The Carrie Diaries
I watched the first episode out of sheer curiosity, I must confess i wasn’t very thrilled with the idea of a Sex and the City prequel. However, episode after episode the series has captivated me to the point that I’m now anxiously antecipating the next episode.
The Carrie Diaries follows the same structure that was used in Sex and the City, that is one subject per episode. In this season Carrie is taking an internship at a law firm in Manhattan, thus having her first experiences in the big city. She already show signs of her witty sense of humour, passion for writing and sense of style, of course!
The way the 80s are being reinterpreted is exactly one of the things I am most fond about the show: in the opening monologue Carrie mentions that “Reagan is the President and shoulder pads are all the rage”. The decade is portrayed as an exciting time, where creative people are not afraid to use bold colors and crazy clothes, drugs are still fun and harmless and every night is a good night to party.
In terms of fashion you just about the right amount of everything: Carrie is still transitioning form her preppy outfits to something a little trendier and more fashion-conscious. In the first episode she customizes a leather bag that belonged to her mother with nail polish. This bag turns out to be a token of good luck since she gets to meet a fashion stylist the first day she is working in Manhattan! The bag will later be featured in a fashion editorial and the stylist, Larissa Loughlin, becomes Carrie’s mentor, taking her to parties, clubs, offering her Dior scarves and introducing her to the creative elite in the Big Apple.
There is also a love interest, bad-boy Sebastian and Carrie’s best friends Jill and Maggie. Her younger sister plays a lovely – if you can’t call it that – angry teenager, who wears jet-black eyeliner, combat boots and military jackets, grunge on the making.
You can also find all the pop songs that made the 80s the 80s. It’s always a good trip down memory lane to listen to Footloose, Girls just wanna have fun, Material Girl, Just can’t get enough or Dancing with myself.
I think the entire cast was very well picked and has a great chemistry that definietly comes across in the screen. It’ll be interesting to see how the show evolves during this and the next seasons and how subjects such as love, sex, drugs, fashion and rock’n roll will be aproached.
I certainly will make sure to watch! And you?
All images from cwtv.com