It may possibly be soon be time to dust off the Manolo Blahniks—“Sex and the City” is on the not-far too-distant fashion horizon.
On the heels of Sarah Jessica Parker’s (who plays the show’s designer shoe-obsessed main character Carrie Bradshaw) Instagram announcement confirming a new chapter of the HBO Max collection, entitled “And Just Like That…”, 1000’s of followers of the fashion-centric Television collection responded enthusiastically—including Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing and Zoë Kravitz.
The question is whether or not the return of the “Sex and the City”—credited with turning shoe designers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and, of system, Manolo, into family names—will be the retail catalyst it at the time was and enable invigorate retail, whilst concurrently assist revive New York City, where the show requires put.
What Will the New ‘Sex and the City’ Series Glance Like?
It’s a full new retail earth because “Sex and the City” debuted practically 25 decades back in 1998 and a lot of of Skip Bradshaw’s favourite retail retail store stomping grounds, like Manolo Blahnik, Century 21 and Barneys New York, are closed.
At the very least one particular New York retailer is optimistic about the show’s return.
“The unique ‘Sex and the City’ sequence was a big boon for us,” states Beth Buccini, proprietor and founder of Kirna Zabete.
“Patricia Discipline used to wardrobe the females from Kirna Zabete,” claims Buccini, referring to the series’ renowned costume designer. “Her vision broke boundaries and brought about females everywhere to experiment with and dream about vogue. Let’s hope that takes place again.”
Like a vogue classic, “Sex and the City” has the opportunity to capture a more youthful era, states Simon Doonan, the famous artistic ambassador-at-massive of Barneys New York.
“I was just chatting to a superior college senior who had just found ‘S and the C,’” Doonan writes, over electronic mail. “She was intoxicated by the heels, the shopping and what she described as ‘the old-university vibe.’”
The 10-episode, fifty percent-hour collection will commence output in New York in late spring and will comply with the lives of Carrie, Charlotte York-Goldenblatt, played by Kristin Davis, and Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, who are now in their 50s. Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, will not return.
Reflecting on the show’s heritage, cultural strategist Sarah Unger expects retail and fashion will continue to be a strong topic in the new series.
“It’s not a significantly stretch to anticipate the new iteration of the story will have nods to aspirational retail,” says Unger, co-founder of Cultique. “However, section of the charm of ‘SATC’ was how it blended the timelessness of females towards a dynamic urban backdrop.”
However, we could see much more realism on display. Unger predicts the characters may perhaps lean towards minimalistic seems to be with components of about-the-major maximalism. Athleisure and loungewear may possibly play a much more common role, she forecasts.
“It’ll be remarkable to see mindfulness and wellness combined in, given that you can find a booming self-treatment industry,” Unger claims. “This could perform out in a plethora of ways—one would hope to see beforehand marginalized designers prioritized by a system as effectively-identified as ‘SATC’ or a more self-knowledgeable position of view on inequity and sustainable use.”
‘SATC’ and New York City
The portrayal of New York as a style fantasyland was aspect of the show’s allure—pre-Covid-19, there had been even “Sex and the City” bus tours.
“‘SATC’ generally experienced New York Metropolis as a principal character,” Unger says. “Now that our romance to towns has shifted many thanks to the pandemic, the new display will be in a position to discover evolving rhythms of city lifestyle, like electronic retail and distant operate.”
It may spike curiosity in the town, the strategist forecasts. “New York Metropolis as a family vacation vacation spot could probably stick to,” she suggests.
The graphic of New York as a area of possibility for outsiders is very impressive, Doonan says.
“Think Holly Golightly [in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’] or Diana Ross in ‘Mahogany’,” suggests Doonan, creator of “How To Be By yourself.” “The footwear and the shopping and the cocktails are powerful symbols of glamour and results.”
New York will reinvent alone once again, Doonan says, and “a clean current variation of ‘Sex and the City’ will ideally supply a full new blueprint.”