"And Simply Like That" Trend Secrets and techniques REVEALED

Hi there, lover.

That is not simply the phrase Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) as soon as purred to her awe-inspiring assortment of sneakers, nevertheless it's the precise sentiment we had whereas watching And Just Like That..., the extremely anticipated subsequent chapter of Sex and the City.

Whereas some controversial decisions might have been made within the first two episodes (read all about that shocking death here!) and one of the main four was notably M.I.A., there isn't any denying that the HBO Max sequence is delivering the attention sweet all of us so desperately want proper now, within the type of the swoonworthy vogue. 

The duo accountable for upholding the sequence' standing as probably the most trendy TV present ever are Molly Rogers, Intercourse and the Metropolis's co-costume designer since its inception, and Danny Santiago, who labored on each movies.

Each of the costume designers have labored carefully with the legendary Patricia Fields on the sequence and The Satan Wears Prada and obtained her blessing to get carried away with the revival after prior work commitments, together with engaged on the second season of Emily in Paris, prevented Fields from returning.

"We have been associates since 1984 and I've simply been at Pat's aspect for therefore lengthy and he or she was like, 'You're the just one that may do that. You could have a language with the women, they're comfy with you, you recognize the panorama, you needed to have discovered one thing from me all these years'" Rogers advised E! Information in a latest telephone interview. "She was identical to, 'Simply go do it, have enjoyable, and do not forget the most important rule I've ever advised you about: There are not any guidelines.'"

With that reminder, Rogers and Santiago went about injecting a brand new sense of playfulness to the characters viewers have identified and beloved since 1998. And so they weren't about to let any social media discussions about leaked photographs from the set derail them. (Oh, we'll get to that Forever 21 dress debate soon enough, don't fret.)

"Danny and I didn't really feel stress as a result of I used to be going to have enjoyable on this regardless of if the doorways of hell broke open as a result of I wished to have enjoyable," Rogers defined. "You are not going to spoil it by listening to some particular person's judgment of an outfit that comes out of a camper. You have not learn the script due to this fact your criticism of me means nothing to me. It would not outline me. I used to be within the fittings and I used to be having enjoyable and Sarah Jessica was having enjoyable and we're doing issues that made us pleased and placing issues collectively that we have been enthusiastic about. I am not going to let someone rain on that parade."

However that does not imply the present itself, which put a little bit of a damper on the affair by killing off a beloved character within the first episode, did not attempt to douse Rogers and Santiago's efforts to inject a number of shade into Carrie and the remainder of gang's closets. 

Right here, the pair break down how they dealt with dressing Carrie earlier than and after that devastating dying, bringing again iconic items from the previous, and defining every of the brand new supporting characters' distinctive appears. Plus, watch the video above to search out out concerning the one Carrie outfit the pair is bummed did not make it onscreen. 

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It is Time to Have a good time

After the COVID-19 pandemic compelled many people to say goodbye to the vast majority of our wardrobes in favor of loungewear, And Simply Like That... costume designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago have been simply able to have enjoyable once they returned to the world of Intercourse and the Metropolis for the HBO Max restricted sequence.

"Okay, if you're engaged on a tv present which means you survived COVID and also you survived the horrible divisive temper of this nation and also you wished to be in an surroundings that celebrated life and celebrated friendship since you hadn't seen your folks until they have been in your pod," Rogers defined to E!. "We have been so excited, and we have been like, ‘We're going to explode this present in shade as a result of everyone's been carrying Zoom-and-doom clothes.'"

That meant a number of colours, materials, textures and over-the-top equipment, particularly for Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw, arguably TV's most definitive vogue icon.

"One factor we actually love and one factor we all the time discuss after we are seeing the garments is we wish the whimsy within the present, particularly Carrie," Santiago mentioned, including he hopes the 10-episode sequence reminds "folks to have enjoyable" with their garments once more.

"It is about being celebratory together with your wardrobe," he continued. "We wish folks to experiment. There is no incorrect, it is simply what you're feeling nice in. How do you need to stroll outdoors the door day by day and be ok with your self and be ok with what is going on in your life? Popping out of this entire state of affairs we have all been in, we simply actually wished to have fun."

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The Extra Issues Change...

Whereas it has been 11 years since followers final noticed Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) in motion, their vogue senses have not modified all that a lot. 

"They've their distinct kinds already," Santiago defined. "They're of their lanes so far as from of the present."

However, to carry the characters into 2021, Santiago and Rogers had enjoyable in "discovering new designers, discovering new folks, new equipment, and issues like that to include into their wardrobes."

