‘And Just Like That’ Fashion Review and HBO Max Series Recap – Footwear News

The series finale “And Just Like That” brought Carrie Bradshaw back to the bridge in Paris where the original “Sex and the City” left her in its series finale: with Mr. Big.

It was a wistful, sweet ending with a nod to the original 2004 scene that was both definitive in her story arc for Carrie, with her happily ever after with Big (at least then) and a moment fashion that not only came full circle on Carrie’s opening credits tutu look, but forever cemented the character as one of the most stylish TV or movie characters of all time. (This is also said to be one of actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite looks on the show and a dress that Vanessa Bryant now owns).

The series then added two films — and a slew of criticism on everything from anti-feminist messages to a lack of diversity and a general lack of reality. Yet many were willing to put all that aside and enjoy fashion.

But for all the diehard “Sex and the City” fans hoping some of those “zsa zsa zshu” from the original series would make their way into the reboot, it wasn’t quite as simple or as fulfilling as the OG.

Just as the new series has received a healthy dose of criticism for its clumsy approach to diversity and inclusion, the fumbling of Mr. Big (and actor Chris Noth as actual controversy has met the moment) and puzzling stories, fans also questioned the fashion choice: Are the opera gloves actually a symbol of Carrie’s post-pandemic OCD or just another accessory? Were the new characters able to replicate the statement fashion that Samantha wore so well? And why so many hats?


Carrie returns to Paris for the season finale of “And Just Like That,” wearing a Valentino couture gown as dramatic as the one she wore in the original series finale.

CREDIT: HBO Max

Despite all this, there were still some real fashion sparkles. Attached is a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the “Sex and the City” reboot “And Just Like That.”

Good

Age-appropriate style

“And Just Like That” returned to its characters in their mid-fifties and with a wardrobe to match. Carrie, 55, knows she can’t run around in a revealing tutu (not without a specific reason, at least) or crop tops or the infamous nude dress. It was refreshing to see the absence of that old brown of an older woman trying to look younger. And while Miranda may have decided to dye her hair red in the finale, she’s spent most of the season rocking her grays loud and clear. And don’t get us started on the fabulous, carefree, cat-friendly Seema Patel.


Valuable antique accessories

Carrie’s Fendi Baguette cameo might fit right in with the Y2K fashion revival, but it’s also a beloved item for loyal SATC fans. Seeing the sparkly sequined bag make a comeback was a pure fashion adrenaline rush – even though it was attached to one of Carrie’s dullest ensembles.


Recycled fashion

It wasn’t just the Fendi Baguette that Carrie brought back. She also donned her old Versace tulle ballgown (the one she wore while waiting for Aleksander Petrovsky in a fancy hotel suite). It wasn’t exactly the first time the character carried over a look — remember the Christian Dior newsprint dress she nearly rolled over in the first movie? A genuine fashion girl like Carrie who promotes recycling clothes does a lot for messaging.


Non-binary style

From Rock’s Oscar de la Renta floral dress with Converse and owl hat (and a large bright pink “they-mitzvah” suit) to Che’s sleek, genderless looks, there was a fresh take on new character fashion. of the series, a welcome addition to the girls’ cisgender personal style.


The Judith Leiber Curse of Carrie

It’s so bad it’s good. When Carrie finally arrives in Paris, on the bridge where Mr. Big found her in the original series finale, where she will scatter her ashes, she is dressed brand new again, in an incredibly voluminous peach dress with gloves. of fuchsia opera. , square-toed Roger Vivier pumps and a Judith Leiber crystal bag in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. The bag is from the same brand that created the cupcake bag that contained Carrie’s phone (which a little Lily answers by mistake just before Carrie and Big’s wedding, setting off the twist for the first movie “Sex and the City”) . But this wasn’t Judith Leiber’s first appearance – Mr. Big’s first gift to Carrie was not a piece of jewelery but a crystal-encrusted bag in the shape of a swan. How appropriate sending Carrie to Big would be in a bag that directly alludes to that first gift.


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The bad

Heels at all costs

While everyone in real life has taken advantage of the pandemic to experience the wonders of Birkenstock (if they haven’t already), Carrie clearly hasn’t. In an upcoming hip operation (due to a birth defect and not a hip replacement, which would be the most realistic procedure for someone who has traveled the entirety of the island of Manhattan with the highest heels sold by Aquazzura), Carrie proclaims that the only time she bought flats was a pair of Tom’s in 2007. When she was finally forced to wear Birks, she wears her hair in the worst possible way, with white sports socks (and the wrong ones) while proclaiming to herself that she looks like an “art teacher from Vermont”. Someone needs to inform Carrie to let her know that the Birkenstocks have hit the tracks, multiple times now.


Hats

They kept coming. From a plate-shaped disc for Mr. Big’s memorial service to an origami shape paired with scruffy flannel while unpacking boxes in her storage unit, Carrie’s hats seem to reflect her stages of grieving, from severe compartmentalized to loose and messy. It’s a striking visual metaphor, but also a commendable task for the viewer. The low was undoubtedly an Episode 6 flopper, a stark contrast to Carrie’s shiny new apartment, equal parts “Blossom,” 1980s Gunne Sax commercials, and “Anne of Green Gables.


CREDIT: Craig Blankenhorn

The death of Manolo Blahnik Hangisi

We can accept Mr. Big’s death, but the water-stained satin Manolos? One of the most popular shoes of all time deserved better than its shower-soaked ending in the first episode. Plus, a more realistic (and true New Yorker) story would have Carrie taking those pumps to Jim’s Shoe Repair on East 59th, begging them to save her engagement heels. Forget Mr. Big’s ring falling through – save the shoes!


The ugly one

These dishwashing gloves

The outfit may have been a comedic foil for the chic jewelry designer neighbor Carrie was trying to impress, but the look is now part of the “Sex and the City” fashion canon, and not necessarily with said context. Carrie has had so many major fashion moments across the franchise. Sadly, this one is now cataloged there forever, dressing gown, latex gloves and all.


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