It’s an exciting time to be a Sex and the City fan. The new HBO series, And Just Like That…, reintroduces Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda in their mid-fifties, twelve years since we last saw them. Spoilers aside, the absence of fan-favorite Samantha Jones is addressed immediately in the first episode, setting the tone for a show about how to negotiate, survive and embrace life’s inevitable changes. One thing that’s remained the same through the franchise’s iterations on the big and small screen is a love of fashion that permeates the characters and crew who make them come to life. Original costume designer Patricia Field’s second in command, Molly Rogers, has stepped up to the plate, sourcing from Sarah Jessica Parker’s archives (she kept every look from every episode and the films), vintage stores, and runways to dress SATC favorites and some brand new faces. Watching the show, we couldn’t help but wonder: which designers would our favorite characters be shopping on Industrie Africa? Based on an extensive binge of the first half of And Just Like That…’s premiere season, we’ve curated a cart for our four favorites.
Carrie’s many-layered looks in And Just Like That… often involve a blazer (she wears three in the first episode). Never one to opt for the conventional, she’ll likely be drawn to Studio 189’s double-breasted design with its linear print. Viviers’ signature abstract floral print jumpsuit, cropped above the ankle, is perfect for Carrie to show off her Loza Maléombho heels, or as she wryly refers to a pair of similar height in episode three, her sneakers. She almost always has two bags slung across her chest, and her affinity for designer collaborations (she’s one of the first people to be seen wearing the Gucci x Balenciaga Hacker Project Hourglass Bag in episode three) would lead her straight to OKAPI’s collaboration with South African label Maxhosa by Laduma and rapper Riky Rick. The eclecticism of Lisa Folawiyo’s pleated coat dress, with its complementary clashing prints and dress-jacket hybrid design, has Bradshaw written all over it. Christie Brown’s layered tulle skirt with a simple striped tee is quintessential Carrie, personalized with her signature stacks of dainty necklaces for a quick coffee run to the bodega. Sidai Designs’ layered necklace is a perfect fit, sitting comfortably above her trusty gold ‘Carrie’ nameplate.
Charlotte’s love for feminine silhouettes manifests in many a puff sleeve and frill detail in her go-to wardrobe of top-and-skirt separates. She’d be drawn to the cinched waist and flared sleeves on Diarrablu’s Fatu Top, clicking straight through to the Senegalese brand’s bell sleeve Mila top. Christie Brown’s Kente pencil skirt is a valuable addition to Charlotte’s daywear rotation, while Studio 189’s Crossroads Mermaid Skirt is perfect for her next Met Museum fundraiser. A sensible pairing with dresses or skirts, Shekudo’s striped Agbo Mule with its sturdy block heel is the ideal support for Charlotte in her duties on the events committee at her daughters’ school. The ultra-feminine Hadasa dress from Andrea Iyamah, with its corset construction and bow detailing, is a showstopper she’ll save for her daughter Lily’s next piano recital. Almost always seen carrying a top-handle bag, she would welcome the vibrant palette and fringe detailing on Femihandbags’ Ameena Midi. Before checking out, Charlotte would browse our selection of spectacles. She’d no doubt be drawn to the classic shape of Bôhten’s Ebony Jetter Opticals, their slightly rounded rectangular shape adding just the right touch of intellectualism to her playful disposition.
Our favorite ex-red head is back in college for a Master’s in Human Rights. Always the practical friend, she’ll likely start her Industrie Africa browse looking at backpacks, adding Reform Studio’s Torero style to her cart before her next class. Made from leather and Plastex, the brand’s signature cotton and upcycled plastic bag fabric is made with an environmentally conscious mindset that aligns well with Miranda’s humanitarian values. Previously known for her power suits, she remains committed to practical pieces that add personality through print. Viviers’ Split Front check pants are the ultimate Miranda power trouser. She’ll save Studio 189’s easy-wearing button-up shirt for another day, pairing it with a chunky belt and Viviers’ ivory wide-leg pants. A strong affinity with mandarin collars will lead her right to Studio 189’s Mandarin Shirt Dress, paired with Reform Studio’s Mini Afro basket bag for brunch with the girls. KikoRomeo’s J’al jacket, with its sharp tailoring and laidback print, hand-bleached by the Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawel Bait, would slot seamlessly into Miranda’s structured jacket rotation while adding a splash of fiery color to her aesthetic.
Before we’re introduced to the documentarian and humanitarian fondly referred to as LTW, Charlotte shares that she’s on the International VOGUE Best-Dressed list. Lisa’s fearless application of bold color and print certainly does not disappoint. She’d appreciate Doreen Mashika’s mashup of spots and stripes in her Zuri shirt dress and the versatility of Diarrablu’s reversible poncho with its graphic paintbrush print. IAMISIGO’s fuchsia and navy color block shirt with fringe sleeves is precisely the type of statement piece you’d spot LTW in as she grabs an extra latte for Charlotte before dropping her kids off at school. The defining characteristic of Lisa’s style is striking, bigger-is-better jewelry. Almost always wearing an extra-large necklace, she would probably add Ami Doshi Shah’s Vessel pendant to her cart without thinking twice. It follows that LTW would buy everything from Adele Dejak, starting with the Nairobi-based designer’s Ademide Ami Choker and moving right along to her Tumi ring and Tele cuff. Not one to hold back on styling, Lisa’s looks never read as if she’s showing off. Her sense of style is born from a love for the art of dress-up, and it’s one of the many things that keep us tuning into the hit show…week after week.
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