Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell promoted her new book The Carrie Diaries last night at the St. John boutique on the Upper East Side, where Tina Brown interviewed her for a small, well-heeled audience. Bushnell seemed more interested in discussing the roles of women in society as she sees and has seen them than Sex and the City as the phenomenon it became on the big and small screens. Nonetheless, the first member of the audience to ask a question wanted to know what Bushnell was wearing. Her sparkly blue heels were Miu Miu, a store she says she likes to shop at because the salespeople are nice to her there. But she also noted, “I actually don’t shop very much. I have a tendency to rotate a few pairs of ripped jeans and an old cashmere sweater.”
Bushnell, who said she couldn’t foresee ever writing a memoir because she had some pretty “wild” days, did get a kick out of one gift from designer Christopher Sauvé, creator of the embattled Rachel Zoe–inspired “I DIE. BANANAS.” shirt. He handed her a tee that reads, “I was touched by Terry,” inspired by the recent Terry Richardson allegations. She let out a big laugh and said that of course she knew the reference, and accepted it graciously.