SEX AND THE CITY
Anything is possible. This is New York.
Nearly two decades after Carrie Bradshaw and her laptop made their first appearance on our screens, Sex and the City remains an ever-present influence on style-makers everywhere. In particular, it was the first show of its kind to film on location in Manhattan, demonstrating an unyielding commitment to authenticity. In order to properly outfit the glamorous spaces occupied by our beloved foursome, “I shopped where the characters shopped,” Christina says, “and I spent time in all the bars and restaurants where we shot.” The show’s design hits that sweet spot between meticulous (there is no filler; even the matchbooks and takeout menus are from places the girls would patronize) and fantastical (there’s rarely garbage on the streets), thus making it a large part of Sex and the City’s enduring appeal.
Samantha Jones' Loft
In true Samantha style (bold and fearless), Ms. Jones marks off her territory in the Meatpacking District long before Stella McCartney and Pottery Barn. In designing Samantha’s loft, the team started with the most important piece – the bed – and worked outwards from there, sticking to a muted color palette for the rest of the space in order to let the sumptuous boudoir shine.
The Petrofsky Loft
“The Russian”, a modern-day Renaissance man, inhabits a version of New York City that’s wildly different from Carrie’s. For Petrovsky’s loft, therefore, Christina channeled the artist’s European aesthetic, giving his space a “boudoir, romantic, old-world feel” with sensual but forbidding details like pelts and a sable throw straight from a Hermès shop window. Fun Fact: Most of the fine art in the loft is from Mikhail Baryshnikov’s private collection.