Annasophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw

Posted on March 28, 2012

The more we hear about this Sex and the City prequel, the less sense it makes to us.

Annasophia Robb films some scenes for “The Carrie Diaries” in NYC.

But okay, let’s go with the idea that you can take a character with an established history and simply erase it to make her palatable to a younger audience. Let’s assume all that is a brilliant move. And let’s go with the idea that you can cast any old generic starlet to play Carrie, even though the woman who made her famous has one of the more distinctive faces in Hollywood AND has had that face in the public eye stretching back 30 years, back to the time in which this new series is set. Fine. Whatever. It’s not like the CW crowd has seen every episode of Square Pegs – or even any of them. In fact, we’re pretty sure most of the young ladies in the presumed demographic haven’t even seen that much SATC. We’ll, for the sake of argument, accept all these premises, though.

What we absolutely canNOT accept is some costume designer getting an “’80s New York” brief and thinking a few paint splashes on a standard purse will get the job done. No teenager in the ’80s ever dressed remotely like this – unless they were going to a costume party as their mothers. And it’s not like ’80s teen fashion is some obscure phenomenon that would require extensive research.

In other words, the thinking behind this prequel seems to be:

  • Carrie Bradshaw: Anyone with curly hair.
  • ’80s fashion: Just like 2012 fashion, except with more paint splashes.

So you can understand our disappointment and confusion.


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  • i’ve never even seen a single episode of sex and the city (gay cardinal sin #5 i do believe), and even i can tell that this looks like bullshit. 

    • siriuslover

      neither have I.

    •  Me neither. And proud of it.

      • KC

        Why are you proud? It was actually a decent and fun series. The movies are terrible, but the series was great and was more than just about Sex. It was about friendship, love, fashion and NY.

      • drdirection

        It is totally okay to be proud of yourself for not partaking in a particular part of pop-culture.  Way to own it!

    • Pinup Ghoul

      I’ve only seen a few episodes (I’m bad at following any series that lasts more than a season or two), and this doesn’t look like SJP’s Carrie AT ALL. No hip, trendy, fashion-forward girl who loves to go against the grain would be wearing secretary drag. Especially with only one accessory! What teen do you know in the 80’s who wore ONLY a simple bracelet?! This looks more like 1994 to me.
      I’m so disappointed.

  • StrandedFashionista

    It’s like a pastiche of Pat Field’s reject bin for the original show… NO. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    I didn’t know this was happening. Looks and sounds like a bad idea. But what do I know?

  • howdoilook

    Yeah. This is horrible. There’s not one thing 80s about anything she’s wearing. Did no one do research with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” or even “The Flight of the Navigator”?!

    •  Hell, one quick trip to the local thrift store would have told them everything they needed to know.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        I could have sent them my picture album and yearbook from back then. All they had to do was ask. 

        • JosephLamour

          I mean… theres GOOGLE. lol

    • Exactly! I wanted SJP’s pink pants and crop top with graffiti writing from the final ‘Dance Off’ in Girls Just want to Have Fun sooo much when I was a kid. I thought she was the coolest. 

      • kaycem

        i even loved SJP’s orange tank and patterned panties (i think i’m remembering it correctly) in that movie!  but truth be told, it was the final dance outfit of the mean girl brunette that always got my motor running lol.

        •  It was her closet for me!!  (an auto-rotating rack like at the drycleaner’s…I still have dreams about doing that to my closet!)

      •  OMG!  I totally DIY’d that outfit….pair of pink shiny leggings (I think they were actually my Dad’s old rock-climbing leggings, LOL)….white t-shirt with one sleeve cut off and a bit of elastic hand-sewn in to hold it on…and Scribbles glitter puffy paint drizzled all over the top!  Couldn’t wear it anywhere outside of my bedroom (kept it for practicing my best GJWHF dance moves in front of the mirror!;-)

    • Jessi03

       I LOVE Flight of the Navigator!

      • artsykelly

        Flight of the Navigator was one of me and my brother’s favorite movies as kids!!  He used to call it Flight of the Alligator (I also remember not knowing WHAT a navigator was LOL).  Last year for Christmas I found the DVD on Amazon for him, brand new!  Is it sad I didn’t realized Paul Rubens was the voice of the space ship until a few years ago?  

    • lovelyivy

      It doesn’t look remotely 80’s but I kind of love that coat!

      ETA: On the lady next to her, of course. Nothing about what AMR is wearing is acceptable.

      •  Totally!  Though the shoes on the lady next to her look a little bit too…modern…as in available on or something.

  • The only way this show could even be remotely redeemable is if Pat Field were the costumer. Clearly, she ain’t, and the loss of her presence is felt.

  • knitnorth

    Wow it just looks so. Bad.

  • And what bout the chick next to her? That doesn’t scream “The 80s!”, as well.

    I’m not convinced.

    • Oze R.

      Exactly. Those shoes and the pants/coat combo are totally wrong. Ditch the coat, get a heavier heel and it might *might* work.

    • YoungSally

      No but those pants scream hamma time!!