Social media introduced an entire new world for the crew to faucet into to search out new designers and inspiration, which helped alleviate considered one of Rogers' preliminary issues concerning the sequence.

"What we thought can be daunting can be the shops that we beloved that had closed, smaller shops and enormous shops like Century 21 that you simply actually lived in that retailer if you did episodic tv in New York," Rogers mentioned. 

The most important change to the three essential leads' wardrobe? 

"One factor we did need to do, due to the time and popping out of COVID, we wished to essentially make issues pleased and shiny and have enjoyable that manner," Santiago mentioned. "I feel, if something, you will note some extra shade surprises."

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The Black Occasion

Nevertheless, Rogers and Santiago's plans for a shiny 10-episode lengthy affair "fell aside" once they learn the script for episode two, which featured—Spoiler alert!—a funeral for Mr. Large (Chris Noth). To maintain the storyline shrouded in thriller, they referred to it because the "black occasion," Rogers revealed, including, "There went the exploding shade."

Navigating how one can concurrently have Carrie in mourning whereas additionally delivering the style moments fan need to see was made a contact simpler by the meta line of dialogue from Stanford (the late Willie Garson) within the episode, the place he says, "I am so pleased with her. With all she's going by means of, pulling it collectively and giving us a glance at this time, as a result of folks shall be anticipating it. She's sort of our Jackie Kennedy."

"I feel that line actually lightened the second," Rogers mentioned. "There was an beneath the breath massive chuckle with the entire viewers on the premiere. It helped alleviate the stress."

For the funeral, Carrie wore a classic little black costume with a teacup silhouette, V-neckline and a full lace skirt. In Bradshaw vogue, she paired it with a pearl clutch, black headpiece and white caged leather-based pumps.  "The massive factor within the script was that she dressed for Large," Rogers mentioned. "She wasn't in shock, she was desirous about how she wished to current herself at this occasion, so we obtained to type it."

However Carrie's shock is in full show throughout her go to to the funeral residence with Charlotte. Although each girls are carrying the identical shade, they could not look extra totally different.

"Charlotte was the pulled collectively fairly in pink and Carrie was the emotional wreck within the outsized pink coat," Rogers shared. "We did not alter it. She simply appears just a little curled in and her garments have been sort of unhappy as a result of they did not match."

And a key component to precise Carrie's grief got here from Parker herself.

"She has the identical jewellery on as the jewellery from the recital," Rogers revealed. "These little particulars have been extraordinarily essential to Sarah Jessica, 'What would I've executed? I might not have modified earrings, I might not have taken them out.' These little particulars, she anticipated us to trace."

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Paying Homage to the Previous

Whereas some fandoms freak out over returning visitor stars, Intercourse and the Metropolis followers are extra excited to see iconic equipment make an look, like Carrie's notorious "Roger" belt from the primary film or the purple sequined Fendi purse. And the costume designers credited SJP for holding onto virtually all the garments she wore all through the sequence' run, in addition to the 2 motion pictures. 

"We have been so fortunate that Sarah Jessica has an archive of virtually every little thing," Santiago mentioned. "She saved all of those stunning items that folks have a lot love for. These items have been so essential they performed such essential roles within the present and the films. The followers love this stuff. They're like characters within the film and the truth that she has them, we thought, what an effective way to carry them again out once more? That individuals are going to have the ability to see and recognize it and adore it and select."

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Feeling Blue

In fact, some of the notorious equipment Carrie rewore in And Simply Like That...'s first episode have been her marriage ceremony sneakers, Manolo Blahnik silk Hangisi royal blue stilettos. Alas, they took on a way more bittersweet which means after Carrie kicked them off within the bathe as she cradled a dying Large. 

"It was one thing that actually performed by means of with the storyline," Santiago defined of the choice to have Carrie put on these sneakers in that second. "We felt prefer it brings it full circle so far as the longevity of that shoe and to kind of kiss it goodbye on this manner."

That wasn't the one archival piece Parker wore in that scene. There's additionally the blue flower pin Carrie wears on her jacket to the recital, although, Santiago revealed, "due to what performs out, we needed to dye the petals within the silk. However the one she's carrying within the scene is the precise archive flower that she has."

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Hallmark-Stage Hope

Nonetheless, regardless of the devastating lack of her husband, Carrie goes to hold on.

