Sex in the city fashion
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Twenty years ago, the landscape of television changed forever with the premiere of HBO’s groundbreaking series Sex and the City. Centered around a group of Manhattan women struggling with sex, careers and an unquenchable thirst for the latest accessories, the show was indeed the first of its kind—and has since spawned a seemingly endless stream of knockoffs.
The show is still so prevalent, that it’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that the final episode aired, much to the dismay of most of us.
Initially based on a newspaper column in The New York Observer by Candace Bushnell, the series creator Darren Star had no idea what a phenomenon it would cause—nor did Patricia Field, the quirky costume designer who put names like Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo on our radar and made the ladies who loved them fashion icons.
While the show has given way to two less-than-excellent feature films (not to mention The Carrie Diaries on The CW), nothing compares to the original 30-minute episodes. In honor of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), we’ve compiled 10 of the biggest trends the show was responsible for starting.
So, in honor of the 14 years between its last episode and now, we’ve decided to round up 10 trends started by the show—from the pink drink that became a household name to the uncomfortable spa treatment we’ve all gotten, well, because Carrie did.
A version of this article was originally published in June 2013.
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Every episode, it seemed Carrie emerged with yet another Fendi Baguette. They became the unquestionable It-bag, and they still have cache today.
"In that moment, we were literally creating outfits around the Fendi bag," the show's stylist Rebecca Weinberg told InStyle in 2010.
The bag was immortalized in the Season 3 episode "Sex and Another City," where Samantha discovers she can find fake Fendis that look almost perfect in Los Angeles. Her plan goes awry when she accuses a Playboy Bunny of stealing her purse at a party, only to find out that the Bunny was not the culprit and has the real version after all. The ladies are kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and lose their taste for fakes once and for all.
This trend was everywhere in the early 2000s, and while some pulled it off, more often than not it translated into a major fashion faux-pas. Naturally, Carrie was one of the rare few who made this work effortlessly. While sometimes, a large flower pinned to her blouse seemed out of place, it's these quirky touches that made Carrie's style what it was—if only so many suburban moms didn't follow suit.
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