By Claire Harper By Claire Harper | November 10, 2021 | People
She rose to stardom as Fallon Carrington in the modernized reboot of Dynasty, where her spunky, fearless character quickly became known as the most fashionable woman on television. Now a self-dubbed fashionholic, Elizabeth Gillies (@lizgillz) gets real about the show’s impact on her personal style and how fashion quickly became her personal form of art.
Burberry cardigan, burberry.com; Celine by Hedi Slimane crisp white shirt, celine.com; Gucci trousers, gucci.com. PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
How would you describe your personal style and your relationship with fashion?
My personal style has changed so much over the course of my life, particularly from my teenage years to my adulthood. I went through this seemingly never-ending phase where I was allergic to anything bold or colorful and only wanted to wear black or shades of black. I would layer as many dark items of clothing I could get my hands on, and I would always wear boots. It didn’t matter what season it was. I paid zero attention to trends and only dressed for my body and what made me feel comfortable. As I started to get older, I slowly started to soften and began paying attention to what other people were wearing. After my first fitting for Dynasty in 2017, I knew I’d never look at clothing the same way again. I was basically given a master class by [costume designer] Meredith Markworth-Pollack, and I just became obsessed. Now, my taste level has changed—I’m aware of every new collection and trend and I’m a certified fashionholic. Although, I have to admit, my closet still consists of more black than any other color. The pieces are just much nicer!
Acne Studios powder blue suit, acnestudios.com; Manolo Blahnik pumps, manoloblahnik.com. PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
Vintage Chanel resort dress, circa 1990, chanel.com; St. John champagne duster, stjohnknits.com; Jimmy Choo shoes, jimmychoo.com. PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
Your character on Dynasty, Fallon Carrington, is known for having the best wardrobe on television. Do you think Fallon’s wardrobe has impacted your personal style through the years?
Fallon is virtually fearless when it comes to fashion. She makes bold choices and takes big risks. I was never like that. Before I started this show, I was basically wearing all black every day for about seven years, so, needless to say, playing her has opened my eyes and broadened my horizons when it comes to the many possibilities of fashion. I’m thankful that Fallon got me wearing color again.
Alexa Chung navy double-breasted trench coat, alexachung.com PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
Can you tell our readers what you love most about this season's styles and what you’re most looking forward to wearing as the weather cools down?
Fall is my favorite season—well, fall and winter. I like being cold and I love sweaters! I actually just bought a bunch of new ones for the season. Jenni Kayne makes really wonderful ones. Layering a crisp white collared shirt under a sweater with a pair of great jeans is always a nice, clean look. I’m big on layering. Anything and everything fall fashion is heaven to me, so it’s hard for me to choose one thing.
Alexa Chung navy double-breasted trench coat, alexachung.com. Hair by Autumn Suna Makeup by Nanda Quero PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
You’re coming up on one year of marriage—congratulations! Tell us about picking all of your looks for the big weekend. Was the dress you landed on what you always thought you’d wear?
I had a relatively large wedding planned before the pandemic hit last year, so I was trying on all different kinds of dresses. The problem with dress shopping for me is that I’d worn and tried on so many fabulous, extravagant wedding gowns over the years on Dynasty that there was nothing that could impress me at the time. I’d seen it all and I was sort of over it. Having said that, I knew I wanted something timeless and elegant. After having a bunch of designer dresses sent in, and running all over trying everything, I ultimately decided on a designer named Britt Wood, who has a shop in Atlanta [called Britt Wood Designs & Bridal Salon]. I just loved the material of the gown I chose. It was a heavy, beautiful silk. I also loved the buttons down the back—so classic. The veil he paired it with really sealed the deal for me. It added an element of drama while still being understated.
What was your initial reaction to landing the role as Fallon Carrington all those years ago?
I was shocked! I got the audition when I was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy and I read the script and thought, ‘Oh, this could be fun.’ I went in and read for them one time, then they had me test the following week and ended up giving me the part right there in the room! That never happens, so naturally I thought they were lying. Turns out, they were not!
Acne Studios powder blue suit, acnestudios.com. PHOTOGRAPHED BY PABLO COSTANZO STYLED BY ARIN BURKE
Describe what it was like when you first began filming as Fallon. How has that changed since?
In the beginning, I was trying to merge my idea of who I wanted Fallon to be with the OG Fallon from the ’80s soap. About halfway through season one, I think I really found my footing with her and divorced myself from the original entirely. Now, after filming episode 86, I truly believe I could play Fallon in my sleep. I know her so intimately, it feels like she’s a part of me. The writers have also let a good deal of my personality and humor shine through in their writing, so for that I’m grateful. She’s an incredibly fun character to play. To toe the line between real and camp is a tricky thing, but I think I’ve found my sweet spot and I’m lucky that I get to be on a show that’s so self-aware.
Now that season four of Dynasty is out, we’re already looking at what’s to come. Any insider scoop to share?
This season was so interesting. It’s very fascinating to me how the constraints of the pandemic impacted not only our storylines but also our performances. I keep saying it’s a very internal season. Not being able to have all the big, extravagant parties we’re used to having on Dynasty led to more intimate, emotional storylines. Fallon's storyline this season is really about her struggle as a new wife and the difficulties of a first-year marriage. It gets very real, very fast. I think this might be the most relatable and honest Fallon we’ve ever seen. Her problems this season are very human, which isn’t always the case.
What has been your biggest career accomplishment thus far?
That’s hard. Maybe Broadway. It was a lifelong goal of mine and I got to experience it at 15, which made me feel very lucky. It was incredibly challenging, and even though it was a short run, I look back on that as one of my greater, if not greatest, accomplishments. Either that or doing an episode ofWhose Line Is It Anyway? I’m not even kidding.
Any future projects or ventures in the works?
I do have a couple of exciting things in the works, but right now I’m just getting ready for more Dynasty.