"We thought lots about hope in a manner," Rogers mentioned. "I do not need that to sound too Hallmark card-y, as a result of we had gotten by means of this horrible, horrible temper within the nation, we had survived that and we have been all hoping for a happier day, we obtained by means of the pandemic, most of us, and you must have fun life."

Enter stage left: Carrie strolling to her native bodega to seize a espresso in a large tulle skirt, a becoming homage to her signature tutu skirt from the sequence' opening credit. 

"You by no means know what's across the nook and if carrying a tutu to the deli is the way you have fun, I do not thoughts seeing it!," Rogers mentioned. Amen to that. 

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Carrie's Stunning Staple

Contemplating Carrie's love for all issues experimental and playful, it might come as fairly the shock that her go-to piece is an outsized blazer. However that development is a continuation from Intercourse and the Metropolis 2, wherein she throws a "rum raisin" jacket over a robe to see Aidan (John Corbett), defined Rogers.

"It was a favourite of Sarah Jessica's from the film," she added. "We handled it like a jean jacket."

Santiago added, "That is one of the simplest ways to place it. The identical manner lots of people would simply throw a jean jacket over an outfit, it sort of goes with every little thing. We used that blazer concept for a similar kind of factor."

To Lily's piano recital, Carrie wears a classic cream Norma Kamali blazer, which Santiago favored as a result of "there's one thing good about that silky weight to a tailor-made jacket as a result of it nonetheless has motion to it. It is structured, however there's nonetheless ease if you put on it. It is delicate and it is an ideal layer to thrown on. That is one thing you may see repeated in several colours all through."

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Carrie Loves New York

Eagle-eyed viewers will discover Carrie typically carrying a necklace with a New York state pendant on it, in addition to varied different equipment—together with a touristy tote bag—that pay homage to town and its "energy," significantly after the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is only a nice nod to New York Metropolis and for every little thing that it is gone by means of," Santiago defined. "The town nonetheless holds on, it is nonetheless there and everyone got here collectively. New York is such a giant participant into the present, it's one other character, the identical manner the clothes may be one other character, and Sarah Jessica loves town and every little thing about it."

Ain't No Social gathering Like a SATC Becoming Social gathering

Sure, wardrobe fittings for the present are simply as glamorous as you count on them to be, with Rogers admitting, "There's bubbles within the fridge, however we keep sober for the fittings!"

Given a finances from their producers, Rogers and Santiago have been in a position to make their very own becoming room, full with customized wallpaper and an exquisite three-way mirror adorned with Hollywood lights that they'll dim. "It was an surroundings the place you wished to do your greatest as a result of it had such an ideal vibe," Rogers gushed. 

The becoming course of was the identical because it was on the unique sequence and  the films: The three girls undergo racks and play "kiss or kill," Rogers revealed. "Kiss: It says within the room. Kill: It goes outdoors on the reject rack. And then you definately begin to attempt on the stuff you have been instantly interested in and also you attempt to put them in some order of the scenes. That is just about how these function as a result of there's lots of garments to undergo."

Parker's modifying course of is usually very quick as she "has a really refined, fast eye," Rogers mentioned. "She'll linger on one thing and be like, 'Hmmm, I'm wondering the place I may put on this as a result of it is odd or it is actually totally different or I've by no means seen that.' She desires to know the place we discovered it. I feel her curiosity and her data, she's going to attempt on something as a result of she desires to see if it is going to work."

Fittingly, Parker would not have "a number of kills, until it is the material she would not like or one thing like that," Rogers mentioned. "Or if the shoe would not match, that is the quickest technique to get kicked out of the room!"

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Mad For Surprising Plaid

Rogers pointed to a Madras plaid jumpsuit Carrie will put on in an upcoming episode as a bit that caught Parker's eye throughout a spherical of kiss or kill that appeared destined for the latter. 

"She initially noticed it months in the past, perhaps in Might," Rogers revealed. "She was like, 'I do not suppose I'm ever going to put on that. It is pushing it, it's totally heightened.' Nevertheless it caught round within the room as a result of it was cool. I feel she noticed it out of the nook of the attention and was like, 'I do not know the place.' However then there it was!"

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The Perpetually 21 Gown Controversy

In July, SATC followers have been shocked when Parker was photographed filming a scene wherein Carrie appeared to be wearing—gasp!—a maxi dress from Forever 21. Tweets have been fired off, aghast Instagram feedback have been made. However all the commotion was over nothing as Santiago confirmed the frock was not from the low cost retailer.

