Girls premiered last night on HBO and it was everything I hoped it would be–honest, smart, hilarious and realistic. Lena Dunham just gets it. While the first episode lived up to the hype for most of us, there has, believe it or not, been some criticism. The L.A. Times seemed to think it was too self-aware; Two-and-a-Half Men creator Lee Aronsohn said last week that television had reached “vagina saturation” meaning there are too many shows about girls; The Hairpin noticed how disappointingly white it is; and Andrea Peyser felt that Lena Dunham was too fat.
However, we’ve yet to find one critique of the show’s wardrobe, which, like the show itself, is closer to reality than just about any of the similar shows that came before it. Perhaps so much so that most people wouldn’t notice it. It’s not a fashiony show and it’s unlikely to make any designer a household name the way Sex and the City did for Manolo Blahnik. If anything, we could see some of the characters lusting after a pricey A.P.C. blouse for a job interview or a pair of Rachel Comey shoes from Bird. Aside from the obviously comparable Sex and the City, several shows have depicted the lives of single career women in the big city, but we don’t think any of them have done so with as much accuracy as Girls.