      • kimmeister

        Or maybe “harem pants with leggings attached.”  What the heck!?

        •  Oh Honey, do I remember those.  Yup, the blouson pants that had legging bottoms. Yeppers.  Eye searingly bad, under the best circumstances.

          • kimmeister

            I was a child in the 80’s, but I don’t remember those.  I do, however, remember stirrip pants and also leggings with a peplum.

          • Go boy, leggings with a peplum. I remember those too. (shudder)

        • I think Units might have made something like that.

          • sweatpantalternative

            Wow now that evokes some long buried mall memories, lolz. Thanks 😉

          • artsykelly

            UNITS.  What I would do for a Units now.

  • It’s odd. Clearly, Carrie was adventurous in her clothing choices (to the point of looking a rich vagabond much of the time), so wouldn’t it hold that she was the same or even wilder when she was young? The clothing would be cheaper, but the 80s combined with youth and a taste for risky fashion = far more wilder than a 2012 secretary grabbing a purse and a bracelet to fit in at 80s night at her local bar.

    • Little_Olive

      There is a point here: why do they just assume that Carrie was the all-time fashionista she is in the series? Wouldn’t it have been more natural that she grew into her style.

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes, or at least maybe been more into vintage (i.e. cheap) as a way to be creatively fashionable, a la Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink.

  • CQAussie

    I can’t even with this disaster of an idea.

  • Jasmaree

    You’re right. This doesn’t look like a teenager at all. Not even one going to work.

  • AshleyDeHaye

    The purse is horrendous, but it is detailed in a big way in the books. It had to be included. The idea was it was a purse that had belonged to Carrie’s mother and her sister spilled nail polish on it. To salvage it she painted it more and wrote her name on it. Still ugly, though.

    • BarniClaw

      Wow, the above is supposed to look like accidental spills? The above looks like some pants I bought from Contempo in 1985, which is to say, something a suburban dork with absolutely no clue bought vs. something that was made accidentally and then on purpose. 

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

       There’s a book? Seriously?

      • AshleyDeHaye

        Yes! Two! They were written as YA Fiction. One is The Carrie Diaries (I think that is the first one). And the other is Summer in the City. They aren’t terrible. They do re-imagine how all the girls met each other which was different from the show.

  • Pretty much every aspect of her outfit and makeup is wrong.  Blouse?  Wrong textile pattern, colors and cut.  The skirt?  Wrong length.  The shoes?  Wrong toe and heel. The bag?  Ridiculously wrong.  The hair, though of the correct volume, would have been MUCH more controlled. Can you say PROCUCT?  Lots of Product.

    • Lizzyisi

       It’s shorts–not a skirt–which means the length and fullness are pretty correct for the 80’s (at least where I was living in the 80’s, which was not NYC). BUT–as everyone has said–nothing about this looks like any of the teenagers I knew in the 80’s or saw in the movies in the 80’s or wanted to be in the 80’s.

      •  Right you are!  They ARE shorts.  My bad for missing that.  I do remember women in shorts like that in the 80’s myself. 

  • BarniClaw

    No. I imagine the Carrie of yore being a little…dirtier. Grungier. Like she was in the early SATCs, but more so. And not with a pert little nose. No. For some reason, I’m taking this blandified, cleaned-up version personally. Which is embarrassing to admit.

  • greathill

    I’m withya on this.  I was a newbie career gal in the 1980s (albeit in LA, not NY) and I did not dress like that.  lots of jewel tones, huge shoulders and Norma Kamali who was pretty affordable for a working girl.  I remember her sweatshirt dress with ginormous shoulder pads was $58 and that was alot back then! 

    • DinaSews

      I forgot about the sweatshirt dresses! Man they were comfortable.  We were probably only fooling ourselves that we looked as good as we felt.

    • sweetlilvoice

       Love this post…it’s a great visual to what that time was like. Also love Norma too.

    • sagecreek

      OMG I had that dress…

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, OMO by Norma Kamali!

  • maggiemaggie

    NO hip chick that age living in NYC in the 80s had hair that long.

    •  BUT long curly hair WAS a big fashion trend in NYC in the 80s. As a person who graduated HS in 1989 and lived in NYC, I can tell you that almost every girl in my HS had long curly hair except the mod girls who liked Depeche Mode and OMD. I always figured Carrie started with 80s hair and just never let that style go.

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes but I don’t think she has enough product in it or height to it.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    I was a child of the 80s in Brooklyn, and lemme tell ya – this scene needs 100% more acid-washed jeans, t-shirts tied off at the side, high-tops, shoulder pads and neon. Plus, her skirt is too long and too loose. This look would not have been “cool” back then, you would’ve been called “PTA Queen” and laughed out of school. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Queens girl here. GO NY!
      You’re so right. And don’t forget 5 pounds of eye makeup and big earrings.

      • And the gold name plate with diamond cut accents… Carrie still wears hers IIRC.

    • Also neon, side ponny tails, rubber bracelets and rosary beads, crop tops, sweat shirts with ripped out collars, skinny jeans with zippers up the back of the calf… ah, the 80s. How I hated you.

