You may have noticed how pleased we are to have Carrie Bradshaw back in our lives courtesy of 'The Carrie Diaries'. Okay, so she's in the shape of AnnaSophia Robb rather than our beloved Sarah Jessica Parker, but we're pleased nonetheless. To add to our excitement, we've already seen Carrie Circa 1985 trussed up in a sparkling silver prom dress as well as hot pink jeans, all topped off with that curly blonde bouffant. Okay, we admit to not being overly convinced by the less-than-Eighties-tastic outfits thus far — we want neon lyrca, lace gloves and leg warmers, dammit — but all is not lost. Why? Because Eric Daman is the man behind the costumes.
For the uninitiated, Mr Daman is the styling genius who dreamed up all those gorgeous 'Gossip Girl' outfits; he's even appeared on an episode of 'The City' alongside Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo! But did you know that between 2000 and 2001, Eric worked on the set of the original 'Sex and the City' series? Yup, for nine episodes, he assisted the show's costume designers (including the wonderful Patricia Field), giving him an invaluable insight into La Bradshaw's eclectic wardrobe. So, you see, it's a match made in fashion TV heaven.
And Eric's already weaving a touch of original 'SATC' magic into AnnaSophia's wardrobe. Last week, we spotted the starlet sporting a paint-splattered 'Carrie' satchel, prompting us to ask whether this is the new interpretation of that iconic nameplate necklace. But in fact, Eric has dreamed-up a teen-version of Carrie's necklace and the prequel uncovers where it came from. 'We are doing a little ‘C’ necklace,' Eric tells Fashionista. 'It’s by Alex Woo.' How cute!
'The show takes place in the Eighties, so Stephanie Savage [the show’s creator] and I decided to create a sense of aspirational authenticity,' Eric says of the costumes in the series, 'because the Eighties were really decadent and as for as clothing goes, you want to make it very modern—we wanted to inject freshness.'
As for AnnaSophia herself, Eric says she 'is a delight, she’s a free spirit, a quirky little girl. She has a very big Manolo to fill!' We couldn't have put it better ourselves.