Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Carrie Diaries...

Yes, I know. How can ever a prequel or a sequel or ANYTHING top Sex and the City?! Of course, this is not taking into account the two movies that came after.... no comment about those. But really, how can you expect to follow the series that exposed to the world all of women's troubles and desires, sex, relationships, love, marriage to the whole 90s generation and had a massive impact on the fashion world, bringing to our attention the genious that Manolo Blahnik is. Yes, as you can see, I had big issues with this series coming out. I haven't read the book but even if it was good, I wasn't ready for my cherished memory of Carrie Bradshaw, sitting by the window and writing away on her laptop an article for Vogue Magazine or talking loudly about wild sex while having brunch with Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Every girl will agree with me when I say Sex and the City is like a rite of passage and once you've been through it, you are a woman.

Oh God, I started this post to talk about the Carrie Diaries, so sorry about that... It turns out that the series wasn't that bad! I mean, apart from the fact that Carrie is 16 and all her friends are 16 and they do what any 16 years old would do (which in contrast, makes me feel very old) But it also has some sharp truth in it. It portrays the social environment that teenagers were living in during the 80s: a lot of freedom from some parents and a lot of expectations from others, wild parties, drugs still legal, big artistic movements, gay revolution, punk, sex liberation... There were pretty big things going on in the 80s and the series filters them in, subtly but steadily.

 And the clothes, oh boy, they are relics. Shoulder pads, neon, blazers, leggings, nike, leather jackets, polka dots, high waisted trousers, tutus, full skirts, feathers, anything you can't imagine putting together, put together with a bow on it. It is so crazy it's good. There was such a freedom and a sense of real fun during that decade. People weren't afraid of making mistakes, of being rejected. It was time to be brave, to experiment, to have fun and to be oneself. And that comes through with the clothing. The Costume Designer is Eric Daman who also worked in Gossip Girl and was assistant to Patricia Field in Sex and the City. So far, I have no complaints about it and I like what he's doing with Carrie. You can see her innate fashion sense coming through even as a teenager.
I will keep watching and although the storyline might not be amazing, the costumes certainly are and the men too... Sebastian Kydd, mark my words....

P.D Beware of cell phones. Those things could've killed someone....

P.D 2. Here I leave you a quote from the film Easy A about the 80s. If you consider yourself a romantic and a decent film buff, you should know every reference.

Olive Penderghast once said: "Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in the 80s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off in  a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80s movie, preferably one with a really awsome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life"


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