In the first season of "And Just Like That…" we saw Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw combining vintage classics (from the Fendi "Baguette" to Chanel boots) with new It-pieces – let's think here of the "Hourglass" bag by Gucci x Balenciaga, for example. It's a new look that looks like 2022: combining tried-and-tested favourites already in your wardrobe with more recent investments that will stand the test of time just the same.
"And Just Like That…": In season 2, Carrie Bradshaw goes for upcycling
Filming for season two has already begun, and it seems Bradshaw has now incorporated upcycled pieces into her wardrobe – although their designer, Kate McGuire, prefers the terms "refashioned" or "converted" in this context. "I've actually been converting clothes all my life," the Converted Closet founder – and former headhunter – tells VOGUE, "I like to wear something that's a bit different, yes, unique."
Grown-up Carrie Bradshaw styles classics with new designs
When McGuire met one of the costume designers from "And Just Like That…" – Danny Santiago – for the first time (she was introduced to him by a friend), he immediately referred to her as "grown-up Carrie" because of her wardrobe of high-end but unique pieces. "There's this fine line where vintage clothing first becomes wearable and modern," McGuire explains, "on 'And Just Like That…' classics are combined with new launches; and my clothes combine both right away."
Carrie Bradshaw will soon be showing up in these pieces from Converted Closet
When filming the series so far, Sarah Jessica Parker has been spotted in a converted pilot jumpsuit from McGuire's own wardrobe. As Carrie Bradshaw, she wears the vintage sixties piece – of course! – with a dove clutch by JW Anderson. But then there's also a lace wedding dress from the 1980s, which the designer transformed into a flared jumpsuit. So will we see Carrie at the sewing machine herself soon? "I think she's outsourcing it," McGuire replies, "she has a great seamstress and enjoys working with her, as do I."
Carrie Bradshaw has long opted for collectibles over disposable items
While the costars of "And Just Like That…" currently own a number of McGuire's most prized pieces, the designer has just launched her first for-sale collection on resale platform Dora Maar. Highlights include an Hermès-print scarf that she paired with a quilted Victorian petticoat, and a neon pink party dress that you could easily imagine Carrie in.
"It's primarily about rethinking," says Lauren Wilson, CEO and founder of Dora Maar, about the decision to work with McGuire: "When you have an actual connection to what you're buying – because you know the craft, the quality and the history behind it, for example, and therefore why it has relevance – clothing is no longer a potentially disposable item, it becomes a collectible."
Here's how Carrie Bradshaw is bringing more sustainability into the mainstream
While we'll probably have to wait until next year to see what other pieces from Converted Closet Carrie Bradshaw has included in her collection, McGuire is sure she can help bring sustainability into the mainstream: "My mission is to be influential," the designer explains, "I want to clearly show that there are alternatives [to buying new] – and celebrities in particular are the people who can spread that message with me."
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