pieces of media more powerful than a cult teen TV series starring an ensemble cast of 20-something stars. In the '90s, we had 90210 and Saved by the Bell. In the 2000s, we had Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Now we have Riverdale and, as of today, The Society—Netflix's just-launched mystery series the media is calling Lord of the Flies meets high school. One of the show's most buzzed-about cast members is L.A. cool girl Gideon Adlon (daughter of Hollywood badass Pamela Adlon), who plays Becca, a tough girl with a secret. We first noticed Gideon in last year's teen comedy Blockers, in which she starred alongside fellow The Society castmate and fashion girl Kathryn Newton. Ever since, we've been following Gideon (on Instagram, that is—we swear it's not creepy) and have become veritably obsessed with her vintage-inspired L.A. style.
We recently caught the up-and-coming star to chat about all things fashion—and she had strong opinions. Keep scrolling to read our conversation, in which we talk about everything from her favorite ways to style vintage to the wardrobe pieces she'd bring in the apocalypse to the summer 2019 trends she loves (and the ones she can't stand).
I am obsessed with what you wear and personally stan your Instagram. Where did you get your sense of style?
I've actually been so all over the place with my style for so long. This year is the first year that I've really learned how to incorporate my beautiful vintage from the '30s, '40s, '50s, and '60s into an everyday street, casual look. That's the vibe I've been going for.
I've always been obsessed with classic movies—the gowns those women wear, how simple and perfect everything was—Jane Birkin and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas: I fucking loved her. And then I loved rock 'n' rollers, too: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. I love mixing really pretty and soft with hard-core, if that makes sense. So I'll wear a vintage knit, faux-fur, collared cardigan with a pair of cool Levi's jeans and nice Adidas sneakers or an old band T-shirt with gold chains, hoop earrings, and a really pretty little vintage purse.
Where are your favorite places to shop for vintage?
I love the antique flea market in Long Beach and the Rose Bowl flea market. Those are my two favorites. I also love Jet Rag and Paper Moon Vintage, which is a shop that specializes in clothing from the Victorian era to the early '60s. And you can never go wrong with American Vintage—the one in the Valley has good stuff. I was literally telling a friend this morning—she was looking through my closet and was like, "You have such good shit, Gideon"—you go to a flea market, give yourself a budget, and buy only things you love and have never seen before.
If you ended up in a post-apocalyptic reality like in The Society and could only take five vintage pieces from your closet with you, what would they be?
I'd definitely bring my vintage orange-and-cream-colored Samsonite bag. It's a big hefty bag from the '60s. So cute, sturdy, durable. I'd bring my winter coat that looks like Penny Lane's jacket from Almost Famous. It's blue suede with white-lined pockets and a beautiful gray fur collar. Really good in winter. I'd bring my pair of really nice, sturdy knee-high brown leather steel-toed boots. Those would be good for every wear and tear. I'd bring two of my favorite vintage band T-shirts and my favorite pair of bell-bottoms. Because at that point, you're not gonna want your pretty shoes. You want cool jeans, T-shirts, a good bag, a good jacket, and a good pair of shoes.
Love it. The vintage pieces to survive the apocalypse. Speaking of The Society, we love your castmate Kathryn Newton. (We just shot her for Who What Wear.) She seems to have such classic, feminine style. Have you two swapped any fashion tips working together?
Kathryn and I are really close. We filmed Blockers together, and we all got so close so fast. And when we both got cast in The Society, I was like, holy shit! Really exciting. It's like having a sister at work. In terms of style, we're so different. We both love vintage, but Kathryn loves designer vintage. I couldn't care less about designers (although I do love myself some YSL and Gucci). But name brands are Kathryn's thing. I'm not huge on that. I like having cool pieces that no one knows where they're from. But she always looks so fucking cute. I couldn't pull off her style I don't think. She could definitely pull off mine.
I have no doubt you could pull off her style.
Maybe I could. Maybe we should do a style switch sometime.
You should. And please put it on Instagram. Did you pick up any style tips from your mom growing up?
My mom just gave us free rein with how we wanted to dress, what we wanted to do with our hair. She always really let us express ourselves, and I think that's why I'm so connected to my style. If I don't feel comfortable in my clothes, then I don't feel like I know who I am. That's dramatic, but it's the truth. I feel like shit when I don't know what my style is at the moment. Because it's been such a big thing in our family for so long. My mom's the one who got me into vintage—because she'd show me the movies and TV shows she watched when she was younger. My family is really creative. So she always had an influence.
What's your favorite red carpet look you've gotten to wear so far?
I wore this Armani suit to the GLAAD Awards that I loved—an all-black classic suit. I felt sexy in that. I styled myself once for a premiere. I wore my white vintage bell-bottoms with a scorpion belt, a velvet trench coat from the '40s, a cool little vintage bag, and some patent-leather pointed-toe boots. I got a lot of compliments on that outfit. I felt pretty hot that night too.
No, thank you. Nooooo, thank you.
Look: They look cool, but when you put them on, your feet start sweating, and that's fucking disgusting. Genuinely, it's gross. Like, you can see the foot sweat. Not cute. Well, cute but not cute.
Right. We're not taking those to the apocalypse. What about chunky Mary Janes?
I like that. I'm all about the chunk. And I love a good platform—very '90s.
Never thought I'd be into it, but honestly, I'd do some really cool Adidas biker shorts and a big T-shirt and a leather trench. That could be really sick.
I'm 5'2", and I get nervous about biker shorts because I'm afraid they're going to cut me off in a weird way and make me look short.
Okay, I lied. I'm actually 5'1 1/2".
Good. That makes me feel better. But I think they make you look short if they're black! I think they make you look longer. Like with a big T-shirt? Do a French tuck and wear a longer leather coat that'll hit right under your butt cheek and either some cool platform boots or some sneakers… That's a cool outfit.
I have friends who look great in a super-puffy Victorian sleeve, but I look really stupid. I can respect it on other people but not for me.
One more: feathers?
I'm not into big feathers or feather bags but little fine maribou feathers on the end of pants? Into that.
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