We catch up with the star as she preps for the The Carrie Diaries's second season.
Asked what has changed the most since she stepped into the legendary Manolos (metaphorically speaking) of Carrie Bradshaw on The CW's hit show The Carrie Diaries, AnnaSophia Robb, nineteen, doesn't skip a beat: "My shoe collection has grown exponentially!" (Don't ask for exact numbers. "It would probably be an embarrassing statement," she says.) Like Sarah Jessica Parker before her, it seems that playing a style beacon on TV has translated into becoming one in real life.
In just one year, the Colorado native has moved to Manhattan (a fourth-floor walk-up in SoHo), attended her first New York Fashion Week (though certainly not her last), and become one of those city girls whose wardrobe overtakes her apartment. "Closet space is everything," she says. "I have a bed, but I'd rather spend my money on Valentino shoes than furniture," she adds, showing me a photo of a kitten heel studded style she's been eyeing. "Do you think I should get them?"
Before I can answer, we arrive at the downtown studio of one of NYC's most beloved design stars, Thakoon Panichgul, whose signature collection has been embraced by both the first lady of New York, S.J.P., and the First Lady of our country. His loftlike space is buzzing with models preparing for his resort presentation the following day, but Thakoon himself is totally grounded. At five foot two (A.S.R.) and five foot four (Thakoon), it's easy for the actress and the designer to see eye to eye. AnnaSophia quickly hones in on his secondary line, Thakoon Addition. Its short hemlines and bold prints are a perfect match for her petite frame. She slips into a blown-up herringbone-and-polka-dot ensemble that's all legs. "I could have walked out of the studio in it," she later tells me. Between fittings for the show and red carpet events, she shares, "I've become a lot more discerning— whether it's the tailoring or needing to add a belt or a pop of color."
There's nothing like a shopping spree to work up a girl's appetite. At chic new brasserie Lafayette (good luck getting a dinner reservation!), we refuel on coffee and croissants (A.S.R. polishes hers off in a New York minute), and AnnaSophia e-mails back and forth with a real estate broker. The lease on her SoHo apartment has ended, and she's on the hunt for a new place before season-two filming begins. As soon as we part ways, she zips over the bridge to Brooklyn to check out a prospect. I catch up with her again the following day and inquire about whether the apartment worked. "It did!" she exclaims with an audible sigh of relief. "I have a place to live, and it looks out over the East River!" She has also decided to purchase those Valentinos, so the Manhattan skyline won't be the only sparkly thing at AnnaSophia's feet.
by Jane Keltner de Valle