Like few things do in the fickle world of fashion, the clothes of Sex and the City have retained their relevance. Carrie’s opening sequence tutu is as delightful now as it was then; Charlotte’s pink “comeback” dress is still iconic as it is classic. When I think of viable outfits for a pool-to-swanky oceanside party transition, I close my eyes and see a white topped, blue sarong’d outfit of Samantha’s in the Hamptons. While Miranda’s smart lines stick with me far more than her attire, the combination of orange and green appeals to me solely because of her. Strongest together, it’s the uncontrived coordination of their group looks that stands out the farthest: Carrie, Samantha and Miranda on the beach in white button-downs and swimsuits — Charlotte MIA because she was gallivanting around, getting crabs from a twenty-something; the famous rooftop scene where all four women wore bright playthings and epitomized summer. Anything they wore in these scenes you could and would wear today.
But because the style of SATC was about paving the way for personal fashion, about saying something new or declaring something true about yourself, rather than get too literal today and replicate their outfits, why not use the straw from your glass of lemonade, stick it into the show and sip the sweet inspiration out of it?
• Charlotte •
That’s exactly what the goal was for this Sex and the City in the Summer shoot: re-imagine the main characters’ most memorable warm-weather outfits.
Charlotte’s outfit was one of the hardest in terms of avoiding a literal carbon copy. That pink dress and black belt plus sunglasses combo was perfect, and why mess with a good thing? I started with a light pink Christian Siriano top that boasts a massive bow in the back. Rather than pair it with the skirt that matched, our MR Charlotte got high-waist Monse zip-ankle leggings, folded up to her calves to add some skin. (Wild, Charlotte!) To tie it all together then clash it: hot pink kitten heels.
• Samantha •
Next came Samantha’s, tricky given only that there was little similar on the fall/pre-fall runways to her sheer aqua coverup. Her “look” ended up being about the Rosetta Getty robe dress (a Made by Dawn bikini bottom and velvet Fleur du Mal bikini top underneath), plus one very Samantha Missoni headscarf. The Fendi shoes added that signature Sam motto, “no such thing as too much.”
• Miranda •
It would have been too boring to dress our Miranda in an orange-and-green silk outfit verbatim. So why not turn a black and green No. 21 feather peplum into top? It was the funky Steve to logical Miranda — which in garment form is the smart, sharp Fendi skirt that fanned out underneath, and in tribute to the shoes of the series: royal blue Manolo Blahnik heels on her feet.
• Carrie •
Finally, Carrie. It was either find a giant tutu or find something tutu-like. As if by prophetic divine intervention, Alessandra Rich made this white puffball of a cape for her Fall 2017 collection. It requires no pants, but our MR Bradshaw wore a white one piece under it for summer’s sake. She braved the West Village cobblestones in satin Roger Vivier heels, and on her arms, black patent leather gloves for impracticality’s sake. They made both the outfit and zero sense.
• The Beach •
As for the team scenes, that was as easy caring for your very loud, rowdy and lovely neighbor’s plants…
• The Rooftop •
…Add water, place in the sun and let the magic of New York City do the rest.
Alright everyone, sing it with me now: hot child in the city.
Photographer: Tory Rust @toryrust
Stylist: Amelia Diamond
Styling and Market Assistant: Elizabeth Tamkin
Makeup: Amanda Wilson @amandawilsonmakeup
Hair: David Cruz @thedavidcruz
Models: Giedre Seks @imgmodels, Ese Otobo @msamodels, Lara Helmer @heroesmodels, and Roshelle Sumner @dlmodels