ALEXANDRA SHULMAN: Thank heavens the Sex and The City costume designers missed the memo on what to wear when working from home
Welcome back Carrie Bradshaw. We’ve missed you big-time but, truth be told, we’ve missed your wardrobe even more. So it’s no surprise that weeks before the hugely anticipated launch of the updated Sex And The City – And Just Like That – we’ve already seen pictures of a new scene-stealing dress.
Remember that first Carrie dress? The ruched, clinging charcoal mini she wore in season two with tanned bare legs and carrying a vintage suede Gucci bag. The one that came to be known by SATC aficionados as the ultimate Carrie dress.
And as we report opposite, the same dedicated followers are already slavering over the new powder-blue Norma Kamali number (pre-order available now) even before it’s reached our screens.
Remember that first Carrie dress? The ruched, clinging charcoal mini she wore in season two with tanned bare legs and carrying a vintage suede Gucci bag
Kamali, the 1980s Queen of Stretch, has had something of a revival in recent years, so our Carrie is right on trend in her choice.
Called the Diana dress, this one-shouldered, clinging £160 tube of polyester and spandex is fashionably calf-length rather than the thigh-hugging number of the 1990s but has the same sassy, urban feel, especially teamed with a metallic blazer, staggering Aquazzura-crystal sandals and a down-to-business, scraped-back hairdo.
This will be the first of many looks for Carrie fans to love or love to hate in the new series, since her wardrobe over the years has become ever more outrageous – and divisive.
And the early indications are that there’ll be no gentle decline into middle age for Carrie and her pals as they ramp up the Manhattan action.
Patricia Field, the original SATC costume designer, made her name by serving up a wildly original style that often mixed designer with vintage. She was the perfect choice for the series that launched at a time when high fashion was entering the mainstream.
Never before SATC would you have found a shoe designer (Manolo Blahnik) and a handbag (the Fendi Baguette) name-checked in a television drama. (Fields is otherwise engaged on the new season of the Netflix series Emily In Paris, where the same kitsch costume template is a huge part of its success.)
This time around, the chief costume designer is Molly Rogers (previously of The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty) alongside fellow designer Danny Santiago.
Blissfully, SATC remains a place where fashion is huge fun.
Carrie and her friends are navigating a very different sexual climate in 2021 to their ‘have sex like a man’ years
There’s little indication that Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, along with their new friends such as Lisa (played by Nicole Ari Parker) and Seema (Sarita Choudhury), got the same ‘What to Wear Working From Home’ memo as most of us.
Too many of us spent the past 18 months wrapped up in duvet coats, tracksuits, pyjamas and trainers. But such things certainly don’t feature in this series, unless you count Carrie’s massive Cynthia Rowley puffer jacket, spotted on the fan Instagram site @justlikethat, while clutching her beloved Eiffel Tower bag.
No Carrie and her pals are still sporting the kind of dresses that might attract the attention of their hated Toxic Bachelors back in the day
Nor do they seem to be buying into the new gender-fluid androgyny trend of recent years, or the ultra-modest high-necked prairie housewife style. Thank heavens.
No Carrie and her pals are still sporting the kind of dresses that might attract the attention of their hated Toxic Bachelors back in the day. Along with gloriously high strappy heels and a bag wardrobe to rival Victoria Beckham’s.
Never down for normcore style. Never knowingly under-accessorised.
Of course, pulling off the same trick after eight series and two movies is no easy task.
And times have changed. Carrie and her friends are navigating a very different sexual climate in 2021 to their ‘have sex like a man’ years.
But there’s every indication that they’re going to keep on the same wild fashion ride as ever.