    • halleygee

      I was thinking a Madonna tube skirt would be more appropriate – t- or sweat shirt with the neck cut out, heels with baby socks, gobs of shimmery eye shadow…

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes yes yes. I’d think Carrie would definitely been influenced by the edginess of Madonna.

  • Judy_J

    I thought y’all were joking about this whole thing.  I can’t believe anyone thought this would be a good idea.  I’m not a fan of remakes, but a PRE-make?  Hollywood insanity at its finest.

    • dress_up_doll

      I thought that it was a joke as well. I must have been under a rock ’cause I totally missed this. This has the stench of Windsong all over it.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i started my career girl life as a summer student in the early 80’s and i can assure you no one dressed like that, (and i was working in buttoned up law firms!) everything about the look is embarrassingly wrong

  • janetjb

    That’s such an odd outfit for a teenager.

  • pattyw

    Is it just me, or does that skirt look suspiciously like shorts?

    • janetjb

      I think you are right.

      In the late 80’s I worked in a conservative office, one of our managers decided a suit with shorts was just the answer for a hot summer.  They didn’t go over so well with HR.

    • Colleen Robinson

      I’m pretty sure they are. In the third picture you can see a sliver of background through the middle of it.

      • Judy_J

        City shorts, I think they were called.  Late ’80’s, early 90’s.

  • vanjar

    Only one plastic bracelet?! That’s not right, I always wore at least ten of them and twenty of the stretchy black ones on my other arm. Where is the make-up? You should be able to see the eye-shadow and lipstick right from across the street. I am dissapoint. 🙂

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Absolutely. Big, chunky plastic bangles in all colors and/or like 50 stretchy black rubber bracelets. 
      In my school, the teachers used to make us take all our bangles off before begninning class, because otherwise nobody could hear a thing over the racket from all the clanging bracelets. 🙂 

  • sweetlilvoice

    I cackled out loud at work after reading this….I agree with it all. I refused to see SATC 2 as SATC 1 was a nightmare. The show was good and that last episode is still a tear jerker.

    I’m really scared whenever I see teens now clad in neon…I dressed like that when I was 10 and do not not need the reminder.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Sorry, but her head’s too big.

  • MilaXX

    Time to put the franchise to bed. Either we continue to see the original ladies age, or hang it up. The last movie sucked, the first was barely passable,and this look like a big pile of “meh”.

  • Agreed. Also, wouldn’t Carrie have been well into her 20s in the 80s? This girl looks about 16 (have no idea how old she is, just saying how she looks). I always assumed that Carrie either came to NYC for college or moved there just after college, like Charlotte did after she graduated from Smith. Finally, while I’m sure 80s Carrie would have shopped at Century 21, that’s a current Century 21 bag, not a 1980s one (OK, so they don’t have Matthew Weiner’s investment in period accuracy).

    • In 1998 Carrie starts as 32, so it’s conceivable that she would be 16 in 1982 (no idea if she’d be in NYC).  However.  NOTHING about that picture says 1982.  I’d be pressed to find a part of the 80s that does represent.  The girl couldn’t even get a walk-on part on Saved by the Bell.

  • AlexisPayne

    What?!?! Carrie wasn’t even living in NY in her teenage years. Ugh, why are they destroying the show’s legacy???

  • kaycem

    that yellow coat is positively SLAYING me, though.

  • Little_Olive

    One one hand, I TOTALLY understand your disappointment and conclusion; on the other, based on the movies I and II and their exploiting of the “style” versus the fidelity to the series in all the writing, acting and the overall sense-making… we kinda had it coming. 

  • Was century 21 (the bag she’s holding) a thing in the 80’s?  And did they ever establish that she was from NYC?  Seems odd given you NEVER saw or heard from her parents…

    • alyce1213

      Yes, Century 21 was alive in the ’80s.  Same logo.

      • kimmeister

        Hunh, I only know of Century 21 as a real estate company.

        • alyce1213

          Big discount department store in lower Manhattan, across the street from the World Trade Center site.  Survived 9/11, somehow.  Been going there forever; it’s quite an experience.

          •  I remember getting all my label stuff from there. Thought I was so cool with my Guess? socks and Ralph Lauren polos.

  • Town

    Shouldn’t she be wearing some Candies? Didn’t Stanford bust her out for wearing Candies?  And shouldn’t her hair be darker? I always pictured Carrie as a bottle blond so I’m thinking her hair should probably be a little darker than this girl’s.

    • Spicytomato1

      Yes those canvas-strapped Candies that clattered when you walked, I coveted those!

  • Ben

    horrendous. no, absolutely not.

  • I’m about the same age as Carrie and was living in London during the 80s where I spent the early part of the decade  with Kim Wilde hair, baggy belted shirts, a trilby hat and too much eye makeup, changed into Princess Diana at the office, and then morphed into Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan as the decade wore on.  I see none of those influences here.

    • Kate4queen

      OMG, me too!!

    • deathandthestrawberry

      If nothing else, she should be rocking shoulder pads.

    • ballerinawithagun


    • Wow, you just blew my mind awesome lady!

