FLORENCE–Last night Ferragamo celebrated the opening of a new exhibition devoted to all things Marilyn Monroe at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. Ferragamo’s exhibit comes at the tail end of a resurgence of interest in all things Marilyn kicked off by My Week With Marilyn and buoyed by the release of never before seen photos. This latest manifestation of Marilyn will surely keep interest piqued. Ferragamo got his start in Hollywood as a shoe designer to the stars, Marilyn being one of them, so the photos, costumes, shoes, and artifacts on display (like a custom order for Monroe’s shoes, or her appointment book) are impressive. But more on that later.
Ferragamo got his start with the stars so it was fitting that the brand wrangled a few for last night’s opening. The label has cleverly taken an interest in AnnaSophia Robb, aka young Carrie Bradshaw. Nineteen-year-old Robb is no stranger to the spotlight–she’s been acting for years–but she’s never been in the fashion spotlight before. And she’s about to be in a big way, as The Carrie Diaries has been picked up by the CW with Gossip Girl‘s Eric Daman doing the costumes. We chatted with the starlet about how it feels to be filling those big Manolos.
Fashionista: So how does it feel to be playing Carrie Bradshaw?
AnnaSophia Robb: I’m really excited. It’s a bit nerve wracking but I think it will be a great show. We have a great cast and great writers and the fashion’s going to be amazing but it will definitely have a different flavor than the original Sex and the City because it’s for a younger audience. But I really hope to make Carrie Diaries the Sex and the City of my generation.
Were you a fan of the show?
Well I was 12 when it ended [Ed. note: Oy, I'm old] so I just started watching the show–I’m obsessed I love it.
Do you have a favorite episode? Any favorite moments?
Um, I think “The Drought” is my favorite episode. It’s the one where she farts in bed and she’s mortified and it’s just so real and I love it.
Playing Carrie Bradshaw means you’ll be thrust into the fashion scene. Are you ready for it? How is it so far?
Ferragamo is one of the most elegant brands out there so to be introduced into the fashion world via Ferragamo is such an honor. And I love their clothes and their shoes.
I’ve noticed you’re already being hounded by the paparazzi–what’s that like?
Yeah, it’s scary, honestly. Every time I come out of the hotel, I had no idea. And then I started recognizing them and I’d smile and stop and then they’d leave me alone.
She better get used to the attention, because if this show becomes as popular as Sex and the City was, she’ll be fighting off the paps for years to come. Right, SJP?