USA Today – Carrie’s style diary: What young Bradshaw wore

‘The Carrie Diaries’ premiere was filled with covetable clothes, of course.

Few characters are as woven into their clothes as Carrie Bradshaw. And as proven by Monday’s premiere of The Carrie Diaries, the CW prequel to the iconic Sex and the City, the teenage, suburban version of the heroine is no slouch when it comes to oversized ’80s style. USA TODAY chatted with the show’s costume designer, Eric Daman — who helped make tights cool again, thanks to his gig on Gossip Girl— to get a glimpse at some of what young Carrie wore. In classic Carrie fashion, it’s an effortless mix of luxury labels and basic brands (though far heavier on the latter — she is a high-school junior, after all):

C pendant necklace, the precursor to her signature nameplate: Alex Woo’s little letter C in 14-karat yellow gold; Woo was “kind enough” to swap out her typical, modern beaded chain for something more ’80s appropriate, Daman says.

Carrie’s mom’s structured black bag, which Carrie Jackson Pollocks with nail polish: Mark Cross Scottie satchel; the company will customize it for you.

Silver sequined dress (doctored up with vintage crinoline): Topshop

Blue floral printed jeans: Topshop

Lavender hoodie: Topshop

Tan kitten-heeled slingbacks: Delman

Tan-and-white two-toned oxfords: Lucky Brand

Floral print bow blouse worn to law firm: Derek Lam

Black pumps worn to law firm: J.Crew

Multi-pastel cardigan: Marc Jacobs

Chambray blue full skirt with front patch pockets: Current/Elliott

Red and blue polka-dot and striped sweater: Cardigan

Lime leopard-print cardigan: Autumn Cashmere

Orange pointy pumps: Alice + Olivia

Sorry, fans: Some of Carrie’s accouterments are strictly vintage finds

Pink and black poufy dress worn to Indochine: an original ’80s Scaasi creation, recut for AnnaSophia Robb’s body and layered with new black crinoline from Theory

Her mom’s Jackie O-esque ’60s shades

Pink bracelet with matching heart locket

Mini-, pre-City Carrie flower pin worn with the lime leopard-print cardi

Rainbow belt with heart buckle

Turquoise backpack

USA Today – Products to give pink extra punch

Even though October conjures up images of falling leaves of crimson and gold, the month has become synonymous with a different color: pink. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways to contribute to the cause. “I lost my own mother (when I was 16) to breast cancer, so it’s a cause very close to my heart,” says New York jeweler Alex Woo, who collaborated on a fundraising effort with breast cancer survivor, expectant mother and actress Christina Applegate. USA TODAY’s Cindy Clark checks out some fun new ways to get in the pink.

Branching out

Woo’s design includes seven leaves, which represent each day of the week, as a “reminder to live each day to its very fullest.” Net proceeds from the pendant will go to Applegate’s foundation Right Action for Women, which helps women at increased risk for breast cancer get the information and testing they need to beat the disease.

USA Today – Love is the only number

Eva Longoria USA Today December 2005First came the Carrie nameplate necklace, worn by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Then arrived the initial pendants bearing the letters of the wearer’s name.

And today’s hottest new neck accessory? New York designer Alex Woo’s Little Numbers line, worn by stars such as Kelly Ripa, Eva Longoria and Hilary Duff.

Stars don their digits of choice, which hang from delicate silver or gold chains or suede cords. Ripa wears a 3 to represent her three children. Longoria sports a 9 in honor of the jersey number of her boyfriend, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. Celeb mom Courteney Cox has a 1 and 3, symbolizing daughter Coco’s birthday June 13.