  • Paigealicious


  • VeryClaire

    I was a teenager in the 80’s and never never would anyone had worn that blouse unless they were dressing up as their mother going to her secretary job. Ditto on the basic black pump. And for at least the early 80’s skirts were very long. There is nothing edgy about what she is wearing. And one more thing, did Century 21 exist then? I don’t think so. (I grew up near Manhattan, it’s not a regional thing). 

    • alyce1213

      Just a note that Century 21 did exist in the ’80s.  It was a real dive, but they had bargains on good stuff — if you could find it.

  • siriuslover

    Yeah, that’s totally not ’80s, especially for a teenager, even if she’s a preppy. Seriously, couldn’t the producers pull out a couple of John Hughes’ movies? 

  • Jill_3

    “Carrie Bradshaw: Anyone with curly hair”.

    Except this girl doesn’t even HAVE naturally curly hair… it’s styled.
    Which basically proves your point.

    • filmcricket

      Her hair is gorgeous, precious, and we wants it.

      However, yeah, there’s nothing 80s about this at all, Annasophia looks nothing like SJP, and why are they making this movie again?

  • mozzer0906

    Wait, this is supposed to be 80s fashion?  ahahahahahahahahah. ahahahahahhahahaah.  Come on.  

  • They had to put her name somewhere so everyone would be absolutely SURE of who she is supposed to be. They fell down on the job of giving the any realistic connection to her future self.

  • hillmad

    Couldn’t they just get a copy of Working Girl with Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack (“$500 dollas and it’s not even leatha’?”). That’s how you dressed when you worked “downtown” in the 80s!

    • YoungSally

      I worked with a trader who had this very expensive leatha coat with a huge fur collar — he is about 5’6″ on a good day — one of the portfolio managers looked at him and said, “Where’d you get that?  Gangstas R Us?”

  • …I don’t…understand. Who PITCHED this madness? Seriously?

  • I can’t look at any actress other than SJP and think “Carrie Bradshaw”, sorry.

  • KaileeM

    Yes, THANK YOU. I saw some stills of this 80s “Carrie” earlier this week. The costume design is HORRIBLE. It doesn’t read 80s at all. Makes you respect the Mad Men costume designers who achieve such a realistic 60s aesthetic that much more, does it not?

  • alyce1213

    Fire the entire costume department!
    You didn’t mention the woman in the scene with her — the harem pants and coat brooch are accurate, but the shoes are not.
    Having lived through platforms in the ’80s, I can tell you hers are not right.   Platforms surely were sky high, but did not sit on heels that thin or high.   What she’s wearing are ’80s inspired, but I bet they’re not real vintage.   They should have put her in cork wedge platforms, which was the official shoe of the era.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I was a teen in the 80s and, in fact, never say anyone within five years either side of me dress like this. How can you take a character known for fashion, combine it with a decade known for outrageous fashion, and end up here? It’s unfathomable!

  • Yeah, not even CLOSE

  • snarkykitten

    I imagine the people who pitched this and the ones who pitched Sherlock:USA are one and the same

  • GorgeousThings

    Poor Stephen Sprouse is spinning in his grave.

  • Madeleine Rodriguez

    So, just to fill some people in and justify some of these style choices, I read the prequel books by Candace Bushnell and this is very true to her description.  That purse is actually a very consistent, often mentioned part of the story.  She doesn’t start off in New York, but she does get into a summer writing program there and that is what the producers are apparently focusing on.  Since the girls who will be watching the series on the CW are the same girls that probably took the time to read the YA themed prequels, I’d say it makes sense.

    Don’t kill me.  Just wanted to give the other side of this argument a voice.

    • alyce1213

      Thanks for that perspective.   I haven’t read any prequel material, but now I can see a young Carrie, not fully fashion-formed but taking a stab at it (the bag), and making mistakes.   

    • Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait: This is a series and not a straight-to-dvd movie??? Man, that makes it even more enfuriating somehow. That damn sequel to the movie was the shot in the head, why are they kicking the corpse around and throwing the body parts around??? BURY IT ALREADY! I’m sorry about the rant, SATC is very dear to my heart. I’m watching season 3 on dvd as soon as I get home to wash off the bad taste.

  • Kayceed

    You have got to be kidding me. It’s not like this is some crazily obscure time and place we are trying to recreate here. I want to see some peg-leg acid washed jeans worn with colored socks and Keds; Boy George trench coats; Adam Ant ruffled shirts, multiple popped collars on prepsters; and Working Girl shoulder-padded polyester suits. To start.

    • norseofcourse

      Awesome! You just described my high school math class, including the teacher. 

  • kmiller1k

    The actress looks more like a young Samantha than a young Carrie.

  • BayTampaBay

    I was in high school in the 80’s and everything was very preppy, peasant (think Karen Alexander and Gunny Sax dresses), or power suit dressing.  Agree with the purse comment.  No teenager in the 80s would carry that purse!

  • rkdgal

    Just bring back Square Pegs!  Surely Traci Nelson isn’t doing anything, and I’m dying to know what happened to Vinny and Jennifer.  Is, in fact, Jennifer employed as a nail polish color namer?

