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Secret References From Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 3: We Break the Code!

Lots of Gossip Girl’s fictional happenings actually feature real-world places and faces. Names are dropped so quickly it can be hard to keep track. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the whos, whats and wheres you need to know from Season 5, Episode 3: “The Jewel of Denial.”

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Jenny Packham

Blair and Ivy/Charlie looked great in those Jenny Packham dresses, didn't they? No surprise – Jenny Packham is a bridal and ready-to-wear designer known for her balance of glamour and understated elegance. Perfect for a Park Avenue princess — and for real ones like Kate Middleton.

Simon Doonan

Blair may have shone at the Jenny Packham show, but her escort deserved better than a sloppy interference by Dan. Simon Doonan, legendary Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barneys, appearing in a 10-second cameo? Usually when slumming NYC glitterati drop by Gossip Girl, they at least get a bit of awkward dialogue to be like, "Yes, it's really me."

News Corp

"Are you sure you didn't work for News Corp?" Diana asks Nate as she snoops through a few dozen cell phones. We were just about to ask her the same thing. News Corp is Rupert Murdoch's media empire. It includes Fox News and a number of newspapers in the UK, one of which got in huge trouble this past summer when it was revealed they'd hacked into dozens of cell phones, including that of a young murder victim. There's a reason Gossip Girl is anonymous...

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10.12.2011 / 01:44 AM EDT by Melinda Taub
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