Elements that were realistic:
The cut-throat business mentality. We’re more familiar with the mag business, and yes, it’s competitive and cut-throat as hell. As for the fashion industry, it too is a fickle beast.
The cupcakes. New Yorkers have developed a codependence on Magnolia, Buttercup, and the dozen other cupcake bakeries, although we’re thinking that, this being New York, something else will soon replace the confection, e.g., [fill in the blank] is the new cupcake. (Pound cake? Magic seven-layer bars? Who knows.)
Elements that were not:
The size of their apartments. We don’t care how much money you have, no one—not even someone of Nico’s caliber—has a bathroom large enough for two people to comfortably have a discussion.
High-powered women don’t spend their afternoons at the street market. The three women wound their way through scarves, hats, and massage oil. A) They don’t have time for this and B) no one buys this stuff.
Our verdict: As opposed to Cashmere Mafia (boo!), it’s worth tuning in again to see the characters and story lines develop. We have hope for this one.