When Sex and The City started airing on television in UK every woman I knew was talking about it endlessly, I did what I (at the time) did best: I judged, and swore never to watch it. I don’t follow the herd, blah blah blah, and I never saw an episode.
I don’t know what it was that caused me to change my mind, but several years later, I was in a blockbuster shop trying to find something light to rent. I paused in front of the “TV Series” aisle, looking at the SATC boxes. After some consideration, I took it up to the counter, making some kind of speech about how I wanted something fluffy.
Well then. Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when I realised that this was actually a great show! The characters were interesting and smart, the fashion was amazing, the storylines were intricate and exciting and the whole thing was set in one of my favourite cities, New York!
I very quickly fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw, the main character played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie is a writer with an incredible wardrobe who is on the search for love. Not “on the search for love” like those women who are desperate and obsessed with cats, but on the search for love in that cute, fun, optimistic Amelie kind of way.
Carrie as a character is an icon, & Sarah Jessica Parker is no stylistic slouch either — but the real credit goes to the stylists behind the scenes, namely Patricia Field & Rebecca Weinberg. Sarah Jessica Parker met Patricia Field on the set of one of her movies and they bonded over their love of fashion. Patricia has a store in New York’s Bowery and also retails online at patriciafield.com. Rebecca Weinberg is a super-cute lesbian Jew with great tattoos! They made a fantastic team.
The reason why Carrie’s style is so pervasive is that she is a true eclectic. She puts vintage with haute couture, always stands out and never looks average. Either her outfits are a raging success or they are an incredible failure, but it’s like what Diana Vreeland said: “Never fear being vulgar, only boring”.
Oh you know just going out for dinner with friends. What I love about this, is the simplicity of the top, and then the layers of costume pearls. Remember sex and the city came out in 1998!!! and ended In 2004 (seriously!) and it’s fashion holds the test of time.
Shows how a simple dress, is perfect for lunch and dinner dates, to drinking and dancing.
Carrie shows you just how to rock the keeping warm look.
Oh you know just nipping over to my best friends house to keep her company just before midnight on NYE
Super stylish wondering the streets of Paris
Even working in her apartment Carrie always stays on point style wise!
Showing how to work a summer dress in style.
Yes, at times, SATC is shallow — but we would all be kidding ourselves if we thought life was constantly highbrow! Yes, a lot of the show is unrealistic. I remember reading an article somewhere which estimated that for Carrie to maintain the lifestyle she demonstrates on the show, she would have to be earning about $600,000 US a year. Not the most viable salary for a woman who writes a weekly newspaper column! But… it’s television! That’s the whole point. It presents a fantasy.
Carrie is consistently inspiring and always uplifting, flawed and wonderful. To me, she is the ideal woman.
Now go get watching!
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