New York Style

From The Carrie Diaries

Moving to New York definitely taught me that the style I had in Nebraska simply would not cut it in the monotone city.  My thrifted t-shirts and mid-calf skirts made me feel like a prairie girl who could not dress herself.  I could get by with some skinny jeans and classic v-necks for a while, but then came the event that changed it all: the interview.  I had applied for an internship with my dream dance company. It was my first interview in the city and I knew if I wanted the job I had to look good.  But since it was for a dance company internship, I couldn't go for the stuffy skirt and blazer look.  So I bought my first blouse, though admittedly from Forever 21, and since then my style has only improved...

My Interview Outfit

Given my own style struggles between Nebraska and New York, I found this interview from Marie Claire on how stylist Eric Daman is dressing young Carrie Bradshaw on The Carrie Diaries to highly relatable.

You come into this with some quality Carrie Bradshaw experience. What lessons did you glean from that job that you're applying to this?The biggest lesson I learned was go big or go home. Pat and SJP both had such an amazing understanding of how color, print, and silhouette worked on the screen. Being around them and being a part of their creative process was magical … and mythical! So, I've been applying the "go big" part for the New York City portion of her storyline, but pulling back to give her Connecticut self a more subdued suburban feel.

A lot of fashion lovers prefer to leave the '80s in the past. How are you dealing with the more notable '80s trends — both good and bad? Fortunately there is a lot of good '80s-inspired fashion trending right now, so keeping an aspirational authenticity to the look is a very realistic concept. A lot of '80s fashion wasn't the cutest or most flattering. By keeping the shapes and fabrics contemporary but playing with colors and layers, the look feels very retro-mod and cool. We are working with classic '80s colors and prints but in modern, more slimming shapes and silhouettes. Not giant shoulder pads and oversized bulk — but there will be scrunches!

We hear you turned to your old yearbooks and '80s magazines for inspiration. What did you find?I refreshed my '80s fashion sense — having been a fashion curious teen in the 80s was an added bonus — by rewatching all of the John Hughes classics as well as a mix of quiet Connecticut-inspired hometown films like Ordinary People, and of course getting out my high school yearbooks. I found out I had really big hair! NYC becomes an important part to her character and style as well, so I poured through Interview magazines from the era as well as films like Liquid SkySlaves of New York and Desperately Seeking Susan. My biggest realization was that the two worlds were epically different, and all I wanted back then was to flee to the big city and become my own Carrie Bradshaw.

Didn't we all! Describe young Carrie's fashion sense. Who are her inspirations? And how does she already have such an enviable closet as a teen?Our teen Carrie's style will be idiosyncratic but quieter than the Carrie we already know. She is at an age where she is experimenting, learning, and creating her individual unique style. Keeping all of this in mind when conceiving her look, I wanted  to give her a unique point of view mixing colors and patterns, as well as eras — obvious '80s-inspired items with pieces from her "mother's closet" that feel more '60s and '70s with contemporary flair.

You must feel a little pressure to make the fashions in the show amazing, considering the source material. What are some of the big stops you're pulling out for the show? Dressing a young Carrie Bradshaw was at first quite intimidating but ultimately exhilarating. It was very important to keep in mind that she is a young high school student and still figuring out her style. And of course the era plays a huge roll in the overall look. Conceptually, we hope to create an aspirational authentic look, not an overtly kitschy '80s one. The "big stops" are the subtle use of couture, designer shoes, and crinolines.

Read more: Carrie Diaries Costume Designer Eric Daman Interview - Eric Daman on Carrie Bradshaw Style - Marie Claire 


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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