  • Also, for the Whovians out there, the fabulous woman in the blue jumpsuit above? None other than Martha Jones! (Freema Agyeman)

    • twocee

       OMG!  I would’ve never seen that!

      Man, I wish Freema alot better than this.

    • I KNEW IT! I kept staring at her thinking “damn, that looks a lot like Freema”, but I couldn’t tell for sure.

      Oh, Freema. What are you doing tangled up in this colossal mess? 🙁

  • EliseC


  • So, so wrong.

  • Isy

    Is that Freema Agyeman though? Kinda looks like her…

    I still won’t watch this nonsense, even if I love Freema to death. Nope. The 80s were pretty outrageous for young people, I think, and both these outfits, I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone wearing today.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Are they STILL trying to milk SATC for all it’s worth? Seriously, let it die already.

    In any case, I don’t subscribe to the theory that you need to try to get an exact look-alike to play someone, but that girl looks NOTHING like SJP. Nothing. Not even if you squint and tilt your head. Couldn’t they at least have found a girl with the same shaped face? What’s with that sad little pink plastic bracelet?

    TLo is exactly right. I was a teen in the 80s and if I had dressed like this I probably wouldn’t have had any friends.

  • Whever

    It’s probably a sign that I’ve watched too much Doctor Who that I can see the woman in the yellow coat- mostly turned away from the camera- and go, “Is that Freema Agyeman?”

    • julnyes

       Ah, it is Freema! Love her, but I am probably skipping this show.

  • Jecca2244

    awful idea. just awful.

  • Forget about “Carrie’s” outfit (I refuse to acknowledge that that’s actually Carrie, hence the quotes) but that other woman’s outfit couldn’t be less historically accurate if it TRIED. Louboutin platform sandals? Is that a JOKE?!?

    Christian Louboutin didn’t even found his own company until 1991, and he didn’t become a big name until the early 2000s, partly due to the famous pink ruffled sandals that Miranda, um, ruined in Season 4.

    • filmcricket

      I don’t think those are Loubs, are they? The red is on the outside of the heel, not on the sole.

      Doesn’t make them any more period accurate, though. The shades of blue and yellow look right to me, but other than that there’s not a lot here I recognize from my tween/teen years.

  • Man, they couldn’t even get a period Century 21 shopping bag. Props fail.

  • sarahofalessergod

    I mean, at least the premise of the show isn’t all-white anymore…

    That’s all I got.  This is an unqualified mess.

  • Beverly Nash

    Bad costume, check. Generic face, check. But what about Carrie’s clothes horsey figure?  SJP’s figure is as distinctive as her face – tiny yet curvy. This girl, who is by no means large, looks like a big lug next to the real Carrie.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    She should at least be rocking bangs with that curly hair, much like SJP did back in the day. Also, I mentioned this down thread but where are the shoulder pads in that office blouse? For godsakes, even t-shirts came with removable shoulder pads. Stores like Express and The Limited were lousy with them.  I also think her friend’s attire veers early ’90s with those hammer pants and french twist undo. But I have no idea what part of the 80s this series is taking place.

    The only thing I’ll say they got right are Carrie’s cheap black pumps. I had a pair kinda similar to those,  bought for my first college internship circa 88-89. I don’t know about the round toe though. 

    • judybrowni

      Right. About the shoulder pads. 

      Three inches, tops, on the heels.And that was considered high.

  • This is supposed to be the 80s?

  • sashaychante

    So many possibilities of bad ’80s hair with those fabulous curls.  She really looks way to current to be ’80s at all.  Shoulder pads, bright colors, bolo ties, stretch or stirrup pants, micro minis, skimmers, white pumps and scrunchis…this is what I remember.  Bangs were the thing, as was totally over curly/permed long-ish hair.  Maybe this wasn’t NYC style in the ’80s, but from what I remember, it was the style a lot of places. 

  • Olive Tree

    I completely agree with everything you wrote in this post. Sing it from the rooftops. 

  • Caaro3

    PLUS, isn’t Carrie Bradshaw kind of famous for her super awesome legs?  Unfortunately, this girl is not bringing the realness.

  • shopgirl716

    I have a feeling she’s going to a job interview but couldn’t give up her beloved purse.  Just guessing.  I actually have zero interest in this movie and do not understand why it’s being made.  If they need more money can’t they just throw a few more extras on the DVDs and reissue them?

  • judybrowni

    You are sooooooo right.

    At the beginning of one of SATC movies, they did a flashback to Carrie arriving in the city, in adapted Madonna wear of the period.  

    Above outfit, minus purse, more suitable to lawyer Miranda (or rather, Miranda’s secretary.)

    •  yeah, i figured they’d take the over-the-top 80’s cliche route. i wonder why they didn’t…? too predictable?

      • judybrowni

        Because full-on ’80s fashion looks “ugly” to young ‘uns now, whereas ’80s adaptations are flooding the stores, so look about right to them.

        Check out any period film, and you’ll see the costume designers (and hairstylists) do an amalgam of the period the film is supposed to take place, and the period in which the movie was shot.

