It may possibly be shortly be time to dust off the Manolo Blahniks—“Sex and the City” is on the not-as well-distant manner horizon.
On the heels of Sarah Jessica Parker’s (who plays the show’s designer shoe-obsessed most important character Carrie Bradshaw) Instagram announcement confirming a new chapter of the HBO Max sequence, entitled “And Just Like That…”, thousands of followers of the trend-centric Tv set series responded enthusiastically—including Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing and Zoë Kravitz.
The query is irrespective of whether the return of the “Sex and the City”—credited with turning shoe designers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and, of course, Manolo, into domestic names—will be the retail catalyst it the moment was and assistance invigorate retail, whilst concurrently help revive New York Town, wherever the present takes spot.
What Will the New ‘Sex and the City’ Sequence Look Like?
It is a entire new retail environment since “Sex and the City” debuted just about 25 years back in 1998 and lots of of Miss 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 initial ‘Sex and the City’ sequence was a major boon for us,” suggests Beth Buccini, operator and founder of Kirna Zabete.
“Patricia Field made use of to wardrobe the girls from Kirna Zabete,” suggests Buccini, referring to the series’ renowned costume designer. “Her eyesight broke boundaries and brought about females everywhere to experiment with and desire about trend. Let’s hope that comes about once more.”
Like a trend classic, “Sex and the City” has the opportunity to capture a youthful technology, states Simon Doonan, the legendary inventive ambassador-at-huge of Barneys New York.
“I was just chatting to a substantial university senior who experienced just learned ‘S and the C,’” Doonan writes, in excess of email. “She was intoxicated by the heels, the searching and what she explained as ‘the previous-college vibe.’”
The 10-episode, 50 %-hour sequence will begin output in New York in late spring and will observe 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 trend will stay a powerful concept in the new sequence.
“It’s not a much extend to count on the new iteration of the tale will have nods to aspirational retail,” claims Unger, co-founder of Cultique. “However, section of the attractiveness of ‘SATC’ was how it put together the timelessness of women of all ages towards a dynamic city backdrop.”
Having said that, we may see much more realism on display. Unger predicts the people could lean towards minimalistic appears to be with features of over-the-best maximalism. Athleisure and loungewear could play a much more common position, she forecasts.
“It’ll be remarkable to see mindfulness and wellness combined in, supplied that there’s a booming self-care industry,” Unger suggests. “This could participate in out in a plethora of ways—one would hope to see previously marginalized designers prioritized by way of a platform as very well-acknowledged as ‘SATC’ or a additional self-aware point of see on inequity and sustainable intake.”
‘SATC’ and New York Metropolis
The portrayal of New York as a trend fantasyland was part of the show’s allure—pre-Covid-19, there were even “Sex and the City” bus tours.
“‘SATC’ normally had New York Town as a most important character,” Unger says. “Now that our partnership to metropolitan areas has shifted thanks to the pandemic, the new clearly show will be equipped to explore evolving rhythms of urban life, together with digital retail and remote get the job done.”
It may spike curiosity in the metropolis, the strategist forecasts. “New York Metropolis as a holiday vacation spot could possibly stick to,” she suggests.
The graphic of New York as a position of option for outsiders is very highly effective, Doonan suggests.
“Think Holly Golightly [in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’] or Diana Ross in ‘Mahogany’,” claims Doonan, writer of “How To Be Oneself.” “The shoes and the browsing and the cocktails are strong symbols of glamour and success.”
New York will reinvent alone yet again, Doonan says, and “a refreshing up to date version of ‘Sex and the City’ will ideally present a whole new blueprint.”