Explaining he discovered it at a thrift retailer about 5 years in the past, Santiago mentioned, "I feel I paid $5 for it. There was no label on it. I purchased it and I assumed it was a cute piece that was a very fairly little jumper [with a] boho type to it." And once they have been in search of a summer season outfit to place collectively, the costume was pulled after which instantly photographed by the paparazzi. Pandemonium ensued. 

"This entire factor went loopy viral with folks saying, 'Oh, that costume is from Perpetually 21! after which different folks began...saying, 'No! That this costume is from an Indian designer,'" Santiago recalled. "We had no concept who it was from or the place it got here from or what time interval. However from what we are able to determine as a result of it was purchased so a few years in the past it should have been the unique costume as a result of Perpetually 21 extra lately had knocked off that costume and made it."

Case closed. 

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A Silver Fox

Whereas some followers have been shocked to see Miranda return with out her signature crimson hair, Santiago and Rogers used the change as a technique to subtly experiment with the character's vogue. 

"Miranda's obtained grey hair now, so for us, that grey is a impartial, so it made it extra open to carrying new varieties of colours presumably and textures. It as stunning to go with with several types of colours."

Take, for instance, the free swimsuit jacket and skirt she wears for her first day of college, with Santiago explaining, "It was kind of a softer tailoring we did for her now. It nonetheless has just a little construction to it, nevertheless it's obtained just a little bit extra of an ease and a relaxedness to it along with her silhouettes now and the clothes she's carrying."

The pair additionally appeared to spotlight considered one of Nixon's greatest options.

"She's obtained such an ideal lengthy neck and shoulders," Santiago mentioned. "We love doing stuff the place we performed with the necklines and stuff like that on her."

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NYC's Newcomers

A number of new supporting characters are launched within the first two episodes, together with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez), Lisa Todd Wexley (Ari Nicole Parker) and Dr. Nya Wallace (Karen Pittman), all of whom had their very own distinct senses of fashion. 

"Danny did this massive temper board of inspirations for the brand new characters," Rogers defined. "We introduced that to Michael Patrick King so we may have dialogue about their clothes and the way we have been going to type them."

However then they needed to anticipate the roles to be forged in order that they "may see if our concepts have been going to suit the particular person and the particular person was going to be into or relate to what we have been pitching."

Imagining it might be "intimidating for an actor to stroll right into a room with all these professionals in it who had chosen the belt that you're going to put on," Rogers mentioned, "I feel these new actors got here in trusting us and all of us wished to slot in seamlessly to this new present and the script with the brand new people. In the long run, we're all New Yorkers and nobody is within the nook. New York is that this massive melting pot of non-binary, good professors, we simply tried to fold them in.

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Breaking Down Their Vibes

Lisa (a.okay.a. LTW) is the queen bee Charlotte is determined to befriend at her daughters' faculty. Fortunately, she simply so occurs to be superior (she's a documentarian and humanitarian who loves French fry) and have a colourful and accessory-filled closet that landed her a spot on the Worldwide Vogue best-dressed record. NBD!

"[Nicole Ari Parker] is beautiful and we have been very fortunate that she was forged as a result of she's just about a clothes hanger," Rogers mentioned. "Perhaps she was a mannequin, I do not know? She is an exquisite lady." (Ed's Notice: She was, in actual fact, a mannequin!)

LTW's shiny type was impressed by girls Santiago has seen on Instagram "and people are a few of these lady the place you are like, you are proper, they belong on the Worldwide Finest Dressed Record and I have to step my p---y up!" Rogers mentioned with fun.

For Miranda's easy regulation professor Dr. Nya Wallace, Santiago mentioned they did not need to restrict her vogue due to her career. "Why cannot she be cool? Why cannot she have this unbelievable type to her?" he defined. "We did not need her to be boring. We wished her to embrace who she is as an individual and incorporate this superb type to her. [Michael Patrick King] had advised us she was going to have braids, in order that impressed us to take it in that path."

And when it got here to Che, Carrie's dynamic podcast co-host who can also be a standup comic, it was all about conveying "a sexiness," mentioned Rogers.

"We had to consider the three folks that match contained in the small podcast room," she defined. "Carrie goes to have one thing eclectic on, the character Jackie is that this standup comic with the John Belushi vibe, so there's lots occurring. And Che because the host, we wished a pillar, a basis, so it was identical to a robust black silhouette. It is comfy, it is simple. It isn't man-ish, it is not female, it is a basis to place some robust jewellery on Che."

And Simply Like That is streaming on HBO Max.

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