        However, those of us who lived in the ’80s can see the glaring faults.

  • mom2ab

    Maybe they thought it would be cheating to google “SJP 80’s” and look at her actual fashion choices from that era- you know what a fashionable 80s teen might wear.  At an absolute minimum they should have gotten the hair right- cobra bangs and a spiral perm- how hard was that?

  • Susan Crawford

    In what alternative reality are the producers of this film living????? Do they expect us to buy into the idea that this little, heart-shaped-faced, button nosed blondie could ever conceivably morph into SJP’s Carrie as she ages? I never once during the ’80’s saw a young girl dressed like this. Ever. Not ONCE! A floral pussy-bow blouse? Black pumps? A paint-splashed granny-bag with your name on it? No.

    Something stupid this way comes!

  • love me some square pegs.

  • Ann

    There’s just all kinds of wrong with this. Is it going to be a TV series? or a movie?  I can’t imagine a TV series would last past the first 2 episodes.

  • granddelusion

    OMG, I was so hoping we were done with her.

  • shiftercars


  • Wait, she’s supposed to be a teenager here?  I knew the fuckwittery was strong with this concept, but damn. 

  • Rand Ortega


  • I am pretty sure that outfit counts as blasphemy. 

  • Anathema_Device

    This looks like a modern take on 80s styles. I wore bright, patterned, bow blouses with straight skirts and pumps, but I wore hose, and thicker heels, and the blouse had more pronounced shoulders and the bow was tied at the neck.

    The whole concept of the show puts me in mind of Muppet Babies.

  • I read the script.  The Carrie on the purse thing is a plot point.  Her younger sister (!?) splashed paint on it and that’s how Carrie salvaged the bag.  Although it seemed a little less typeface in my head when I read it…

  • xmixiex

    are you kidding me?  this is supposed to be “80s fashion?”  i was born in the 80s and i remember it more than the costumers here do.  geeze.

  • EEKstl

    Okay, WTF????? This is the first I’m hearing about this — how you call it — PREQUEL.  Did I miss something?  WTF???  Just…WTF??  In what alternate universe did anyone think this was a good idea?  After seeing this photograph, it’s even less so (now subterraneously NOT a good idea).  WHO DRESSED THIS GIRL??  

  • Sophie Collier

    My teen years were from 1983-1990 and I never wore a pussy bow blouse.  I could check my yearbook if I still had it, but I don’t think ANYONE wore a blouse like that.  Get the costume director a bedazzler.  

  • 1980s Carrie Bradshaw would have had a dangerous set of bangs on her that would have entered any room five minutes before she did. The fun of 1980s Carrie Bradshaw would be to show her development into a fashionista through small style rebellions – mixing east coast preppie with west coast valley girl, pairing a couture piece from her mom’s closet or some throwaway trendy thing from Contempo Casuals with killer vintage from the second hand store. 1980s Carrie Bradshaw would have had more in common with Madonna or Cyndi Lauper stylistically than whatever this is. 

    Stylist FAIL.

    • ChiKat67

      Heather, they should hire you as the stylist for this mess as you got it EXACTLY RIGHT! Especially if you add a little Laura Ashley to the mix.

  • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

    What about the Madonna look? I would think a young Carrie would have gravitated to fishnet and lace and rubber bracelets. 

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      Indeed – there was actually an episode (or was it part of the first movie?) with a brief 80s flashback and Carrie was in a complete “material girl” getup. 

      I can’t believe I know that.

      • mjude

        i’m impressed that you remembered 🙂

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          Thanks.  I’m actually kind of ashamed 🙂

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i think it’s not there cos she’s supposed to be going to work?
      many of us wore the madonna look long before madonna ever set eyes on it–but nobody would dare wear it to a job.

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes but then we would wear a suit, not separates. I remember being afraid to wear a dress to work because I thought it might be too casual!

  • Just one question. WHERE ARE THE SHOULDER PADS?

  • A-MEN.  I never saw ANYONE in the 80s dressed like that, much less a budding fashion icon.  And this girl’s face has absolutely no character–she could not be any more bland.  Gah.  Stupid.

  • Sally Brownson

    As a 20-year-old, I think it’s a mistake to assume that girls my age haven’t seen much Sex and the City. There have been reruns of it on TV for pretty much as long as it’s been off the air, as well as links to every episode online. Most girls my age have seen at least some episodes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of girls my age have watched every single episode, like I have. I can kind of understand why they might want to shy away from going full-on ’80s, though. I was watching the Wedding Singer with my mom the other day and the fashion was honestly pretty distracting- all those HORRIFIC wedding dresses and pants, you know?

    • I think you just proved the point we’re all trying to make: this is watered down, easy to digest SATC so 2012 twenty year olds can relate to it.

    • Yes, we know. We lived it.  Thusly why we sort of expect it to be representative of all things horrific of the 80s.  That’s half the fun of these shows.

