Set those DVRs! Bringing Back the 80s with “The Carrie Diaries”

New York–For anyone yearning to know what “Sex and the City’s” style icon Carrie Bradshaw wore as a teenager in the 1980s, the wait is over.

Or, better stated, for anyone yearning for some wild examples of 80s fashions, whether to relive your youth (or maybe your mom’s?), this show promises to be a blast.

“The Carrie Diaries” takes us back to the era of big hair, bigger shoulders and legwarmers as it makes its season premiere this Monday, January 14, on the CW (8 p.m. EST… Channel 11 for us New Yorkers).

“The Carrie Diaries” dishes up Carrie’s back story before she became a glamorous, famous writer living in the Big Apple. Here, as played by actress AnnaSophia Robb, she’s strugging to find herself, and her personal style both in school and at her big city internship.

Our favorite? The C initial pendant by Alex Woo, which is certainly the precurser to the iconic Carrie nameplate necklace she wore on “Sex and the City.”

Eric Daman is the costume designer having recently wrapped up his last gig on “Gossip Girl,” so expect him to be instrumental in making some trends stick for the general public (remember what he did with the headband on “Gossip Girl”). He also worked on “Sex and the City” for nine episodes with Patricia Field, so he has first-hand knowledge of Carrie’s style evolution.

A young Carrie on the streets of Manhattan.

Wide-eyed in the Big Apple

Larissa, the Style Editor of Interview Magazine, where Carrie does her internship.

While living in the ‘burbs, Carrie gets a Manhattan internship at Interview magazine and is brought under the wing of style editor Larissa (played by Freema Agyeman).

Damon describes Larissa’s style as a mix of “Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, and Iman wearing Stephen Sprouse, painted by Keith Haring, and inspiring Warhol. She’s an over-the-top, madcap Ab Fab ’80s fashion icon.”

Will the show be any good? Who cares! This will be 80s fashion at its finest, and for those of us (ahem) who lived through it the first time, this should be a fun romp!


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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.