Eric Daman + The Carrie Diaries Interview

Eric Daman is the famed fashion stylist for the hit TV show "Gossip Girl". "Gossip Girl" was an iconic fashion  show, with the characters creating such trends like headbands. 

Did you know that Eric Daman also worked on the "Sex and the City" set? Which makes him a perfect fit for "The Carrie Diaries". 

The premiere episode of "The Carrie Diaries" was amazing, check out my post on the premiere

Eric Daman recently did an interview on "The Carrie Diaries", see some of my favorite parts below and check out the full article on Huffington Post.

What is it like heading up costume design for "The Carrie Diaries" after assisting on "Sex and the City"?
At first, it was a bit intimidating and nerve-wracking because you want to go into it and honor the icon that is Carrie Bradshaw. And to have to pre-create that, well, there's no pressure at all trying to figure it out! But really, it's thrilling and very exciting. I feel very privileged and honored to have been a part of "Sex and the City," and to feed off of who I know Carrie Bradshaw. I get to go back in time and create who she was as a young girl in high school and follow this evolution of who she becomes.

What inspired her teen style?
I was very drawn to Molly Ringwald and all those John Hughes films. I think Carrie was that girl, the It girl that was a little off. I think of it more as the idea of a Molly Ringwald character, not the clothing necessarily. We also want to keep it contemporary and have an aspirational authenticity to it. It's about mixing and matching prints and shapes that you don't see every day, mixing things from different decades. I was actually looking toward Christie Brinkley and her fresh face when she was a young model. She had some great Cosmo covers form the '80s that I thought were very appropriate to Carrie, but also Carrie gets involved in New York.

What kind of places are the clothes coming from?
I've been using a lot of Topshop and H&M. There are so many fast fashion stores out there that have these great elements that we can mix with an '80s puffy dress. We give it layers so it's not all vintage stuff. I shop all over the city. I think our biggest discovery so far has been Etsy. You can find a lot of really original, great things on there that you can't find in stores. She's also wearing a lot of Crumpet sweaters and cardigans. We've done quite a bit at Urban Outfitters. There are definitely going to be some high fashion moments though. She's working in New York and she's friends with Larissa who is an editor at Interview, so she has access to that closet. Carrie is so young and impressionable, and has this amazing mentor that will help her shape her style.

Carrie had some iconic accessories on the first series -- her flower pins, her nameplate necklace. What's going to be the must-have item this time around?
I'm interested to see how people react to the bag she makes. I hope we see girls creating their own personalized bags. She makes lemonade from lemons and turns it into this great fashion piece. Hopefully that will be inspirational to girls. I want people to take away from it that fashion should be fun and individual. That's what Carrie Bradshaw embodies! There's also the "C" pendant which is a precursor to the Carrie nameplate, of course. That's a little subtle moment, that Alex Woo "C" necklace.

Speaking of that nail polish-splattered purse, how did you choose the bag?
Originally I wanted to use a very big designer name so that it really meant something and had value attached to it. But the more we thought about it, we realized we didn't want Carrie to be overshadowed by a brand. We came across Mark Cross, which has a long lineage of being an equestrian company, which is appropriate for Connecticut. The one we used, the Scottie bag, is what Grace Kelly wore. It has a quiet, almost Hermès feel to it without having a giant label attached to it. The label could be that it's a Carrie bag.

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