  • poketom

    the shoes do look like something her mother would have worn in the eighties… 

  • That’s not 80s curly hair.  It’s not big enough or curly enough.  Jessie Spano puts this girl to shame.  In fact, what really strikes me about this girl is how boring she looks.  You can say a lot about the 80s.  They were garish, excessive, bizarre, acid-washed-exploding-floral-neon.  But it was NEVER BORING.  Neither was Carrie.

  • butterflysunita

    Lookswise, this actress is too conventionally pretty and cute to play Carrie.  And stylewise, she is a bore.  I wouldn’t look twice at this girl on the streets of NYC, and on SATC Carrie was always striking and interesting.  

  • iCouture

    Carries face never has and never will look that bloated.  Ever..  

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    you couldnt buy a new shoulder bag very easily in the 80s. only things like clutches–for the end of 50s/early 60s nostalgia, yes. but even more cos the 80s were all about proving you were toned & had money–& i dont care how much you thought of yrself as the heinous artsy or a punkrocker [take it from the old, in the 80s there werent any. not in new york. they were all gone. lots of us were already dying]. even these people, cos of the dying, were betrayed into believing art was a business, etc & ect. the bag is 60s, 70s, w/ paint splashes–you are absolutely right. & the skirt would be shorter &, as they once said: gag me, flirtier. top is an almost. theres something wrong there but i cant quite put my finger on it. perhaps it’s that yes, there were prints, but they werent ditsy flowery prints. they were power prints. this whole outfit, in fact, misses that feeling of power–the feeling which predominated the 80s. & the shoes, oh hell, the heels are a bit too high & they dont even seem to be frizon.

    nevermind that the womans face is the exact opposite of SJP’s.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Well, boys, it isn’t like anyone is going to go see this movie anyway, so there’s that…

  • lilazander

    I do understand you confusion and I share it with you.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    Did any of you ever shop at the “Merry Go Round” or “Ormonds?”  Ormonds was the Forever 21 of my time.  Merry Go Round was a bit more expensive – but they carried the Bongo acid wash jeans I wore to death.  Ahhhh – those were the days . . . . I’m getting a bit nostalgic and I think I might be able to smell my green apple incense.  

  • Oh for goodness’ sake, I was a teenager in the 80s and I most certainly wasn’t wearing clothes that looked like that and my mother wasn’t wearing anything remotely similar! Even the woman she’s talking to doesn’t look much like the 80s to be honest. I can see the thinking behind the outfit – blouse with pussy bow, pencil skirt, but not that print and not that kind of skirt sorry. And the shoes? Those aren’t 80s shoes! Neither of them are wearing 80s shoes. Honestly, they must have worked pretty hard to screw it up that badly…

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i never even noticed the woman she’s taking to [though how anyone could not i dont know]–cos the one wer’e supposed to focus on irritated me just that much. i dont know when hammer pants came around, i never paid any attention to hammer. but those are way beyond hammer pants. those are– those are– inexplicable. & the rest of the outfit’s early 90s. couldnt find a new pair of shoes w/ even a small platform on it almost at all–believe me cos i was looking–’til around 1991.

  • tired_mommy

     I went to highschool in the ’80s (albeit in California) and I think the problem here is that style evolved over the decade and they are pulling from different years all in the same outfit..  The “Carrie” on the bag seems very early ’80s; the splatter paint is mid-’80s, the hair is late ’80s.  Would have been more credible if she had an asymetrical bob, skinny acid-washed Guess Jeans, and plastic pumps or jellies. Brings back memories of Contempo Casuals…

  • efishfan

    That’s not ’80’s hair, it’s shitty hair.

    • tired_mommy

      Yes–if it was ’80s hair it would either have heavy bangs sprayed straight up with Aqua Net or be asymetrical.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Also – I can’t be the only one thinking that this show is going to have a short shelf life.

  • In the book, she ruined her purse and she added the paint splatters and her name to make it look like a creative choice. Candace Bushnell is also really specific about the horrible fashion choices Carrie makes every day. But I’m still on the fence about the show. We’ll see what happens when it premieres.

  • KC

    I’m really not feeling this….however….I thought the new “Nikita” would be awful but it has actually been a really fun little show. One of the better ones on the CW (which means it has terrible ratings, of course). So I’ll probably watch it to see if it actually IS bad or if it is better than expected. Looks bad so far, sounds bad so far…but I don’t like to judge a show by its promo shots.

  • Elaine Lang

    Bless you for mentioning Square Pegs.

    Also, I have never seen anything SATC and have no intention to change that now.   So, let’s go with “What TLo said” for my vote on the whole fiasco.

    (Although, the AWESOME lady next to her, sporting the classic Cosby-era upwardly-mobile Afro-Am chic?    GETS A BLUE RIBBON.)

  • Lisa

    Just no.  They could have auditioned any number of girls to find one who has a similar face to SJP, and then curled the hair if they needed to.  Just getting some random curly haired blonde, and saying, “Hey, look!  Young Carrie Bradshaw!” isn’t cutting it for me.  Neither is this low-rent outfit.  I was a teenager and in my early 20s all through the 80s, and believe me, this was not what we considered cutting edge style.  

