Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte--there's just something about those four fashionable Manhattanites that whips every girl into a frenzy. Proof? When we arrived early at the Gansevoort Park Avenue yesterday evening for the Gilt City-hosted launch of Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel, the estrogen-heavy line already wrapped around the block--and guests were getting pushy.
Though no fewer than five security guards and hotel attendants flanked the entrance (we counted), we finally managed to make our way to the penthouse. Out by the mosaic-tiled pool, Gilt members were sipping Xanté-provided cocktails, nibbling on polka-dotted chocolate truffles, and angling to get a few moments with their favorite author.
The second in a line of
"It's here in New York City that she has her first real relationship and really starts out as a writer," Bushnell explained to us. Even though the post-high-school-graduation Carrie's at a more naive stage in her life, the author "didn't change the writing approach," she added. "The book's written in first person present tense, and that in itself changes the voice so much, I think. It's a much younger approach--and it really puts you right in her shoes. Rather than revolving around specific situations, there's a lot more focus on the dialogue between Carrie and her friends." And indeed, as we've come to expect from
*Photos: Neil Rasmus at Billy Farrell Agency