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FOR­GET BIG, Berger or Ai­dan, the real lead­ing man of Sex And The City was Manolo. As in Blah­nik (who else?), the shoe mae­stro whose heels pro­tag­o­nist Car­rie Bradshaw had an on-go­ing love af­fair with, that lasted six se­ries and two films ( yep, even that se­quel).

The wardrobe was the fifth lead role in Sex And The City. Cos­tume de­signer Pa­tri­cia Field ex­celled at serv­ing up looks that were equal parts sublime and ridicu­lous. In the Man­hat­tan of Car­rie et al, cou­ture gowns co-ex­ist with cos­tume jew­ellery, tube tops are paired with fur

coats, sun­glasses donned to work out in, and heels worn with every­thing. Was it re­al­is­tic? Ab­so­lutely not (and no, no free­lance writer could ever af­ford to dress like that). Was it in­flu­en­tial? In the words of Big: abso-fuck­ing-lutely.

Sex And The City’s fan­tasy wardrobe was bizarrely pre­scient in its un­apolo­getic, in­stinc­tive con­fi­dence. Car­rie was the orig­i­nal In­sta­gram dresser, rep­ping made-for-so­cial-me­dia looks long be­fore in­flu­encers were a glint in the wi-fi.

You want to wear a belt around your bare midriff for no other rea­son than just be­cause? You want to dec­o­rate your shoul­der with fo­liage? You want to wear a flat cap with a knit­ted romper and printed sling­backs? Go for it! This un­fet­tered joy­ful­ness, the ‘for the hell of it’ ap­proach to get­ting dressed is the rea­son why, two decades on, the wardrobe hasn’t dated in the same way as, say, the clothes in Friends have.

And just as Sex And The City shouted loud and clear that women have agency over their bod­ies and sex lives, it also gave them per­mis­sion to dress for them­selves. The irony is that for a show that pur­ported to be about sex, the clothes them­selves weren’t the ob­vi­ous def­i­ni­tion of ‘sexy’. The string vests, ar­mour belts and strings of pearls ex­ist be­yond the male gaze. And this isn’t just about Car­rie’s outré out­fits;

Mi­randa’s se­ri­ous, norm­core suits, Char­lotte’s ready-to-set­tle-down WASP wardrobe and Sa­man­tha’s take-me-asI-am power dress­ing, also fall into the man-re­pelling cat­e­gory. These were women dress­ing for other women. And 20 years later, we still can’t get enough SATC style. As Car­rie might say, I couldn’t help but won­der [ in­hale Marl­boro Light], when it comes to style, do great out­fits just get bet­ter with age? The Car­rie crew ef­fect is all over the cat­walk this sea­son. Happy co­in­ci­dence or the re­sult of box-set binge­ing (who knows?), but we couldn’t help but won­der, wouldn’t Mi­randa look su­perb in SS18’S lan­guid Cé­line suit­ing? That Brock Col­lec­tion’s pretty-asa-pic­ture dresses were made for Char­lotte, and Ver­sace’s head-to-toe leop­ard print for Sa­man­tha? As for Car­rie? Dolce & Gab­bana’s cy­cling shorts and cro­chet knits, or Dior’s knicker-flash­ing ball­go­wns are made for the woman who dresses like no­body’s judg­ing. And what­ever they would wear to­day, one thing’s for sure, there would still be plenty of Mano­los.

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