This past Saturday, I braved H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship to chat with adorable Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb. She was there to host, along with Seventeen (whose cover we can only assume she’ll be gracing soon) an in-store event celebrating the launch of the retailer’s new “Denim Days” campaign.
Looking around (at what we could see behind the hoards of squealing tween Carrie Diaries fans), we saw more than a few pieces that could easily fit into teen Carrie‘s ’80s wardrobe. And unsurprisingly, H&M, along with several other high street stores, is one of costume designer Eric Daman‘s sources. Though her character does wear “a couple pieces of vintage clothing,” on the show, Robb explains, “I think it’s good that Eric has sort of modernized the wardrobe.” Robb and Daman call it “aspirational authenticity.”
Meaning: “Girls can see an outfit and go, ‘Oh I really love what Carrie’s wearing and I can go out to H&M or Topshop or wherever-we’ll just say H&M for now–and get that piece and so it’s more accessible.” It makes sense that the CW wouldn’t want to let the show’s time period keep them from getting that audience engagement. Though how authentic that makes the show is up for debate.
Another debatable topic: curly hair vs. straight hair. Naturally straight-haired Robb perms her mane for the show, so we asked which hair state she prefers; though my own curly hair may have influenced her answer: “I love the curly hair,” she enthused. “I was just looking at [yours]. Jen does my hair on the show and I was like, ‘Ooh that’s a good look for next season.’” She also complimented my shoes. I win?
While watching The Carrie Diaries, we couldn’t help but notice that AnnaSophia Robb’s natural charm outshined much of the colorful clothing, and meeting her in person confirmed that regardless of the show’s authenticity (which isn’t actually that bad–it’s a cute show I swear), she’s the real deal.