NICHE Fashion Magazine Vol 01 Issue 03 - Inspiration 2013

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Carrie Bradshaw


by Tracey Drake

n 2009, the British national newspaper, The Guardian declared that “Carrie Bradshaw did as much to shift the culture around certain women’s issues as real-life female ground breakers.”

Carrie Bradshaw IS an icon. For outsiders, she may have been a fictional character but for every woman who watched Sex and the City, she was more real than most Hollywood celebrities. Heck, she was more accessible and honest with us than most of our real friends. She is flawed, frank and fashion forward – a girl could relate to Carrie Bradshaw, and her taste in shoes.

“When I first moved to New York, I’d buy Vogue instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” Carrie writes a weekly column called “Sex and the City” for The New York Star. The column focuses on Carrie’s hedonistic adventures and those of her close friends (Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte), as well as musings about the relationships between men and women, dating, and New York. The “I can relate to that” factor of the column brings Carrie a certain level of celebrity and years later, her column is turned into a book, and Carrie is given an opportunity to write for Vogue.

In 1986, a 21 year old Carrie Bradshaw moved to Manhattan at the height of 80s hair and the Madonna tutu, and embraced New York City. She lives in a brownstone on the Upper East Side at 245 East 73rd Street, perfectly situated between Park and Madison. Carrie Bradshaw lives the impossibly perfect Manhattan life on what is most probably an average paying job. Her apartment is small but with a huge walk-through closet. She is forever the optimist and always ready to face each new day and fashion trend. Carrie lives on the edge of a New York minute; a fast paced lifestyle that thrives on high fashion, over-the-top glamour, elusive love and a good Cosmopolitan.

“I have this little substance abuse problem… expensive footwear.” A known shoe lover with a penchant for expensive designer shoes (notably Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo), Miranda once estimated that Carrie owned at least 100 pairs of shoes and had spent more than $40,000 on her shoe collection. She frequently mixes kitschy vintage finds with high-end labels and Carrie loves to shop at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.


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