  • filmcricket

    I forget the mythology of SATC – I was only ever a casual viewer – but wasn’t Carrie Bradshaw one of the club kids from whom Madonna lifted her early looks in the first place? I don’t mean that in the show’s universe they ever met or anything, but wasn’t Carrie supposed to be a well-known clubber who would have worn the stuff Madonna appropriated?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      disqus can be problematic, i agree.

      but thank you from the bottom of the very tired heart i own today for not letting me be, once again, alone in pointing out that madonna appropriated everything. the words stole it actually will do even better. we werent called club kids in those days, that came later, but–notw/standing–the gratitude from me is way way more genuine than anything madonna ever did. exene always says madonna took her whole schtick from exene’s sister mirielle [RIP so many years ago]. that will also work for me.

      • filmcricket

        Well, I can’t get too upset about appropriation since the entirety of pop music rests on it – Madonna wasn’t the first, and she won’t be the last. Her problem now is that she’s too famous to lift from obscure sources anymore; probably the last time she was able to do that was “Vogue” and that was 20 years ago. Now her sources are William Orbit and Timbaland. I could have sworn, though, that Carrie mentions something to Ron Livingston’s character about having been a famous club girl back in the day which is why the paparazzi all know her.

  • filmcricket

    Oh FFS, Disqus really sucks. This was meant to go in the “Madonna look” discussion above.

  • filmcricket

    Also of note: the sneakers in the window behind. In the 80s there were white Adidas (a la Run DMC), Vans, and the onset of the Air Jordan basketball shoe – all big and white and moon-boot-y. The stuff in the window looks like the late-90s take-offs of 70s-style runners.

  • Holly Kinnamont

    Is the girl with Carrie Freema Agyeman’s character? Love her.

  • I think it’s fair to say that we’ve gotten spoiled on true talent of the shows like Mad Men.  Some things we just can’t expect from the CW.  HBO or AMC delivery is just not one of them.  Utter fail for a representation of the 80s.  In this day and age all the costume designer had to do was “Google it” to get it right.

  • quiltrx

    I’m not a SitC person at all (I’ve seen one ep, where Kristen Johnston falls out the window)…this looks very silly.

    But I did want to say I really like AnnaSophia (loved her in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bridge to Terabithia)–I think she has talent to go with her looks, and I hope she can make this work (or that it launches her into something better).

  • marywv

    I guess I just don’t belive young Carrie had the style gumption of Modern Carrie. It seems like she would be growing into it and this is EXACTLY what a ’00 Carrie would be wearing. This ridiculous and dumb. 

  • Emmyllou

    You are consistently astute. XXX

  • So the series IS supposed to be in the 80’s? ‘cuz I didn’t get that at ALL in these photos when I saw them before. I assumed they were doing a complete “retcon” of some sort in which Carrie fell through some sort of time wormhole and is now a teenager in NYC, current-time. (Which they might as well, since Carrie Bradshaw didn’t move to NYC until her 20’s.)

    • Allyson Wells

      Carrie moved right after high school, which is when this show takes place. The Carrie Diaries book was written  by Candace Bushnell, and the TV show will follow the book’s storyline, not just what we all remember from SATC.

  • Allyson Wells

    In the book, The Carrie Diaries, a lot of Carrie’s clothes are described as vintage. Many of the kids her age commented on how strangely she dressed. I don’t know anything about the TV show, but maybe that’s why they went with this outfit; they’re just trying to stay true to her character in the book, as opposed to just dressing her how Carrie from SATC would have dressed in the 80’s. 

  • As somebody who lived through the ’80s, where are her hose? And, I have doubts about the shoes – maybe in the UK (if they want to borrow all of my back-to-school issues of Seventeen they can).

  • Dear TLo,

    I really love you, but you seem here very irritating. If you’re writing about something please look it up before! There are 2 prequel books already written, and in those books Candace Bushnell talks about this bag and the reason it’s splashed. So, before you start boo-ing it, get informed! 🙂



  • Candigirl1968

    More awful.  And here I was thinking that the second movie was the biggest affront to the SATC franchise.  Little did I know…

  • this is odd, but i love her

  • mike__tv

    Why didn’t they just set the show in 2012. Take the character and set her now. It’s tv, people will get over it. 

  • Oh, how I wish I’d said all of this. They’re rewriting history for my daughter. Kiss my paint splash, CW.  

  • Dear Tom & Lorenzo: Now that series has launched, will you please review a few episodes? I’m very interested to hear your critique. I was in school during the 80’s and this is NOT how people dressed, or talked. Can you believe the writers put “I got this” into the young Carrie’s mouth? Back then we would have looked at her and said, “You’ve got what? A pussy boner for Richard Marx?”

    Please put up a new critique of this show as I want to hear your opinions to know if I’m going sane in a crazy world. I think the creators of this show wanted to put today’s hair, make up and fashions on the main characters so today’s teens would find them “relate-able” and some neon colors on the extras/supporting characters so the audience could laugh at their derpy parents and their phones that plugged into walls.

    Your grateful and adoring precious unborn fawn,

    – Holly Patricia